• Architecture
    21 September 2015
    21 September 2015

    Container Homes: The Essential Questions

    Read This If You’re Considering Life In A Container

    The idea of creating an inhabitable space inside a shipping container dates back to the 1960s. Fast forward to 2015 and these massive steel boxes are growing in popularity.
    Main reason being the fact that building with shipping containers is environmentally friendly and often much cheaper than a traditional home.

    Perspective: A standard 12 metre shipping container at a weight of 4 tonnes takes around 8000 kWh of energy to melt down.

    Now the average amount of energy used to convert a shipping container into a home takes around 400 kwh, a 95% reduction when compared to melting down the steel.

    So what are the vital questions before getting real about this steel?

    Here are some of the most important things to consider when buying a container:

    1. Decide on whether you’re going for an insulated or dry freight container?

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    2. Be on the lookout for “one-trip” containers if you’re aiming for mint condition. These containers are usually made in Asia and used once for cargo shipping before being sold. You’re likely to find them listed as “new” or “like new” but expect few scratches from their one-time trip.

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    3. Try and get your hands on “corten steel” if you’re living in wet conditions or near the ocean. Corten is a corrosion resistant weathering steel. It’s a new-ish material also used in construction projects because of its ability withstand rusting.

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    4. We’d suggest going for a “factory paint” label if you want a freshly painted look, instead of refurbished look. Refurbished containers can have issues with paint peeling from rust.

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    5. Another handy tip is to find a container with a “no shipping label” – meaning you won’t find a large company logo on the container.

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    6. A “cargo worthy” container indicates that the unit has been inspected by a cargo surveyor.

    It has been deemed worthy of ocean cargo transport.

    Well used containers are classified as “wind-water-tight”. Wind and watertight indicates that the seller believes that it’s a well sealed container, but hasn’t been inspected by a surveyor.

    7. Shipping containers that are labelled “as-is” are the most worn and economical option. In most cases, these containers have been retired by shipping companies, they have some leaks or damage, they are partially rusted and they have 1 or more shipping labels painted onto them.
    There is a also a large supply of as-is shipping containers across the globe, so you have a good chance of purchasing one at a pretty decent price.

    Side notes

    The addition of new doors or windows will compromise the seal and security of the original model.
    Other options include roll up doors, heat units, air conditioning units, skylights, security bars, partitions, vents, fans, framing and insulation.
    Take into consideration the importance of building regulations and planning once you’ve chosen your container.
    When you’re ready to start building and constructing, find a contractor with previous experience (good experience!)

    Check out that time we worked on our own container home experience.

     

    Container Homes: The Essential Questions

    Read This If You’re Considering Life In A Container

  • Architecture
    17 September 2015
    17 September 2015

    Container Home At Full Steam Ahead

    How This Pretoria Couple Industrialised Their Golf Estate Home

    When you visit Sacha and Johan’s home you see an almost infinite landscape of lookalike Tuscan villas. You definitely don’t expect to reach your destination and bear witness to shipping containers flipped and stacked to form a home.

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    Sacha and Johan approached us to handle the architecture on their container home project. Sacha already knew she wanted a container home after falling in love with the novel and arbitrary use of materials. For her, the house had to be all about reducing, reusing and recycling. It made perfect sense considering she’s the owner of Once Upon a Time, an up-cycling business. We also loved the idea of combining industrial and green-living all inside a container home.

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    As you walk into their home you’re met with a network of dials, knobs, exposed piping and worn wood… Basically it’s a container home with a steampunk vibe. Sacha’s drive for steam is naturally fuelled by her penchant for recycling.

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    How It Happened…
    The six metre containers were crane lifted with precision and plugged in. The house is made up of different compartments each connected by a series of passages.

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    The kitchen slash library was put together by flipping three containers onto their sides, and it works in a seriously beautiful way.
    Walking through the house… Look down and you’re transported to an Alice-In-Wonderland world with monochrome and checkered flooring.

     

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    Most of the interior pieces were rescued and given renewed life by Sacha, “We manage to find the strangest things in the strangest places”.
    So the story behind their grand library chair is nothing out of the ordinary for the couple. They found their deep-buttoned leather armchair in a Cape Town shop and sent it back to its new home in the boot of a tiny care hire with a friend. According to Sacha, “it was literally hanging out of the boot”.

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    And just how does one take a hard, tough industrial and space and soften it? Faux grass of course!

    Step out into the modern garden and you’ll find your toes touching artificial green grass dressed with outdoor chairs from trade show SARCDA and a white mosaic swimming pool.

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    Sacha claims most people experience “shock and surprise” when they see their home. We see innovation and a strong concept.

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    Thinking of a container home? Get in touch with us for a meeting.

     

    Container Home At Full Steam Ahead

  • Furniture
    29 September 2015
    29 September 2015

    +27 Bespoke Furniture

    +27 bespoke furniture range aims for a harmonious dichotomy between two opposite characteristic polars of course, rugged tactility against smooth, more refined lines and surfaces.

    It fills a gap in the market for local, contemporary and durable, custom designed furniture and light fittings.

    Clients can approach us with any specific need or idea and the design will be developed, executed and manufactured by +27.

    +27 serves as a platform of opportunity for any designer to become associated with in order to execute their design abilities by means of a curating process.

    Recognition is given to the designer under the brand and marketed in the same way. Catalogue products are curated for exclusivity and originality.

    An elegantly slanted steel table frame, encasing rugged, solid wooden planks for counter and seat; used in Boekenhout UP residence.

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    Steel frame table with laminated Meranti table top, custom designed for AHS student centre. The table is inlaid with a sliding plug system for electricity and data.

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    Looking to collaborate on the custom-made furniture? Contact us for a meeting.

     

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  • Furniture
    29 September 2015
    29 September 2015

    +27 Lighting

    +27 Custom Designed Furniture

    Our custom-designed furniture range aims for a harmonious dichotomy between two opposite characteristic polars – rugged tactility against smooth, more refined lines and surfaces.

    It fills a gap in the market for local, contemporary and durable, custom-designed furniture and light fittings.

    Clients can approach us with any specific need or idea and the design will be developed, executed and manufactured by +27.

    +27 serves as a platform of opportunity for any designer to become associated with in order to execute their design abilities by means of a curating process.

    Recognition is given to the designer under the brand and marketed in the same way. Catalogue products are curated for exclusivity and originality.

    Suspended light fitting constructed from a formed mild steel plate with timber infill; inside spray-painted white, with LED tube lighting; two different sizes are available.

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    Custom designed ceiling-mounted lights at AHSstudent centre, consisting of lead lamps encased in open wire light fittings, fixed to a steel structure.

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    Looking for the right light? Contact us for bespoke lighting.

     

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  • Fashion
    29 September 2015
    29 September 2015

    +27 Men’s Fashion

    It Is Finally Here. Our Men’s Fashion Range – Launched

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    Get in touch  for a consultation on our Men’s Fashion!

     

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  • Design
    28 September 2015
    28 September 2015

    The +27 Green Light Solution

    We Made Our Own Eco Way Of Conducting Electricity

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    This light is constructed from layers of hardboard which is laser cut to hide the visibility of the cables.

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    The threaded bars conduct the DC of the lights, this also creates the illusion that there are no cables.

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    With this project, we wanted to challenge the conventional way of conducting the electricity to a light source.

    Have a green project you’d like us to assist with? Get in touch with us for a meeting.

     

     

    The +27 Green Light Solution

  • Architecture
    28 September 2015
    28 September 2015

    Architecture For Architects

    Our Project At Hage Projects

    Hage projects are renowned consulting engineers in the civil engineering industry. They provide services such as project management services and more.

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    They specialise in light steel construction so we were keen to work and collaborate with them on their office renovations.
    Have a look at what we put together with our architecture.

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    Looking to renovate? Contact us for a meeting.

     

    Architecture For Architects

  • Cafe
    28 September 2015
    28 September 2015

    The Mobility Of Work

    A Workspace No Longer Requires An Office

    These days you really don’t need to have a physical office in order to do your work or coordinate a group of staff.
    Wireless technology and cloud-computing tools mean entrepreneurs and employees can make business portable, eliminating that need for dedicated office spaces.
    There are also some serious advantages to such as reducing the cost of rent and travel while upping your mobility and scaling capacity.

    How can you achieve success sans the office?

    1 Your space is now your computer… Set it up to meet all your needs

    My Mac browser is my primary source of comfort and consistency when it comes to set up. Put all your efforts into your work device set-up such as your desktop and Gmail settings. Desktop = office = Happy, productive work sessions.

     

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    2 Invest in other devices that allow work mobility

    Virtual offices mean no need to be tied to one location and the right equipment can help you set up shop wherever necessary.
    For example, a smartphone allows you to check email, use apps, and browse the web. An iPad or other tablet can always take over when your smartphone is too small and your laptop is just too bulky for a certain scenario.
    If you want to have meetings with staff you can simply authorise their devices to join your wireless network for access to relevant files.

    Remember: Without an office, your ability to scale your company is unlimited.

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    3 Adjust To A Smaller Screen

    If you’re on the move a lot, naturally you can’t be dragging your desktop around. Get used to the smaller screen on your Mac or laptop. Some people have said they are even more productive on a small screen. Probably because it forces you to prioritise your windows and focus on the tasks at hand instead of getting distracted.

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    4 Your Bag Of Tricks Now Carries Major Priority

    Your device IS your work environment so you take it everywhere and care deeply for it. Your computer becomes your primary means of communication, productivity and work, so love it. Also: take care of your extras such as charging cables and headphones. I even bought a small “purse” for my chargers, USBs and adaptors. It is everything.

     

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    5 Remote Management And Storage Tools

    When you’re working with remote employees collaborative software can help you prioritise tasks and determine whether team members are meeting their deadlines. Dropbox and Google Docs offer additional options for online data storage.
    Using a cloud-based web host also eliminates the need for the costly maintenance of your own server and IT staff.

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    6 Replace on-site meetings with telecomms

    Telecommunications technology has made it possible to avoid people in the most tactful way… Most correspondence can be handled through email, but for more detailed discussions and presentations, clients and workers can connect via online webinar tools.

    If you are looking for a place to meet or host a brainstorming session, +27 Cafe is the perfect venue. Great coffee and super wifi add to an already creative and conducive mobile office space.

     

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    Desperately seeking place to bring your mobile work? +27 Cafe has the perfect work vibes.

     

    The Mobility Of Work

  • Cafe
    28 September 2015
    28 September 2015

    We Can All Keep Our Coffee Addiction

    Here Are All The Reasons To Keep Drinking Coffee

    1 Coffee Can Make You Even Smarter

    You mostly drink coffee when you’re lacking major sleep, right? Well that shot of caffeine brings you to life and make you sharper. Caffeine travels to you brain through your bloodstream and blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. Then other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine increase, leading to enhanced firing of neurons. You are pretty much jolted into functioning at 100%.

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    2 Burn Baby Burn

    Caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat burning supplement and with good reason! It’s one of the very few natural substances that have been proven to aid fat burning. Several studies have also shown that caffeine can boost your metabolic rate.

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    3 The Essentials

    Coffee is a powerful source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemicals that fight free radicals (elements found naturally in the body or in environmental toxins) that damage cells and may play a part in causing cancer. In fact, coffee shows more antioxidant activity than green tea and cocoa, two antioxidant superstars.

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    4 Lower The Risk Of Diabetes

    Coffee also lowers risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to a study from The American Chemical Society. The study’s researchers found that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 50 percent. Subsequently, with every additional cup, the risk gets lowered by 7%.

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    5 Lessen The Symptoms Of Parkinson’s

    In 2012, ScienceDaily reported that drinking coffee could help people with Parkinson’s disease control their movement. Ronald Postuma, MD, the study author, said, “Studies have shown that people who use caffeine are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, but this is one of the first studies in humans to show that caffeine can help with movement symptoms for people who already have the disease.”

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    6 It Does Wonders For Your Liver

    Several common diseases affect the liver, including hepatitis and fatty liver disease. Many of these diseases can lead to cirrhosis where the liver is largely replaced by scar tissue. It turns out that coffee may protect against cirrhosis. People who drink 4 or more cups per day have up to an 80% lower risk

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    7 Increase Your Happy Vibes

    In 2011, a Harvard study stated that women who drank 4 or more cups per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed. Another study with 208,424 individuals found that those who drank 4 or more cups per day were 53% less likely to commit suicide. Another study done by the National Institute of Health found that people who drink four or more cups of coffee were about 10% less likely to suffer from depressed than people who had never tasted caffeine.

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    8 Coffee may help curb some cancers

    Researchers have found ties between regular coffee drinking and lower rates of liver, colon, breast, and rectal cancers. Coffee does appear to be protective against two types of cancer; liver cancer and colorectal cancer. Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer. One study of 489,706 individuals found that those who drank 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.

    Oh and by the way, +27 Cafe has some of the most impressive coffee – Seriously!

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    We Can All Keep Our Coffee Addiction

  • Design
    25 September 2015
    25 September 2015

    Keen To Go Green?

    Achieve Eco-Living Bit By Bit

    Going green before load-shedding seemed like a mostly hippie concept. Of  course, now people are seriously considering moves to go off the grid.  But sometimes, even with the purest intentions, you just don’t have the financial resources to go green.

    Here are some our suggested starting points:

    1 Change Your Light Bulbs

    The electricity used over the lifetime of a single incandescent bulb costs five to 10 times the original purchase price of the bulb itself. LED and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) bulbs have revolutionised energy-efficient lighting.

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    Have a look at Future Light’s website for more: www.futurelight.co.za

    2 Save Water

    Oxygenics® water and Power saving showerheads incorporate a unique combination of patented technology and materials resulting in exceptional performance and stylish, cost-saving designs.

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    Check out www.savingenergy.co.za for more.

    3 Solar Panels

    Solar energy is the most cost-effective source of electricity if you’re thinking of going off the grid!

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    Find out more on www.solarworld.co.za

    4 Programmable Thermostat

    For those of you on that underfloor heating vibe, consider a programmable room thermostat.

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    Have a look at what you can get at Speed Heat: www.speedheat.co.za

    5 Insulation

    Simply insulating wrapping your geyser in a geyser blanket will save energy by keeping water hotter for longer.

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    More details here on savingenergy.co.za

    7 No Printed Mail

    Save masses of unnecessary paper and opt to have all your statements emailed to you. Most companies and banks will give you the option of post or email as a form of contact.

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    8 Non Toxic Cleaning Products

    Check out Beyond Green, they have successfully managed to introduce a first in enviro-friendly, bio-remediation hygiene solutions.

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    Get clean and non toxic here: www.betterearth.co.za

    Have a look at our Green Light Project here.

     

    Keen To Go Green?

    Achieve Eco-Living Bit By Bit