Working with SnapStone, A Floating Porcelain Tile System

Recently I had the opportunity to play with a product called SnapStone. SnapStone is a porcelain floating floor system that can be installed over most vinyl, wood and concrete sub-floors. I’ve seen this product before in my local big box store in the ‘real’ tile aisle and have always looked upon it a bit suspiciously. It couldn’t possibly rival real stone or tile, I thought. So, when the boxes of SnapStone arrived at my front door, I was excited to see how it would compare.  Continue Reading

How to Make and Install and Invisible Book Shelf–The Video Version


created at: 2009-06-25

Here’s a really easy-to-follow video explaining the process of making and installing one of those cool, invisible bookshelves. To make one, you’ll need to assemble the following:

  • a good looking sacrificial book
  • an L bracket
  • a utility knife
  • a drill
  • a Philip’s head screwdriver
  • tape measure
  • small wood screws, flathead
  • large wood screws, flathead
  • glue
  • a pencil
  • books to display on your new shelf

Painting & Decorating: How To Install Invisible Shelves

The Floating Cabin

Ever dream of a cabin on a lake? How about a cabin IN a lake?? Margy and Wayne Lutz’s get-away in Powell Lake in British Columbia is just that. The 20′ x 21′ 2-story cabin sits atop a 40′ x 40′ float but has a couple of other floats tethered to it that house a woodshed and Margy’s vegetable garden. Yes, the Lutz’s pay property tax as well as a water lease. Both add up to about $1000 a year. Continue Reading

Book Shelf…Made From A Book.

There's been several DIY versions of these floating 'round the net, and they're now available en masse for approximately 20 GBP from I Want One of Those!

“Bookshelves whilst being terribly useful, have never really managed the style leap into cool. They are after all just shelves. Well not so the Book Shelf however. For this tome is (of course) not a book at all, but a shelf that looks just like one. Simply attach it to your wall (all the bits are provided) and pile your worthy novels on it, and it will look as though your reading material is floating in space, though not space as in the final frontier obviously. Continue Reading

Boat + Bed = The Float Bed

Designer and seafarer David Trubridge has combined his interest in sailing with furniture design in a very interesting way. When undertaking what became ‘Float’, Trubridge asked people what sleep meant to them personally. The answers he heard included ‘floating, cosy, romantic, rocking, trusting’. He also threw in his own experience with sleep, which he interpreted as a voyage ‘through dreams when we wholly give ourselves up in trust, lying curled up in our bed vessel feeling save and cosy.’ Continue Reading