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Beauty of Alesund town

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Houses | Comments Off on Beauty of Alesund town

Alesund is a town and municipality in More og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Sunnmore, and the center of the Alesund Region. It is a sea port, and is noted for its unique concentration of Art Nouveau architecture. The Alesund municipality has a population of 43.000.

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The city has a pronounced maritime climate with mild and windy winters; the coldest month of the year, January, has a mean temperature of 1.3 °C (34.3 °F).[8] The lowest temperature ever recorded at Ålesund Airport, Vigra is a mere ?11 °C

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Thatched houses

Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Houses | 5 comments

Thatched houses

Thatched houses are unusual and beautiful. Simple in design, the indigenous materials of which they are composed invariably blend in a very satisfactory way into the environment. They are personalised and individualised by location and craftsmanship. Our landscape would be poorer aesthetically without them.

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Thatching is the craft of building a roof with dry vegetation such as straw, water reed, sedge, rushes and heather, layering the vegetation so as to shed water away from the inner roof. It is a very old roofing method and has been used in both tropical and temperate climates.

Thatch is still employed by builders in developing countries, usually with low-cost, local vegetation. By contrast in some developed countries it is now the choice of affluent people who desire a rustic look for their home or who have purchased an originally thatched abode. Would you like to explore an alternative roofing style? Contact a reputable contractor like Tredent Roofing to discuss your options!

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Good quality thatching straw can last for more than 45–50 years when applied by a skilled thatcher.

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Thatch is fastened together in bundles with a diameter of about two feet. These are then laid on the roof with the butt end facing out and secured to the roof beams, after which they are pegged in place with wooden or steel rods.

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The thatcher adds the layers on top of each other, finishing with a layer to secure the ridgeline of the roof. This method means thatch roofs are easy to repair, can endure heavy winds and rain and only need a stable supporting structure.

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Thatch is also a natural insulator, and air pockets within straw thatch insulate a building in both warm and cold weather. A thatched roof will ensure that a building will be cool in summer and warm in winter.

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Thatch also has very good resistance to wind damage when applied correctly.

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Beautiful Saint James Beach Houses

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Houses | Comments Off on Beautiful Saint James Beach Houses

St James is one of Cape Town’s smaller suburbs, yet it has a rich history. St James Beach is one of the smaller beaches along the False Bay coastline. The colourful beach huts and the large tidal pool are a trademark of St James. The beach area is not that big but there are rock pools on either side of the tidal pool that allow you to spread out and explore. This beach is great for everyone but has particular appeal to kids with a sense of adventure. The tidal pool is calmer and warmer than the sea making for very pleasant bathing conditions.

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Sharm el-Sheikh beachs and hotels

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in Exotic Locations, Houses | 3 comments

Sharm el-Sheikh is a city situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, in South Sinai Governorate, Egypt, on the coastal strip along the Red Sea. Its population is approximately 35,000. Sharm el-Sheikh is the administrative hub of Egypt’s South Sinai Governorate which includes the smaller coastal towns of Dahab and Nuweiba as well as the mountainous interior, Saint Catherine’s Monastery and Mount Sinai.

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Sharm El Sheikh is all about the sea. Whether you swim, dive, snorkel or simply laze on your sun bed and admire the way that the bright blues of the ocean contrast with the ochre colours of the desert, you’ll have to admit that the sea is this resort’s biggest asset. For crystal clear waters, abundant fish and spectacular reefs, there’s nowhere else quite like it. And the resort that has sprung up to cater for all the sea lovers who come here does a very good job indeed, with top class, international hotels next door to cosy guest houses, restaurants from all around the world, and plenty of cheerful nightlife.

The average temperatures during the winter months (November to March) range from 15 to 35 degrees Celsius (59-95°F) and during the summer months (April to October) from 20 to 45 degrees Celsius (68-113°F). The temperature of the Red Sea in this region ranges from 21 to 28 degrees Celsius (70-84°F) over the course of the year.

Hotels in Sharm el Sheikh are located either in Na’ama Bay, the city’s nightlife and dining hub, or across the rest of the city. Most of the hotels in Sharm el Sheikh are mid range, and, the closer the hotel to Na’ama bay, the more expensive the room rates are likely to be. Hotels overlooking the Strait of Tiran usually enjoy panoramic, stunning views of the waterfront, whilst hotels in the Hadaba district are situated at the top of a cliff, but wherever you are to stay, check that rooms include air conditioning as it gets incredibly hot during the high season.

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Queensland Beaches

Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Houses | Comments Off on Queensland Beaches

Queensland Beaches

Queensland is a state in eastern Australia. It is the second largest state by area and the third largest state by population. It has 4,000,000 people. Its capital city is Brisbane. It occupies the north-east corner of the continent. The state is neighboured by the Northern Territory to the west, South Australia to the south-west and New South Wales to the south. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean.

The area was first colonised by native Australians and Torres Strait Islanders, who arrived between 40 000 and 65 000 years ago. Later, Queensland was made a British Crown Colony that was separated from New South Wales in 1859. The area that currently forms Brisbane was originally the Moreton Bay punishment colony, intended as a place for criminals with a repeated offence history who had offended while serving out their sentences in New South Wales. The state later encouraged free settlement, and today Queensland’s economy is dominated by the agricultural, tourist and natural resource sectors.

The population is concentrated in the south-east corner, which includes the capital Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, and the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Other major regional centres include Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, and Mount Isa. Queensland is often nicknamed the Sunshine State, since it enjoys warm weather and a sizable portion of the state is in the tropics.

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Island House Germany

Posted by on Jan 28, 2011 in Houses, Nature | Comments Off on Island House Germany

Island House Germany

The 550 square foot house, on a tiny lot, sits right on the water facing the harsh northeastern open ocean – winds clocking 100 mph were measured this year. The house was designed with a hard, protective aluminum shell to close up in the off-season, by three large sliding doors. The exterior needed to be virtually maintenance free, a challenge with the corrosive salt air. But in mild weather the house opens up to take in the prevailing breezes and soak up the daylight. Technolgy-wise, the house has photovoltaics with large-capacity batteries, a 525 gallon cistern, a composting toilet, and a solar refrigerator originally designed for keeping medical supplies cold in Sub-Saharan Africa. The local lobsterman turned out to be a great source for sustainable energy information as he had been living off-the-grid for decades. The construction had to be planned to the nail, as all the materials came out at once, on an amphibious Vietnam-era US Army landing craft that pulled right up onto the beach (Everyone on the island came out to watch). All the framing is on a 2-foot grid for fail-proof planning and coordination. The simple interior uses unfinished north-eastern woods. In addition, truly local materials were used—beach stones for the hearth and island-cured concrete counters – as well as recycled plastic laminate for the cabinets.

Germany officially the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, pronounced ,is a country in Western Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea; to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic; to the south by Austria and Switzerland; and to the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The territory of Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. With 81.8 million inhabitants, it is the most populous member state of the European Union, and home to the third-largest number of international migrants worldwide.

A region named Germania, inhabited by several Germanic peoples, was documented before AD 100. Beginning in the 10th century, German territories formed a central part of the Holy Roman Empire, which lasted until 1806. During the 16th century, northern German regions became the centre of the Protestant Reformation while southern and western parts remained dominated by Roman Catholic denominations. As a modern nation-state, the country was first unified in 1871, with the inception of the German Empire. After the proclamation of the Weimar Republic in 1918 the Third Reich followed in 1933. The period was marked by a dictatorship and the initiation of World War II. After 1945, Germany was divided by allied occupation, and evolved into two states, East Germany and West Germany. In 1990 Germany was reunified. West Germany was a founding member of the European Community in 1957, which became the EU in 1993. It is part of the Schengen Area and since 1999 a member the eurozone.

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