The West Yard Farm By Van Ellen Sheryn Architects ($NFS) brings a dated 19th-century farm complex into modern times. The home is situated in southwest England in the middle of beautiful Dartmoor National Park. Their goal was to create a new family home, by combining the Farmhouse and the attached barn with a contemporary glass extension. The result was a home with 4 large bedrooms, sitting room, and dining room. Inside, the new modern glass addition is the kitchen and living area. The addition provides panoramic views of the grounds.
If you're looking for a gift for a guy who really loves movies, then a TV with some stereo components just won't do. He needs to experience the real deal, he needs his own home theater. This guide will show you the minimum components needed to put together an affordable home theater that is a moderately priced and will provide the best entertainment value for your dollar.
Lens shift is much better because you can mount the project off-center, above or below the screen. And use the horizontal and vertical dials to move the picture into position.Contrast Ratio (CR) determines how black you're blacks are and how much detail you see in darker scenes. The Epson 8350 and the 3020 all have contrast ratios between 40,000:1 - 50,000:1. In that range you get a very good picture with good detail. Also, between the two projectors you wouldn't notice a big difference in picture quality if you had them side by side. The higher end 5030 has a contrast ratio of 600,000:1, which is exceptional. With an Epson 5030 you'll notice certain details that you might not in the other two projectors.Lastly is picture adjustment. This is important because it'll determine where and how you should mount your projector. The projectors with Keystone have to be placed in the middle of the screen and the lens must be lined up with the top or the bottom of the screen. If it has to be mounted below or above those points you'll have to use keystone correction which will result in reduced image qualityLens shift is much better because you can mount the project off-center, above or below the screen and use the horizontal and vertical dials to move the picture into position.
The petrol heads at Top Gear bring us the undisputed, coolest 500 rides on earth in the book Top Gear: The Cool 500 ($30). Ever since that day in 1885 when Karl Benz powered up his Patent Motorwagon for the first time man has been swooning and salivating over all things automobiles, and none have done this moor than the team at the Top Gear Magazine. They have critiqued, test driven and worshipped some of the very finest cars in the history of motoring. There are many who have fallen short of the exacting standards set by Top Gear but there are others which have triumphed and been so darned cooled they have been termed "SubZero". A great book for anyone whose Facebook profile contains no photos of cars than anything else.
Hunter is the maker of iconic weatherproof boots. They've now taken their rubberized material and applied it to a backpack. The Original Scuba Backpack ($295) is made from a modern rubberized bonded fabric that was inspired by Hunter's scuba theme from their AW14 runway collection. The bag is perfectly compact and features a parachute clip and zip at the top, two side pockets, a padded laptop pocket, a front zip pocket, and adjustable straps. You can get it in any color you want as long as it's black.
If you don't know already, Big Ass Fans make big ass fans. But now they're also making smart fans. Their latest endeavor is the Haiku Fan with SenseME Technology ($1100-$1300). The SenseME tech detects when you enter or leave a room and will automatically turn on or off. It will monitor the rooms temperature and humidity and adjust fan speed accordingly. And lastly it learns your comfort preferences and makes fan speed adjustments to find the zone that makes you the most comfortable. Multiple options are available including fan sizes of 52" and 60", fan materials and colors, LED lighting options, and drop heights. The Haiku with SEnseME is available for pre-order now with shipments expected the end of July.
The handcrafted in Nashville, Tennessee Coin Guitar Picks ($20-$25) by dustin Michael Headrick are "a celebration of coin, music, and country." The coins feature a raised insignia that makes them easy to grip and because of their heft your will get increased volume from your instrument, whether you're playing a guitar, ukulele or a mandolin. When you order you get a set of two picks which include standard quarters or Liberty and Kennedy dollar coins.