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STEP EIGHT | Finishing off: Once finished, run a propane torch or hot air blower over the surface to release air bubbles and smooth out the resin. Allow to dry 24 hours in a dust free area. If any section is not completely coated when dry, apply a clear coat of resin on the surface to seal it in. This top coat will also create more depth of colour.
Surface aquarium plants are particularly useful: They leach nitrates (fish waste) directly from the water column via their beautiful trailing root systems, and they provide a sense of safety and shelter for your fish. But beware placing them in aquariums with a H.O.B. filter, as the strong downward current created by the water flow will continually drag surface plants down, damaging their roots and eventually killing them.
3x Shipping Container Home. This two-story recycled shipping container building only needs three equal modular containers to create the basic platform for a modern house: a steel structure unites the three split parts – two on the ground floor and the other above one of them – completing the rest of the surfaces with prefab steel panels.
**Downsize your laundry.** Slotting your washing machine and dryer into a cupboard enables you to have a laundry in high-traffic areas such the kitchen or bathroom, which can also be shut it away. Also utilise any spare surface area for storage by building in shelves, shacks and hooks. See more of this [Melbourne home](http://www.homestolove.com.au/interior-designer-terri-shannon-lights-up-melbourne-home-2854|target="_blank"). Photo: Armelle Habib / *Australian House & Garden*