Sun, Wind, Surf and Sauna All At Once

Spring is a great time to be outdoors -the weather is warming up, but you still aren't hit by the oppressive summer heat. Unfortunately, in most places, it's still too cool to head over to your nearest natural body of water and take a dip. Of course, if you have a Saunalautta, you might not feel that way. That's because the delightful creations feature a fully functional sauna so you can cool down and heat back up, or go the more traditional route and build up a good sweat before jumping into the the icy waters below. 

While there are a few pictures of Saunalauttas online, this multi-deck raft is particularly impressive as it is also fitted with a propane grill, three decks and three hammocks so you can really make the most of those cool days and steamy nights.

Unsurprisingly, Saunalauttas come from the country best known for its love of saunas, Finland. What is surprising is that this impressive raft was built and designed not by professionals, but just a group of friends with a good love of steam, water and sunshine. 

Best of all, the group even opened their delightful creation up to the public so anyone can rent it -well, anyone who visits Joensuu. If you do decide to take a plunge on a Saunalautta in its native land, may I suggest renting between late May and early September as few who aren't Finnish will be able to handle the icy chill of the area's frozen waters -even with a sauna to warm them up.

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The Best Way to Stop And Take In The Cherry Blossoms

Most variety of cherry blossoms don't have much smell, so while you might not want to smell them like roses, they are strikingly beautiful while in bloom and if you happen to be somewhere filled with the lovely trees, you should certainly take a break to enjoy the view.

For those in Hokuto, Japan, there is now no better place to do so than in the Kiyoharu Shirakaba Museum, where Architect Terunobu Fujimori created this fairy-tale-inspired treehouse. Supported by a single cypress trunk and surrounded by cherry blossom trees in full bloom, the structure seems to exist solely for the purpose of beauty.

And visitors aren't limited to just fairy tale design either. Once they enter the structure, they are greeted with a tea house that is in stark contrast with the exterior thanks to its modern, sleek design. The effect is a seamless blend of old and new with just a dash of surreal beauty to make the entire experience memorable. 

Fujimori is known for creating unique and surprising structures like this, which are generally made using mostly natural materials. “A building should not resemble anyone else's buildings, past or present, or any style that has developed since the Bronze Age,” Fujimori has stated.

He certainly lived up to that standard here. 

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Camping Has Never Looked This Good

We all love the idea of getting away and spending the night out in the great outdoors, but many of us also love having a comfy bed and somewhere nice to stay warm. That's why the Beermoth is such an appealing idea. 

This delightfully unique hotel option on the Inshriach House estate in Aivemore, Scotland allows you to drive around and explore the lovely Scottish countryside without sacrificing comfort. The modified 1956 Commer Q4 firetruck had its roof raised a foot and the interior was converted into a hotel room.

The covered rear area of the truck now features an oak parquet floor that was recovered from a Tudor mansion, a Victorian double bed, an old cottage door, a small kitchen with a woodburning stove and a cozy dinning room. 

It's worth noting that while kids would likely love the vintage setup, they aren't welcome in this wagon, but couples may bring their pets.

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16 Home Offices You Wish You Could Use As A Write Off This Year

With Tuesday’s tax deadline looming, it seems only appropriate to look at something many of us have to work into our forms, the marvelous and terrifying home office. These works spaces can be an oppressive reminder of your never-ending to-do list, or a refreshing place to get away from the hustle and bustle of your home life and settle down to get things done. However you feel about your home office though, you’re likely to feel a lot better about it if it’s at least an attractive place to look at and here are a few residential workspaces we wouldn’t mind settling into.

Small And Stunning

You don’t always need a large space to get a lot done. In fact, some people just need a place to sit down and work on their computer. This closet-turned-office may not be spacious, but with its hanging bar of office supplies and beautiful blue wall paper, it’s a lovely space to get things done –especially if you’re the blogger behind IHeartOrganizing.

Under the Stairway

Usually the space under the stairs is reserved for storage, but this clever design by Sage Design Studio turns the below-the-steps space into a compact basement workstation. Of course, it’s not to say there’s no storage here -the angled areas directly below the steps themselves make for useful office storage in the form of shelves, drawers and cupboards.

Inconspicuous

Few people need full access to their office 24/7, which is the brilliance behind this space-saving design by Min Day. When in use, the wooden seat with built-in storage can be pulled out to create a comfortable desk. When the work day is done though, the seat can be pushed in, leaving a storage unit featuring an attractive open space for a computer, books and a few other knick knacks.

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Office Armoire

Here’s another clever hidden desk option. Just open the Seymour Office Home Armoire and pull out the keyboard tray to create a desk then close everything up when you’re done. Unfortunately, Pottery Barn discontinued the design, but it can still serve as good inspiration to repurpose an armoire you buy on Craigslist.

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A Beautiful Staircase That Floats Above Its Living Space

When we brought you the staircase/desk/storage unit in one, we mentioned that one of the things that made the design so fantastic was the fact that the space under the staircase was made totally functional. Now this elegant floating stairway by Haptic Architects reminds us of that empty space can be just as functional.

That's because these floating steps don't just look fantastic hovering above the living room of the rennovated 19th century Oslo loft where they are installed, they also free up tons of space that would have been lost to a traditional staircase.

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What Do You Do With Material That is Barely Recyclable? Repurpose It.

Once a critical part of every home and office's technology, cathode ray tubes (CRT) were located inside televisions and computer monitors around the globe. As these devices have since become outdated in favor of flater and clearer LCD and plasma screens, we're left with over 860 pounds of waste from the CRT alone. 

Unfortunately, these tubes are one of the hardest forms of electronic waste to recycle, which means we are stuck with a whole lot of very unusable (and potentially dangerous) tubes. But Fireclay Tile has a clever solution to breathe new life into CRT by melting them down into glass tiles.

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The Sustainability Treehouse Educates While It Excites

There is something magical about a treehouse that instantly makes us feel at one with nature. It's a great feeling and a great way to remember that we need to protect our natural resources if we want to continue enjoying them in the future. The Sustainability Treehouse by Mithun takes that natural-occurring feeling we get from a treehouse and builds upon it with educational materials about sustainability and an amazing view that reinforces the majesty of the wilderness. 

The education facility, located in the forest of the Summit Betchel Reserve of West Virginia, was constructed on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America to promote environmental stewardship in a fun, hands-on camp facility. Best of all, the buildings not only preaches sustainability, but survives on it, operating on wind turbines, solar panels, a large cistern and a water cleansing system.

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Aros Is A Smart Air Conditioner

Generally speaking, window-installed air conditioning units aren't the most technologically advanced products on the market, but if you have an older home without central A/C and live somewhere warm, they're pretty much a must-have. While we still don't know a way to hide the eyesore like we suggest doing with your central A/C unit, this smart window air conditioner system can at least help you save a little cash over those warm summer months. And at least it's surprisingly attractive from the front.

That's because the new Aros system wireless connects to the internet so you can control it with an app on your smart phone. You can tell it to turn on before you head home from work, it can detect when you leave and automatically turn off. It even learns your prefer ed settings and will work to keep the temperature where you find it most comfortable.

Aros looks at the weather report to determine when it needs to work harder and when it can take a rest. Even more impressive, the unit monitors your how much you've spent on cooling each month and suggests settings based upon your budget.

Surprisingly, at $300, it's hardly more expensive than other 8,000 BTU air conditioning units on the market that don't come with these impressive features. You can preorder yours at Amazon to have it shipped out early May so it will arrive just before the heat really picks up.

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18 Utterly Awesome Kid’s Beds

We’ve seen amazing Disney-themed rooms and cool custom kid’s furniture available on Etsy, but every youngster needs a safe place to curl up and nap, which is why we thought it was high time to check out some of the coolest kid’s beds available.

Castle

Whether you have a princess or a knight, they’re certain to love this wonderful castle Murphy bed by Tiny Town Studios. Best of all, when the drawbridge is up, your royal highness will have even m ore space to live out his or her medieval fantasies beside the castle walls.

Western Saloon

If your cowpoke is getting restless for more action or adventure, this western saloon loft bed/playhouse by Tiny Town Studios is a perfect place to play, sleep and rustle cattle.

Chuckwagon

Your hero of the Wild West doesn’t need to be stuck in a saloon though, he or she could also hit the trail in this great chuckwagon bed by Posh Tots. This toddler bed even comes with a changing station built in.

Spider-Man

Incredibeds turns children’s beds into cool characters, from Hello Kitty to giant teddy bears. We’re particularly into this amazing Spider-Man bed as every child could sleep a lot easier knowing they are protected by their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

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The Road Shower Gives You Warm, Pressurized Water Wherever You Go

Whether you live an outdoor lifestyle, work on vehicles regularly or just happen to live somewhere rather muddy, sandy or dusty, you know how convenient it can be to have some water on hand to wash your hands and shoes. You can keep a jug of water in your car, but sometimes you need a little more than just a splash -sometimes you need something with high pressure or with enough water to wash your whole body. Even more, sometimes you need the water to be warm so you don't end up trying to wash off mud with ice. That's the beauty of the Road Shower.

The Road Shower can fit on any standard roof rack and heats while you drive using solar energy -the water can even reach over 100 degrees (be sure to check the tank with your hand before using the water). It's easy to fill and can be pressurized with a bike pump, compressor or tire inflator so you can pump up the power of the spray before you turn it on. The device can also be used hands free by simply clipping the shower head to the side of the body.

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