Learn how to make a slide-wire canopy with free how-to instructions.
The process can be broken down into segments, as shown by SailRite, who developed it:
Measuring Pergola & Calculating Panel Dimensions
Installing Eye Bolts
Cutting Fabric & Hemming Sides .
Creating First Sleeve
Creating Intermediate Sleeves
Creating Last Sleeve
Installing Drainage Grommets
Preparing Pipes for Sleeves
Attaching Hardware to Panels
Installing Pulley & Rope System (Optional)
And they also know what materials you will need:
Polyfab Pro Stainless Steel Eye Bolt With Nut & Washers 5/16″ (8mm)
Polyfab Pro Stainless Steel Turnbuckle Eye & Eye With Nut 5/16″ (8mm)
1/2” EMT Conduit Pipe
Nicopress Sleeves 1/8″
Wire Rope 7×7 Stainless Steel 1/8″
Phifertex Plus Vinyl Mesh 54″ Fabric (we used Garden Green)
Seamstick 1/4″ Basting Tape for Canvas
Polyester V-69 or Profilen PTFE Lifetime Thread (we used clear)
Strap Eye Stamped Stainless Steel
Self-Drilling Screws Stainless Steel #8 x 1/2”
Fixed Eye Snap Hook Stainless Steel 3/8″
Spur Grommet #2 #26316 (not required with Phifertex)
1” Polyester or Sunbrella Webbing (Not required if pulley rope system is used)
If you’re building the optional rope pulley system, these materials will also be required:
Harken 092 Cheek Bullet Block
Pan Head Screws Stainless Steel #8 x 3/4”
Harken 226 Micro Block Double
Harken 082 Bullet Block Single
Leechline Dacron 1/8″ in Black or White
Harken 471 Micro Carbo-Cam Cleat
Pan Head Screws Stainless Steel #8 x 1-1/4″
As for tools, they have a list, but I won’t go into that. Needless to say, it’s a considerable project, but one that can be undertaken by a handy DIYer.
This whole thing is done by a company called SailRite, who provide info and materials for people wanting to do this.
Unique Wooden Bathtubs Design
I have always had a standard ceramic bath tub, and in some places there’s only been a shower. So this is something I haven’t even thought of before: a wooden bathtub.
These are a specialty home item. And there are a number of styles. One of the ones you probably noticed though, are those curved ones. They are hardwood tubs made by a company called NK Woodworking.
According to NK Woodworking, “We handcraft our wood bathtubs from distinctive sustainable domestic and exotic hardwoods. Each is then finished with a specialized clear composite barrier for unmatched durability and longevity.
“These wood bathtubs offer you the luxury of fine art furniture as the centerpiece of your bathroom. Not to mention an unparalleled soak. From our studio in Seattle, Washington, we can ship our custom wood bathtubs anywhere in the world.”
NK is from Seattle, and is run by a 27-year old former boat builder. They run around from $15,000 to $30,000. Some of the other pictures show things that can be done for those with a different idea of spending money.
Green Zero – A Comfortable Prefab Home that Builds Energy-Saving into Design
A small prefab house that can be located just about anywhere a home owner wants to put it has been designed to integrate green concerns into prefab modular design aesthetics.
“Green Zero,” a punnish name derivative of “ground zero,” it seems, is by Studio di Architetttura Daniele Menichini, and among the harmonizing work to make green part of design, the exterior of this modular home is wood and it sits on a natural stone foundation. You can see from the photo above how the rainwater management and drainage systems are integrated into the architectural design.
The prefab house is smallish. It can be thought of in terms of a bare-minimum for living. It could be used as a retreat from everyday life, a guest house, or a backyard shed that can be used for accomodations as well.
Since it has a deck and a bathroom, while being small and transportable, it can be set anywhere and be used for just about anything.
The interior space can accomodate at least two people. There are glass windows and doors, even in the bedroom, to provide scenic views of wherever the owner of this modular house puts it. And behind the bed is a colorful (purple, green and beige) design based off of the forms of trees (also keeping within the green theme). This prefab is actually built and is located in Italy where the design team is from. To see more of the prefab home design team, click here for our directory.