With government authorities warning everyone of an impending flood, the neighbors of Randy Wagner were all laughing at him. It was because he decided not to leave his home and he believed he could protect it by building a dam around it.
Sure, that idea sounds ridiculous and insane but to everyone’s surprise, that’s exactly what Wagner was able to achieve.
This man from Rosharon, Texas didn’t want to experience the hassle of packing his things up, staying at an evacuation center, and then spending big bucks for property repairs after the flood. So he started searching the internet for possible solutions to the problem of flooding and he eventually found Aqua Dam.
Randy Wagner of Rosharon, Texas was mocked by his neighbors for building a dam around his house. Eventually, his house was the only survivor in the flood.
Aqua Dam is a 400-foot plastic tube which functions much like a massive sandbag around a house. While it did take a lot of work from Wagner’s part to finish building the dam, it was pretty much worth it as his house was the only house that was eventually spared from the 27-inch-high flood.
The 27-inch-high flood that struck the area failed to penetrate his home, thanks to 400 feet of plastic tubes.
How much did he have to invest to ensure his property’s safety?
According to Wagner, Aqua Dam cost him $8,300 – a very minimal amount, considering the fact that cleaning and fixing a flooded house can be at around $150,000. So yep, he managed to save around $141,700 for this.
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I must say I admire this guy not only for thinking out of the box but also for staying humble. It must’ve been easy to say “I told you so!” or “look who’s laughing now” but he’s just really grateful to God for showing him how to save his house.
Well at least now he knows how Noah must’ve felt like back in his days!
This Awesome Cardboard House Is Pretty Sturdy It Can Last Up To 100 Years
Although made of cardboard, this house is guaranteed to outlive its owners.
Never underestimate the Wikkelhouse - even if it’s merely made of cardboard. This small house is designed and developed by Fiction Factory, a “company of creative makers from Amsterdam,” the official website tells us. Since 1989, the company has been building “exceptional interiors, fair stands and furniture for a worldwide audience.”
This time, they’ve tried their hands at making houses, too and the result is nothing short of brilliant – a durable house that can be installed in a single day.
Wikkelhouse, or "wrapping house" in Dutch, mainly uses large rolls of cardboard box as its material.
Would You Believe that These Veneers are Made from Banana Trunks?
We all know that wood isn't unlimited, and yet we need it for almost every aspect in our daily lives - from the chairs you sit on to the walls in your home down to the paper you use to scribble your thoughts. For aesthetic purposes, trees are also cut down to create attractive veneers for walls and furniture. But for every tree we cut down, it could take months to years for a new one planted in its place to grow to the same size!
Luckily, French company FIBandCo has found a new resource for getting its wood - banana plant trunks! As you may know, banana trees don't require much effort to grow, as long as the soil is fertile and there's a lot of moisture.
FIBandCo's Green Blade is a new exotic veneer made from banana plant trunks, which is a cleaner alternative to using conventional wood. They chose the banana plant trunk because it's not technically a tree but a grass. There's less risk of deforestation as banana plants are rapidly renewable and they grow to full size every 9 months....
Woman Told To Cut Down Century-Old Tree On Her Property Turns it Into Work of Art Instead
…and something the whole neighborhood could visit and enjoy.
Sara Sanders owns a 110-year-old cedar on her property in Everett, Washington. When the tree proved to be a road hazard, with falling limbs causing road blockages, city officials told her to cut it down.
Heartbroken, Sara was all ready to say goodbye to the 120-foot-tall century-old tree when she had an idea. Contacting chainsaw artist, Larry Carter, they worked together to transform the iconic tree into a thing of beauty.
Sara Sanders was told to cut this beautiful cedar down.