While I can't say I am much a fan of the show, this is an apartment conversion that made me say, "Wow, that guy really loves Star Trek." In late 1997, Tony Alleyne of Leicestershire, UK, began the arduous task of remaking his entire 500 square foot apartment into something from Star Trek: The Next Generation. As you can imagine, while the materials came from home improvement stores, just about everything was painstakingly handcrafted by Alleyne himself. And the finished product is a work to behold. The apartment features voice activated lighting, running light modules, and AgiLight z-LED lighting, among other features. Visitors who ring the doorbell are greeted with a Patrick Stewart recording gravely intoning, "Welcome to the 24th century." Finishing the project inspired Alleyne to start his own design business, 24th Century Design, featuring his remade apartment as the flagship product. Be sure to check out the slideshow that accompanies the article. While I may not be a huge fan of the show, I do admire Alleyne's inspired vision and determination in tranforming his living space.
If there’s one thing we harp about here at FLASH, it’s the importance of protecting your home’s windows and doors from severe winds. Why? Because these openings are easily penetrated by wind-borne debris often generated by windstorms. And once those high winds are inside your house, your chances of extreme roof damage or even roof loss quickly rise. While we’ve already discussed your options for protecting your home’s openings from severe winds in this blog (see 2/8/06 and 6/26/07 entries), and the importance of choosing only tested and approved products, today I want to explain those test standards a bit more. For the best protection, your choices are to choose products that have been tested and approved to:
•SSTD 12, ASTM E 1886 and ASTME E 1996, which are testing standards for impact-resistant glass and shutters;
•OR you can choose products tested and approved to Miami-Dade Protocols TAS 201, TAS 202, and TAS 203, which are the most stringent testing standards in the nation for impact-resistant glass and shutters.
Look for these standards on the labels of the products you choose to ensure you’ve got the best protection available.