5 Amazing Architectural Cities in Italy – Part II

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5 Amazing Architectural Cities in Italy – Part II

“It’s common knowledge that Italy has great resources in terms of architecture and design.”

Architecture of Italy – But which are the best Italian cities to visit for architecture lovers?  Beside Milan and Rome, that have been already presented in previous posts, there are many other misknown places in the “Bel Paese” that deserve a particular mention. Here is a list of the Top 5 places to visit.

LUCCA

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Lucca is a city and comune in Tuscany, Central Italy, on the Serchio, in a fertile plain near the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the capital of the Province of Lucca. It is famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls.

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One more place to visit is Piazza dell’Anfiteatro which  is a public square in the northeast quadrant of walled center of Lucca, region of Tuscany, Italy. The ring of buildings surrounding the square, follows the elliptical shape of the former second century Roman Amphitheater of Lucca. The square can be reached through four gateways located at the four vertices of the ellipse. A cross is carved into the central tile of the square with the arms pointing to the four gateways of the square.

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The Torre Guinigi is a tower in Lucca, Tuscany, central Italy. It is a typical example of local Romanesque-Gothic architecture. The height of the tower is 45 meters with a total of 232 steps to reach the top.

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The tower dates from the 1300s, when a number of wealthy families were building bell towers within the walls of Lucca as status symbols. It is one of the few remaining towers within the walls. It is known for the tall trees (holm oaks) growing on top of the tower – The kitchen was originally on the floor below with the rooftop serving as a kitchen garden.

The tower was donated to the local government by the descendants of the Guinigi family.

BOLOGNA

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Bologna is the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy, at the heart of a metropolitan area of about one million people.

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Bologna offers a varied mixture of monuments and architectural examples (medieval towers and lengthy porticoes) and it is known for having the oldest university in the West. Students enrich the social and cultural life of the city, that offers a lot in terms of cultural events and entertainment for young people

Next Architecture of Italy is Venice.

 

VENICE

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Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated on a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. The islands are located in the shallow Venetian Lagoon, an enclosed bay that lies between the mouths of the Po and the Piave rivers.

The city is included in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area (PATREVE), which is considered a statistical metropolitan area, with a total population of 2.6 million. Many interesting islands to visit like Murano or Burano.

Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. It lies about 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) north of Venice and measures about 1.5 km (0.9 mi) across with a population of just over 5,000 (2004 figures). It is famous for its glass making. It was once an independent comune, but is now a frazione of the comune of Venice.      

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Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy, near Torcello at the northern end of the Lagoon, known for its lace work and brightly coloured homes. The primary economy is tourism.

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From these 5 cities in Italy, we can see that the antique tradition of terracotta roof tiles contributes to the shape and colour of our cities.

Slanted terracotta roofs were already used in Mesopotamian times and the tradition continued through the Etruscan, Greek, and Roman ages until the present time with some variation as to the degree of slant and the use, or not, of eaves. Even the Duomo of Florence has a terracotta roof!

Terracotta, terra cotta or terra-cotta  “baked earth”, from the Latin terra cocta, a type of earthenware, is a clay-based unglazed or glazed ceramic, where the fired body is porous.

Terracotta is the term normally used for sculpture made in earthenware, and also for various practical uses including vessels (notably flower pots), water and waste water pipes, roofing tiles, bricks, and surface embellishment in building construction. The term is also used to refer to the natural brownish orange color of most terracotta, which varies considerably.

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In Thailand there are many places using Terracotta for roofing decoration, especially many buildings in Kao Yai Mountain in Nakorn Rachasima Province. Those building adopted the architectural design of Tuscany in Italy.

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5 Amazing Architectural Cities in Italy – Part I

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5 Amazing Architectural Cities in Italy – Part I

“Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world – Italian Architecture, and has rich collections of art, culture and literature from many periods. “

The country has had a broad cultural influence worldwide, also because numerous Italians emigrated to other places during the Italian diaspora. Furthermore, Italy has, overall, an estimated 100,000 monuments of any sort (museums, palaces, buildings, statues, churches, art galleries, villas, fountains, historic houses and archaeological remains),and according to some estimates the nation is home to half the world’s great art treasures. 

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 Italy is known for its considerable architectural achievements – Italian Architecture, such as the construction of arches, domes and similar structures during ancient Rome, the founding of the Renaissance architectural movement in the late-14th to 16th centuries, and being the homeland of Palladianism, a style of construction which inspired movements such as that of Neoclassical architecture, and influenced the designs which noblemen built their country houses all over the world, notably in the UK, Australia and the US during the late 17th to early 20th centuries.

AMALFI & POSITANO

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The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the northern coast of the Salerno Gulf on the Tyrrhenian Sea, located in the Province of Salerno of southern Italy.

The Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination for the region and Italy as a whole, attracting thousands of tourists annually.In 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Amalfi Coast lies in a Mediterranean climate, featuring warm summers and mild winters. It is located on the relatively steep southern shore of the Sorrentine Peninsula, leaving little room for rural and agricultural territories. The coast comprises 11,231 hectares between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno. The only land route to the Amalfi Coast is the 40 kilometres (25 mi) long Strada Statale 163 which runs along the coastline from the town of Vietri sul Mare in the east to Positano in the west. Thirteen municipalities are located on the Amalfi Coast, many of them centered on tourism.

Positano is a village and comune on the Amalfi Coast (Province of Salerno), in Campania, Italy, mainly in an enclave in the hills leading down to the coast. Positano has been a holiday resort since the time of the Roman Empire, as evidenced by the discovery of a villa in the bay. Typical are the many staircases that from the top of the village connect the upper districts with the valley area. The main beaches are Spiaggia Grande, Fornillo, La Porta, Fiumicello, Arienzo, San Pietro, Laurito and Remmese, some of which can also be reached by sea.

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SIENA

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 Siena or Sienna is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena. The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation’s most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.

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 Piazza del Campo is the principal public space of the historic center of Siena, Tuscany, Italy and is regarded as one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares. It is renowned worldwide for its beauty and architectural integrity. The Palazzo Pubblico and its Torre del Mangia, as well as various palazzi signorili surround the shell-shaped piazza. At the northwest edge is the Fonte Gaia.

The twice-a-year horse-race, Palio di Siena, is held around the edges of the piazza. The piazza is also the finish of the annual road cycling race Strade Bianche.

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VERONA

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Verona is a city on the Adige river in Veneto, Italy, with 258,108 inhabitants. It is one of the seven provincial capitals of the region. It is the second largest city municipality in the region and the third largest in northeast Italy. The metropolitan area of Verona covers an area of 1,426 km2 (550.58 sq mi) and has a population of 714,274 inhabitants. It is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy because of its artistic heritage and several annual fairs, shows, and operas, such as the lyrical season in the Arena, an ancient Roman amphitheater.

Two of William Shakespeare’s plays are set in Verona: Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. It is unknown if Shakespeare ever visited Verona or Italy, but his plays have lured many visitors to Verona and surrounding cities. The city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its urban structure and architecture.

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Colorful Night in Verona

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Simply take away the heat in your house with SCG ventilation ceiling system

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Simply take away the heat in your house with SCG ventilation ceiling system

“The first step in reducing the heat in your house should start from the roof. A well circulated roof system with ventilation ceiling can significantly take away the heat accumulated under the roof, while the owner should also consider well on how to prevent insects from going in beneath.

Speaking of the ventilation ceiling system, many home owners might be left wondering why they would have a ceiling with ventilation system that can lead to problems like insects or unsanitary.

However, not only this system keeps your roof ventilated, but it also helps in taking away the heat underneath the roof; making it perfect for houses in tropical areas.

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SCG Ventilation System. It can help reduce heat from your house

What many home owners do not know, is that over 70% of the heat entering their house come through the roof. It is no wonder why the roof is the best place to start in cooling of the house.

With heat naturally rises to the higher area, houses with taller roof are better in keeping the heat away from the living space underneath it (Which is why the upper floor tends to be hotter).

With that being said, ventilation is much needed for all the heat accumulated under the roof, and one of the best ways is to install the ventilation ceiling system.

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Ventilation ceiling system comes with holes made for cool air to circulate in and replace the heat underneath the roof, significantly bringing down the temperature under the roof. This is a very effective way to make your house cooler.

 The system comes with a wide selections of design, and fits for every need of any home owner. Users can get creative, mixing designs and creating new patterns, perfect for any appearance the user desires.

 Other possible options are to use wooden battens or use SCG Smartwood Eaves liner series.

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By this point, home owners probably establish a good understanding of the benefits the ventilation ceiling system.

Not only it helps making the house cooler, but it also helps greatly in reducing the electricity consumption. With that being said, one should always consider about preventing insect problems when using the ventilation ceiling system or wooden battens, which home owners have the options of putting in wired screens or using ceiling system with pre-installed wired screens.

Interested in hearing more about SCG Ventilated Ceiling System?

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8 ideas for house decoration, lighting for every relaxing corner

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8 ideas for house decoration, lighting for every relaxing corner

“Let’s discover 8 ideas for house decoration, lighting for every relaxing corner. Change your boring house to be warm & lively home that you will love.

House lighting ideas

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  2. 1. House idea, facing the light … reflect the heat

Adjusting a backside of a house which is connected to other house, narrow, and not so much ventilation, by make a lighting hole. Then make a cement 20-25 centimeter depth pond to reflect a light for a bright. The reflection from the water will make an exquisite shade on a wall. Adding few plots of pants and then there is one more perfect natural relax corner for your house.

House lighting for relax corner ideas
turn bed’s head board toward a window to get a morning light
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  2. 2. House idea, camouflage … great relax

A relaxing corner outside a house in a north is not too hot in a morning and the house will give it a shade in an afternoon. Try to make a wall from block cement with a beautiful pattern which give some cover but still let some light go through. Lastly, place some wooden chairs and comfort cushion and there is a relaxing corner for a whole day.

House lighting plan for relax corner

House lighting in bedroom idea
Idea for making a hole on smart board to make a delicate pattern and then attach a glass on it giving a great pattern of light.
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  2. 3. House idea, comfort sleep… in light shade

Try to adjust your bedroom to get a morning light which get through a fluttering curtain and wake you up. Double layer curtain could be used as well if you want more privacy

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  2. 4. House idea, not wet not too moisture … because a light

A bath room with brown or natural color make it seems smaller. Installing a skylight will give a maximum lighting. For more ventilation, a folding window is also very convenience.

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  2. 5. House idea, lighting … look through a light

    Making a hole in a ceiling to let a light shine to house main hall and make a terrace upstairs is not only look beautiful but it also reduces energy consumption for your house. If you a transparent make you uneasy, a semi-transparent or color glass could be use instead

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  5. 6. House idea, spacing … for lighting

Make a section for a big window and the window will not seem to be too high. Further, a window with delicate patter and tradition color glass is interesting small decoration idea. A delicate patter hole on smart board with a glass attached will give an interesting shading as well.

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  2. 7. House idea, terrace … dim light

Transform chilling corner in a back of your house into Sun Room by installing translucent polycarbonate roof on a metal framing and then add a bench of swing for you to enjoy either day or night.

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  2. 8. House idea, ceiling … lighting

Try translucent fiber glass roman roof tile instead of normal tile to let a light go through and reflect on wall and floor to get a different feeling for a room.

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SCG Experience has a principle design to use more natural light but reduce a heat by using cooling system under the light hole.
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Translucent roof change a room atmosphere with a sun light

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Modern-style house design for tropical countries

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Modern-style house design for tropical countries

“Many people want to have a modern-style house as it looks cool and stylish. However, it is questionable whether this house style that originated from cold or temperate countries is suitable for tropical countries weather which is extremely hot and rainy or not. Before you make a decision, let’s get to understand the background of Modern Style first.

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Modern-style houses are influenced by the Industrial Revolution’s in Europe which emphasize on making the most of resources and labors. “Less is more” is a definition of simplicity in design.

The elements of modern-style houses comprise of simple geometric shapes. It is usually in the shape of a rectangle as it can utilize the space efficiently. Furthermore, decorations such as molding and cornice are not necessary.

Modern-style houses always reveal its structure and the nature of the materials. Even if using a metal or wood sash, it should not be painted and coated by oil colors.

This is a way to appreciate natural beauty and “respect for the environment”.

Modern-style houses always show its structure and the nature of the materials. No color painted.

               It can be seen that modern-style houses in international magazines are normally in the shape of square and have large windows to make it look comfortable. Also, roofs are simple and flat with no eaves or don’t even have roof at all.  This is because of the cold weather; the houses are designed to store the sun’s heat and can receive full sun in winter.

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               Meanwhile, you should consider factors when building modern-style houses in tropical countries as well. If you want to have a large window in your house, you should determine the sun’s direction and ensure that room will not encounter sunlight directly. You may install fin sunshades, extend the roof eaves, or plant trees for shading.

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                 Another factors to consider is the pattern of the roof. Naturally, the hot air will float upward so a high roof design is suitable for houses in a tropical zone as it allows the heat to move up to the top of the roof.

                A high roof makes your house cooler and helps drain water or rain away. Therefore, modern style with a flat roof design might cause a high energy consumption and water leakage, which is contrary to the concept of respect for the environment.

                If an architecture is expert in modern house design, it can be easily designed to harmonize with Gable roof and Hip roof. The elements of the modern house come in many styles: lines, geometric shapes, the simplicity of exterior and interior architecture. Moreover, selecting thin and flat roof tiles is important as it makes your house looks modern as well.

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                Nowadays, there is a modern house design for tropical countries, is called Modern Tropical. It adapts and uses local materials in each country. Tropical regions are located all over the world, not just in Asia. Thus, Modern Tropical in each region may differ to blend harmoniously with the environment.

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To install a glass window pane, you should consider the environment and weather.

This is agood solution for those are interested in a modern-style house that is compatible with living.

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6 Things to Concern before Building a New Universal Design House

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6 Things to Concern before Building a New Universal Design House

” Getting things ready makes the actual construction go smoothly and tend to finish on time. You will get a house that includes every family member’s needs without expanding too much budget. “

If you plan to build a new ” Universal Design House “, you will need to gather these information: number of your family, needs (each member’s functional needs and conceptual style), budget, duration, the knowledge of right building materials, house stories, and house plan to see the overview of your house before proceeding further steps.

1.Family Members.

Do you live in a nuclear family (husband-wife or parents-children) or an extended family (grandparents and grandchildren)? Are there elders and children in your family? These questions are for estimating the number of bedroom, bathroom and other rooms of your universal design house.

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How many family members do you have (a nuclear or extended family)? Are there elders and children in your family?
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  2. 2. Needs.
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  4. There are 3 types of needs: individual need, style and conceptual house.

    – Individual need. Gather the information of each member’s needs, including their preference and hobbies. You can discuss, ask, or observe their behavior to get the complete information. For example, if your son likes sports and music, you may have a space outside for him to play sports and a soundproofing room to cut the noise while he’s playing an instrument. If your daughter likes pets, you may need a space for your pets to run and play. If your parents like planting and are religious, you may need a garden for them to plant and a praying room. If you like watching movies, you can have a soundproofing home theater. If your wife likes reading, you can design a peaceful library or office for her.
  5. Things to Concern about building universal design House
    Each family members’ preference, needs and hobbies
  6. Stylistic needs. Stylistic need is the overview of a universal design  house. There are many styles of houses these days. For examples, a minimal modern house with interesting details, luxury classic house, innovative building soltuion , traditional Thai-style house , natural-style house that embraces you with nature, cozy contemporary house, and colonial house influenced from western art.

  7. You can look for the styles you prefer from magazines, architecture books, and internet or while you’re traveling. You may discuss in family the exterior look, interior design, building products, atmosphere, space and others to find the best solution of your universal design house.

  8. Housing Style Idea for universal design
    Style of house you prefer
  9. – Conceptual house. We concern about natural resources and environment more and more these days. Due to tropical weather in Thailand, as well as urbanization that causes limited space and air pollution, and natural diseases, various house concepts have been emerging these days, such as eco-house, healthy house, house for elders, 3-generation house, natural-disease-resistant house, and tiny house. You should list out and conclude the concept before the construction is processed. And look for eco-friendly building solutions.

  10. Housing concept in each life style
    The concept you’d like for example, eco-house, healthy house, house for elders, 3-generation house, natural-disease-resistant house, and tiny house.
  11. 3. Budget 
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  13. Having a budget in mind allows you to make an easier decision of how the construction, space and materials used should be. Budget helps you get the right universal design house without ruining your wallet.
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  15. Apart from construction expenses, your budget should cover interior decoration, furniture, drywall installation, fire protection system, exterior drywall system, drywall system for decoration, decorative wall panels, and other construction around the house and garden.
3 part of Budgeting to build universal design house
The budget for building a new house should be divided into 3 parts: construction expenses, interior decoration, furniture and other construction around the house and garden.
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  2. 4. Picking the date of completion 
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  4. makes it easy for you to make a plan, manage your time and get ready for each process, such as land reclamation which may take a while, information gathering, when should you get the house plan, authorization process, finding a contractor, as well as earning money for each payment round.
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There are many process before getting a house done. You should pick the date of completion so that you can manage your time and get ready for each step.
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  2. 5. House storey 
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  4. The number of the storey depends on the size of land, house, and number of family member. However, there might be a legal limitation on land use, for certain areas, on types and size of building, as well as empty space. For example, as stated in ministerial regulation no.35 (1992), any type of building is prohibited in certain areas in Hua Hin District, Prachaup Khiri Khan, except one-storey single building with height less than 6 meters.
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  6. The total space of the building is restricted to 78 square meters. Each building must have at least 4 meters away from one another and at least 2 meters away from land of others. The space around the building is at least 75 percent of total area, and must be at least 20 meters away from the beach, or at least 12 meters away from Khao Tao reservoir. Therefore, check on the law for the height of your building.
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The number of the storey depends on size, number of family member, and land regulation.

 

6. A desired house plan 

You need a house plan to build a new universal design house with sound block insulation or noise reduction insulation. There are 4 ways to choose: hiring a contractor to build a house plan that you’ve get for free, hiring an architect for house plan and you provide a contractor, hiring a construction team, and building a precast house.

Each way has its own pros and cons. Consider carefully to get the best approach for your budget, land size and limitation, as well as consider relationship between you and people involved in the construction.

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You can choose to get a construction team, hire an architect, use a free house plan or build a precast house.

       After getting needs, budget, plans, green building solution, and the preferred approach for house plan ready, you can start making house plan or construction process as you wish.

 

 

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Where can artificial wood be used?

“With the touch and natural feeling “wood” is all time favorite material”

         Nowadays, there are wood replacement production which is known as “synthesis wood” or “artificial wood” ” which are often known as intelligent building solution. It could be used instead of wood for both interior and exterior use for lath, lid, wall decoration, floor, crown molding, soffit, eave board, fence. It could also be used as a lath or bind lath with no less beautiful than real wood.

         Another important thing is weight capacity and flexibility which are deferent from real wood. So, it is not recommended to hold a lot of weight such as structure ex: pillar, house beam, joist, roof batten and rafter , and other building products or building materials. Also, not recommended as a wood flooring. Artificial wood is more suitable as a floor decoration. If it is place above 50 cm from ground, it is recommend to be place on a concrete floor for a strength and safety.

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A lath decoration covers a pillar, or a blind lath as a partition and for more privacy
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use as a box for plant plot or decorate vertical garden’s wall with pattern of artificial wood.
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Artificial wood decoration for a relax corner in natural garden
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Artificial for space decoration and blind lath with a hold to place a small flower plot.

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