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23 Kitchen Countertops That Serve Up Good Design

Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-17 20:52

Whether made of granite, wood, or quartzite, these intriguing modern kitchen countertops will inspire your next home improvement project.

In the kitchen, the showstopping ceiling’s herringbone pattern is echoed by the terra-cotta tiles on the floor. Architect Michael O’Sullivan, who designed the steel-and-glass kitchen cabinets, the table, and the pendant lights (made by Lava Glass), further amped up the richness of the room by specifying an onyx kitchen island. Interior designer Yvette Jay, a collaborator and classmate of O’Sullivan, kept her material palette “tight and limited. I had to restrict myself so that everything here ties in with the architecture.”

Of the many components that make up a kitchen renovation, the countertops definitely get the most use. Take a peek at these conversation-starting variations of traditional kitchen countertops and islands.

1. An Architect Couple Give an 18th-Century Townhouse a Sumptuous Refresh in London, England

Lush plants and cool shades of blue and green bring a little nature into this chic, urban home.

Lush plants and cool shades of blue and green bring a little nature into this chic, urban home.

Photo Courtesy of Michael Sinclair

The husband-and-wife duo behind London–based architecture and design/build practice Chan + Eayrs, Zoe Chan Eayrs and Merlin Eayrs, only work on one project at a time. The evocative details found throughout the renovation of The Weavers House are a testament to their focused approach. Wood and veined Arabescato marble, used throughout the home, create contrasting warm and cool elements.

2. La Casa Pequeña in Oaxaca, Mexico

The concrete countertops, walls, and staircase echo the home's refined modern design aesthetic.

The concrete countertops, walls, and staircase echo the home's refined aesthetic.

Photo: BoutiqueHomes

"Raw, unadulterated and entirely at one with nature, we love how two distinct themes can environmentally coexist here," says BoutiqueHomes. "Inspired by Thoreau’s call of the wild, this beach house rental along the Oaxacan coast is a modern homage to simple living that will inspire you to unplug and reconnect with nature."

3. A Minimal Home Recreates Nature in the Heart of Amsterdam, Netherlands

A Foscarini Gregg Pendant hangs above the kitchen table. The island is made of oak with a thin, black stone countertop.

The kitchen island is made of oak with a thin, black stone countertop.

Photo Courtesy of Ewout Huibers

Amsterdam’s de Pijp neighborhood, which means "the pipe," gets its name from the low, narrow homes that dot the area. When architect Jaspar Jansen and his colleagues at i29 Interior Architects were commissioned to renovate a former garage in the central part of town, he sought to bring the outdoors in with natural finishes and colors. The kitchen features custom cabinetry and a large sliding door, both made from oak, that provides recessed storage space.

4. Private Residence 4 in San Francisco, California

The crisp white kitchen features appliances built into the cabinetry and marble countertops.

The crisp white kitchen features appliances built into the cabinetry and marble countertops.

Photo: Joe Fletcher

"An airy apartment in San Francisco by Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design is a study in clean lines and visual lushness," says Eva Hagberg Fisher. "High up on the twelfth floor of an apartment building, this two-bedroom three-bathroom apartment, designed for a finance executive who lives most of the time in Marin but wanted a pied-à-terre in the city for those late nights at the office, was created to almost—but not quite—disappear into the background."

5. A Renovated Midcentury Home Doubles Square Footage in Austin, Texas

The architects went with a bold, orange hue for the kitchen countertops. Past the front door and a short hallway lies an expansive living, dining, and kitchen space.

The architects went with a bold, orange hue for the kitchen countertops. Past the front door and a short hallway lies an expansive living, dining, and kitchen space.

Photo Courtesy of Andrea Calo

The architects of Austin-based Webber + Studio were asked by a recent divorcee, seeking a home for her three daughters and dog, to renovate a 1968 A. D. Stenger home and double its size by adding 1,500 square feet. The architects emulated the home’s Japanese-inspired elements and referenced other Stenger houses in the area to produce a tasteful homage to a classic modern style.

6. Palm Beach House in Sydney, Australia

Kitchen Details

The monochromatic kitchen of the holiday villa evokes a calming mood.

Photo by Felix Forest

Says interior designer Alexander & Co., "The house is focused upon the 'hand made.' Fittings, finishes, lighting and claddings all express an artisan reference point. The paired back interiors, subdued palette, and hand made quality creates a 'lived in' atmosphere for the client, an important element for them to experience a sense of place and history." 

7. A Converted Warehouse for Sale in London, England

The kitchen area is full of charm, with cabinets made from reclaimed Iroko wood, incandescent lightbulb-style pendant lights hanging above the units, and a collection of potted house plants.

The kitchen area is full of charm, with cabinets made from reclaimed Iroko wood, incandescent lightbulb-style pendant lights hanging above the units, and a collection of potted house plants.

Photo Courtesy of The Modern House

Located on a industrial estate in East London, this 2,200-square-foot, one-bedroom home was built as a warehouse, and its original open layout remains the same. Created for the current owners, a photographer/filmmaker and a musician, this home echoes the rustic aesthetic of loft homes in during the mid-20th century. Featuring an exposed structure with steel beams and bare walls, its rooms are decorated with salvaged timber and one-off vintage pieces.   

8. A Family Home With a Striking Wooden Ceiling in New Zealand

O’Sullivan designed the ceiling “to have a knitted or woven quality like that of wool or silk.” It dives down over the kitchen and dining area, eventually reaching a point at the entry that is low enough to touch. Here, resident Jes Wood leans against the onyx kitchen island while her daughter Ruby hangs out. Replica Jean Prouvé chairs surround the dining table; a vase by Bruce and Estelle Martin for Kamaka Pottery sits on top. The Reel table under the television is by Atelier Oï for B&B Italia.

Resident Jes Wood leans against the glimmering onyx kitchen island while her daughter Ruby hangs out.

Photo: Emily Andrews

In this home's kitchen, the showstopping ceiling’s herringbone pattern is echoed by the terra-cotta tiles on the floor. Architect Michael O’Sullivan, who designed the steel-and-glass kitchen cabinets, the table, and the pendant lights (made by Lava Glass), further amped up the richness of the room by specifying an onyx kitchen island. Interior designer Yvette Jay, a collaborator and classmate of O’Sullivan, kept her material palette "tight and limited. I had to restrict myself so that everything here ties in with the architecture."

9. A Penthouse Is Flooded With Dreamy Shades of Blue in London, England

Cabinetry by Bhuva Construction, handles by A&H Brass, and gray terrazzo worktop by Diespeker.

The multi-hued cabinets complement the apartment's cool gray terrazzo worktop.

Photo Courtesy of Michelle Young Photography

Eryk Ulanowski of local firm Studio Ulanowski has transformed a 1,450-square-foot penthouse into a gorgeous modern apartment for a jewelry designer who splits her time between London and Hong Kong. "The challenging part of the project was the lengthy research and development of all the be bespoke items. But with a great team and lots of determination, the project turned out beautifully," says Ulanowski.

10. A Dark Home Finds Light With a Unifying Expansion in Sydney, Australia

Large windows and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors have been integrated into the living space, providing an abundance of natural light, as well as easy access to the outdoor garden space.

Large windows and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors have been integrated into the living space, providing an abundance of natural light, as well as easy access to the outdoor garden space. The perforated black walls are juxtaposed against warm wooden details like the countertop and pendant lights.

Photo: Brett Boardman

After being tasked to add another level onto a single-story cottage, local architecture firm Carter Williamson quickly realized the home was also in dire need for two things: natural light and a better connected layout. The team of architects not only checked off all three of these boxes during the renovation, but also strengthened the level of privacy and security within the home.By excavating and lowering the backyard, the team employed a bespoke black metal screen around the periphery of the garden—a detail which then led to the property's name, the Screen House.

11. A Neglected Chapel Is Reborn as an Artist's Live/Work Space in London, England

Containing the kitchen, office, library, and plant room, the building can be seen as a form of a pulpit, a place to foster the owner’s life and work. A birch plywood skin wraps the mezzanine structure, linking spaces and functions.

A birch plywood skin wraps the mezzanine structure, linking spaces and functions. Quartzite counters add a textural richness to the renovated kitchen, mirroring the metallic backsplash.

Photo Courtesy of NIKJOO

When London architect Alex Nikjoo, of the UK–based firm NIKJOO, was tasked with repurposing an old Victorian chapel that had fallen into disrepair, he immediately became inspired by the historic structure. With the help of his talented team, Nikjoo stripped the building down to its original form and carefully injected a rich, yet minimalist material palette into the volume's existing fabric.

12. An Old Fortress Breathes New Life as a Charming B&B in Belgium

The contemporary guest kitchen has been designed and built by Danish brand VIPP.

The contemporary guest kitchen has been designed and built by Danish brand VIPP, complete with concrete counters to match the rest of the space. 

Photo Courtesy of VIPP/Tim Van de Velde

When a client acquired Fortress Hazegras in Belgium, many of the enclosed structures were at the brink of crumbling. Yet thanks to the strategic design of Brugge–based firm Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects, the historic site has been beautifully reborn into a contemporary complex that features a single-family house, along with a bed and breakfast business called The Bunkers.


13. A Lush Wallcovering Brings the Feeling of Nature Into A Tiny Apartment in New York City

The kitchen was significantly enlarged; it includes appliances by GE Monogram and a faucet by Delta.

Because both Dale and Dan love to cook, and were intent on taking advantage of nearby Chelsea Market, the architect opened and significantly expanded the kitchen, adding a large counter topped by Calacatta Gold marble and installing a terrazzo tile floor with marble pieces that match the counter’s creamy tone. He designed millwork to conceal and contain heating and cooling equipment along the window wall.

Photo by David Mitchell

Stadt Architecture’s Christopher Kitterman transformed a generic studio in Chelsea into a bright one-bedroom apartment for Vancouver couple Dale Steele and Dan Nguyen. They had seen Kitterman’s own crisp, space-saving 450-square-foot apartment on dwell.com, and they told him they wanted something very similar. But Kitterman believed he could do even better. "My apartment is nice, but I was on a limited budget and had to value engineer things," he says. "With theirs, we were able to do more bells and whistles."

14. A Historic Apartment Is Treated to a Dramatic New Look in Rome, Italy

Crittall-style windows encase the sleek and modern kitchen. In this room, deep veined marble has been used for the counters and backsplash.

Crittall-style windows encase the sleek and modern kitchen. In this room, deep veined marble has been used for the counters and backsplash.

Photo Courtesy of Serena Eller

Studio Strato has recently renovated the top floor of an iconic Roman-style building, transforming it into a texturally interesting and atmospheric home for a growing family with two young children. At 1,615 square feet, the space features a beautifully dramatic color palette. By carefully selecting the finishes and details, and weaving luxurious materials like marble and brass elements into their design concept, the local firm has created an abode that marries classical aesthetics with relaxed, contemporary elegance.

15. Three Connected Pavilions Form This Airy Beach Retreat in Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

A streamlined kitchen is defined by its white cabinetry against the surrounding cedar walls. The floor is composed of Ash wood.

The streamlined kitchen is defined by its white cabinetry against the surrounding cedar walls, Ash wood floors, and wooden countertops.

Photo: Shannon McGrath

Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, who led the project, explains, "The clients were seeking a house that would integrate effortlessly with the existing streetscape whilst acknowledging the changing character of the town." To that end, the architects designed the new house as three clustered, pitched-roof pavilions, whose forms subtly reference nearby single-story cottages. By breaking down the house into separate structures, the architects were mindful of how the new program would blend in with the scale of the smaller cottages in the neighborhood.

16. Two Art World Veterans Live in This Mind-Bending Metal Home in Reno, Nevada

The kitchen features appliances by Gaggenau, a faucet by KWC, and barstools by Shin and Tomoko Azumi.

The glossy black and speckled gray counters of the kitchen mirror the rest of the home's incorporation of concrete and steel.

Photo: Joe Fletcher

After considering several high-profile firms, Peter and Turkey Stremmel kept coming back to San Francisco–based OPA for their hyper-angular home. "They were more enthusiastic than the others," notes Peter. "A new firm with new ideas." For the Stremmels, the architects had an especially attractive, but risky, notion. They wanted to build a structure that was the antithesis of its neighborhood, an upscale community of manicured lawns, ranch houses, and tennis courts. Not only would the residence be decidedly modern, itself a unique work of art, but it would embrace Reno’s landscape.

17. An Old Row House Is Elegantly Modernized With a Southern Twist in Charleston, South Carolina

A wet bar with Lawson Fenning Orsini stools.

The house features a circular, marble-topped wet bar with Lawson Fenning Orsini stools.

Photo Courtesy of Matthew Williams

Robert Highsmith and his wife, Stefanie Brechbuehler—co-founders of the design studio Workstead—split their time between Brooklyn, New York, and Charleston, South Carolina. Last year, after repurposing the Mendel Rivers Federal Building in Charleston as the Dewberry Hotel, they began exploring a style they’ve since identified as "Southern modernism." Recently, their research and experimentation have culminated thanks to a meticulously restored 1853 Italianate Victorian row house, which they’ve named Workstead House. In partnership with a New York City–based investor, Workstead House now serves as a pied-à-terre for its owner, and doubles up as an event space for Highsmith and Brechbuehler. 

18. Five Modular Cabins Form a Sculptural Abode in the Catskills

The taraxacum suspended lights are by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. The stools are by Fritz Baumann.

The entire home is fitted with materials that celebrate nature. The color palette of the kitchen brings the look and feel of a rustic cabin into an elegant, contemporary home.

Photo Courtesy of Konrad Steffensen

Corpus Studio, a Paris–based architecture firm, has designed this striking home in the Catskill region of Upstate New York to consist of five cabins that come together to create a unique cross-shaped floor plan. The open layout is composed of five sections. The kitchen is located in the middle of the cross, and each of the four wings house different functional areas—a bedroom, a bathroom, a dining area, and the living lounge.

19. Vintage and Industrial Elements Combine in an Updated Apartment in New Taipet City, Taiwan

In the open kitchen, wood-paneled sliding doors conceal dark cabinetry, and together with a sleek, dark counter, and a shiny bronze-clad island with a sink, the kitchen becomes part of the overall design rather than simply an area of utility.

In the open kitchen, wood-paneled sliding doors conceal dark cabinetry, and together with a sleek, dark counter, and a shiny bronze-clad island with a sink, the kitchen becomes part of the overall design rather than simply an area of utility.

Photo Courtesy of Hey!Cheese

When a Taiwanese expat couple with a two-year old child returned home to Taiwan, they decided to settle down in the district of Xindian in Taiwan’s New Taipei City, where the husband had spend most of his childhood. The couple purchased a 1,352-square-foot apartment near the river and reached out to Taipei–based interior design firm KC Design Studio to help them turn it into a stylish, modern home where industrial elements like steel, brick, and exposed concrete harmonize with vintage accents. The architects decided to apply the concept of deconstruction, allowing them to use the girders as "ceiling lines" that demarcate the different functional zones in the open-plan living, kitchen, and dining area.

20. A Furniture Collector's Renovated Flat in Paris, France

Aumas designed the kitchen island, which is covered in marble tiles from Carrelages du Marais—the geometric floor tiles are from the same place—and strung the matrix of lights up above it. The barstools by Charlotte Perriand were discovered in a vintage store in Antwerp, Belgium. The green wall is covered in paint from Emery & Cie.

Homeowner Aumas designed the kitchen island, which is covered in marble tiles from Carrelages du Marais—the geometric floor tiles are from the same place—and strung the matrix of lights up above it.

Photo: Christian Schaulin

Jean-Christophe Aumas’ multihued Paris apartment houses both the highly sought artistic director and the stunning assemblage of furniture he’s brought back from his travels. Though Aumas’s kaleidoscopic 1,023-square-foot apartment may lack the scale of his professional projects, the surprising unity of the space’s design and decor, done entirely by Aumas himself, reveals a master’s hand—and the blurring of his professional and personal design pursuits.

21. A Pair of Design Professionals Carefully Update an Architectural Masterpiece in Phoenix, Arizona

An elegant palette of materials defines the open kitchen. The rear counter is sanded stainless steel; the island counter is Purpleheart (an exotic hardwood) with a range by Dacor.

An elegant palette of materials defines the open kitchen. The rear counter is sanded stainless steel; the island counter is Purpleheart (an exotic hardwood) with a range by Dacor.

Photo: Daniel Hennessy

The House of Earth + Light had been featured in the pages of the New York Times and on the cover of Dwell’s premiere issue, so the couple knew it was something special when they saw it for the first time. But as soon as they stepped inside, homeowner Lisa Sette says, they fell in love. The exquisite house is composed of three minimalist boxes fused into a single structure—two poured-earth "bookends" connected by a steel-and-glass bridge that spans the desert wash bisecting the lot. It sits at the foot of one of the steep, craggy hills that pop up at regular intervals from Phoenix’s otherwise-level grid in a neighborhood dotted with houses by Frank Lloyd Wright, Will Bruder, and Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

22. Godson St in London, England 

The shiny metallic ribbon lining the kitchens counters and cabinets make the space unique.

The shiny metallic ribbon lining the kitchens counters and cabinets make the space unique.

Photo by Jack Hobhouse

"Godson Street is a Community Joint Venture project," says Leibal. "The three partner groups, led by Jake Edgley, Chris Joannou and James Engel were neighbors of the vacant site, and formed a JV partnership to buy and develop the scheme. The brief was to create a mixed-use building which would meet the varying needs of the JV partners; expressing the individuality of stakeholders while bringing this ‘difference’ together in a harmonious overall scheme. Five mixed use buildings are created, with commercial space to ground and basement and residential apartments above, and a townhouse to the north."

23. A Cottage Gets a Japanese-Inspired Makeover and a New Home Office in Melbourne, Australia

The kitchen cabinetry was fabricated using 100-year-old timber salvaged from Yarraville’s sugar mills.

he kitchen cabinetry was fabricated using 100-year-old timber salvaged from Yarraville’s sugar mills. The stainless-steel and timber island maximizes space with a secret hatch that opens to add extra surface area for food prep.  

Photo by Tess Kelly

When your office is also your home, it can be a challenge to separate work from play. But in this contemporary cottage located in Melbourne, Australia, Austin Maynard Architects struck the perfect balance, creating both a domestic sanctuary and functional workspace for a couple and their three cats. To accommodate cooking and large gatherings, the homeowners also requested a high-functioning kitchen with custom-designed storage and top-of-the-line appliances like double ovens, Zip HydroTaps, and sous vide cookers.


Moveable Wooden Screens Add a Playful Touch to This Airy Home in Israel

Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-17 08:55

Overlooking an open field with unobstructed views of the Sea of Galilee, this modern home effortlessly blends into its rural surroundings.

The movable shutters create a playful facade that conceals and reveals interior spaces.

Designed by Tel-Aviv practice Golany Architects, the design of Residence in the Galilee maximizes the potential of the setting by creating direct connections between the home and the natural environment. 

Finished in a palette that is suitable to the rural landscape, the house is clad in a cement-textured plaster with timber shutters, which relates to the yellow and brown hues nearby. To maximize the site and incorporate outdoor spaces, the layout has been split into two levels, organizing the main living spaces on the ground floor with the bedrooms above. The living areas extends out toward the sea, while the bedrooms hover above the trees, both with expansive views in all directions. 

The home connects to the rural surroundings, reflecting the colors and textures of the scenery where horses graze and olive groves grow.

The home connects to the rural surroundings, reflecting the colors and textures of the scenery where horses graze and olive groves grow.

Amit Geron

The movable shutters create a playful facade that conceals and reveals interior spaces.

The movable shutters create a playful facade that conceals and reveals interior spaces.

Amit Geron

Sustainable strategies that take advantage of the Mediterranean setting are integrated into the design. Large openings along the east and south are protected from the intense sun by movable wooden shutters. These wooden screens provide privacy and shade, while allowing the occupants to enjoy the outdoor elements in a comfortable setting. 

The residence appears as a simple box perched at the edge of the rocks. Simple in form, the intricate thoughtfulness to site and character is concealed.

The residence appears as a simple box perched at the edge of the rocks. Simple in form, the intricate thoughtfulness to site and character is concealed.

Galony Architects

Exposed wooden beams draw in the natural elements. Furnishings and textiles are composed of similar materials, creating a subdued and relaxed interior palette.

Exposed wooden beams draw in the natural elements. Furnishings and textiles are composed of similar materials, creating a subdued and relaxed interior palette.

Amit Geron

The double-skin envelope composed of glass and wooden shutters enhances the thermal comfort of the home, while also creating an ever-changing facade. The in-between spaces between the two layers transform into outdoor rooms that blend the boundary between interior and exterior. On each level, outdoor living spaces extend the interior seamlessly onto the surrounding landscape, and carefully situated openings provide views to the sea, village, and garden. 

Light stone paving and wooden beams run continuously from interior to exterior, further blurring the boundary between the two.

Light stone paving and wooden beams run continuously from interior to exterior, further blurring the boundary between the two.

Golany Architects

The large spans of glass provide unlimited views to the outdoor landscape.

The large spans of glass provide unlimited views to the outdoor landscape.

Amit Geron

Expansive glazing provides continuous visual connections to the outdoors.

Expansive glazing provides continuous visual connections to the outdoors.

Amit Geron

The main living spaces open directly onto a grand exterior patio shaded by wooden screens.

The main living spaces open directly onto a grand exterior patio shaded by wooden screens.

Amit Geron

The wood shutters provide ever-changing patterns of light.  As the sun changes throughout the day, the light falls in diverse patterns through the light-filtering screens.

The wood shutters provide ever-changing patterns of light. As the sun changes throughout the day, the light falls in diverse patterns through the light-filtering screens.

Golany Architects

The in-between spaces between the walls of glass and the wooden shutters become exterior living spaces.

The in-between spaces between the walls of glass and the wooden shutters become exterior living spaces.

Golany Architects

As the screens move throughout the day, the outdoor space can either stay enclosed or upon up to the landscape, further enhancing the seamless connection between indoors and outdoors.

As the screens move throughout the day, the outdoor space can either stay enclosed or upon up to the landscape, further enhancing the seamless connection between indoors and outdoors.

Golany Architects

A covered balcony is located off of the bedrooms on the upper floor.

A covered balcony is located off of the bedrooms on the upper floor.

Amit Geron

Private balconies provide unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape from each bedroom.

Private balconies provide unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape from each bedroom.

Golany Architects

The home is quietly set on the landscape as it reaches out toward both the hills and horizon.

The home is quietly set on the landscape as it reaches out toward both the hills and horizon.

Amit Geron

Recently, this striking house was filmed for the acclaimed BBC's program The World's Most Extraordinary Homes

Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Golany Architects


Picture Yourself in This Clifftop Swedish Retreat Asking $1.08M

Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-17 08:36

Designed by Trigueiros Architecture, this lovely minimalist retreat appears to float above the rocky cliff upon which it is perched.

Set atop a rocky peak in Trosa, Sweden, just about an hour south of Stockholm, this "floating" clifftop house enjoys breathtaking panoramic views of the Sörmlands archipelago. Designed by Trigueiros Architecture in 2016, the serene three-bedroom getaway is composed of expansive walls of glass and is clad in Siberian larch. A giant balcony spans the facade, and the property has direct access to the beach, as well as its very own pier and private sauna. 

Now, this stunning minimalist abode is on the market for 9,950 000 SEK (approximately $1,082,396.93 USD). Scroll ahead for a look inside. 

The dining room table is perfectly positioned to enjoy the sweeping views of the Sörmlands archipelago.

The dining room table is perfectly positioned to enjoy the sweeping views of the Sörmlands archipelago.

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

The bright and airy living room, dining area, and kitchen extend straight out to the wraparound terrace.

The bright and airy living room, dining area, and kitchen extend straight out to the wraparound terrace. 

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

Thanks to the expansive walls of glass, the living space absorbs a strong sense of the surrounding nature.

Thanks to the expansive walls of glass, the living space absorbs a strong sense of the surrounding nature. 

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

Even the kitchen provides gorgeous views.

Even the kitchen provides gorgeous views. 

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

The kitchen features a sleek, modern mix of white millwork and natural wood countertops, and offers an impressive amount of storage.

The kitchen features a sleek, modern mix of white millwork and natural wood countertops, and offers an impressive amount of storage. 

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

The cozy living area features a white-on-white palette.

The cozy living area features a white-on-white palette.

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

A detail of the wood-buring fireplace.

A detail of the wood-burning fireplace. 

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

The mix of white juxtaposed against natural wood extends to the bedroom.

The mix of white juxtaposed against natural wood extends to the bedroom.   

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

A look at the small sitting room with sliding doors to the exterior.

A look at the small sitting room with sliding doors to the exterior. 

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

The nursery has a strong Scandinavian feel.

The nursery has a strong Scandinavian feel. 

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

The zen-like bathroom.

The zen-like bathroom. 

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

Facing the archipelago, the terrace provides magnificent 270-degree views toward the water.

Facing the archipelago, the terrace provides magnificent 270-degree views toward the water.

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

The home is carefully placed on the mountainside in order to have minimal impact on its hillside location. Posts were used to help preserve the surrounding nature as much as possible.

The home is carefully placed on the mountainside in order to have minimal impact on its hillside location. Posts were used to help preserve the surrounding nature as much as possible. 

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

The home overlooks its own private sauna and slice of beach.

The home overlooks its own private sauna and slice of beach.

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

A view from the cedar-clad sauna.

A view from the cedar-clad sauna. 

Photo courtesy of Fastighetsbyran

Svartviksvägen 41A is now being listed for 9,950 000 SEK (approximately $1,082,396.93 USD) by Annelie Tapper and Isabelle Aikio of Fastighetsbyran. See the full listing here

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Top 5 Homes of the Week With Enchanting Entrances

Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-17 08:19

The doors of these modern homes are just as impressive as the rest of their interiors. Take a look at the striking door designs from the Dwell community that caught our editor's eye this week.

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Featured homes were submitted by members of the Dwell community through our Add a Home feature. Add your home to Dwell.com/homes today.    

1. The Prinseneiland House

Architect and interior designer: Dorien Knegt, Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

From the photographer: "On a sought-after idyllic island in the center of Amsterdam, an old warehouse, [which was] formerly used as a pillow factory and a garage, has been converted to a warm and eclectic family home."

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Photo: Sebastiaan van Dam


2. Green Elephant

Architect: Azovskiy + Pahomova, Location: Dnepro, Ukraine

From the project uploader: "For more comfortable exploitation of the rooms, sliding systems and doors by Rimadesio have been applied everywhere. Adding seating [in the front hallway]—in particular a piece that takes advantage of the length and narrowness of a hallway, like a bench—is particularly well-suited [for the small space] because it works as a waiting nook."

Placing seating in a hallway or corridor might sound counterintuitive. However, adding seating— in particular a piece that takes advantage of the length and narrowness of a hallway, like a bench—is particularly well-suited because it works as a waiting nook.

Placing seating in a hallway or corridor might sound counterintuitive. However, adding seating— in particular a piece that takes advantage of the length and narrowness of a hallway, like a bench—is particularly well-suited because it works as a waiting nook.

Photo by Andrey Avdeenko


3. Loft 64

Architect: Jeroen Makkink of EVA architecten, Location: 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

From the project uploader: "In the heart of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, a former office and workshop was completely renovated and converted into a loft. Because the building is 20 meters deep and really only has light at the front and rear, access of daylight has been an important theme. The explicit wish of the client was to be able to enjoy the property as one large space. Various voids/vides were introduced that allow daylight to penetrate deep into the home. The voids provide glimpses between the various residential functions themselves."

Photo by Sebastian van Damme


4. Casa Carolina

Architect: Rodrigo Eterovic, Location: Los Ríos Region, Chile 

From the architect: The home is "a getaway house for a family and his friends in the south of Chile." Though the rest of the wood-clad house blends in with the natural scenery, the bright red door adds a pop of color to the quaint abode.

Photo: rodrigo eterovic


5. Super Loft

Architect and interior designer: studiomfd, Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

From the architect: "A group of residents built Super Loft on the northern island. Building an extra room or creating more space because of changes in your family composition? Easy. The industrial architecture offers maximum flexibility. The building has communal rooftop gardens, charging docks for cars, and solar panels. Super Loft fits perfectly in today’s sharing economy trend. Each resident chooses its own layout, dimension, design, and budget."

Entrance

Entrance

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5 Key Tips For Picking Out New Kitchen Cabinets

Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-16 13:26

Avoid feeling overwhelmed when selecting new kitchen cabinets by focusing on these five tips.

No matter how big or small a renovation is, selecting your kitchen cabinets can be one of the most intimidating decisions you have to make. However, there are a few basic areas to consider and questions to ask yourself that will help guide the way. Scroll ahead to learn more.

1. Consider Whether or Not You Want/Need to Customize

A consistent wood palette makes the interior feel cohesive.

A consistent wood palette makes the interior feel cohesive.

Photo: Fernando Guerra

A lot of people think that because the length of a wall is an unusual size, then they need custom cabinets. Yet, many are unaware that custom cabinetry is the most expensive option, has the longest lead time, and the same look can usually be achieved with stock or semi-custom cabinets. 

For semi-custom cabinets, the cabinetry is made to the customer’s required sizes, but only in predetermined increments—for instance, a 20" cabinet instead of a 20.5" cabinet. Therefore, it is common to use spacers to fill in any unused space. 

Kirkpatrick also constructed the laminate kitchen cabinets topped with Corian in Glacier White. Appliances are by Thermador; the satin nickel door hardware is by Mockett.

Kirkpatrick also constructed the laminate kitchen cabinets topped with Corian in Glacier White. Appliances are by Thermador; the satin nickel door hardware is by Mockett.

Photo by Ross Mantle

Stock cabinets are purchased more or less off-the-rack from predetermined styles. Although these cabinets are usually the least expensive option, it is important to determine the material quality, as many times these cabinets are not made of solid wood.

2. Choose a Cabinet/Door Combo That Works For You Aesthetically and Functionally. 

In paring back the home's aesthetic, Chris kept the color palette as simple as possible. Limiting the surfaces to either painted white or stained black allows colorful art, objects, furniture, and people to really pop.

In paring back the home's aesthetic, Chris kept the color palette as simple as possible. Limiting the surfaces to either painted white or stained black allows colorful art, objects, furniture, and people to really pop.

Photo: Dustin Aksland

In most kitchens, you’ll find base cabinets and wall cabinets, both traditionally equipped with doors rather than open shelving or drawers. Oftentimes, upper cabinets are used more for selective display, while base cabinets hold the bulk of heavier storage of pots, pans, and other dish ware that might not look so great on a visible shelf.

A popular feature for base cabinets is the pull-out drawer option, instead of a swinging door. What’s more, many modern kitchens are getting rid of upper cabinets entirely, favoring a more clean, open space that utilizes only base cabinets with a backsplash behind.

3.  To Frame or Not to Frame?

Havart designed the open shelving, which is coated with the same black finish as the cabinets. The lowest, walnut shelf matches the adjacent kitchen table.

Havart designed the open shelving, which is coated with the same black finish as the cabinets. The lowest, walnut shelf matches the adjacent kitchen table.

Photo: Alexi Hobbs

Another major decision that needs to be made when selecting kitchen cabinets is determining whether or not you want framed or frameless cabinets. Framed cabinets are more popular in traditional kitchens, where the door attaches to a front frame around the opening and hinges are often visible.

For cabinets where a door attaches directly to the side of the cabinet where no hardware or hinge is showing, you should consider going frameless. This decision of framed versus frameless will have a big effect on the type of cabinet door, hinge, and hardware you can choose from.

Overhead cabinets now can be easily swung open for ease of access. The kitchens are priced at IKEA’s usual retails. A 10 by 10 foot kitchen fitted with Sektion cabinets will range from around $1,300 to $2,200, excluding appliances.

Overhead cabinets now can be easily swung open for ease of access. The kitchens are priced at IKEA’s usual retails. A 10 by 10 foot kitchen fitted with Sektion cabinets will range from around $1,300 to $2,200, excluding appliances.

Courtesy of Ikea

4. Assess the Added Costs For Extra Features. 

Nadarajah decided to put windows where a backsplash might go in order to bring extra light into the kitchen. "The birch cabinets were custom-designed to be the length of a wok and the height of a cake dome," she says.

While many kitchens operate fine with basic swinging doors, specialized door and drawer accessories can increase functionality and cleanliness—such as a pull-out garbage can, or countertop compartments to conceal small appliances. 

As previously mentioned, drawers in base cabinets make it easier to reach for pots and pans. However, be aware that the price can increase by about 20 percent or more because of installation and hardware costs that comes with these features. 

5. Don't Forget About Lighting. 

The residents love to entertain and cook, so 590BC worked to create a kitchen that was functional and aesthetically pleasing. "It is complex and considered down to the most minute detail, but still reads as simple and clean," Breitner says. Photo by Frank Oudeman.

The residents love to entertain and cook, so 590BC worked to create a kitchen that was functional and aesthetically pleasing. "It is complex and considered down to the most minute detail, but still reads as simple and clean," Breitner says. Photo by Frank Oudeman.

Photo: Frank Oudeman | Otto Archive

Whether you’re designing a new kitchen or just considering a revamp of an existing one, lighting is one factor that can change any space, and integrated lighting is becoming increasingly popular with cabinetry. 

Integrated lighting with cabinetry can range from fixtures that turn on as soon as you open a drawer—perfect for that midnight snack!—to the more basic under-cabinet LED lights that can be found at your local hardware store, and easily installed. 


Sleek Concrete Cubes Form This Pavilion-Like Home in Israel

Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-16 09:28

In Ramat HaSharon, Israel, a screen of vertical iron louvers mixes with concrete cubes to create the contemporary Pavilion House.

Tel Aviv architecture studio Tal Goldsmith Fish has completed a sleek family home in Ramat HaSharon that takes on the appearance of a modern pavilion, hence the property's name—the Pavilion House.

The structure's façade is comprised of streamlined concrete cubes and a screen of vertical iron louvers that filters light and adds interesting geometrical texture to the smooth exterior form.

For this project, the architects have created a house that looks like a pavilion, in which several floors have neatly been hidden within the simple concrete "box" volume.

For this project, the architects have created a house that looks like a pavilion, in which several floors have neatly been hidden within the simple concrete "box" volume.  

Courtesy of Amit Geron

The main challenge was to fit four floors into a limited 1,650-square-foot plot, and still ensure plenty of room to enjoy the outdoors. By raising and stretching out the main concrete volume, they managed to create 2,368 square feet of built-in living space. 

The pattern of the decorative screen for the stairs is repeated on the fence that surrounds the house.

The pattern of the decorative screen for the stairs is repeated on the fence that surrounds the house.

Courtesy of Amit Geron

The fourth floor takes the form of a complete white cube with no visible windows or apertures.

The fourth floor takes the form of a complete white cube with no visible windows or apertures.

Courtesy of Amit Geron

Iron louvers have been used along the western facade to create a narrow corridor between the screen and exterior walls of the main volume.

Iron louvers have been used along the western facade to create a narrow corridor between the screen and exterior walls of the main volume. 

Courtesy of Amit Geron

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Ferm Living Standing Plant Box

A modern way to add a touch of green to your living space. Elegant in design, with delicate, thin legs, this piece makes the perfect accent for entryways, hallways or living rooms. Their height also make them great as room dividers, especially when used as a pair. The planters are made from powder-coated steel and available in four colors. Drawing on Scandinavian design traditions and simple aesthetics, the tables are designed and produced by Danish studio, Ferm Living. Photo Courtesy of Ferm Living

FLOS IC Floor Lamp

Perched on a slender metal arm, the spherical diffuser of the Flos IC Floor Lamp relies on careful engineering to balance easily on its minimalistic frame. The opal shade diffuses the light warmly, playing off the metallic finish of the bracket shaped stem. Seeming to defy normal laws of physics, the unusual form and balancing act invites curiosity even when not lit. Photo courtesy of Design Within Reach

Ligne Roset Moel Chair

With the exception of the thermoformed back interior, Moel is a return to the all-foam know-how of Ligne Roset. It is intended for those who live in a natural and casual way, who wish to create a warm and intimate living space, in which to host their friends.

The screen helps to better ventilate the interiors. Shifting shadows cast patterns on the walls of the house as the western sun streams through the corridor.

The screen helps to better ventilate the interiors. Shifting shadows cast patterns on the walls of the house as the western sun streams through the corridor.

Courtesy of Amit Geron

The open interior of white walls and polished concrete floors echoes the restrained aesthetics of the façade.

The open interior of white walls and polished concrete floors echoes the restrained aesthetics of the façade.

Courtesy of Amit Geron

"The box was softened with a thin frame of floating concrete floor, along with a very thin roof rack on top, and joined together by diagonal side walls," explains Tal Goldsmith Fish, the firm's founder.

"The box was softened with a thin frame of floating concrete floor, along with a very thin roof rack on top, and joined together by diagonal side walls," explains Tal Goldsmith Fish, the firm's founder.

Courtesy of Amit Geron

The iron staircase that weaves its way through the four floors has a decorative screen.

The iron staircase that weaves its way through the four floors has a decorative screen.   

Courtesy of Amit Geron

The roof hangs over the patio to provide shelter from the intense sunlight.

The roof hangs over the patio to provide shelter from the intense sunlight.

Courtesy of Amit Geron

Carefully selected furniture items—by brands such as Desalto, Living Divani, and Ligne Roset—work together to complement the paired-back, elegant design of the residence.

Carefully selected furniture items—by brands such as Desalto, Living Divani, and Ligne Roset—work together to complement the paired-back, elegant design of the residence.

Courtesy of Amit Geron

Inside, the vertical lines expressed by the exterior screen are replicated in the staircase that connects the four floors.

Inside, the vertical lines expressed by the exterior screen are replicated in the staircase that connects the four floors.

Courtesy of Amit Geron

A vertical slit has been made in the main cube to create an inner patio. The slit brings in air and light, breaking up the mass of the cube and softening the sharp geometry of the design.

A vertical slit has been made in the main cube to create an inner patio. The slit brings in air and light, breaking up the mass of the cube and softening the sharp geometry of the design.  

Courtesy of Amit Geron

A backyard garden.

A backyard garden.

Courtesy of Amit Geron

At the back of the house, a glazed wall slides open to connect with a spacious green terrace.

At the back of the house, a glazed wall slides open to connect with a spacious green terrace.

Courtesy of Amit Geron

The basement floor plan.

The basement floor plan.

Courtesy of Tal Goldsmith Fish

The floor plan of the entrance level.

The floor plan of the entrance level.

Courtesy of Tal Goldsmith Fish

The floor plan of the master suite level.

The floor plan of the master suite level.

Courtesy of Tal Goldsmith Fish

A sectional drawing.

A sectional drawing.

Courtesy of Tal Goldsmith Fish

Project Credits: 

Architecture, landscape, lighting, and interior design: Tal Goldsmith Fish 

Kitchen: Bulthaup


A Seattle Backyard Becomes a Calm Oasis For Two Book Lovers

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Tucked behind a Seattle home, this beautiful backyard reading retreat of glass, timber, and tile offers an idyllic escape from city life.

Concrete pavers line the new hardscape, which steps up to a deck built of ipe wood. Ipe wood has also been used for the built-in benches and fencing.

Once rendered unusable by a thicket of overgrown plants, a Montlake backyard belonging to bookstore owners Danielle and David Hulton has been transformed into a modern reading retreat, perfectly crafted for curling up in with a book.

"Before the project came to be, it was hard to visualize how much space there was hidden under all the vegetation," says local design firm Board & Vellum, who was tapped by the homeowners to renovate the backyard with a new structure and landscaping.

Blue-painted cedar siding wraps around the 169-square-foot Backyard Reading Retreat. The smaller wooden shed hidden in the rear houses a prefab dry sauna.

Blue-painted cedar siding wraps around the 169-square-foot Backyard Reading Retreat. The smaller wooden shed hidden in the rear houses a prefab dry sauna.

Andrew Giammarco Photography

Concrete pavers line the new hardscape, which steps up to a deck built of ipe wood. Ipe wood has also been used for the built-in benches and fencing.

Concrete pavers line the new hardscape, which steps up to a deck built of ipe wood. Ipe wood has also been used for the built-in benches and fencing.

Andrew Giammarco Photography

"For inspiration to launch the project, the homeowners envisioned a ‘found shed’ with a modern twist, featuring plenty of glass to help blend the spaces," adds the firm. "Everything in the shed would be meaningful and have a purpose, and every framed view—both from within and without—would be intentional."

Walls of glass and large skylights flood the interior with natural light, and frame views of the outdoors. The windows are from Windorco Supply, Inc.

Walls of glass and large skylights flood the interior with light, and frame views of the outdoors. The windows are from Windorco Supply, Inc.

Andrew Giammarco Photography

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Sepon Terrazzo Vase

A mainstay of mid-mod decor, terrazzo is making a comeback with its artful mix of granite, marble, and quartz. Designed to highlight this material, this tall vase features clean, minimal lines, letting the statement-making terrazzo take center stage. This piece was designed by ZAKKIA for The Citizenry. Handcrafted by master artisans in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, each vase is made exclusively in a fair trade environment from start-to-finish. Note: This vase is waterproof, perfect for styling florals and greenery. Since there is no drainage hole, we recommend adding a base layer of pebbles if using for potted plants.

Room & Board Callan Chair & Ottoman

The striking Callan chair has details you’ll appreciate from every angle. The contoured seat and back seem to float inside the frame, while horizontal channels add extra comfort. A solid wood frame offers an elegant profile with its soft curves and sophisticated tapered shape. It’s a perfect place to relax. Photo Courtesy of Room & Board

She Sheds: A Room of Your Own

Create your very own hideaway for relaxing, crafting, reading, or just to have a private place just for you. She Sheds provides the instruction and inspiration. They've got their man caves, and it's time for you to have a space of your own. She Sheds shows you how to create cozy getaways with inspiration from across the country. You will start by defining the goal and purpose of your space. Will you use it for entertaining? Crafting? Alone time? Then, use the gallery of over 100 photos as inspiration for your decor, paint colors, and landscaping. Construction ideas, as well as ideas for upcycling, and other green resources are at your disposal throughout so you may truly personalize your she shed. Get inspired, and get started on your very own tricked-out retreat! Publisher: Cool Springs Press Photo Courtesy of Amazon

The gray-blue siding continues from the exterior to the interior to reinforce the seamless indoor-outdoor experience. The Callen chair and ottoman are from Room and Board.

The gray-blue siding continues from the exterior to the interior to reinforce the seamless indoor-outdoor experience. The Callen chair and ottoman are from Room and Board.

Andrew Giammarco Photography

Thanks to full-height glazing and carefully framed views, the Backyard Reading Retreat feels much larger than its 169-square-foot size lets on. Sliding glass doors seamlessly connect the interior to an outdoor patio with built-in bench seating, a hot tub, and a fire pit.

"The homeowners hoped to transform their lot into a unified, beautiful, indoor-outdoor oasis linking their home, yard, and a new backyard shed in a designed experience where every detail would come together to compose the many smaller sub-spaces into an integrated whole," notes the design firm.

"The homeowners hoped to transform their lot into a unified, beautiful, indoor-outdoor oasis linking their home, yard, and a new backyard shed in a designed experience where every detail would come together to compose the many smaller sub-spaces into an integrated whole," notes the design firm.

Andrew Giammarco Photography

Though the tiny retreat—permitted as a shed—was primarily designed as a reading space, it can also be used as a guest suite, or for entertaining.

Accessed via collapsible ladder, the 58-square-foot loft bedroom with a queen mattress is located beneath an angled tongue-and-groove cedar ceiling that's painted white and punctuated by a large skylight. The floor is wool carpet.

Accessed via collapsible ladder, the 58-square-foot loft bedroom with a queen mattress is located beneath an angled tongue-and-groove cedar ceiling that's painted white and punctuated by a large skylight. The floor is wool carpet.

Andrew Giammarco Photography

Since the backyard borders a neighbor’s massive Atlas Cedar—designated an "exceptional tree" by the city due to its size—the project’s building footprint was limited by the tree’s dripline. 

To emphasize the project’s site-specific layout, the firm turned the site constraint into a design feature that informs the curved forms of the landscape elements.

"The graceful ovoid arcs through the site, and the wood deck, concrete pavers, and a custom-fabricated steel planter all curve as they meet the line," explain the designers. "The shed itself tucks into the arc by only a very specific amount, a glowing anchor point in the yard."

"The graceful ovoid arcs through the site, and the wood deck, concrete pavers, and a custom-fabricated steel planter all curve as they meet the line," explain the designers. "The shed itself tucks into the arc by only a very specific amount, a glowing anchor point in the yard."

Andrew Giammarco Photography


"Even those who adore city life need a place to unwind away from the bustle," say the designers. 

An abundance of shelving offers plenty of storage for the couple's books and knickknacks. The wallpapered ceiling, which hides cracks in the drywall and speakers, is Flashdance in Gray Matters.

An abundance of shelving offers plenty of storage for the couple's books and knickknacks. The wallpapered ceiling, which hides cracks in the drywall and speakers, is Flashdance in Gray Matters.

Andrew Giammarco Photography

"It certainly doesn’t hurt to relax alone with a good book in a backyard reading retreat, or to hang out with friends and family around a fire pit, or with a dip in the hot tub. This urban oasis—though small in size—offers space to satisfy all those needs: the introverted and extroverted." 

A built-in seat by the large window is the perfect place to curl up with a book. Mosa tiles from United Tile were used for the floors, and include built-in radiant heating.

A built-in seat by the large window is the perfect place to curl up with a book. Mosa tiles from United Tile were used for the floors, and include built-in radiant heating.

Andrew Giammarco Photography

The entrance to the bathroom is tucked between two bookshelves.

The entrance to the bathroom is tucked between two bookshelves.

Andrew Giammarco Photography

Fire Clay Hexite tile covers the bathroom walls. The countertop is Pental Quartz.

Fire Clay Hexite tile covers the bathroom walls. The countertop is Pental Quartz.

Andrew Giammarco Photography

Mullioned doors separate the vanity from the indoor shower. La Cantina Sea Foam Green doors (not pictured) connect the indoor shower to an outdoor shower.

Mullioned doors separate the vanity from the indoor shower. La Cantina Sea Foam Green doors (not pictured) connect the indoor shower to one outside.

Andrew Giammarco Photography

Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Board & Vellum / Jeffrey Pelletier

Builder/General Contractor: Proform Builds / Joey Fentress and Jasun Sherman

Structural Engineer: Bykonen Carter Quinn / Tom Bykonen and Kyriakos Moroseos

Landscape Design: Board & Vellum / Derek Reeves

Lighting Design: Board & Vellum / Ryan Adanalian

Interior Design: Board & Vellum / Katie Mallory

Cabinet Maker Sub-consultant: Architectural Cabinets, Inc.

Other: Geo Resources / Dana Biggerstaff, PE

Other: Boiler Room / Kevin Names (Steel work)

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A Rare Richard Neutra Home Is Listed For $2.2M in San Francisco

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Neutra’s 1937 wood-sheathed home formally known as Darling House hits the market for the first time in San Francisco.

There is no doubt that iconic architect Richard Neutra, who immigrated to the United States from Austria and worked alongside Frank Lloyd Wright in his early career, is widely celebrated for his contributions to the Modern Movement in the United States. 

While he is best known for his prolific body of work in Southern California, there are still four surviving Neutra–designed projects in the Bay Area. His acclaimed 1937 Darling House is one of them, and it has recently become available for the first time on the open market for $2,200,000

A departure from the concrete, stucco, and steel compositions he was partial to at the time, Neutra’s redwood-clad design represents clear sensitivity to the site and surroundings.

A departure from the concrete, stucco, and steel compositions he was partial to at the time, Neutra’s redwood-clad design represents clear sensitivity to the site and surroundings.

Clay Seibert

Sited on a steep slope in San Francisco’s Parnassus Heights, the home Neutra designed for Dr. Darling and his family is a historically poignant example of both International Style and Second Bay Tradition influences. 

Modernists of the Second Bay Tradition "incorporated the regional vernacular of redwood, shingles, and elements of Arts and Crafts with the European Modernism that was popularized by the Bauhaus and the International Style," states the San Francisco Planning Department.

Modernists of the Second Bay Tradition "incorporated the regional vernacular of redwood, shingles, and elements of Arts and Crafts with the European Modernism that was popularized by the Bauhaus and the International Style," states the San Francisco Planning Department.

Clay Seibert

Located on Woodland Avenue bordering the densely wooded Sutro Forest, the dwelling features three bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths spread over two finished living levels. Other than a garage that was converted to a secondary living room in the 1970s, the home largely remains in original, unaltered condition. 

Modest in size, the home relies on an open floor plan and expansive steel-sash ribbon windows to intimately connect the interior with the outdoors.

Modest in size, the home relies on an open floor plan and expansive steel-sash ribbon windows to intimately connect the interior with the outdoors.

Clay Seibert

The living room conversion was done by local artist Peter Tangen, who is best known for designing the main doors to North Beach’s landmark Old Spaghetti Factory. "Despite being at almost the geographical center of the city and having two walls of windows, when you are in the home, you have views of greenery and distant views of downtown and other homes," says Peter Pelavin, who grew up in the property after his parents purchased it in the 1950s.

Neutra’s original sketch depicts the home’s living room.

Clay Seibert

Richard Neutra’s work and legacy has been carried on by his son, Dion Neutra, architect and principal of Dion Neutra Inc. The firm is the successor to Richard and Dion Neutra and Associates, which executed the Neutra vision for decades. Dion Neutra has expressed interest in working with the buyers of the Darling House to help responsibly restore this architectural icon so that it may be celebrated and preserved for generations to come. 

The sleek lines, corner window, and prioritization of volume over ornamentation are expressions of International Style which have been integrated into the home.

The sleek lines, corner window, and prioritization of volume over ornamentation are expressions of International Style, which have been integrated into the home.

Clay Seibert

Cozy and charming, the home’s original kitchen remains intact.

Cozy and charming, the house's original kitchen remains intact.

Clay Seibert

The master bedroom is connected to the home’s largest outdoor terrace, substantially increasing usable living space.

The master bedroom is connected to the home’s largest outdoor terrace, substantially increasing usable living space.

Clay Seibert

Prominently seen from the side elevation, the regional vernacular of the Second Bay Tradition is characterized by “wood cladding, large expanses of glass, overhanging eaves, and flat or low-pitched roof forms.” [San Francisco Planning Department]. Both simple and dramatic, the corner window seamlessly marries built and natural environments.

Prominently seen from the side elevation, the regional vernacular of the Second Bay Tradition is characterized by "wood cladding, large expanses of glass, overhanging eaves, and flat or low-pitched roof forms," notes the San Francisco Planning Department. Both simple and dramatic, the corner window seamlessly marries built and natural environments.

Clay Seibert

An unobstructed view of the San Francisco skyline can be seen in the background.

An unobstructed view of the San Francisco skyline can be seen in the background.

Clay Seibert

The large upper level terrace represents a growing interest in the indoor-outdoor lifestyle. With the liberal use of glass, and expansive wraparound terrace, the home is designed to take advantage of the mild Bay Area climate, while eliciting the feeling of living privately in nature.

The large upper-level terrace represents a growing interest in the indoor-outdoor lifestyle. With the liberal use of glass and expansive wraparound terrace, the home is designed to take advantage of the mild Bay Area climate, while eliciting the feeling of living privately in nature.

Clay Seibert

A 1950s photograph shows the upper level terrace, remarkably consistent with architectural elements seen today.

A 1950s photograph shows the upper-level terrace, remarkably consistent with architectural elements seen today.

Clay Seibert

90 Woodland Avenue has been listed for $2,200,000 by Mary Edwards and Linda Gridley of Coldwell Banker, and the full listing can be seen here. While the sale is currently pending, interested buyers are encouraged to keep an eye on the property in case there are opportunities for backup offers.

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Before and After: A 19th-Century Brooklyn Brownstone Is Saved From Utter Disrepair

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Following a meticulous restoration and gut renovation, an elegantly revamped Park Slope townhouse hits the market for $4,495,000.

In an effort to keep costs within budget without sacrificing looks, the fully gutted and renovated kitchen features IKEA cabinetry framework with shaker-style fronts by Semihandmade. The cabinets were painted Farrow & Ball Pigeon.

When Lindsey Branca and Mike Grosshandler purchased a historic brownstone in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood in early 2017, the decrepit building was mostly in a state of disrepair.

Yet the duo, who launched the residential renovation and restoration firm Branca & Co., know a good opportunity when they see one.

Before: Slope Townhouse Exterior

The Brownstone's former exterior blended in with its neighbors and required restoration and repairs.

The Brownstone's former exterior blended in with its neighbors and required restoration and repairs.

Mike Grosshandler

After: Slope Townhouse Exterior

The original brownstone exterior was given a bright refresh with Farrow & Ball Skimming Stone paint on the facade and Benjamin Moore Black for the trim, door, balusters, and handrails. The architectural designers also added new windows and doors.

The original brownstone exterior was given a bright refresh with Farrow & Ball Skimming Stone paint on the facade and Benjamin Moore Black for the trim, door, balusters, and handrails. The architectural designers also added new windows and doors.

Nicole Franzen

Enlisting the help of Brooklyn–based designers Sheena Murphy and Tor Sauder of sheep + stone, with whom they had worked with previously, as well as the architectural designers at Frances Mildred, Lindsey and Mike completed a gut renovation of their investment property while preserving as many historic details as possible.

Before: Entry

With worn walls, damaged ceilings and dated carpet tiles, the former entrance was in desperate need of a refresh.

With worn walls, damaged ceilings, and dated carpet tiles, the former entrance was in desperate need of a refresh.

Mike Grosshandler

The hallway had been dark and uninviting, and also had a huge gaping hole in the ceiling.

The hallway was dark and uninviting—and also had a gaping hole in the ceiling.

Mike Grosshandler

After: Entry

The vestibule floor was retiled with ivory and sage penny tiles, while five-inch white oak planks were put down as new flooring throughout.

The vestibule floor was retiled with ivory-and-sage penny tiles, while five-inch white oak planks were put down as new flooring throughout.

Nicole Franzen

"The biggest overall challenge was successfully transforming it into a high-end home with authentic details and high-quality finishes without totally busting the budget," explains Sheena. 

"While ensuring the team made smart decisions about where and how to spend money, it was important to the owners and founders of Branca & Co that the house be restored with absolute integrity and without cutting corners, so it was a fine balancing act."

Before: Living Room

Located to the left of the entry hall, the living room felt disjointed with walls painted in a variety of different colors.

Located to the left of the entry hall, the living room felt disjointed with walls painted in a variety of different colors.

Mike Grosshandler

The fireplace in the living room had been blocked in with sheetrock by the former owners.

The fireplace in the living room had been blocked in with sheetrock by the former owners.

Mike Grosshandler

After: Living Room

The clients restored the living room's marble fireplace and painted the grate Benjamin Moore Black. New crown molding was added and the walls painted Sherwin Williams Origami White.

The living room gains an airy and modern update with new crown molding and walls painted Sherwin Williams Origami White. The clients also restored the living room's marble fireplace and painted the grate Benjamin Moore Black.

Nicole Franzen

The large living room doorway was preserved and frames views of the original staircase that was restored with the treads, risers and balustrades painted Benjamin Moore Black. The mahogany handrail was sanded down to its raw color and finished in a water-based clear coat.

The large living room doorway was preserved and frames views of the original staircase that was restored with the treads, risers, and balustrades painted Benjamin Moore Black. The mahogany handrail was sanded down to its raw color and finished in a water-based clear coat.

Nicole Franzen

In addition to repairs and restoration work, the brownstone, which dates back to 1890, was reconfigured with a new floor layout better suited to the busy lifestyles of the modern urban family. 

Before: Office

The bathroom was in a severe state of disrepair.

This bathroom, later converted into an office, was in a severe state of disrepair.

Mike Grosshandler

After: Office

The compact office was wholly redesigned and can be readapted into a nursery, study or even a child's bedroom.

The compact office was wholly redesigned and can be readapted into a nursery, study, or even a child's bedroom.

Nicole Franzen

Every room was meticulously renovated and rebuilt from top to bottom. Meanwhile, the team was also careful to salvage as many original features as possible, from the doors and window shutters to the trim and crown molding.

Before: Master Bedroom

The master bedroom had a constrained footprint due to the closet.

The master bedroom had a constrained footprint due to the closet.

Mike Grosshandler

After: Master Bedroom

The updated master bedroom includes new crown molding. The former closet was removed where the left nightstand is now located; the closet door was reused for the family room on the ground floor.

The updated master bedroom includes new crown molding. The former closet was removed where the left nightstand is now located; the closet door was reused for the family room on the ground floor.

Nicole Franzen

The master bedroom fireplace with a marble surround was also fully restored by the clients.

The master bedroom fireplace with a marble surround was also fully restored by the clients.

Nicole Franzen

Spanning an area of 2,040 square feet across four floors, the fully renovated brownstone features four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a 50-foot-deep private garden with a back deck and rear patio.

Before: Kitchen/Dining Area

The lime-green office required a new paint job and a complete redesign of its layout to better accommodate the master bath next door.

This lime-green room was completely gutted to make room for a new kitchen and dining area.

Mike Grosshandler

After: Kitchen/ Dining Area

In an effort to keep costs within budget without sacrificing looks, the fully gutted and renovated kitchen features IKEA cabinetry framework with shaker-style fronts by Semihandmade. The cabinets were painted Farrow & Ball Pigeon.

In an effort to keep costs within budget without sacrificing looks, the fully gutted and renovated kitchen features IKEA cabinetry framework with shaker-style fronts by Semihandmade. The cabinets were painted Farrow & Ball Pigeon.

Nicole Franzen

The kitchen countertops and shallow shelf are Olympian White Danby marble. The white oak cabinet knobs are from Etsy.

The kitchen countertops and shallow shelf are Olympian White Danby marble. The white oak cabinet knobs are from Etsy.

Nicole Franzen

The kitchen and dining area are made to feel bright and airy with minimalist decor and walls painted Sherwin Williams Origami White. The lights hanging over the island are Allied Maker's Blobe pendants.

The kitchen and dining area are made to feel bright and airy with minimalist decor and walls painted Sherwin Williams Origami White. The lights hanging over the island are Allied Maker's Blobe pendants.

Nicole Franzen

"We love it all, but the kitchen is probably our favorite," notes Sheena. "The overall mood is very calming, and it overlooks the garden, making it feel like a bit of a haven from the city streets." 

"The light is gorgeous throughout the day," she continues, "and the pale green on the cabinets gives it a softness and dimension. The layout provides great circulation, and it is both visually and physically connected to the living room."

Before: Bathroom

The uninspired kitchen before the full gut-renovation.

An image of the old kitchen before it was transformed into the master bath.

Mike Grosshandler

After: Bathroom

The master bathroom's double vanity includes a Calacatta Michelangelo marble countertop with chrome plumbing fixtures from Waterworks Easton.

The updated master bathroom includes a double vanity with a Calacatta Michelangelo marble countertop with chrome plumbing fixtures from Waterworks Easton.

Nicole Franzen

A clawfoot tub was installed beneath the window and can be seen from the bedroom. The semi-enclosed shower room is lined in white subway tile while sage green penny tiles cover the floors.

A clawfoot tub was installed beneath the window and can be seen from the bedroom. The semi-enclosed shower room is lined in white subway tile while sage green penny tiles cover the floors.

Nicole Franzen

The Garden Bathroom serves as the powder room and the guest bathroom. The Maison C via Studio Four wallpaper complements the Benjamin Moore Bone White-painted walls.

The Garden Bathroom serves as the powder room and the guest bathroom. The Maison C via Studio Four wallpaper complements the Benjamin Moore Bone White-painted walls.

Nicole Franzen

The shower is lined with matte white squares with an irregular, handmade feel. Matte white square penny tiles are used for the shower floor.

The shower is lined with matte white squares with an irregular, handmade feel. Matte white square penny tiles are used for the shower floor.

Nicole Franzen

The kid's bathroom on the second floor is lined with white penny tile and white square tiles in a running bond pattern. The wallpaper is from Juju papers.

The kid's bathroom on the second floor is lined with white penny tile and white square tiles in a running bond pattern. The wallpaper is from Juju Papers.

Nicole Franzen

The Garden Den enjoys direct access to the backyard and is envisioned as the more casual counterpart to the main living room.

The Garden Den enjoys direct access to the backyard and is envisioned as the more casual counterpart to the main living room.

Nicole Franzen

Custom closets painted Benjamin Moore Sterling were added to both kids' bedrooms. One room has a built-in window seat (pictured) and the other has a built-in desk.

Custom closets painted Benjamin Moore Sterling were added to both kids' bedrooms. One room has a built-in window seat (pictured) and the other has a built-in desk.

Nicole Franzen

A look at the Park Slope townhouse floor plans.

Located at 413 8th St, New York, New York, just one block from the subway, the elegantly updated Park Slope townhouse has been listed on StreetEasy for $4,495,000.

Project Credits:

Architectural Designers: Frances Mildred

Builder/General Contractor: Robertson-Tait

Interior Design: sheep + stone

Cabinetry Design: Semihandmade


Fall in Love With Bali at This Tropical, Modern Retreat

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Sited on a small, serene island off the coast of Bali, Seascape Villa mixes tropical vibes with modern, Mediterranean-inspired design.

If you're looking for a unique way to explore the wonderful world of Bali, Seascape Villa might be the perfect place to start. Designed by Bali–based Italian architect—and founder of the design studio Word of Mouth—Valentina Audrito, this relaxing retreat is an oceanfront property on the island of Nusa Lembongan, just southeast of Bali's main island. 

Commissioned by a diverse group of friends who were looking to build a place that they could share for their own holiday getaways and rent out as well, the inspiration for the villa's design stems from the Mediterranean. 

Working within a tight footprint due to building restrictions, the two-story main building includes most of the bedrooms and communal spaces, with guest quarters placed in a separate structure.

Working within a tight footprint due to building restrictions, the two-story main building includes most of the bedrooms and communal spaces, with guest quarters placed in a separate structure.

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

A more unusual and distinctive look for the island, the result is a mix of crisp, white volumes and pebbled concrete juxtaposed against lush greenery, bamboo screens, and the bold, deep-sea blues of the Balinese beachfront. Scroll ahead to take a peek inside.

The open floor plan allows the space to feel bright and airy. The upstairs living room is one large net, "the biggest hammock on Nusa Lembongan." Here, guests can lounge while interacting with people in the kitchen or living room below.

The open floor plan allows the space to feel bright and airy. The upstairs living room is one large net, "the biggest hammock on Nusa Lembongan." Here, guests can lounge while interacting with people in the kitchen or living room below.

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

The home opens to its surroundings for true indoor/outdoor living. The kitchen island also functions as a casual dining table.

The home opens to its surroundings for true indoor/outdoor living. The kitchen island also functions as a casual dining table. 

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

The villa features a strong sense of both Mediterranean and tropical vibes.

The villa features a strong sense of both Mediterranean and tropical vibes. 

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

Ceiling fans help cross-ventilation and allow the double-height communal space to stay cool.

Ceiling fans help cross-ventilation and allow the double-height communal space to stay cool. 

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

"Blue and white tones came up very often during our conversations, and the fact that the property was sitting right on the ocean made it feel like a good fit for their vision," adds Audrito.

"Blue and white tones came up very often during our conversations, and the fact that the property was sitting right on the ocean made it feel like a good fit for their vision," adds Audrito.

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

Meals can be had al fresco in the indoor/outdoor patio. The concrete/pebble floors are used both inside and outside the home to tie both spaces together.

Meals can be had al fresco in the indoor/outdoor patio. The concrete/pebble floors are used both inside and outside the home to tie both spaces together.

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

The bathrooms also maintain the indoor/outdoor connections.

The bathrooms also maintain the indoor/outdoor connections. 

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

Each bedroom opens to a terrace.

Each bedroom opens to a terrace.

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

The blue and white tones are even picked up in the bathroom.

The blue and white tones are even picked up in the bathroom. 

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

Another one of the bedrooms.

Another one of the bedrooms. 

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

A look at a bright and spacious bathroom with uniquely-shaped mirrors and a vibrant mural.

A look at a bright and spacious bathroom with uniquely-shaped mirrors and a vibrant mural.

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

 The guest quarters are located in a separate structure with a cylindrical base.

 The guest quarters are located in a separate structure with a cylindrical base.

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

The separate volume complements the design of the main house, yet with more of a tropical, modern feel.

The separate volume complements the design of the main house, yet with more of a tropical, modern feel.

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

The bathroom features a simple, organic design and integrates a sense of the outdoors with bamboo, which is used to provide an open, yet private feel.

The bathroom features a simple, organic design and integrates a sense of the outdoors with bamboo, which is used to provide an open, yet private feel. 

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

A look at the exterior landscaping.

A look at the exterior landscaping.

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

The elongated feeling of the pool is balanced by the surrounding circular deck.

The elongated feeling of the pool is balanced by the surrounding circular deck.

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

The pool connects the complex with its breathtaking beachfront setting.

The pool connects the complex with its breathtaking beachfront setting. 

Moch Sulthonn for Word of Mouth

Seascape Villa is available to rent starting at $833/night. For more information about the property is here

Project Credits:
Architect of Record: Word of Mouth House, Valentina Audrito
Lead Architect/Designer: Valentina Audrito
Design Team: Abbie Labrum, Levina Sunaryo, and AAGB Sudarma Putra
Collaborating Architect: Robin Bimantoro
Contractor/Builder: CV Adi Jaya Utama
C&S Consultant: Triloka Studio Bali
Quantity Surveyor: Ratio Construction
Interior and Exterior Finishing: CV Adi Jaya Utama
Landscape Design: CV Mandala Karya Pratama
MEP Contractor: CV Pancar Electric
Audio/Video: CV Smart Technice
Tent/Rolling Blind: Canopy Art Bali
Nano Coating: Resolve Indonesia


Jackie Gleason’s Spaceship-Like Mansion Hits the Market For $12M

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Built by a Frank Lloyd Wright disciple for American icon Jackie Gleason, this UFO-like home known as "The Mothership" is a unique architectural wonder.

Topped with a copper roof, the round house is the largest of the property’s three homes. Gleason affectionately nicknamed it “The Mothership.”

Tucked away in the woods of the Hudson Valley is a striking spaceship-inspired home that befits American comedy legend Jackie Gleason’s bigger-than-life reputation.

Commissioned by Gleason during the filming of The Honeymooners sitcom in New York City, the 8.4-acre property with its dramatic, rounded forms was in part a realization of the multi-talented actor’s love for UFOs. 

Used as a retreat from New York City, the Hudson Valley home includes a broadcasting studio so Gleason could work in a quieter environment.

Used as a retreat from New York City, the Hudson Valley home includes a broadcasting studio so Gleason could work in a quieter environment.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

Silverman & Cika’s Robert Cika, a former student of Frank Lloyd Wright, was the architect behind the project.

Silverman & Cika’s Robert Cika, a former student of Frank Lloyd Wright, was the architect behind the project.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

Gleason was intimately involved in all aspects of the home's design. While it took five years to construct, the property was completed in 1959 for the then-cost of $650,000. The house was prefabricated by a shipbuilder in an airplane hanger and then installed on site. 

Topped with a copper roof, the round house is the largest of the property’s three homes. Gleason affectionately nicknamed it “The Mothership.”

Topped with a copper roof, the round house is the largest of the property’s three homes. Gleason affectionately nicknamed it "The Mothership."

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

Here's the entrance to The Mothership, which is flanked by lush landscaping.

Here's the entrance to The Mothership, which is flanked by lush landscaping.

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Now, nearly sixty years after its completion, the updated 7,450-square-foot property—and its three buildings—has hit the market for $12,000,000. Scroll through to take a closer look.

"The concept of the home is a musical note—hence the roundness of the design. As with a note, it never ends," explain the RE/MAX TOWN & COUNTRY listing agents.

"The concept of the home is a musical note—hence the roundness of the design. As with a note, it never ends," explain the RE/MAX TOWN & COUNTRY listing agents.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

Full-height glazing wraps around the home for spectacular views of the woods.

Full-height glazing wraps around the house for spectacular views of the woods.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

All the flooring curves with the wood, and has been bent to a circle fashion using a steaming machine. The house includes tens of thousands of pieces of wood, all curved by hand.

All the flooring curves with the wood, and has been bent to a circle fashion using a steaming machine. The house includes tens of thousands of pieces of wood, all curved by hand.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

The property includes four bars—one of which seats 13 people.

The property includes four bars—one of which seats 13 people.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

Next to the bar, a billiards room branches off of the circular Great Room and leads to a cozy den.

Next to the bar, a billiards room branches off of the circular Great Room and leads to a cozy den.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

The home features three lavish fireplaces—each built of Carrara marble—weighing a total of 240 tons.

The home features three lavish fireplaces—each built of Carrara marble—weighing a total of 240 tons. 

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

A look inside the den with a second fireplace. "Jackie actually had to buy the quarry in Italy as they were running out of marble for the home," notes the listing agents. "Jackie brought the workers over from Italy to build and place the three connected fireplaces. The quarry passed with his estate when he passed away."

A look inside the den with a second fireplace. "Jackie actually had to buy the quarry in Italy as they were running out of marble for the home," notes the listing agents. "Jackie brought the workers over from Italy to build and place the three connected fireplaces. The quarry passed with his estate when he passed away."

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

The cap for the fireplace was so massive it had to brought in by helicopter.

The cap for the fireplace was so massive that it had to brought in by helicopter.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

The pillars are built of Douglas fir, while the sturdy footings are made from aircraft aluminum.

The pillars are built of Douglas fir, while the sturdy footings are made from aircraft aluminum.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

Right angles were eschewed in favor of curved, organic forms. "If you look at the ceilings, the woodwork looks like rowboats," continue the agents. "They are the trusses that hold the house up—there are no cross support beams, because they would have had right angles."

Right angles were eschewed in favor of curved, organic forms. "If you look at the ceilings, the woodwork looks like rowboats," continue the agents. "They are the trusses that hold the house up—there are no cross support beams, because they would have had right angles."

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

The approximately 3,950-square-foot, three-story Mothership includes two bedrooms and two full baths.

The approximately 3,950-square-foot, three-story Mothership includes two bedrooms and two full baths.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

A look inside one of the bedrooms with a round bed and a television embedded into the ceiling.

A look inside one of the bedrooms with a round bed and a television embedded into the ceiling.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

The built-in office and broadcasting studio allowed Gleason to comfortably work from home.

The built-in office and broadcasting studio allowed Gleason to comfortably work from home.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

Built in 1937, this stone building came with the property and sits next to the Mothership. Gleason dubbed the structure "The Barracks."

Built in 1937, this stone building came with the property and sits next to the Mothership. Gleason dubbed the structure "The Barracks."

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

The timber-lined interiors of the two-story Barracks have a far more traditional appearance than those in the Mothership.

The timber-lined interiors of the two-story Barracks have a far more traditional appearance than those in the Mothership.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

Nicknamed "The Spaceship," the small UFO-inspired cottage includes a tiny utility kitchen, bathroom, and storage.

Nicknamed "The Spaceship," the small UFO-inspired cottage includes a tiny utility kitchen, bathroom, and storage.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

A look inside the Spaceship, which is built around a hanging fireplace. Although Gleason originally intended to use the space for storage, it can be adapted to house guests.

A look inside the Spaceship, which is built around a hanging fireplace. Although Gleason originally intended to use the space for storage, it can be adapted to house guests.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

The pools were added in the 1980s by the current seller.

The pools were added in the 1980s by the current seller.

Anthony Acocella - Acocella Photography

196 Furnace Dock Road, Cortlandt, NY is now being listed by Margaret Bailey, Howard Payson, and Jacqueline Campanelli of RE/MAX TOWN & COUNTRY for $12,000,000. See the full listing here.

Know of a home for sale or rent that should be featured on Dwell.com? Drop us a line at community@dwell.com. 


This Skinny, Minimalist Home Gets a Modern Revamp For $20K

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In the land-strapped city of Bandung, Indonesia, the newly renovated 4x6x6 House achieves the illusion of spaciousness despite its compact footprint.

The operable windows help let cooling breezes into the home—a necessity given the area's muggy tropical climate and the urban heat-island effect.

When a young family needed a modern refresh for their small home in West Java, they sought help from Jakarta and Bandung–based architecture studio dua to conceive a new design that would offer better connections with the outdoors. 

Set next to a narrow alley-like street, the new house stands out from its neighbors with its boxy white form, yet adheres to the neighborhood's two-story height norm.

Set next to a narrow alley-like street, the new house stands out from its neighbors with its boxy white form, yet adheres to the neighborhood's two-story height norm.

William Sutanto

Working within a tight 602-square-foot plot, and a lean budget of approximately $20,000 USD, the architects created a skinny two-story property that would match the height of its residential neighbors. 

Windows of varying sizes punctuate the building, giving it a sculptural appearance.

Windows of varying sizes punctuate the building, giving it a sculptural appearance.

William Sutanto

The operable windows help let cooling breezes into the home—a necessity given the area's muggy tropical climate and the urban heat-island effect.

The operable windows help let cooling breezes into the home—a necessity given the area's muggy tropical climate and the urban heat-island effect.

William Sutanto

However, unlike the surrounding architecture, the new design is strikingly modern, and features a boxy facade painted white, along with a concrete roof.

The floors are built of exposed concrete, while the brick walls have been painted white.

The floors are built of exposed concrete, while the brick walls have been painted white.

Jonathan Aditya Gahari

Dubbed the 4x6x6 House after the building’s measurements in meters, the small home comprises a bedroom, bathroom, a reading room, and an open-plan living area, kitchen, and dining space in just 484 square feet.

Open-tread stairs link the three floors.

Open-tread stairs link the three floors.

Jonathan Aditya Gahari

To create the illusion of spaciousness, the interior has a minimalist look, while windows of varying sizes establish a connection with the outdoors. Instead of dividing walls, the architects have arranged the rooms within a series of split-levels.

The bedroom is located on the uppermost level that connects to a small outdoor balcony.

The bedroom is located on the uppermost level that connects to a small outdoor balcony.

William Sutanto

Shop the Look

Menu Afteroom Cafe Table

The Afteroom Counter, Cafe and Bar Table is yet a supplement to the Afteroom Chair, constituting the same concept – a tribute to Bauhaus and functionalism - reducing the amount of material to a minimum and enhancing the aesthetic appearance to a maximum. Afteroom is a Stockholm-based design studio, respecting wear and tear and the passage of time. Founded and directed by Hung-Ming Chen and Chen-Yen Wei, the studio’s mission is simply to create beautiful products which will increase in value with the passage of time – design with which one can grow old. The inspiration derives from an intriguing interest in forms, senses, proportions, materials and cultures. The philosophy pivots around simplicity and honesty. The Counter, Cafe and bar tables of the Afteroom series are ideal for public spaces such as; bars and restaurants. The tubular steel construction refers to the important Bauhaus movement where functionality was key - simple construction, with tremendous durability. The tables are very light - hence very easy to move around. All tables have Afteroom chairs matching its height. The new laminated variants come with a surface that better withstands heavy use. Available in café, counter, and bar table sizes.

Muuto E27 Pendant Light

“The simplicity of the naked bulb is hard to compete with,” says Swedish designer Mattias Ståhlbom of his E27 Pendant (2008). Ståhlbom has distilled the idea of a pendant to its essence: just a socket, bulb and cord. The name of this pendant comes from the 27mm Edison screw base (or E27) developed by Thomas Edison for the incandescent light bulb. Made of indelible silicone, the socket won't retain heat and resists fading over time. The E27 can be hung singly, in pairs, in a row or in a cluster. Requires hardwired installation. Bulb (included): incandescent G40/40W. UL Listed. Made in China. Photo courtesy of Design Within Reach

Menu Gridy Fungi Shelf

Beautiful wall shelving inspired by fungus. The Menu Gridy Fungi Shelf was designed to line your walls like the shelf fungus that grows horizontally on trees. However, this shelf is much more functional. Especially effective when grouped with others, it's useful as an accent shelf in the living room, extra storage near the bed or to display spices in the kitchen. Photo courtesy of Horne

A look at the small reading nook located on the level between the bedroom and ground floor.

A look at the small reading nook located on the level between the bedroom and ground floor.

William Sutanto

"Programs and privacy are separated using different levels and points of views, instead of using wall partitions," explain the architects. "This no-wall situation sets up a roomy and flexible space, and at the same time, creates a particular experience and intimacy."

The activities of the ground floor can be seen and heard from the bedroom level.

The activities of the ground floor can be seen and heard from the bedroom level.

Jonathan Aditya Gahari

"Situation and activities outside are framed using various square windows that lead to different directions and views. This various openings allow unique interactions with neighbors and people passing by," the architects note.

"Situation and activities outside are framed using various square windows that lead to different directions and views. This various openings allow unique interactions with neighbors and people passing by," the architects note.

William Sutanto

A look at the ground-floor floor plan.

A look at the ground-floor floor plan.

dua

Here is the mezzanine floor plan.

Here is the mezzanine floor plan.

dua

A section view of the 4x6x6 House with all three levels visible.

A section view of the 4x6x6 House with all three levels visible.

dua

Project Credits:

Architect of Record: dua studio 

Builder/General Contractor: Yodi Juliardi - Fx Nugraha Aji

Structural Engineer: Hermanto Subagijo

Landscape Designer: Dadan Kebon

Interior Design: dua studio

Other: Ars.app


9 Modern Bathroom Ideas That Go Off the Beaten Path

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These whimsical washrooms will inspire you to kick your modern bathroom renovation up a notch.

A Workstead brass chandelier, a Signal pendant, and an Urban Electric Rex table lamp have been used in the master bathroom.

If your bathroom design is feeling lackluster, look no further for innovative design inspiration. From a converted enclosed deck to a shower that's steps away from a private garden, these unique spaces are sure to ignite your creativity.

Expansive Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

In 2018, the property was gently refreshed with a new "free-spirited" bathroom.

Built by Berkeley–based architect Jorgen Elmer in 1964 for renowned artist Tom Holland as a studio and home for his family, the 2,395-square-foot residence in Berkeley Hills, California, has been listed for $1,250,000 through Red Oak Realty. The updated home includes a bright and spacious remodeled master bathroom designed by Mary Cronin of The Design Shop. The new bathroom occupies what used to be an outdoor deck just off the master bedroom on the second floor. Now encased with boxed oak beams fitted with glass walls, and a glass ceiling, the bathroom is dreamy space that offers 180-degree views of the breathtaking bay. 

Photo Courtesy of Peter Lyons

The bathroom continues the black perforated theme, and features an asymmetric pitched roof.

Perforated black panels are a recurring theme throughout this renovated home from architecture firm Carter Williamson. Despite the dark color palette, the home is still able to find plenty of light. The bathroom echoes the monochromatic style of the rest of the house, and features an asymmetric pitched roof. 

Photo: Brett Boardman

The couple’s preference for raw, natural materials, tactile surfaces, and verdant color can be seen throughout the house.

The husband-and-wife duo behind London–based architecture and design/build practice Chan + Eayrs, Zoe Chan Eayrs and Merlin Eayrs, only work on one project at a time. The evocative details found throughout the renovation of The Weavers House are a testament to their focused approach. Wood and veined Arabescato marble, used throughout the home, create contrasting warm and cool elements. The couple’s preference for raw, natural materials, tactile surfaces, and verdant color can be seen throughout the house. 

Photo Courtesy of Michael Sinclair

A Workstead brass chandelier, a Signal pendant, and an Urban Electric Rex table lamp have been used in the master bathroom.

Robert Highsmith and his wife, Stefanie Brechbuehler—co-founders of the design studio Workstead—split their time between Brooklyn, New York, and Charleston, South Carolina. Last year, after repurposing the Mendel Rivers Federal Building in Charleston as the Dewberry Hotel, they began exploring a style they’ve since identified as "Southern modernism." Recently, their research and experimentation have culminated thanks to a meticulously restored 1853 Italianate Victorian row house, which they’ve named Workstead House. Styled with a carefully curated selection of furniture and accessories that evoke the moody spirit of South Carolina’s Lowcountry—yet still infuse a good dose of modernity—Workstead House sets a new standard for historic home remodels.  

Photo Courtesy of Matthew Williams

A private garden is accessible by a glass panel.

Drawing inspiration from the homeowners’ love for meditation and taking cues from Japanese gardens and Buddhist retreats in Kyoto, tranquil gardens were created off the master suite, dining area, and bathroom. Paying homage to Japanese "onsens" (bathing hot springs), in the bathroom a sunken brick basin was designed with a removable wood top to create a shower platform. The wash room opens to a private garden that is nestled between the original cottage and the master suite addition. And, hidden in the bathroom’s cabinetry, a secret passage leads to the kitchen. A private garden is accessible by a glass panel. 

Photo by Tess Kelly

For the private areas, they used lighter colors, warm wood, and more classical details, which the wife preferred.

When a Taiwanese expat couple with a two-year old child returned home to Taiwan, they decided to settle down in the district of Xindian in Taiwan’s New Taipei City, where the husband had spend most of his childhood. The couple purchased a 1,352-square-foot apartment near the river and reached out to Taipei–based interior design firm KC Design Studio to help them turn it into a stylish, modern home where industrial elements like steel, brick, and exposed concrete harmonize with vintage accents. The ever-shifting material palette continues in the two bathrooms, which have walls and ceilings with different types of tiles. For the private areas, lighter colors, warm wood, and more classical details cater to the wife's preferences. 

Photo Courtesy of Hey! Cheese

In the bathroom, the shower stall looks up to the open sky.

When a Sydney couple discussed the redesign of their inner-city, terrace property with Breathe Architecture’s director Jeremy McLeod, they asked for "a house for two introverts living in a world of extroverts." To deliver, McLeod worked with the project's lead architect Daniel Mckenna to remodel the terrace, turning it into Double Life House, a cozy space with a clandestine feel that brings to mind the secret hide-outs of superheroes. By reconfiguring the stairs as a switchback and locating it in the middle section of the house, the architects could fit a slim, tall bathroom between the switchback and the main bedroom. In the bathroom, the shower stall looks up to the open sky. 

Photo Courtesy of Katherine Lu

"When this building was constructed the toilets would have been outside. In our previous place we had a tiny shower in a tiny bathroom that you could barely stretch your arms out in, so we moved here knowing we wanted to make the bathroom something special. We planned this grand freestanding bathtub-and-sink unit with the same materials as the kitchen - plywood and slate."

When Cecilia Tham and Yoel Karaso of Habitan Architects bought their first-floor apartment in an 1894 block of the Fort Pienc neighborhood of Barcelona in 2005, they knew they were taking a risk. Casa Alí Bei was a bargain because it is afectado ("affected")—–that is, the land is zoned for redevelopment. A baby (Hanna) on the way, the possibility of being evicted, and a tight budget necessitated a canny renovation strategy, yet one that still honored the dazzling turn-of-the-century tile work and ornate moldings. A stone’s throw from Jean Nouvel’s Torre Agbar, the apartment, like the neighborhood, has been reborn as a patchwork of old and new. "When this building was constructed the toilets would have been outside. In our previous place we had a tiny shower in a tiny bathroom that you could barely stretch your arms out in, so we moved here knowing we wanted to make the bathroom something special. We planned this grand freestanding bathtub-and-sink unit with the same materials as the kitchen - plywood and slate," says Tham. 

Photo: Gunnar Knechtel

Caroline Place is a minimalist home located in London, United Kingdom, designed by Groupwork + Amin Taha. Surrounded on three sides by eight and nine story mansion blocks shielding it from the heavy traffic on Bayswater Road and tourism on Queensway, Caroline Place is a quiet enclave of late 1950’s terraces north of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Built with a Modern Northern European sensibility of sharp brick lines and crisp mortar joints layered with softer timber detailing, their interior layouts remained firmly rooted in an earlier English Edwardian tradition.

Caroline Place is a minimalist home located in London, United Kingdom, designed by Groupwork + Amin Taha. Surrounded on three sides by eight and nine story mansion blocks shielding it from the heavy traffic on Bayswater Road and tourism on Queensway, Caroline Place is a quiet enclave of late 1950’s terraces north of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Built with a Modern Northern European sensibility of sharp brick lines and crisp mortar joints layered with softer timber detailing, their interior layouts remained firmly rooted in an earlier English Edwardian tradition.

Photo Courtesy of Leibal


An Extended Garden Pavilion Enhances a 1920s Cottage

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Sitting adjacent to the Morningside residence, this new open-air pavilion beckons the family outside every day of the year.

For this home renovation located in the Brisbane suburb of Morningside, it was important to Kieron Gait Architects and their clients to preserve the presence of the original 1920s Queenslander bungalow on the double lot. 

To that end, the house was gently reworked to host all the bedrooms and a private family room. Then, a generous garden pavilion was added to the southern boundary of the property, maximizing the available land without erasing the original construction.

The garden pavilion sits adjacent to the original house and overlooks the reworked garden and new pool. The pool is surrounded by a metal screen element that's also repeated elsewhere in the project.

The garden pavilion sits adjacent to the original house and overlooks the reworked garden and new pool. The pool is surrounded by a metal screen element that's also repeated elsewhere in the project.

Christopher Frederick Jones

This perspective shows the entry point to the pavilion and how it connects to the main cottage.

This perspective shows the entry point to the pavilion and how it connects to the main cottage.

Christopher Frederick Jones

The garden pavilion hosts an outdoor room, as well as the kitchen, living room, and dining areas, designating it as the more "public realm" of the home, explain the architects. "Open and connected to the site, it expands the domain of the family beyond the walls of the house into the garden."

"The design gives the owners a sense of connection," note the architects. "The doors are always open, and the family spills naturally out to the garden."

"The design gives the owners a sense of connection," note the architects. "The doors are always open, and the family spills naturally out to the garden."

Christopher Frederick Jones

The architects took inspiration from the well-crafted 1920s bungalow. "Mirroring the care taken to construct and assemble the existing house, we chose processes and construction techniques that show craft, care, and endeavor," the architects continue. 

The pavilion relates to the original house in the exterior framework, as both use white-painted timber. Glass doors retract for full outdoor access.

The pavilion relates to the original house in the exterior framework, as both use white-painted timber. Glass doors retract for full outdoor access.

Christopher Frederick Jones

Rich hardwood outfits the interior of the pavilion.

Rich hardwood outfits the interior of the pavilion.

Christopher Frederick Jones

A view of the living room. "Craft is a key aspect of this building," explain the architects. "The makers—steelworkers, cabinetmakers, carpenters, and landscapers—are all carefully selected to add their skills to the project."

A view of the living room. "Craft is a key aspect of this building," explain the architects. "The makers—steelworkers, cabinetmakers, carpenters, and landscapers—are all carefully selected to add their skills to the project."

Christopher Frederick Jones

"The design separates public and private space by a covered, but external walkway," note the team. "By juxtaposing these positions, the house acts like a camp—retreating to the tent to sleep and living under the tree canopy outside—a universal gathering space connected by landscape rather than built form."

"The design separates public and private space by a covered, but external walkway," note the team. "By juxtaposing these positions, the house acts like a camp—retreating to the tent to sleep and living under the tree canopy outside—a universal gathering space connected by landscape rather than built form."

Christopher Frederick Jones

Project Credits:

Architect: Kieron Gait Architects

Pavilion Builder: A H Done Builder

Structural Engineer: NJA Consulting

Landscape Design: Owen Thompson


Book This Idyllic Portuguese Home For Your Next Escape

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Could the modern, minimalist villa known as Casa Luum be your next vacation spot? We think so.

Nestled among hundreds of olive, almond, and cork trees at a site that was once home to ancient ruins, Casa Luum is a stunning modern getaway in The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost coastal region. 

Designed by local architect Pedro Domingos, the four-bedroom retreat is a mix of whitewashed concrete walls and bold rectangular forms. Cleverly integrated into its natural landscape, the home opens itself up to its surroundings via multiple patios, rooftop terraces, and a large central courtyard with a serene swimming pool. If you're ready to pack your bags, just wait until you see inside.

The stunning retreat is centered around a serene swimming pool with natural stone touches.

The stunning retreat is centered around a serene swimming pool with natural stone touches.

Alexander Bogorodskiy

The home integrates many sustainable practices, including using solar energy to heat water.

The home integrates many sustainable practices, including using solar energy to heat water. 

Alexander Bogorodskiy

The rectangular edges of the whitewash rooftop terrace is perfectly integrated into the surrounding nature.

The rectangular edges of the whitewash rooftop terrace is perfectly integrated into the surrounding nature.

Alexander Bogorodskiy

The owners encourage native plant growth by consulting with Sigmetum, a team of botanical architects based in Lisbon.

The owners encourage native plant growth by consulting with Sigmetum, a team of botanical architects based in Lisbon. 

Alexander Bogorodskiy

A peaceful corner of interconnected outdoor space.

A peaceful corner of interconnected outdoor space. 

Alexander Bogorodskiy

The cool midcentury fireplace was designed in 1965 by Spanish architects Alfonso Mila and Federico Correa.

The cool midcentury fireplace was designed in 1965 by Spanish architects Alfonso Mila and Federico Correa.

Alexander Bogorodskiy

The kitchen features a large central island with natural stone countertops and a stylish SMEG refrigerator.

The kitchen features a large central island with natural stone countertops and a stylish SMEG refrigerator. 

Alexander Bogorodskiy

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Smeg Full Size Refrigerator

Make a bold retro statement with the iconic SMEG refrigerator. Blending midcentury cool with modern innovation, this one-door refrigerator offers generous storage with adjustable shelves, racks and bins plus a convenient icebox. Italian-based SMEG is known for '50s-inspired appliances designed in collaboration with top architects. Photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

ILĀ Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil from ILA. Olives are hand-picked and pressed in a 100 year-old mill situated among the ancient groves of Andalusia. The climate of Cordoba region creates prime conditions for producing olives of exceptional quality and a richer, smoother olive oil with a more golden hue than its Italian counterpart. 6.5 fl. oz. Made in Spain Photo courtesy of The Primary Essentials

East Fork Pottery Breakfast Bowl

We LOVE this little bowl. Perfect for yogurt and granola in the morning, olives or dips on a party tray, or an appetizer serving of chilled summer soups. We call it the Breakfast Bowl, but we find uses for it 5 times a day. Made in the North Carolina mountains from regional materials Microwave and dishwasher safe Approx. 5.4" W x 1.8" H Weighs approx. 11 ounces Formed on the Jigger Glazed by hand; slight variation in color and movement in glaze application can be expected and embraced

Meals can be taken al fresco or in the dining room. Locally sourced ceramics and wood pieces are found throughout the home.

Meals can be taken al fresco or in the dining room. Locally sourced ceramics and wood pieces are artistic touches found throughout the home. 

Alexander Bogorodskiy

The elegant bedrooms feature large pendulum doors that also act as windows.

The elegant bedrooms feature large pendulum doors that also act as windows.

Alexander Bogorodskiy

The patio space helps connect the home to nature, allowing guests to enjoy a taste of Mediterranean indoor/outdoor living.

The patio space helps connect the home to nature, allowing guests to enjoy a taste of Mediterranean indoor/outdoor living. 

Alexander Bogorodskiy

The expansive rooftop terrace features stunning views of the surrounding nature reserve.

The expansive rooftop terrace features stunning views of the surrounding nature reserve. 

Alexander Bogorodskiy

Casa Luum is now available to rent starting at $1400/night via Perfect Hideaway. Learn more about the retreat on Facebook and Instagram.

Project Credits: 
Architect of Record: Pedro Dominigos

Landscape Architecture: Sigmetum

Lighting Design: Kristoff Van der Vekens

Interior Design: Kristoff Van der Vekens 

Photography: Alexander Bogorodskiy


Own This Sustainably Designed Malibu Beach House For $5.7M

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Sited on one of the last undeveloped oceanfront lots along the Pacific Coast Highway, House Noir creatively addresses the issue of building near the sea in the face of climate change.

The award-winning home known as House Noir is nestled along a strip of prime coastal real estate in Malibu. While this idyllic location provides  amazing beachfront views, it originally presented a significant design challenge for the architects, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA): how to create a sustainable home in a place where coastal erosion and rising sea levels pose a real concern.

The firm successfully tackled this issue in more ways than one. They started by raising the 1,970-square-foot house 20 feet above the shoreline to build a seawall and a deep caisson foundation, and then secured the site, giving it the capability to absorb the energy of the sea in the event of a natural disaster. LOHA creatively conformed the design to local building restrictions, while also creating a seamless indoor/outdoor living experience to maximize the property's breathtaking coastal views. 

Now, this impressive two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath abode is up for sale and listed for $5,695,000

Corrosive sea air can deteriorate metals and slowly peel away paint, so the architects wrapped the building in aluminum and a non-corrosive metal, and coated it in a resilient rustproof paint.

Corrosive sea air can deteriorate metals and slowly peel away paint, so the architects wrapped the building in aluminum and a non-corrosive metal, and coated it in a resilient rustproof paint.

Paul Vu

LOHA’s design is a result of new code requirements and creatively working within limitations so that the project would successfully maximize the site potential.

LOHA’s design is a result of new code requirements and creatively working within limitations so that the project would successfully maximize the site potential. 

Simon Berlyn

Strategically placed openings on all sides of the façade secure the ocean and hillside views, and provide maximal natural light to all interior spaces.

Strategically placed openings on all sides of the façade secure the ocean and hillside views, and provide maximal natural light to all interior spaces. 

Paul Vu

Standing-seam siding folds up from the street façade over the roofline to the roof deck, creating a seamless transition between wall and roof.

Standing-seam siding folds up from the street façade over the roofline to the roof deck, creating a seamless transition between wall and roof. 

Simon Berlyn

The slightly trapezoidal shape of the site provides a rare opportunity for views down the coast from the interior of the house.

The slightly trapezoidal shape of the site provides a rare opportunity for views down the coast from the interior of the house.

Paul Vu

Angled balconies at the first and second levels are accessed by floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, enhancing the indoor/outdoor living experience and allowing natural ventilation.

Angled balconies at the first and second levels are accessed by floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, enhancing the indoor/outdoor living experience and allowing natural ventilation. 

Paul Vu

 A central staircase with perforated metal treads and risers allows natural light to filter down from the roof-deck level through the center of the home.

 A central staircase with perforated metal treads and risers allows natural light to filter down from the roof-deck level through the center of the home. 

Paul Vu

The large stairwell connects all of the levels and allows for cross ventilation throughout the home. The passive ventilation strategies take advantage of the location’s climate.

The large stairwell connects all of the levels and allows for cross ventilation throughout the home. The passive ventilation strategies take advantage of the location’s climate.  

Paul Vu

 The guest-bedroom suite frames the hillside views above the street, increasing natural light and maintaining privacy.

 The guest-bedroom suite frames the hillside views above the street, increasing natural light and maintaining privacy.

Paul Vu

Indoor/outdoor living areas were the focal point of the project, and helped define the sustainability strategies during design.

Indoor/outdoor living areas were the focal point of the project, and helped define the sustainability strategies during design. 

Paul Vu

House Noir as seen from above.

House Noir as seen from above. 

Paul Vu

20838 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu is being listed for $5,695,000, by Pritchett-Rapf Realtors. See the full listing here

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A 1970s UFO House Gains a Glorious Renovation

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A unique UFO house in Italy is saved from the chopping block thanks to an energy-efficient renovation.

Windows added to the side corners of the north facade bring additional daylight indoors.

A homage to the bold charms of midcentury Space Age design, the UFO House has been restored to its former brilliance thanks to the work of architect Stefan Hitthaler.

The homeowners originally planned on demolishing the dated holiday retreat, which had fallen into disrepair. Yet Hitthaler saw promise in the 1973 building and refurbished the 660-square-foot home to complement the clients’ modern lifestyle.

The house is a five-sided prism elevated on six concrete pillars.

The house is a five-sided prism elevated on six concrete pillars.

Harald Wisthaler

Hidden away in Germany’s Bavarian Forest near Brunico, the UFO House overlooks stunning valley views and Brunico Castle.

Hidden away in a forest near Brunico, the UFO House overlooks stunning valley views and Brunico Castle.

Harald Wisthaler

For a total gut-renovation cost of 230,000€ (approximately $266,330 USD), Hitthaler replaced the siding and interior finishes, constructed a more spacious deck, added modern amenities and energy-saving systems, and also inserted a spaceship-inspired retractable staircase near the entry.

The home is accessed via a custom-made Corten steel ladder. When the ladder is retracted, the property appears to float above the sloped terrain.

The home is accessed via a custom-made Corten steel ladder. When the ladder is retracted, the property appears to float above the sloped terrain.

Harald Wisthaler

The renovated chalet is clad entirely in untreated larch (including the roof and deck).

The renovated chalet is clad entirely in untreated larch (including the roof and deck).

Harald Wisthaler

During the remodel, Hitthaler was careful to preserve the original design of Professor Josef Lackner, the Innsbruck–based architect who realized the UFO House 45 years ago. 

The original balcony was replaced with a larger deck built from larch. The deck is supported by diagonal steel beams that are attached to the existing concrete pillars.

The original balcony was replaced with a larger deck built from larch. The deck is supported by diagonal steel beams that are attached to the existing concrete pillars.

Harald Wisthaler

New high-performance glazing lets in plenty of light and landscape views without compromising energy efficiency. The windows are framed in larch on the interior and in dark steel on the exterior.

New high-performance glazing lets in plenty of light and landscape views without compromising energy efficiency. The windows are framed in larch on the interior and in dark steel on the exterior.

Harald Wisthaler

"The renovated house provides better usability and optimized living comfort thanks to an increase in thermal insulation, and the installation of radiant floor heating with a heat pump and ventilation," explains the architect. 

"All these solutions generate greater energy savings. These interventions haven’t compromised the idea and structural quality of the outer shell and interior."

Anchored by a central fireplace, the main room features two large beds on either side. There are two additional bedrooms near the kitchen behind the fireplace. The UFO House can sleep a total of eight people.

Anchored by a central fireplace, the main room features two large beds on either side. There are two additional bedrooms near the kitchen behind the fireplace. The UFO House can sleep a total of eight people.

Harald Wisthaler

The walls and built-in furnishings are constructed from fir, while the original timber floors have been replaced with waxed concrete, which also covers the fireplace. The kitchen unit behind the fireplace features a countertop built of basalt sourced from the Alps.

The walls and built-in furnishings are constructed from fir, while the original timber floors have been replaced with waxed concrete, which also covers the fireplace. The kitchen unit behind the fireplace features a countertop built of basalt sourced from the Alps.

Harald Wisthaler

Windows added to the side corners of the north facade bring additional daylight indoors.

Windows added to the side corners of the north facade bring additional daylight indoors.

Harald Wisthaler

The concrete staircase that leads to the basement is illuminated with LED strips.

The concrete staircase that leads to the basement is illuminated with LED strips.

Harald Wisthaler

In the basement, the updated bathroom includes a new shower and toilet. The bathroom walls and ceilings are waxed concrete, while the counter is made from fir.

In the basement, the updated bathroom includes a new shower and toilet. The bathroom walls and ceilings are waxed concrete, while the counter is made from fir.

Harald Wisthaler

Project Credits:

Architect of Record & Interior Design: Stefan Hitthaler

Builder/ General Contractor: Firma Plankensteiner Holzbau

Structural Engineer: Ing. Walter Sulzenbacher / Baukanzlei Sulzenbacher

Lighting Design: Lucia Rizzi

Cabinetry Design: Alton Egon


Before and After: A Streamlined Apartment in Italy Boasts Tons of Custom Furniture

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Using a restrained color and material palette, Gosplan Architects transforms an old home in Genova into a bright, functional flat.

View of the living area

When a young couple from Genova, Italy, inherited a 1,180-square-foot property from a grandparent, they decided to transform the old house into a bright, modern home that better connects with its woodland site.

They hired local firm Gosplan Architects to help them renovate the tired-looking space, which had a dark, cramped living room. The Gosplan team demolished the existing walls between the old kitchen, the entrance, and the living room to create a single, large living area that's sunnier, with improved ventilation.

The architects also built a massive, mirrored-surface sliding door that reflects sunlight arriving from the glazed entrance door. This creates the effect of a long, sunny corridor.

Before: The Corridor 

The original house has a cramped and dark living room. The Gosplan team demolished the existing walls between the old kitchen, the entrance and the living room to create a single large living are that is sunnier, and better ventilated.

The original corridor traversed the entire apartment.

Courtesy of Gosplan Architects

After: The Corridor

The corridor, with the mirrored door opened

With the sliding mirrored door open, the corridor allows light from the bedroom to suffuse the entire space.

Courtesy of Anna Positano

The corridor, with the mirrored door closed

The mirrored door slides closed for privacy, but maintains a feeling of openness.

Courtesy of Anna Positano

Before: Living Room

They replaced all the old windows, and increased transparency and light penetration with a new, glazed entrance door.

The architects replaced all the old windows and increased transparency and light penetration with a new, glazed entrance door. Added thermal insulation coating improved the building's thermal performance.

Courtesy of Gosplan Architects

Before the intervention, the interiors were divided by a corridor and segmented into several small rooms. Half of the house was exposed to the south; this part was well illuminated and frames views of the beautiful landscape outdoors.

Before the intervention, the interiors were divided by a corridor, and segmented into several small rooms. Half of the house was exposed to the south; this part was well-illuminated and frames views of the beautiful landscape outdoors.

Courtesy of Gosplan Architects

After: Living Room

The whole main room of the house

No longer segmented, the main living area of the apartment unites the kitchen and dining alcove as well.

Courtesy of Anna Positano

View of the kitchen

Kitchen cabinets hang from a cross arm.

Courtesy of Anna Positano

Before: Bedroom

One side of the house faced a retaining wall, and was dark.

One side of the house faced a retaining wall, and was dark. 

Courtesy of Godplan Architects

After: Bedroom

View of the master bedroom

The master bedroom features clean, minimal interiors. The owners wanted more wardrobe space, and also requested a second bathroom. The Gosplan team located the bathrooms on the darker side of the home, enlarged the other rooms as much as possible, and increased light penetration from the south.

Courtesy of Anna Positano

Detail of the make up corner

A fold-out vanity tucks away when not in use.

Courtesy of Anna Positano

The most challenging part for the team was constructing the door for the master bedroom. The main bedroom is situated at the end of the corridor, and during the first phase of construction, the team realized there was a large French window perpendicular to this corridor axis that drew in plenty of light. This was a feature they wanted to preserve and emphasize.  

When the bedroom door is opened, the light streaming in through the bedroom window illuminates the corridor. 

"Thanks to this expedient, we had the chance to reduce the cost of masonry works," says Lorenzo Trompetto, one of the firm’s founders. "Everything has been designed by our office as a tailored product, and many elements perform two functions," he adds. 

View of the open kitchen

The open kitchen enjoys plenty of natural light.

Courtesy of Anna Positano

"Furthermore, the door is very heavy, and it has to work perfectly because it will be used frequently," says Trompetto. "Technically, it was a big challenge, but we are really satisfied about the result." 

Detail of the cross-shaped suspended furniture

The cross-shaped suspended furniture is a clever, functional way to open up the interiors.

Courtesy of Anna Positano

The Gosplan team designed the guide rail and anchoring system for the door themselves. "This door gave us the chance to alter the perception of the house’s interior space," says Trompetto. 

View of the stairs leading to the attic

The large furniture even holds the stairs leading up to the attic.

Courtesy of Anna Positano

The functional areas were configured around a cross-shaped, built-in cabinet, which includes a big blue wardrobe that complements the proportions of the existing corridor. This built-in cabinetry stores and conceals all the technical parts of the house, as well as stairs that lead up to an attic.   

The stairs near the fireplace, for instance, offer storage for large items, while the blue wardrobe also conceals access doors to the two secondary bedrooms. The cross-shaped cabinetry and wooden beam contains the second part of the stairs, and all the technical parts of the house.   

The eye-shaped hole of the stairs volume

The eye-shaped hole of the stairs volume allows the spaces to stay connected.

Courtesy of Anna Positano

Detail of the stairs, the blue MDF inside

Detail of the stairs and the blue MDF inside

Courtesy of Anna Positano

The wooden sections are made of natural oak or Valchromat, a colored medium-density fiberboard. Like solid wood, Valchromat can be carved, so the architects could create interesting design details with it. 

Floor plan before the renovation

Floor plan before the renovation

Courtesy of Gosplan Architects

Floor plan after the renovation

Floor plan after the renovation

Courtesy of Gosplan Architect

Project Credits: 

Architecture, lighting, cabinetry and interior design: Gosplan Architects 

Builder: Joannis Katsiberis

Carpenter: Store & Home


10 Best-Designed Places to Eat and Drink in Portland, Oregon

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From vegan pizza to Korean dumplings, Portland has a diverse range of cafes, bars, and restaurants to explore.

The vegan pizza and ice cream bar features a reclaimed wood counter, dark green Muuto Nerd stools, and Clé tile on the stair risers.

As Oregon's largest city, Portland is known for its top-notch food scene, and artsy, laid-back vibe. Creativity abounds across its five quadrants, whether it's delivered via chefs, bartenders, baristas, or designers. Check out these 10 spots to get a taste.

Tusk

2448 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214

The motto for Tusk, a Middle Eastern restaurant on East Burnside, is "locally sourced, aggressively seasonal" and makes for a fitting descriptor of its vegetable-forward menu. In order to convey "a sitting-outside-under-a-shady-arbor feeling," local firm Jessica Helgerson Interior Design dreamed up an elaborate framework of bleached wood dowels for the ceiling, then carried the detail down to the custom shelving. "A meal here feels like a mini vacation to a sunnier climate," write the designers. 

Above the bar, a large photo of Keith Richards floating in a swimming pool is juxtaposed against the pale colors and caramel leather scheme, conjuring a fun, rock-and-roll vibe.

Above the bar, a large photo of Keith Richards floating in a swimming pool is juxtaposed against the pale colors and caramel leather scheme, conjuring a fun, rock-and-roll vibe.

Aaron Leitz/JHID

Bespoke shelves at Tusk, which was named for the Fleetwood Mac album.

Bespoke shelves at Tusk, which was named for the Fleetwood Mac album.

Aaron Leitz/JHID


Virtuous Pie

1126 SE Division Street,Portland, OR 97202

Virtuous Pie is no ordinary pizza and ice cream shop. Its 100-percent plant-based menu is the first clue, with a close second being the chic interior as executed by Bright Designlab. The firm was inspired by the concept of a "modern picnic," mixing gingham wallpaper with a custom-designed communal table and elegant brass lighting.

The vegan pizza and ice cream bar features a reclaimed wood counter, dark green Muuto Nerd stools, and Clé tile on the stair risers.

The vegan pizza and ice cream bar features a reclaimed wood counter, dark green Muuto Nerd stools, and Clé tile on the stair risers.

Courtesy of Virtuous Pie

The communal table was designed by Bright Designlab and fabricated by Reed LaPlant.

The communal table was designed by Bright Designlab and fabricated by Reed LaPlant.

Courtesy of Virtuous Pie

Tea Bar

1055 NW Northrup, Portland, OR 97209

At Tea Bar, owner Erica Indira Swanson "serves high-quality tea in a modern setting." To that end, she conjured a soothing, minimalist environment to sip in, by setting classic Hans Wegner wishbone chairs against a backdrop of white walls, maple counters, and concrete floors. "My goal was to create a space that reflected my Scandinavian heritage, a space that felt warm and welcoming to everyone," Swanson said. "From our menu to the interior of each Tea Bar, our focus is on quality over quantity."

For Tea Bar, Swanson chose lighting from local outfit Schoolhouse Electric, including the Isaac Pendent.

For Tea Bar, Swanson chose lighting from local outfit Schoolhouse Electric, including the Isaac Pendent.

Candace Molatore/Tea Bar

Bistro Agnes 

527 SW 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

When Greg and Gabrielle Denton set out to create Bistro Agnes, their restaurant centered around traditional French comfort food, they wanted the interior to evoke all of the elegance of a classic French bistro without any of the cliché. The starting point for their design was the beautiful Spanish floor tile from Design and Direct Source, the tile's mis-matched patterns evoking just the right balance between cozy, approachable, and fun. 

The rest of the bistro's palette, from the camel leather banquettes to the aquamarine accent wall, was chosen to compliment the beautiful floor tile.

The rest of the bistro's palette, from the camel leather banquettes to the aquamarine accent wall, was chosen to complement the beautiful floor tile.

John Valls

Shizuku

1237 SW Jefferson Street,  Portland, OR 97201

Chef Naoko, who helms the downtown Shizuku, has been bringing authentic Japanese cuisine to Portland since 2008. For Shizuku's design, she tapped internationally renowned architect Kengo Kuma, whom she met while he was overseeing the expansion of the Portland Japanese Garden.

Kuma and his team suspended large swaths of bamboo screens from the ceiling. "Instead of hanging it with the filaments arranged horizontally, we turned the bamboo screens ninety-degrees so that the strands were oriented vertically," architect Balazs Bognar told Eater PDX. "It’s an age-old material, but used in a new way.”

Kuma and his team suspended large swaths of bamboo screens from the ceiling. "Instead of hanging it with the filaments arranged horizontally, we turned the bamboo screens ninety-degrees so that the strands were oriented vertically," architect Balazs Bognar told Eater PDX. "It’s an age-old material, but used in a new way."

Jeremy Bittermann

A dry garden designed by Portland Japanese Garden curator Sadafumi Uchiyama is a focal point, and the chairs and tables were crafted by Graham Bell.

A dry garden designed by Portland Japanese Garden curator Sadafumi Uchiyama is a focal point, and the chairs and tables were crafted by Graham Bell.

Photo: Jeremy Bittermann


Driftwood Room

729 SW 15th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

Once dubbed Portland's sexiest bar, the Driftwood Room, located downtown in the Hotel DeLuxe, has been serving craft cocktails since 1954, and the cozy, dimly lit interior beckons couples to hide away for a round or two.

Exposed brick walls, a curved bar and yellow, serpentine booth, and low lighting make for the ideal backdrop to curl up with a classic cocktail.

Exposed brick walls, a curved bar and yellow, serpentine booth, and low lighting make for the ideal backdrop to curl up with a classic cocktail.

Courtesy of Provenance Hotels

Dame

2930 NE Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR 97217

Dame is an intimate neighborhood spot that celebrates Pacific Northwest cuisine and natural wine. For the interior, designer Jasmine Vaughan of Maxwell Gray Interiors, sought to conjure a simple and sophisticated palette, dotted with thoughtful treasures. The lush pattern of the Eskayel wallpaper ensconces diners while natural elements, like the custom rift cut white oak tabletops and marble bar, feel nice underhand.

The original oak floors were restored to reveal the patina. White oak shelving, made by local outfit Jewell Hardwoods, displays the wine selection and an assortment of art. The custom pendant lights above the tables are by local designer Nash Martinez of Current Collection.

The original oak floors were restored to reveal the patina. White oak shelving, made by local outfit Jewell Hardwoods, displays the wine selection and an assortment of art. The custom pendant lights above the tables are by local designer Nash Martinez of Current Collection.

Carly Diaz

A dark blue leather banquette with a brass kick-plate syncs with the Eskayel wallpaper.

A dark blue leather banquette with a brass kick-plate syncs with the Eskayel wallpaper.

Carly Diaz

Han Oak

511 NE 24th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232

There's nothing conventional about Han Oak, the "non-traditional Korean-American family restaurant" situated between Glisan Street and Sandy Boulevard. You're forgiven if you can't immediately find the entrance, tucked as it is into an unassuming facade behind a small parking lot. Once inside, there's a patch of lawn and a rolling garage door, the latter revealing several communal tables, open shelves with dishes and well-thumbed cookbooks, and the hive of the kitchen. Han Oak's space was designed by Brett Schulz Architects, and evokes the spontaneity and approachability of the ever-evolving menu.

Han Oak's space was designed by Brett Schulz Architects, and evokes the spontaneity and approachability of the ever-evolving menu.

Han Oak's informal interior provides the perfect backdrop for its exciting cuisine.

Grace Rivera

Dapper & Wise Coffee Roasters

3158 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202 

No list of Portland establishments is complete without a coffee bar. Dapper & Wise is both modern and welcoming, thanks to its timeworn chevron floor, brass lighting, handmade live-edge tables, and Heath Ceramics tile. "We want a place where coffee connoisseurs can come geek out with us, but not feel stuffy," said owner Tyler Geel.

Lots of windows bring in lots of natural light at Dapper & Wise Coffee Roasters.

Lots of windows bring in lots of natural light at Dapper & Wise Coffee Roasters.

Courtesy of Dapper & Wise

The dark-hued wallpaper from Rifle Paper offsets the brass sconces from Schoolhouse Electric.

The dark-hued wallpaper from Rifle Paper offsets the brass sconces from Schoolhouse Electric.

Courtesy of Dapper & Wise

Q

828 SW Second Avenue, Portland, OR 97204 

When Veritable Quandary, a Portland institution on the culinary scene, closed down to make way for a new county courthouse a few years ago, the head chef and much of the staff reopened the restaurant as Q, located just four blocks away. While Q pays homage to the original menu with staples like bacon-wrapped dates and osso bucco, the interior saw a reinvention in the hands of interior designer Andee Hess of Osmose Design. She deftly transformed a nondescript retail space using a variety of wood species, black granite, and Art Deco-inspired millwork. 

A rosewood coffered ceiling, swanky black banquette, black granite bar, and intricate millwork greet you at Q.

A rosewood coffered ceiling, swanky black banquette, black granite bar, and intricate millwork greet you at Q.

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DublDom Prefab Homes Can Be Built in One Day

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With five designs ranging from a modern cabin to a five-bedroom dwelling, Russian prefab company Dubldom now accepts pre-orders in the U.S.

Dubldom presently offers five different models that range from 280-square-foot studios to 1,400-square-foot, three-bedroom dwellings that work well for families.

Moscow architect Ivan Ovchinnikov of BIO Architects founded DublDom, a modular house design-and-build company, to create affordable, prefabricated houses that can be transported and installed within a single day. DublDom houses come fully equipped with electrical wiring, as well as water and sewer connection pipes, so all owners have to do is hook these systems up to their local electrical and water supply to be move-in ready.

Dubldom presently offers five different models that range from 280-square-foot studios to 1,400-square-foot, three-bedroom dwellings that work well for families.

Dubldom presently offers five different models that range from 280-square-foot studios to 1,400-square-foot, three-bedroom dwellings that work well for families. 

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The DublDom technology saves resources at all stages of the development and lifespan of the house, cuts down on construction time, and treads lightly on its site. 

This result is an energy-efficient, eco-friendly building that has a minimal impact on the environment.

This result is an energy-efficient, eco-friendly building that has a minimal impact on the environment. 

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A fully assembled DublDom house that was transported to its site by helicopter.

A fully assembled DublDom house that was transported to its site by helicopter.

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A DublDom house rests on a barge.

A DublDom house rests on a barge.

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"We believe that architecture can change the environment and people, and influence the world around us," says Ovchinnikov. "DublDom for us is a tool and an opportunity to change the world, so it is important for us to create an affordable and massive architectural product that allows us to make large-scale changes."

"We believe that architecture can change the environment and people, and influence the world around us," says Ovchinnikov. "DublDom for us is a tool and an opportunity to change the world, so it is important for us to create an affordable and massive architectural product that allows us to make large-scale changes."

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The company, which has already completed 500 projects, mostly in Russia, is now taking pre-orders for Europe and the United States.

The company, which has already completed 500 projects, mostly in Russia, is now taking pre-orders for Europe and the United States. 

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Below, we present five DublDom models that you can purchase. 

DD 26 

The smallest DublDom model, the DD 26 is a compact, 280-square-foot studio with a cozy bathroom with heated floors.

The smallest DublDom model, the DD 26 is a compact, 280-square-foot studio with a cozy bathroom with heated floors. 

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Perfect for a holiday retreat, this tiny Dubldom has all the warm wood interiors one would expect of a cabin in nature.

Perfect for a holiday retreat, this tiny Dubldom has all the warm wood interiors one would expect of a cabin in nature.

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Floor plan drawing for DD 26

Floor plan drawing for DD 26

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DD 43

This one-bedroom, 463-square-foot model is available at a starting price of $49,081.

This one-bedroom, 463-square-foot model is available at a starting price of $49,081.

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The house has triple-glazed wooden doors and windows and is equipped with indoor and outdoor lighting.

The house has triple-glazed wooden doors and windows, and is equipped with indoor and outdoor lighting.

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DD 43 floor plan drawing

DD 43 floor plan drawing

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DD 43 facade drawing

DD 43 facade drawing

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DD 65

The DD 65 has approximately 700 square feet of living space.

The DD 65 has approximately 700 square feet of living space.

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Starting at $63,922, this model has two bedrooms, insulated floors, and triple-glazed windows.

Starting at $63,922, this model has two bedrooms, insulated floors, and triple-glazed windows.

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DD 65 floor plan drawing

DD 65 floor plan drawing

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DD 43 facade drawing

DD 65 facade drawing

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DD 103

This 1,109-square-foot model has four to five bedrooms.

This 1,109-square-foot model has four to five bedrooms.

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This model starts at $94,747, but you can pay for add-ons like a sauna and side terrace.

This model starts at $94,747, but you can pay for add-ons like a sauna and side terrace.

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DD 103 floor plan drawing

DD 103 floor plan drawing

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DD 103 facade drawing

DD 103 facade drawing

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Custom Designed Prefab Homes

Ovchinnikov and his team can also custom design a DublDom modular prefab to your specifications, and have it ready in less than six months.

Ovchinnikov and his team can also custom design a DublDom modular prefab to your specifications, and have it ready in less than six months. 

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Before and After: A Rundown Cabin Is Reborn as a Chic Residence and Retreat

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A 1970s Canadian cabin is transformed into a modern home with two additional rental units.

Now, the kitchen is virtually unrecognizable.

When a family of four purchased the old cedar-clad cabin in Whistler, the structure was well-sited, but in dire need of repairs. While they originally intended to tear down the home and rebuild it on site, Vancouver–based firm Stark Architecture brought forth another plan. The team advised the owners to renovate and extend the existing structure, and integrate additional complexes on the property, which could serve as rental units. 

The Drifter Way House, as the project is called, now consists of the original three-bedroom primary residence, along with a rentable three-bedroom suite, and a rentable two-bedroom building. "Tying the buildings together was tricky," explain the architects. "But the use of standing seam metal and more industrial materials, along with a small amount of warm wood, complements the traditional shapes of the existing cabin." Scroll ahead for a fascinating look at the project before and after the revamp. 

Before: The Residence

A look at the original 1970s cabin as viewed from the lower east portion of the property. Much work was needed to tidy up the hillside site.

A look at the original 1970s cabin as viewed from the lower east portion of the property. Much work was needed to tidy up the hillside site. 

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After: The Residence

The exteriors of the two structures, the updated cabin, and the "modern box" addition were tied together with a standing seam metal facade. This helped give the connected complex a contemporary, industrial-inspired vibe.

The exteriors of the two structures, the updated cabin, and the "modern box" addition were tied together with a standing seam metal facade. This helped give the connected complex a contemporary, industrial-inspired vibe.

Photo: Krista Jahnke

After: The Extension Site

The sloped walls of the original home were integrated and combined with the extension. This was done via the connection of a double-height entry and a second-floor bridge.

The sloped walls of the original home were integrated and combined with the extension. This was done via the connection of a double-height entry and a second-floor bridge. 

Photo: Krista Jahnke

The intention of the design was to tie both spaces together into one very modern house that retains a link to its past.

The intention of the design was to tie both spaces together into one very modern house that retains a link to its past.

Photo: Krista Jahnke

Before: The Kitchen

Before the renovation, the kitchen was dark, cramped, and in desperate need of updates.

Before the renovation, the kitchen was dark, cramped, and in desperate need of updates.

Stark Architecture

After: The Kitchen

Now, the kitchen is virtually unrecognizable.

Now, the kitchen is virtually unrecognizable. 

Photo: Krista Jahnke

The owners wanted to create a space that was livable, yet one where they could also easily entertain.

The owners wanted to create a space that was livable, yet one where they could also easily entertain.

Photo: Krista Jahnke

Shop the Look

FLOS Aim Multipoint Pendant Light

The AIM Pendant Light, designed by brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for FLOS, challenges the conventions of lighting design. Instead of being made to be hidden, the substantial cord is a central design element that can be looped, gathered, crossed, or draped to add sculptural intrigue. The length of the cord allows you adjust the height and direction of the lamp as needed, and the dimmable LED creates a variety of moods. Produced out of polished aluminum, ABS, and polycarbonate, the AIM Pendant is a lighting fixture that approaches the impact of an art installation. Photo courtesy of Nostraforma

Catskill Craftsmen Reversible Round Slab

This professional grade end grade cutting board is perfect for all of your cutting and chopping needs, and will fit seamlessly into any kitchen. Photo Courtesy of Wayfair

Emeco Heritage Chair

The Heritage collection Emeco chair by Philippe Starck can stack up to four chairs high for maximum space conservation. The Heritage is three times stronger than steel, lightweight, and guaranteed for life. Brushed finish suitable for outdoor use. Polished finish recommended for protected outdoor environments.

White interiors and ample glazing now make the space feel open and bright up. Blackened beams pick up on the industrial aesthetic of the exterior.

White interiors and ample glazing now make the space feel open and bright up. Blackened beams pick up on the industrial aesthetic of the exterior.

Photo: Krista Jahnke

Before: The Dining Area 

The dining area was also very dark and cramped.

The dining area was also very dark and cramped. 

Stark Architecture

After: The Dining Area

Floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, with interesting views from every angle.

Floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, with interesting views from every angle.

Photo: Krista Jahnke

White walls serve as a gallery to display the owner's personal art collection.

White walls serve as a gallery to display the owner's personal art collection.  

Photo: Krista Jahnke

Project Credits: 

Architect of Record: Stark Architecture, Inc. , David Arnott

Builder/General Contractor: Balmoral Construction, Marc Harvey

Structural Engineer: Twin Peaks Engineering, Ben Towsey

Interior Design: Downey Design, Brittany Downey

Photography: Krista Jahnke


A Revamped Modern Home Is Sprinkled With Old-World Charm

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Marrying old-world details with a clean, minimalist design, local architects keep the past alive in this contemporary remodel.

When Milan architecture and design studio 02 Arch was tapped to renovate the old apartment, it didn't take the team long to uncover the main problem of the home—its dated, irregular layout.

To maximize the efficiency of the 1,292-square-foot space, the firm strategically reconfigured the design to create wider, more open rooms, and built bespoke furniture pieces to assist with the reorganization. 

On the ground level, the large living area includes a study corner set by a window.

On the ground level, the large living area now includes a study corner located along the window.

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The structural walls and original staircase was kept intact.

While the structural walls and original staircase were kept intact, the team opened up the interiors to create a brighter, airer feel in the home. 

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The cozy kitchen is sectioned off by a partially glazed partition walls.

The cozy kitchen is now sectioned off by partially-glazed partition walls.

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Within the kitchen is a discreet, built-in pantry that disappears when not in use.

Within the kitchen is a discreet, built-in pantry that disappears when not in use. 

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The wood floors, white walls, and fresh pastille colored furniture and fabrics imbue the space with a cheerful Mediterranean atmosphere.

The wood floors, white walls, and fresh pastille-colored furniture and fabrics imbue the space with a cheerful Mediterranean vibe.

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The large master bedroom on the first level has a large bathroom with a shower and bathtub.

The large master bedroom on the first level has a large bathroom with a shower and bathtub. Connected to this room is a small balcony that draws in plenty of light through a Velux window system.

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The original wood beams were restored and painted white to brighten the ceilings.

The original wood beams have been restored and painted white to brighten the ceilings.

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Oak parquet was used throughout the apartment.

Oak parquet has been used throughout the apartment. Along with wider, more open rooms, the team has also created a large service area in the basement with laundry and storage facilities.

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A typical Milanese tile known as “cementine” is used for the floors of the kitchen, bathroom, and service areas to create a dialogue between contemporary and traditional elements.

A traditional Milanese tile known as "cementine" has been used for the floors of the kitchen, bathroom, and service areas to create a dialogue between contemporary and traditional. 

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The owners selected vintage or recycled furniture and combined these items with contemporary custom made furniture and cabinetry.

To further mix old and new, the owners have selected vintage and recycled furniture and combined these items with contemporary custom-made furniture and cabinetry.

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The wardrobes, living room furniture and kitchen cabinetry were custom made according to the owners’ preferences.

The wardrobes, living room furniture, and kitchen cabinetry have all been custom made according to the owners’ preferences.

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Project Credits: 

 Architect and builder: 02 Arch 


A 1958 Midcentury With Stunning L.A. Views Lists For $2.2M

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On the market for the first time in 10 years, this classic midcentury home was architect Ray Kappe's first commission.

Expansive walls of glass and sliding doors that lead to the large exterior patio create a strong sense of indoor/outdoor living.

Designed in 1958 by Los Angeles architect and SCI-Arc founder Ray Kappe, the Waymire Residence is a stunning example of classic midcentury style. With sweeping city views and much of its original character still intact, the 1,906-square-foot home can easily serve as a blank canvas for period-appropriate updates. 

Now, for the first time in the last decade, the three-bedroom, two-bath property is being listed for $2,200,000. Scroll ahead for a glimpse inside, as well as a look at a few vintage photos of the house when it was built. 

The Waymire Residence has a stunning profile with classic midcentury lines, and is set against the backdrop of Los Angeles.

The Waymire Residence has a stunning profile with classic midcentury lines, and is set against the backdrop of Los Angeles. 

Emily C. Rochon

While the home has retained its original charm and character, it is also ripe for a thoughtful renovation.

While the home has retained its original charm and character, it is also ripe for a thoughtful renovation.

Emily C. Rochon

Expansive walls of glass and sliding doors that lead to the large exterior patio create a strong sense of indoor/outdoor living.

Expansive walls of glass and sliding doors that lead to the large exterior patio create a strong sense of indoor/outdoor living.

Emily C. RochonThe

 The stone fireplace anchors the open-plan living/dining room.

 The stone fireplace anchors the open-plan living/dining room.  

Emily C. Rochon

Floor-to-ceiling windows provide sweeping city views.

Floor-to-ceiling windows provide sweeping city views.

Emily C. Rochon

The open kitchen has been recently updated.

The open kitchen has been recently updated. 

Emily C. Rochon

Even the bathrooms give a sense of being nestled into the surrounding nature.

Even the bathrooms give a sense of being nestled into the surrounding nature. 

Emily C. Rochon

This view of the patio captures the Waymire Residence's classic midcentury style, as the home appears to almost take flight from its hillside setting.

This view of the patio captures the Waymire Residence's classic midcentury style, as the home appears to almost take flight from its hillside setting.  

Emily C. Rochon

Vintage Photos of the Waymire Residence

The following are historic images. 

A look at the home circa the era in which it was built.

A look at the home circa the era in which it was built. 

Photos supplied by © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10). These are vintage photos and may not represent the current condition or decor of the house.

A close-up of the entrance.

A close-up of the entrance. 

Photos supplied by © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10). These are vintage photos and may not represent the current condition or decor of the house.

The living room as it originally appeared.

The living room as it originally appeared. 

Photos supplied by © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10). These are vintage photos and may not represent the current condition or decor of the house.

The classic midcentury kitchen prior to updates.

The classic midcentury kitchen prior to updates. 

Photos supplied by © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10). These are vintage photos and may not represent the current condition or decor of the house.

This image shows how the home has maintained its original charm and could easily be restored to its former grandeur for a midcentury purist future owner.

This image shows how the home has maintained its original charm and how a midcentury purist could easily restore the property. 

Photos supplied by © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10). These are vintage photos and may not represent the current condition or decor of the house.

4245 Don Alanis Place is currently being listed for $2,200,000 by Wayne Willbur and Steve Portigiani of Deasy/Penner. See the full listing here

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Revel in Scandinavian Design at This Seaside Holiday Home

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On the edge of Denmark’s Thy National Park, a design-led retreat offers refuge in a sunny, coastal landscape.

Woodhouse's exterior is clad in vertical strips of Douglas fir and punctuated by full-height windows.

Staying true to Nordic design, Danish architect Søren Sarup of Puras Architects has fashioned a holiday home using simple, natural materials that take cues from the North Sea landscape.

Located in the fishing village of Agger on the northwest coast of Jutland, Woodhouse is the perfect base for exploring Thy National Park. Whether it be mountain biking through the woods, horseback riding, windsurfing, fishing, or hiking, the options are endless.

Located in the fishing village of Agger on the northwest coast of Jutland, Woodhouse is the perfect base for exploring Thy National Park. Whether it be mountain biking through the woods, horseback riding, windsurfing, fishing, or hiking, the options are endless.

Tina Stephansen

With the water only a half-mile jaunt away, this light-filled rental embraces its coastal surroundings with full-height glazing, outdoor entertaining, and an abundance of warm timber used throughout that naturally gave rise to the retreat’s name—Woodhouse.

Woodhouse's exterior is clad in vertical strips of Douglas fir and punctuated by full-height windows.

Woodhouse's exterior is clad in vertical strips of Douglas fir and punctuated by full-height windows.

Tina Stephansen

Large enough to sleep six adults and two kids, the contemporary home comprises of the main house, an annex, and a timber terrace that connects the two buildings.

Massive walls of glass and large overhangs immerse guests in the Northern Sea landscape without sacrificing comfort.

Massive walls of glass and large overhangs immerse guests in the Northern Sea landscape without sacrificing comfort.

Tina Stephansen

Modern Danish design has informed the minimalist interior, which is dressed in cozy fabrics and a muted natural palette.

Modern Danish design has informed the minimalist interior, which is dressed in cozy fabrics and a muted natural palette.

Tina Stephansen

The main house includes an open-plan living space with a cozy fireplace, kitchen, and dining area. Large openings on either side invite nature indoors.

The kitchen is fitted with sleek metal hardware, high-gloss white cabinetry, and a spacious kitchen island that doubles as a breakfast counter.

The kitchen is fitted with sleek metal hardware, high-gloss white cabinetry, and a spacious kitchen island that doubles as a breakfast counter.

Tina Stephansen

A hallway next to the kitchen leads to the master suite nestled on the east side of the main building.

A hallway next to the kitchen leads to the master suite nestled on the east side of the main building.

Tina Stephansen

A 16-foot-tall wall of glass opens the master bedroom to views of the forest.

A 16-foot-tall wall of glass opens the master bedroom to views of the forest.

Tina Stephansen

"The house has a spacious, airy ambience thanks to its wide visual axes—you can see straight through the house to all sides," explains rental agency Urlaubsarchitektur on what drew them to Woodhouse.

A white beamed ceiling adds structure to the open and airy living space bookended by immersive views of nature.

A white beamed ceiling adds structure to the open and airy living space bookended by immersive views of nature.

Tina Stephansen

The glazed door next to the wood-burning fireplace leads to the annex on the west side of the property.

The glazed door next to the wood-burning fireplace leads to the annex on the west side of the property.

Tina Stephansen

Completed just this year, Woodhouse is available to rent on Urlaubsarchitektur with rates that vary depending on the season. 

The surrounding forest served as a major design inspiration for the timber-clad home, which is oriented to face views of the trees.

The surrounding forest served as a major design inspiration for the timber-clad home, which is oriented to face views of the trees.

Tina Stephansen

The annex houses a bathroom and two bedrooms.

The annex houses a bathroom and two bedrooms.

Tina Stephansen

One of the bedrooms in the annex also features a loft with two additional beds for children.

One of the bedrooms in the annex also features a loft with two additional beds for children.

Tina Stephansen

The gabled roof extends to the timber deck and is covered in natural slate tiles.

The gabled roof extends to the timber deck and is covered in natural slate tiles.

Tina Stephansen

A glazed doorway in the master bedroom hallway opens up to a secluded sitting area that is perfect for soaking up the morning sun.

A glazed doorway in the master bedroom hallway opens up to a secluded sitting area that is perfect for soaking up the morning sun.

Tina Stephansen

To learn more about Woodhouse and/or book your own stay, click here.


Take a Peek at How IKEA Is Celebrating its 75th Birthday

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After 75 years of iconic design, the Swedish furniture megastore is paying homage to the past by relaunching a tight selection of hand-picked favorites.

The designs from the 1950s-60s capture the midcentury period, embracing classic lines and darker woods.

Named the Gratulera series, IKEA will be rolling out these nostalgic styles in three separate collections that embody distinct periods in the company's design history: the 1950s-1960s, the 1970s-1980s, and the 1990s-2000s. 

"Each launch is very different, signifying its time period—from dark woods with a classic expression, to a very playful style with strong colors, to a more minimal look with natural light woods and graphic colors," explains the company's creative leader, Karin Gustavsson. Here's a special look at what's in store.

The 1950s-60s: Launching in August 2018

The designs from the 1950s-60s capture the midcentury period, embracing classic lines and darker woods.

The designs from the 1950s-60s capture the midcentury period, embracing classic lines and darker woods.

Photo: IKEA

The STRANDMON armchair was a favorite of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad. Now, it will be relaunching in a new colorway.

The STRANDMON armchair was a favorite of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad. Now, it will be relaunched in a new color. 

Photo: IKEA

The KNÄSJÖ floor lamp was launched in 1958 as TRINETT and described at the time as being "super modern."  While the lamp shades came in different colors when it originally hit stores, the 2018 version is all white.

The KNÄSJÖ floor lamp was launched in 1958 as TRINETT and described at the time as being "super modern."  While the lamp shades came in different colors when it originally hit stores, the 2018 version is all white.

Photo: IKEA

"The LÖVBACKEN table (previously known as LÖVET) is such a cool statement piece. It was our first knockdown product," recounts Gustavsson.

"The LÖVBACKEN table (previously known as LÖVET) is such a cool statement piece. It was our first knockdown product," recounts Gustavsson.

Photo: IKEA

IKEA originally launched the handmade GANGET armchair in 1958 with the opening of the first store in Älmhult, Sweden. The chair’s round design represents "an optimistic future."

IKEA originally launched the handmade GANGET armchair in 1958 with the opening of the first store in Älmhult, Sweden. The chair’s round design represents "an optimistic future."

Photo: IKEA

The 1970s-80s: Launching in October 2018

IKEA's beloved KLIPPAN sofa sums up all the color and fun of the 1970s-80s. "I just love the covers that are like puffy jackets—they’re cool and colorful. It’s a tribute to the Memphis group," says Gustavsson.

IKEA's beloved KLIPPAN sofa sums up all the color and fun of the 1970s-80s. "I just love the covers that are like puffy jackets—they’re cool and colorful. It’s a tribute to the Memphis group," says Gustavsson.

Photo: IKEA

When it launched in 1983, the RÅANE armchair was called JÄRPEN. Designer Niels Gammelgaard wanted to challenge the idea of an armchair and see if it was possible to make comfortable seating without the use of filling or fabric.

When it launched in 1983, the RÅANE armchair was called JÄRPEN. Designer Niels Gammelgaard wanted to challenge the idea of an armchair and see if it was possible to make comfortable seating without the use of filling or fabric. 

Photo: IKEA

"The KLIPPAN sofa was one of the first affordable sofas we had to offer, which is why it’s an icon of its time," notes Gustavsson. "During the 1980s, Åsa Gray made some beautiful, colorful designs for IKEA.  I particularly like the rugs and cushions—they’re significant for that time period."

"The KLIPPAN sofa was one of the first affordable sofas we had to offer, which is why it’s an icon of its time," notes Gustavsson. "During the 1980s, Åsa Gray made some beautiful, colorful designs for IKEA.  I particularly like the rugs and cushions—they’re significant for that time period."

Photo by IKEA

The 1990s-2000s: Launching in December 2018

In the 90s, IKEA mixed minimalist, untreated Scandinavian woods with graphic patterns. "During the 90s, we went for a more natural expression," explains Gustavsson.

In the 90s, IKEA mixed minimalist, untreated Scandinavian woods with graphic patterns. "During the 90s, we went for a more natural expression," explains Gustavsson.

Photo: IKEA

The BJURÅN chair, formerly known as ÖGLA, is still manufactured by the same factory in Poland with the solid wood bent in the same artisanal way.

The BJURÅN chair, formerly known as ÖGLA, is still manufactured with solid wood bent by artisans in the exact same factory in Poland.

Photo: IKEA

A look at the IKEA PS 1999 armchair and the IKEA PS 1995 coffee table.

A look at the IKEA PS 1999 armchair and the IKEA PS 1995 coffee table.

Photo by IKEA

"I think the sculptural furniture of Thomas Sandell is iconic. The small bench with wheels on one end and legs on the other was a design piece desired by so many people at that time," adds Gustavsson. The PS bench launched in 1995 and immediately became a classic piece thanks to its sleek and functional design.

"I think the sculptural furniture of Thomas Sandell is iconic. The small bench with wheels on one end and legs on the other was a design piece desired by so many people at that time," adds Gustavsson. The PS bench launched in 1995 and immediately became a classic piece thanks to its sleek and functional design.  

Photo: IKEA

Find out more about IKEA's limited-edition GRATULERA collection  here


In Just 31 Days, These Historic Chinese Ruins Were Transformed Into a Chic B&B

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After suffering years of neglect, a pair of dilapidated stone villas has been brought back to life with a $88,000 budget.

A view of the ascent towards the property.

In a testament to the incredible speed of construction in China, the decayed ruins of two historic stone structures on Zhejiang’s Dahuanglong Island have been reborn as a stylish bed-and-breakfast in less than 40 days.

Commissioned as part of the popular Chinese reality television show Beautiful House, Beijing–based studio Evolution Design Architects was given a budget of 600,000 RMB (approximately $87,965 USD) for construction and interior design, as well as just two months to complete the transformation.

Separated by an elevation difference of approximately 13 feet, the renovated structures are oriented towards views of the East China Sea.

Separated by an elevation difference of approximately 13 feet, the renovated structures are oriented towards views of the East China Sea.

章勇

Located on the east side of Dahuanglong Island, the buildings are set close to the edge of the weathered cliffs.

The buildings are set close to the edge of the weathered cliffs on the east side of Dahuanglong, an island in Zhejiang, a province located southeast from Shanghai.

章勇

Impressively, the architects completed the project slightly under budget and in just a little over half the time allotted—construction only took a total of 31 days.

A view of the ascent towards the property.

A view of the ascent towards the property.

杨建平

When the architecture firm first saw the site, the two existing structures had fallen into severe disrepair with caved-in roofs and crumbling walls. 

Since the television program celebrates adaptive reuse and a back-to-nature aesthetic, the architects restored the two buildings and added modern elements, including ample glazing and a new reinforced concrete extension to better embrace sea views.

“The ‘new box’ on the site is made to be relatively inconspicuous,” say the architects of the boxy, concrete extension. “In the presence of the time-honored beauty of 70-year-old houses and the supreme natural landscape, any fresh elements seem unnecessary and charmless.”

"The ‘new box’ on the site is made to be relatively inconspicuous," say the architects of the boxy, concrete extension. "In the presence of the time-honored beauty of 70-year-old houses and the supreme natural landscape, any fresh elements seem unnecessary and charmless."

章勇

The restored historic buildings are used to house the bedrooms, while the new extension comprises the communal spaces as well as a rooftop deck and a flight of stairs that mitigates the site’s approximately 13-foot change in elevation.

The smaller of the two existing buildings, this renovated structure houses two bedrooms. A glass overhang was installed above the passageway linking the historic structure with the concrete addition.

The smaller of the two existing buildings, this renovated structure houses two bedrooms. A glass overhang was installed above the passageway linking the historic structure with the concrete addition.

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Concrete steps lead up to the concrete's extension's roof deck and also connects to the courtyard of the second building.

Concrete steps lead up to the concrete's extension's roof deck and also connects to the courtyard of the second building.

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The wooden rooftop deck is edged with river stone.

The wooden rooftop deck is edged with river stone.

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Completed late last year, the adaptive reuse project covers an area of approximately 2,900 square feet and was mainly constructed from locally sourced granite, concrete, and steel. The minimalist interiors are dressed in modern furnishings and natural materials.

Formerly used as a kitchen, the space next to the master bedroom has been turned into a living area. Retractable shades cover the glazed ceiling and are remotely controlled.

Formerly used as a kitchen, the space next to the master bedroom has been turned into a living area. Retractable shades cover the glazed ceiling and are remotely controlled.

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"We pay too much attention to how good a building looks on the outside while ignoring what lies inside," note the architects. 

"Perhaps we need our houses to be pure, low-key, reserved and less ‘noble’, and if a TV program can entertain the public and still convey a notion that makes people more aware of the vital relationship between environment and human-made structures, encouraging them to care about our own living environment and maximize their own spatial delight and spirit made possible by architectural aesthetics, then what harm is there in making such a process entertaining?" 

A swing, fashioned from string and driftwood, hangs from the ceiling of new the concrete addition.

A swing, fashioned from string and driftwood, hangs from the ceiling of new the concrete addition.

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A massive folding glass wall opens to connect an open-plan living area to the outdoors.

A massive folding glass wall opens to connect an open-plan living area to the outdoors.

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Faced with a giant wall of glass, the new concrete extension houses an open-plan living area, dining room and kitchen.

Faced with a giant wall of glass, the new concrete extension houses an open-plan living area, dining room, and kitchen.

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Seen at night, the sumptuous living area features modern furnishings and a long wood-burning fireplace.

Seen at night, the sumptuous living area features modern furnishings and a long wood-burning fireplace.

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The upper building was renovated to house the master suite and adjoining studio.

The upper building was renovated to house the master suite and adjoining studio.

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A timber beamed ceiling adds a rustic touch to the modern master suite.

A timber beamed ceiling adds a rustic touch to the modern master suite.

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In contrast to the historic setting, the master bathroom is outfitted with modern fixtures including a double vanity, freestanding tub, shower and toilet.

In contrast to the historic setting, the master bathroom is outfitted with modern fixtures including a double vanity, freestanding tub, shower, and toilet.

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The master bedroom overlooks panoramic views of the East China Sea.

The master bedroom overlooks panoramic views of the East China Sea.

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A look at the site plan.

A look at the site plan.

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Here's the floor plan of the lower building.

Here's the floor plan of the lower building.

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The floor plan of the building at a higher elevation.

The floor plan of the building at a higher elevation.

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Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Evolution Design Architects 

Design Consultants: Wu Yanzu and the Star Team 

Interior Design: Liu Shaohua, Han Yue, Yu Hongye 

Structural Design: Chen Xiaofei 

Mechanical and Electrical Design: Liu Qiulong 

Engineering Director: Peng Naiying 

Building /Construction: Jixian Third Construction Engineering Co., Ltd.


Downsize in Style With This Sleek Tiny Home Starting Below $38K

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New Zealand–based Build Tiny launches a stylish tiny abode that can be ordered move-in ready or prepped for personalization.

Currently, Build Tiny's models are all designed to be built on a trailer. However, the company can also construct the units on fixed footings.

The Buster Tiny House is the latest design from Build Tiny, a family-owned business that constructs exquisite tiny homes from their own workshop in Katikati, New Zealand. 

Featuring a lofty living space, lots of natural light, and a shocking amount of storage, this mini abode can be ordered either finished or unfinished, giving buyers customization options to meet their own specific needs. While the basic shell will run you about $37,885 (NZ$55,600), the turn-key ready version is priced at $69,845 (NZ$102,500). 

The outside of the tiny home is sheathed in two-tone corrugated metal and a slanted roof. This sleek, modern look is inspired by the company's earlier model, the Millennial Tiny House.

The outside of the tiny home is sheathed in two-tone corrugated metal and a slanted roof. This sleek, modern look is inspired by the company's earlier model, the Millennial Tiny House.

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The Buster features high-quality finish and detailing throughout. Thanks to the French doors and ample glazing, natural light is able to easily flood the home.

The Buster features high-quality finish and detailing throughout. Thanks to the French doors and ample glazing, natural light is able to easily flood the home. 

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Buyers have the option to add solar panels, and because the unit is powered by an RV-style hookup, off-the-grid functionality is also available.

Buyers have the option to add solar panels, and because the unit is powered by an RV-style hookup, off-the-grid functionality is also available. 

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The efficient tiny kitchen comes with a fridge, oven, and dishwasher. This room also allows for access to the bathroom, which includes a shower and a composting toilet.

The efficient tiny kitchen comes with a fridge, oven, and dishwasher. This room also allows for access to the bathroom, which includes a shower and a composting toilet. 

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The lofted design adds to the bright and airy feel of the home.

The lofted design adds to the bright and airy feel of the home. 

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Despite its small size, the home features a surprising amount of storage space throughout, including the staircase that leads up to the bedroom.

Despite its small size, the home features a surprising amount of storage space throughout, including the staircase that leads up to the bedroom.

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A look at the lofted bedroom.

A look at the lofted bedroom.

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Plenty of storage is also available in the bedroom.

Plenty of storage is also available in the bedroom. 

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Currently, Build Tiny's models are all designed to be built on a trailer. However, the company can also construct the units on fixed footings.

Currently, Build Tiny's models are all designed to be built on a trailer. However, the company can also construct the units on fixed footings.

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To learn more about the Buster Tiny House, click here.

Project Credits:
Architect of Record: Build Tiny Limited

Builder/General Contractor: Build Tiny Limited

Interior Design: Build Tiny Limited

Trailor Design and Manufacturer: Bay Engineering Solutions


This Passive House in Park City Just Hit the Market For $1.1M

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This Park City Passive House offers both stunning design and stellar energy efficiency.

Designed by architect Chris Price and his partners at Park City Design + Build, the Treehaus is a beautiful blend of modern mountain architecture and cutting-edge energy efficiency. Nestled into the pines of Summit Park, Utah, the clean lines, stacked segments, and dark cedar exterior create a fine figure, seamlessly integrating the 3,643-square-foot abode into its sylvan surroundings. Now, this lovely new construction has been listed for $1,100,000.  Scroll ahead to learn more.

With this dwelling, you won't have to worry about energy bills, as the property has met all the rigorous standards needed to obtain Passive House status.

With this dwelling, you won't have to worry about energy bills, as the property has met all the rigorous standards needed to obtain Passive House status. 

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The bright and airy interiors are a mix of lightly colored oak floors juxtaposed again dark fixtures and exposed steel beams.

The bright and airy interiors are a mix of lightly colored oak floors juxtaposed again dark fixtures and exposed steel beams. 

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The open kitchen provides plenty of workspace and storage.

The open kitchen provides plenty of workspace and storage.

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 The kitchen island also features a spacious, stylish hub for entertaining.

 The kitchen island also features a spacious, stylish hub for entertaining. 

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A closer look at the lovely lines of the clean, modern kitchen.

A closer look at the lovely lines of the clean, modern kitchen. 

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The open-plan layout is a fitting setting to embrace a minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic.

The open-plan layout is a fitting setting to embrace a minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic. 

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A peek at the nook in the living room.

A peek at the nook in the living room. 

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Tom Dixon's pendant lighting over the dining table perfectly helps define the space, further adding to the striking balance of light and dark. A custom staircase leads through the three levels of the home.

Tom Dixon's pendant lighting over the dining table perfectly helps define the space, further adding to the striking balance of light and dark. A custom staircase leads through the three levels of the home. 

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Upstairs, the home features four bedrooms and four baths. Here, large sliding doors provide ample natural light and easy access to an outdoor patio.

Upstairs, the home features four bedrooms and four baths. Here, large sliding doors provide ample natural light and easy access to an outdoor patio.  

Kerri Fukui

The Passive House status means energy-efficiency levels two-to-three times greater than almost any other house in the world.

The Passive House status means energy-efficiency levels two-to-three times greater than almost any other house in the world.

Kerri Fukui

635 Parkview Dr, Park City is now being listed for $1,100,000 by Corigan Kushma of City Home Collective. See the full listing here

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Top 5 Homes of the Week We Just Can't Get Enough Of

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These impressive homes from the Dwell community deserve a standing ovation. Our editor's top picks of the week feature homes that embody thoughtful modern design.

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Featured homes were submitted by members of the Dwell community through our Add a Home feature. Add your home to Dwell.com/homes today.  

1. Cosmopolitan Pied-a-Terre

Architect: Guggenheim Architecture + Design Studio, Location: Portland, Oregon

From the architect: "Acting as a home base during the work week, this 16th floor minimalist pied-a-terre is anchored by bridge and mountain views. Custom Oregon walnut millwork and casework bring warmth to the simple shell while white carrara marble adds textural luxury." 

Concealed island storage holds essentials while attached extension table can accommodate up to 6 guests

Concealed island storage holds essentials while attached extension table can accommodate up to 6 guests

Photo by Leah Verwey Photography


2. Casa Luum

Architect: Pedro Domingos, Location: Faro District, Portugal

From the project uploader: "Casa Luum lies at the end of an old dirt road in a nature reserve in Faro, its milky whites blending smoothly into the progressive blue of the sky. This 2500 square meter plot once housed a ruin left to nature, where hundreds of olive, almond, and cork trees and wildflowers grew. Designed by internationally renowned Portuguese architect Pedro Domingos, this modern installation employs a fresh, selective approach to minimalism and simplicity. The bleached structures form a series of interrelated living areas following the fundamental principles of contemporary Alentejano architecture."

Photo Courtesy of BoutiqueHomes


3. Palm Beach House

Architect: Alexander &Co., Location: Palm Beach, Sydney, Australia

From the architect: "Palm Beach House is the transformation of an existing waterfront holiday villa. The project is a restrained approach to a traditional European vernacular, exploring bespoke quality detailing, materiality and architectural framing. With the existing house ineffectively dealing with scale limitations, the brief was primarily to explore how we could reintroduce a higher quality of spatial resolution. With an emphasis placed on architectural framing and the suitable transition from interior to exterior ... the large-scale opening explored opportunity for external living and dining, an integral aspect to the client brief addressing the need for entertaining spaces, essential for a ‘home away from home’."

View to Kitchen from Courtyard

View to Kitchen from Courtyard

Photo by Felix Forest


4. Flanders Art Suite

Interior designer: SLLD, Location: Tielrod, Belgium

From the project uploader: "Flanders Art Suite is a seamless habitat that explores the boundaries between exhibition and lifestyle. Creating environments for their own work and established artists, the home serves as the ultimate canvas that recreates the holiday experience as a living gallery of arts and crafts.Situated on the site of a formerly derelict shipyard, the cluster of buildings is a living canvas dedicated to the collaborative arts of interior design and artistic innovation. The project presents rotating installations in partnership with artists and industrial designers in an intimate and livable space."

Photo Courtesy of BoutiqueHomes


5. Cliff Dwelling

Architect: Olson Kundig, Location: White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

From the architect: "Situated on the edge of a bluff above Semiahmoo Bay, the house creates privacy while taking advantage of spectacular views of the water, islands and mountains to the west, east and south. Thick concrete walls shield the occupants from sights and sounds of the busy road above. Glass window walls and expansive decks maximize the south facing side. The cascading layers of the house are connected by a cast-in-place concrete stair. The stair opens to a gallery on each level with views out to the Bay below." 

Cliff Dwelling | Olson Kundig

Cliff Dwelling | Olson Kundig

Photo: Nic Lehoux

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This Waterfront Hamptons Dream House Just Listed For $18.5M

Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-09 22:53

A very special property in the Hamptons designed by award-winning Bates Masi + Architects hits the market.

The distinctively designed property has a strong connection with its surroundings. Glass-enclosed bridges join the towers, and sliding glass doors seamlessly connect with the outdoor space.

Nestled at the end of a private cul-de-sac on nearly an acre of pristine waterfront property in Sagaponack, New York, this distinctive, contemporary retreat from the renowned architectural firm Bates Masi + Architects makes a dramatic modern statement. 

Juxtaposing elegant, Alaskan cedar siding with broad expanses of glass, the home exudes an effortless and seamless flow between its indoor and outdoor spaces. The 5,000-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-bath home also boasts stunning panoramic views of Sagg Pond, the Atlantic Ocean, and the serene surrounding countryside. This stunning dream property comes at a price, however, as it's asking $18,495,000.

The distinctively designed property has a strong connection with its surroundings. Glass-enclosed bridges join the towers, and sliding glass doors seamlessly connect with the outdoor space.

The distinctively designed property has a strong connection with its surroundings. Glass-enclosed bridges join the towers, and sliding glass doors seamlessly connect with the outdoor space.

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The exterior of the home is layered for privacy and shade. Alaskan cedar siding adds an elegant and dramatic modern touch.

The exterior of the home is layered for privacy and shade. Alaskan cedar siding adds an elegant and dramatic modern touch. 

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The minimalist interiors feature European white oak flooring and other high-end, custom finishes.

The minimalist interiors feature European white oak flooring and other high-end, custom finishes.

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The expansive living and dining layout is complemented by a meticulously appointed open chef's kitchen.

The expansive open-plan living and dining layout is complemented by a meticulously appointed chef's kitchen.

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A double-height entryway features both stairs and an elevator which lead to the elevated main level. The stairway design echoes the exterior siding.

A double-height entryway features both stairs and an elevator which lead to the elevated main level. The stairway design echoes the exterior siding. 

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An expansive outdoor deck features a spacious gunite swimming pool, spa, and pool house with an outdoor shower—all of which add to the home's resort-like feel.

An expansive outdoor deck features a spacious gunite swimming pool, spa, and pool house with an outdoor shower—all of which add to the home's resort-like feel. 

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The view overlooks a glistening pond and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

The view overlooks a glistening pond and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. 

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The upper level of the home features a large family room, two guest suites, and a master wing that faces the pond and ocean.

The upper level of the home features a large family room, two guest suites, and a master wing that faces the pond and ocean. 

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139 Seascape Lane is now being listed for $18,495,000 by Bespoke Real Estate. See the full listing here

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