• Blog,  Designs

    The Future of Suburban Entrepreneurs

    One of the current issues facing suburban areas is the need to travel outside the neighborhood to gain access to different brick-and-mortar establishments where they can relax, dine, and shop with their family and friends.

    The future outlook for these suburban areas might look bleak at the moment but it doesn’t need to be a permanent future outlook. With a little re-planning and rezoning, a forward-thinking attitude, and an open-mind, the future can be quite promising for the suburban neighborhood.

    Entrepreneurship is fast becoming the mode of modern-day living. Individuals have begun establishing home-based businesses that tend to cater to online customers. So why not try to make some suburban changes that would benefit home-based businesses as well?

    One design company actually had the forward-thinking attitude of proposing that the suburban neighborhood be re-planned and rezoned to accommodate the possible establishment of home-based businesses.

    Realistically, the idea of interspersing business establishments within a suburban community actually provides more than one benefit.

    Less Travel Time

    Don’t you hate how much time you spend sitting in your vehicle while waiting for the traffic to abate? Or that you have to leave earlier or later than usual just to avoid the daily hassle of going through a traffic jam?

    With the proposed re-planning and rezoning of suburban areas, the suburban dweller can be spared the headache cause by traffic. They also won’t have the need to frequently use their cars just to reach their destinations, which is currently mostly situated outside the suburban neighborhood.

    Having restaurants, shops, and even boutique farms within walking distance equates to less vehicle travel time thus more time spent for things that really need their attention. Figuratively speaking, it literally would be just like a walk in the park.

    Community Interaction

    There was a time that every person living in a suburban area knew everyone, even if they lived 3-5 houses away. Sadly, those days are almost gone due to poor modern-day suburban planning and zoning.

    Home-based businesses in a re-planned and rezoned suburbia can help bring life back to community interactions. The establishments can be run by local residents giving them a chance to get to know their neighbors better.

    Business owners who are new to the place can also get to know their customers better compared to the owners of businesses located in highly urbanized areas due to the frequency of visit.

    Customers, for their part, get the special treatment they always deserve because the business owner would become familiar with their preferences. It’s a win-win situation both ways!

    Increased Sustainability

    Re-planning and rezoning the suburban area doesn’t only concern itself with the brick-and-mortar stores and suburban housing. It will also concern itself with the public transit routes.

    This, in theory, would allow the residents to conveniently travel between the re-planned and rezoned suburbia and the highly urbanized area with more efficiency.

    Overall, the proposed re-planning and rezoning of suburban areas to make it a thriving entrepreneur suburbia doesn’t seem too far-fetched and does beg consideration for future implementation.

    Let Reburbia know your thoughts on this proposal. We’d love to hear from you!…

  • Blog,  Suburbia

    Suburban Neighborhoods Go Green

    More often than not, a suburban neighborhood comprised houses with lawns and a small amount of space in-between houses. Unless the homeowner loves gardening, these spaces tend to stay unused, except for the occasional party that makes use of the space.

    If you love gardening and spend a significant amount of time planting ornamental and flowering plants, why not set aside a part of your garden to become a mini-farm?

    It is definitely  one way to add sustainability to your environment. Plus, you know that the produce is pesticide free since you can cultivate the plants using organic planting methods and make use of home-made solutions to keep your plants disease and pest free.

    Nowadays, there are a number of do-it-yourself environment friendly kits that you can use for treatment of sewage water and biodegradable waste. These can be used to water and fertilize your garden thus making everything recyclable….resulting to you being more sustainable in the long run.

    If everyone in the neighborhood gets into the home gardening idea, you can create a committee to oversee and organize a mini fresh produce market at the end of the week or at least twice a month.

    This will encourage others in your neighborhood to try their hand at gardening as well. The idea of being able to join a local event and at the same time earning additional cash can be a great enticement for people who have yet to consider.

    Even urban residents take their time to visit out-of-the-way events if it seems promising and they will be coming back again and again as long as the quality of the products sold are high.

    Admittedly gardening is not everyone’s cup of tea. For people who aren’t into gardening but have other hobbies or interests, they can showcase their other talents by producing baked or homemade goodies that would surely draw their own set of customers.

    Individuals who love to dabble in arts and crafts can also join in the fun by providing a short teaching session for a nominal fee.

    An alternative option would be to nominate one home to offer market produce year-round for easy access by the local residents.

    Worried about passing vehicles? You and your fellow suburbia residents can choose the end of the street to use as the venue to avoid oncoming vehicle traffic.

    It will also lessen the possible traffic build-up compared to a venue situated right in the middle of the neighborhood. Having fun and keeping safe at the same time is quite an enjoyable experience.

    It might take awhile for the fresh market news to spread but once it does, you and your neighbors will surely begin to draw in crowds beyond your suburban neighborhood.

    At the end of the day, everyone will feel good to have contributed their share in going green with the added bonus of getting additional income as a result of their hard work.

    Do you need to advertise your upcoming market day so nearby suburban or urban residents can also visit? Contact me at Reburbia and I’ll be happy to help spread the word out.…

  • Blog,  Designs

    Vertical Brick Gardening Habitats

    One may say that there are two major concerns of the modern world. These would be the availability of living spaces and the worsening environmental conditions caused by climate change.

    Space is one commodity in the modern world that has become quite expensive due to its limited availability. In addition, we always hear the statement “go green” which means that there is a persistent need to cultivate more plants.

    The question that begs to be answered would be “how to go green without using any additional space?”

    One possible way would be via vertical brick gardening, which is slowly becoming quite popular nowadays.

    Vertical brick gardening is very ideal for suburban neighborhoods since they already have the space. They just have to learn how to maximize the space.

    With vertical brick gardening, the average suburban resident can basically create a vertical garden made of bricks. You can create the garden in areas that are not commonly used.

    The good thing about this type of gardening is that you can also save on water consumption without sacrificing the plant’s water requirement. The last thing you need would be having dried up plants because they weren’t provided with enough water.

    You need only water the first few rows of the vertical garden from the top. The water would then trickle down to the other plants in the rows below.

    You can plot an assortment of plants that you can place along the vertical rows depending on their water requirements while putting a variety of foliage.

    For instance, you can add plants with high water requirement at the top, with moderate water requirement at the middle, and the occasional watering requirement at the bottom row. Don’t hesitate to ask your local gardening center for tips on which plants would work best for your idea.

    The use of brick materials also helps you build a more solid and long-lasting foundation. Although vertical gardening using plastic containers are already quite popular, vertical gardens using bricks adds a certain charm that a plastic bottle just can’t give you.

    Vertical gardening using brick materials not only adds more character to brick homes, but you can use your existing brick wall as a part of the foundation.

    But don’t throw out that plastic bag and plastic bottle just yet. Did you know that you can make a brick out of those as well?

    Yes, there are now a number of online tutorials on how to make bricks out of recycled plastic materials. By using plastic recyclable materials, you get to contribute your fair share in saving the environment from additional pollutants.

    One design proposal actually had built in animal or bird habitats while another also offered a water fountain feature to break the monotony of simply looking at plants. After all, a garden won’t be complete without its fair share of wildlife and a water fountain.

    Do you have an idea for a vertical brick garden design? Or do you have any questions that I can help with? Send me an email at Reburbia. I would definitely love to exchange thoughts and ideas with you.

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  • Blog,  Suburbia

    Redesigning Interstates One Freeway at a time

    Urban (and suburban)  planning has come a long way from the traditional way of expanding housing, industrial and recreational facilities in a lateral direction.

    Don’t get me wrong. Expanding laterally is well and good, but with the lack or increase in the price of land to expand on as a future concern, one possible idea would be to expand from the bottom up.

    If you noticed, highly industrial countries have actually begun to expand from the bottom up. You’ll see the continuous rise of high-rise buildings in their attempt to maximize available space without potentially occupying more land.

    This brings us to the current existence of unused land. If you take a trip on the freeway, you might have noticed the wide expanse of land that remains unused, which seems to be a waste of resources. So why not consider reclaiming these unused lands one freeway interstate at a time?

    One forward thinking individual actually thought of the number of ways that these unused lands can be used to the benefit of modern-day population.

    We can begin by cultivating crops that can be used as either food or biofuel resources depending on the type of soil available and the compatible crop that can be introduced.

    The unused land can also be used for more than just plant cultivation. Take for instance their use for housing accommodations where sturdy poles with solar cells and wind turbines as an energy source can be built.

    These solar cells and wind turbines would help harness energy in its natural form as well as lessen the use of fossil fuels and oil that can cause an impact on our carbon imprint.

    These “sturdy poles” can serve as the main frame to build houses, which will definitely help address housing problems that are plaguing modern-day civilization. We’ve already some homes created and designed from simple cargo containers…so why not houses built on poles?

    Since there is little to no land occupied by these accommodations, it would equate to lower housing cost compared to houses built at the ground level. The advances in technology can definitely make the construction of such houses happen.

    If you are worried about noise pollution, remember that the higher you get, the more distant you are from the noise regardless of how busy the freeway or interstate traffic might become.

    Can you imagine owning a home that is uniquely designed and built, using natural energy resources, and smack dab in the middle of the interstate? I know I can imagine it and am actually quite excited to see this plan come into fruition.

    Admittedly, it will definitely take some time for a proposed plan such as this to happen. However, with forward-thinking individuals, I believe that it can definitely happen. Not now, but soon…definitely soon.

    Do you have any thoughts on how this idea can be improved? Have you thought of the possible issues that may come up during the planning and construction period if it does happen? Let me know by contacting me at Reburbia!…