Overlooking a lake in the Scottish Highlands, the Lochside House was constructed with great respect to its setting. The off-grid dwelling is made from prefabricated panels for minimal impact on the natural environment. The structure also minimizes its energy use with solar panels and its own water supply, sewage treatment, and electrical systems. Made up of three gabled volumes clad in a palette of stone and larch, it pays homage to the peninsula’s vernacular architecture while complementing the pristine setting. Internally, oiled timber and white walls create a soft, airy atmosphere, allowing the surrounding mountains and forest to take the focus.
We may be reaching peak shooting brake, with the classic British design making a comeback among luxury and high-end performance car makers. Aston Martin released pictures of its latest collaboration with Italian design firm Zagato, taking their Vanquish and turning it into what may be the ultimate hot hatch. The Vanquish shooting brake is still a two-seater, but the extended roofline houses a V-shaped glass panel that reaches from the windshield to the rear of the car. Inside, the interior has seats with the Zagato stylized “Z” pressed into the leather along with some exposed carbon fiber. Aston Martin plans on producing only 99 examples and the Vanquish itself is no more — a fitting way to send off a great grand tourer.
If Rich Uncle Pennybags commissioned his own Monopoly set, we imagine it’d look like this. The game cabinet is crafted from burl-finished wood, accented by die-cast metal drawer pulls and plaque. The game surface is labeled with gold foil, and in the center is a faux leather rolling area. One drawer holds the premium game money, bank teller-style, while the other holds the die-cast metal houses, hotels, and tokens, as well as the faux leather title deed card holder and Chance/Community Chest cards. A quality gift that will still be played long after the cardboard boxes of lesser versions have withered away.
A lot of your skiing ability, from keeping yourself steady to taking turns, relies on your quadriceps and your knees. The Roam Elevate Robotic Ski Exoskeleton reduces stress on these parts, letting you enjoy the slopes for longer and with less fatigue. Sensors and software work together to anticipate your intent and automatically adjust torque at the knee via air actuators, mimicking the work your quads are already doing. A hand controller lets you adjust things further, and the entire system links to an iOS app for performance data and even more fine-tuning. Demo rentals will begin soon at select locations near Lake Tahoe, CA and Park City, UT.
When Porsche released the 911 Turbo-based 935 in 1976, it was unlike any 911 the company had offered. Designed for the FIA’s Group 5 racing class, the 935 was the most extreme version of the 911 Porsche had come up with, and it showed on the track *212; culminating with a Le Mans win in 1979. This 1976 911 Turbo was purchased new and immediately delivered to Kremer Racing for their 935K package. Fiberglass bodywork similar to the 935 factory race cars was added, along with power-adjustable bucket seats, engine modifications, and a quad-tipped exhaust system. The car has all its original Kremer mods along with service records and a recent service refresh that included pulling the engine. With its color, custom bodywork, and history, this is one of the most unique 911s available.
While we seem to be getting closer and closer to a life on Mars, one studio imagines our future dwellings on the Red Planet. The Open x Xiaomi Mars Case House is a compact, net-zero living pod. Assuming we’ll only be able to take the essentials, all of the service components will be inflatable allowing the entire 2.4-square-meter module to be folded for easy transportation. Resources will likely be minimal making recycling heat, energy, and water crucial. Each module will be fitted with an integrated ecosystem that will self-circulate, reusing everything from exhaust to condensation. The project is a collaboration between Open Architecture and electronics company Xiaomi in an effort to combine design and technology in a way that will accommodate the future lifestyles.
Zero has been making electric motorcycles since 2006, making them one of the original EV manufacturers in the industry. With a lineup that street, racing, supermoto, and dual-sport bikes, Zero has something for every rider. Their recently upgraded DS dual-sport model adds a host of improvements to an already solid offering, making the bike a legitimate choice versus the gasoline-powered models from other manufacturers. Rather than reinvent the wheel, Zero sticks with proven design and tech, with Showa inverted front forks and rear shocks, J-Juan calipers, and Bosch Gen 9 ABS. The heart of the DS is its battery and electric motor, with up to 60 horsepower and 200 miles of range on tap depending on options. A well-designed bike with great specs and an affordable price means that electric motorcycles are more than just a novelty.
Not all yachts are meant to spend their lives floating in sunny, calm waters. The Damen Game Changer Expedition Yacht is meant for exploration and has the IMO Arctic and Antarctic certifications to prove it. Measuring 227 feet, the vessel houses a fully-equipped dive center with tri-mix facilities for deep diving, a U-Boat C-Researcher submarine, and a Saab Falcon remote vehicle. On the deck is a fully-certified helipad with a hangar for the custom Airbus H130 helicopter, as well as space for multiple tenders. Despite its rugged feature list, the interior is far from utilitarian, so as to provide greater comfort on long voyages.
In recent years, the growler has seen a rise in popularity thanks to its ability to allow you to bring fresh draft beer home. But it won’t stay fresh for long, and taking down 64oz or more of beer in one sitting might not be a great idea. The uKeg Pressurized Growler from GrowlerWerks solves that issue, as it maintains perfect carbonation from the first pour until the last by utilizing vacuum-insulated stainless steel and CO2 cartridges. The regulator cap keeps any air from leaking out, providing a pour that is just what the brewer had in mind to begin with. Now available in a Limited Edition Matte Black finish in 128-ounce capacity, along with the classic 64-ounce stainless version, each uKeg arrives with a 2-pack of CO2 cartridges to ensure you’re set to pour some fresh brew out of the box, just add beer.
CO2 cannot be shipped outside the Continental United States.
Drayton, one of the leading brands in the UK domestic heating market has an interesting solution for those homes with radiator heating. We tend to think of radiator heating as somehow being outdated, but many homes around the world still use this form of heating. And now you can update your heating and integrate it with the rest of your home automation system. The Wiser smart heating system keeps things simple and makes it easier for you to control the heating in your home no matter where you are.
Control Every Room Easily
Wiser is an affordable multi-room smart heating control system that offers flexible heating zones in up to 16 rooms of a home. You’ll get better energy efficiency and comfort with this system installed. Wiser is easy to install and you can program each room to the temperature you want while saving money.
Pros: Excellent value Simple control
Cons: The app could be better
The system is comprised of four parts: the thermostat, radiator thermostat, heat hub, and the app. Through the app, you can remotely control heating across all of your rooms. The company also launched the Wiser Plug, which is a smart plug that allows you to control up to ten appliances. Wiser works along with your existing heating system and home automation setup, so you won’t have to change or alter any pipework or valves. It’s easy for most people to install.
Everyone loves the money-saving aspect of smart devices like this, but it’s also pretty great to be able to have the infant’s…
It’s not too late to enjoy a house in the Hamptons this year. While summer is its prime, holidays in the seaside village can be just as memorable especially when you have a place like the Water Mill House to gather. The 9,000-square-foot-foot home sits on 5 acres enclosed by horse pastures and farmland. Its interior boasts an ultra-modern design with a glass double-faced fireplace, European-style kitchen, and a glazed staircase. The 8-bedrooms include multiple suites with marble bathrooms, a ground-floor junior suite, and a master with a private terrace featuring another double-sided fireplace while a theater room, wine cellar, and gym round out the resort-like amenities. On the exterior, a bluestone patio is fitted with a pergola overlooking the 50-foot swimming pool and matching spa that’ll be waiting for the warmer months roll back around.
Sling TV is one of the first companies to explore the world of live TV streaming without a cable company. The company has struggled to catch on in recent times, especially when compared to Netflix or Hulu, but it is slowly gaining momentum.
If you’re looking to lower your cable bill or satellite TV bill, you can’t go wrong with Sling TV. It offers a good number of channels packages and extra features without breaking the bank.
Check out our Sling TV review below to learn more about the service and how well it fits with your budget and needs.
Sling TV Packages and Pricing
The channel selections for each plan are clearly listed on Sling TV’s website.
If there’s one thing that’s true about TV packages, it’s that they’re overly complicated and expensive. With three simple and affordable pricing packages and a variety of add-ons, Sling TV is different.
You can purchase the Sling Blue package, Sling Orange package or Sling Orange + Sling Blue package. The main difference between these packages are the number and selection of channels available. Let’s take a look at the differences.
Sling Orange (this package gives you the least amount of channels)
It costs $25 per month and only gives you 29+ channels.
However, be aware that the channels you get with Sling Orange are typically the more popular or “premium” channels, including Disney channels, ESPN and more. Sling Orange only allows you to stream on one device at a time, including mobile devices.
In today’s supercar world, finding room for improvement can be difficult — but never say that to Novitech. No matter how high-performing the car, they come up with a way to make it better, and their take on McLaren’s range-topping 720S proves their skill. Novitech has fixed the biggest criticism of the 720S — it’s rather soft styling — and given it a more aggressive carbon-fiber makeover that recalls the 720S-based Senna. The new parts aren’t just for show either, as Novitech has wind tunnel tested the pieces to make sure they exceed the aerodynamic and cooling properties of the originals. An optional exhaust and three-stage tuning module bring power figures up to 794 horsepower and 648 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 84 and 80 respectively over stock, dropping the 0-62 time to 2.7 seconds. Add in sport springs that drop the ride height 1.3 inches, and you have a track monster that rivals the Senna.
In the 1960’s, the U.S. military needed a timepiece that was legible, accurate, and durable for pilots in active combat. Mil-Spec GG-W-113 was the result, and Hamilton created the best of the bunch. Based on the design of that soldier watch, the Khaki Field features a handsome utilitarian dial with vintage-style lume set in a perfectly-sized brushed stainless steel case with drilled lugs. Our exclusive, new version nearly doubles the power reserve time — from 42 hours in the standard model to a full 80 hours in ours — thanks to Hamilton’s impressive H-50 manually-wound movement. The Uncrate-exclusive set also arrives with both military green and black NATO straps, as well as a watch tool for adding one of your own straps.
Diameter: 38mm / Lug width: 20mm / Case Thickness: 9.5mm
Built for climbers preparing to tackle an alpine climb with a huge approach — or any situation where you don’t want your gear weighing you down, Black Diamond’s new Ultralight Ice Screw lives up to its name. It’s the lightest ice screw in the world and weighs 45% less than their all-steel screws thanks to an aluminum body with a steel tip and a forged aluminum hangar with two clip-in points. An excellent addition to your ice rack, the Ultralight is available in four different lengths with color-coded handles to differentiate length clicks open and closed.
Housed in a 300-year-old mansion, the Wuyuan Skywells Hotel brings ancient China to the present day. The property is located in the historic village of Yan village — a secluded town that is free of cars. Built during the Qing dynasty, the building is full of original architecture and artifacts most of which were preserved during its renovation. The interior now offers 14 guest rooms situated around one of three skywells. While they maintain authentic details like stone walls and intricate wood carvings, each one is fitted with modern amenities for a comfortable stay. An on-site bar and restaurant infuse Western influences into local specialties while the tea room showcases Wuyuan’s wild teas gathered from the surrounding mountains.
The third all-electric car to be shown from the brand with the four rings, the Audi E-Tron GT Concept is arguably the most exciting. It relies on a pair of motors and quattro all-wheel drive to put 590 hp to the pavement, good for a 0-62 time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph. Range is said to be roughly 250 miles, with 80 percent of that replenished in just 20 minutes by the 800-volt charging system. Outside the design is aggressive and in keeping with the brand’s design language, with dramatic LED lighting and sharp lines. Unlike most concepts, this one is already slated to begin production in late 2020, but you’ll be able to see it before then in Avengers 4, most likely driven by R8-enthusiast Tony Stark.
Buying major home appliances can be an expensive ordeal, and it can cause more headache than excitement. There are hundreds of options on the market for any given large appliance. Taking the time to research each one and compare prices to find the best deal can be overwhelming.
So, what is the best time to buy appliances? If you buy at the right time, you can be sure to save money in the long run.
We researched all the ins and outs of buying appliances. Our research included comparing prices of the highest-selling models throughout the year to find out when you should buy.
When NOT to Buy Appliances
Knowing when not to buy an appliance is just as important.
Before we jump into learning about the best times to buy, it’s important to understand when NOT to buy a new appliance. This can be just as important when it comes to saving you money and stress.
Don’t buy the brand-new model right when it releases. Manufacturers are almost guaranteed to reduce prices in the months following the release, especially during the times listed below. If you want the new model, be patient and wait for a sale.
Don’t wait to buy a new appliance until you have no other choice. Many people wait until their fridges or air conditioners die completely before even thinking about purchasing a new one. If you put yourself in a situation where you have an emergency need, you can bet that you won’t want to wait until a deal comes around.
You also lose your bargaining power, which means you lose…
For architect Ray Dinh, the First Lessons House is just that. The home is his debut project after going solo and is a practice in mastering the basics. Part of that was creating a design that responds to its landscape along with the owner’s needs which included an abundance of exterior space to take advantage of views of Australias’s Portsea lagoon and wildlife reserve. The result is a charred blackbutt, concrete, and corrugated iron structure with seamless indoor/outdoor living. Large sliding glass doors aid in this transition, allowing for unobstructed views of the garden when closed and direct access to the central terrace when open. Acting as more of an extension of the interior rather than a separate space, the deck features its own dining table and BBQ for summer dinners and a sitting area organized around the double-sided fireplace.