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Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 00:22
These formerly industrial spaces shine with double-height atriums, Art Deco curves, and other inspired interventions.
A carriage house in Barcelona, a cigarette packing facility in NYC, and a car shop in San Francisco—lofts come in different shapes and sizes all around the world. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite projects where designers pushed industrial spaces to new heights with stylish—and often surprising—results.
After a leak caused water damage to this top-floor apartment in downtown Brooklyn, FIG Interior Design and JAM Architecture were brought in for an overhaul. Although the unit is located in a landmark 1929 building, the apartment had none of the period’s stylistic flair. "The clients loved the fact that it’s an Art Deco building, so they were quite eager to have the redesign reflect that," says interior designer Nina Garbiras. "At the same time, they didn’t want to do vintage Deco—they wanted to do a more modern, contemporary Deco."
Garbiras and architect Joseph McGuier redid the layout, instituting a palette of lush colors and finishes, underscored by sweeping curves everywhere. A serendipitous discovery made it possible to lower the floor level in the main living room, and install a showstopping staircase that sums up that entire approach.
Picture a loft, and what probably comes to mind is a cavernous space rife with industrial elements. This 1,620-square-foot loft in a former Nabisco factory in L.A. was no different, until architect Amanda Gunawan of OWIU Design initiated a 2019 remodel. Gunawan introduced a Japanese-inflected material palette to complement the industrial edge, including wide-plank wood floors, a sculptural staircase and built-ins made of birch plywood, and a room for tea ceremonies inspired by Japanese ryokans (traditional inns).
"Given the typically brute nature of exposed beams and heavy structural elements, one would not usually correlate an industrial building with the minimalist and non-imposing nature of a Japanese-styled home to create a harmonious look," says Gunawan.
Despite there being not one, but two, double-height living rooms in this Chelsea loft, the home still managed to feel cramped and dated due to a series of remodels from different owners and eras. Enter the Brooklyn-based firm E.G. Projects, who were tasked with creating a unique live/work space for the loft’s newest owner, a TV writer.
The firm opened up the mezzanine level and turned it into a chic office overlooking the living areas below it. The design team also embraced the "compressed space" of the kitchen by outfitting it with dark colors and steel elements, and they introduced a sense of "urban nature" throughout.
"It had beautiful brick walls and piers and beams—it was just an iconic old New York loft space," says architect Evan Watts of this West Chelsea property. "But it was also immediately apparent that it was dated. And it wasn’t really optimized in terms of a layout. We knew very quickly that some simple moves could really make the space into a beautiful home."
Watts, a partner at D&A Companies, and architect Ravi Raj, who leads RARARA, teamed up to help out the owners, who are friends of theirs, on a remodel. Now, bleached walnut and concrete plaster soften the industrial vibe of the exposed brick and scarred wood structural framework, and a new layout adds space for an additional bedroom and bathroom.
While redoing her Tribeca loft, interior designer Nina Blair came up with a striking solution to the lack of natural light. Blair removed several walls and installed a glass box in the Southwest corner. Not only did this liberate two windows, but the process also revealed several original Corinthian columns hidden in the walls. The renovation deftly merges a new living space—one that leans into flexible use, as the glass room has been used as a bedroom and office—with the building’s history.
In remodeling this former heritage site in Barcelona, not only did architect Kirsten Schwalgien have to wrest control of the design from a condo developer, but the architect also had to get approval from the city’s heritage department for every move. "They didn’t like the fact that some rich expats were going to come and live in it, so it was a bit challenging to get them to agree to things," Schwalgien says. "But after a while, they saw that the renovation went very well, and they got very excited about it."
Schwalgien inserted dark-framed glass walls to offset the preserved and painted cast-iron columns, tempered the exposed brick and concrete floors with warm wood cabinetry and built-ins, and installed a verdant atrium for a burst of greenery.
Three words can sum up the "before" state of this New York loft in a former garment factory built in 1890: black, red, and silver. In addition to the dated ’80s finishes, including silver brick and jarring red accents, there was a lot of wasted space. Brooklyn-based firm Isaac-Rae overhauled the layout to incorporate more bedrooms and bathrooms, and then instilled a distinctly unfussy aesthetic throughout.
"Once the place was gutted, we could simplify detail and let the space breathe," says Clay Coffey, founder of Isaac-Rae. "Even small hidden details, such as latches flush to the door instead of visible door pulls, made a difference in simplicity. By selecting better—and fewer—materials, we made the space feel united."
Converting this auto repair garage located in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood into the ultimate live/work space was not an undertaking for the faint of heart. Making the two-story, 9,000-square-foot structure habitable was a five-year process that involved jacking up one side of the building, redoing the foundation, and even sprucing up the plaster cupids on the 1923 facade.
Now the building features an art gallery and studio at the street level, a three-bedroom loft above, and a 20-by-20-foot internal courtyard for bringing in more light.
To make this South Austin loft feel more cohesive, Chioco Design installed a collection of cabinetry in multiple rooms—from the kitchen and living room to the office and principal bathroom. The goal, says the homeowner, was for the 1,800-square-foot warehouse-style loft to feel "curated and orchestrated, much like a tailored suit."
At 2,250 square feet, this loft high above Chicago’s Michigan Avenue felt both cavernous and disjointed, and there was little in the way of practical storage. Vladimir Radutny Architects reorganized the floor plan and introduced a refined palette with sculptural accents that play in perfect contrast with the home’s industrial bones.
This Brooklyn loft had a rarified perch when architects Max Worrell and Jejon Yeung first visited it, as they could see all the way to Manhattan. However, some strange layout decisions by the developer made it difficult to fully enjoy the view. The pair reorganized the floor plan and relocated a main bedroom to give the living spaces windows on three sides.
When Pam Williams, a former public library director in Portland, Oregon, decided to remodel her 1,075-square-foot loft with local firm Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, she fully committed to the process—she only gave a few directives, and she got rid of all her furniture so the firm would have a blank slate.
"She described the kind of home she’d like to live in along with a thoughtful note about her experience working with professionals and learning that the creative process really shines with trust," explains senior designer Mira Eng-Goetz. "We were really moved by this simple gesture." The team completely reimagined the home, weaving in plush textures, a serene, pink-hued palette, clever built-ins, and statement-making tile to update the industrial space.
While this unit in a former See’s Candy factory had a stunning wall of windows, the kitchen and storage situation were not much to get excited about. Síol Studios stepped in with a new plan, plenty of storage, and a material palette that underscores the industrial nature of the existing board-formed concrete ceiling and aforementioned windows.
"The client wanted to bring in as much light as possible, so the palette went toward light woods, light stone, and light floors," says designer Jessica Weigley. "Obviously, we were going to be working with that existing rough textured ceiling, and we really wanted that to sing as well."
Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 21:49
The 1956 residence by architect John F. Galbraith was lovingly cared for by its current owner, renowned music producer Christian Karlsson.
If you’re on the hunt for a nearly perfectly preserved midcentury home in California, look no further. Perched on almost a full acre lot in Pasadena, the 1956 residence offers sweeping views of the mountains above and the city below. Since being built, the home was owned by the same family for 57 years before being sold for the first time last year.
Today, the single-level dwelling is owned by Grammy award-winning DJ, producer, and songwriter Christian Karlsson, also known as Bloodshy. The acclaimed musician, who has written hits for various artists including "Toxic" for Brittney Spears, purchased the home in 2020 with his partner for $2,385,000. The couple is now putting it up for sale after treating the space to a revamp.
"It’s always hard to find a property that checks all the boxes, but this one really does," Christian states in a recent interview. "The combination of a timeless midcentury classic with a private orchard in the hidden gem of the Kinneloa Estates up in the foothills is a dream come true."
According to listing agent Richard Yohon, Christian initially acquired the residence to serve as an "inspirational creative space to write music and collaborate." However, after he and his family moved back to Sweden earlier this year, they decided to seek out a buyer.
Though he only owned the residence for a brief stint, Christian wasted no time restoring it back to its original glory. Among the home’s most notable period details are polished concrete floors, mahogany cabinets, and a two-sided fireplace with a floating hearth.
"The sellers did not forget to improve the home with modern updates either," says Yohon, noting several upgrades that include a new HVAC system, and a culinary kitchen with chef-grade appliances. "The grounds were also professionally landscaped by Kathleen Ferguson—one of the top local landscape architects."
Extensive glazing and sliding glass doors promote easy indoor/outdoor living throughout the three-bedroom dwelling, which spans across nearly 4,000 square feet. In addition to large gathering areas and a free-flowing layout, the property also includes a separate detached flex space, as well as an oversize two-car garage. Scroll ahead to see more of the midcentury, now back on the market at $3,397,000.
2105 Villa Heights Road in Pasadena, California, is currently listed for $3,397,000 by Richard Yohon of Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage and Konstantine Valissarakos of Nourmand and Associates.
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Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 18:26
Emma Pereira drew inspiration from Japanese micro homes to build Atelier Lumi, a tiny studio and guesthouse.
Inspired by Japanese design and driven by the need for additional space, Venezuela-born architect and designer Emma Pereira of Emmanuelle Design built a 400-square-foot guesthouse and studio in the backyard of her home in Miami’s Buena Vista neighborhood. Atelier Lumi, as it’s called, is a white stucco-clad refuge where sunlight, texture, and form create a voluminous sense of calm and understated beauty.
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When she was an architecture student completing her Master’s thesis in 2013, Emma had traveled to Tokyo to experience micro homes designed by Sou Fujimoto, SANAA, and other prominent Japanese architects. "I was enamored of their ingenious approach to micro design and the small house lifestyle," she says. "The concept is to take our own life story and enhance the good parts, while adding elements that speak to who we want to be. The Japanese are innovators, using visual techniques to make tiny spaces appear roomier."
Emma recalled this experience when she and her husband, Carlos, had their first child and needed more space for their growing family. A small guesthouse and studio would allow her to work and host visitors more comfortably—plus, they could earn additional income by listing the tiny house on Airbnb. "Buena Vista has a lot of emerging art and beautiful commercial architecture," Emma says of the neighborhood. "There was a lack of design-rich short-term rentals, so I decided to build the small space of my dreams."
Emma, who works at a construction company, is often able to salvage materials from demolitions, and the windows she repurposed from a project in Miami Beach kicked off the build. "They were the first thing I acquired, even before drawing up the design," she says. "I went to the house, measured the windows that I wanted for my space, and began the design from there."
The salvaged windows and a large skylight illuminate the double-height guesthouse. A soft white palette and rich textures reflect sunlight while creating a feeling of airiness. "I loved the idea of arranging all the living essentials into a small room," she says. "Natural light and views of the outdoors come in from every direction and make the space feel bigger than it is."
Expansive sliding glass doors open the one-room dwelling to the backyard, where Emma arranged outdoor string lights, a fire pit, and wood-and-rope lounge chairs.
A sleeping loft above the bathroom looks down to the open-plan kitchen, dining, and living areas. Emma outfitted Atelier Lumi with multifunctional nooks and furniture pieces, including a wide window nook in the living area with a built-in sofa and hidden wall storage. "The storage and the sofa become one, taking up fewer square feet," she says.
She selected organic textures and light colors for the interior finishes: "I tried to use the rawest form of all materials. This makes the space feel light and minimal and inviting and warm at the same time." The double-height wood ceiling with exposed beams, warm white concrete flooring, and plaster walls call to mind tones and textures found in nature.
In the end, Emma designed the tiny house of her dreams. "The goal was to contain all the necessary elements for living, creating enough space to feel comfortable, and still being drawn outdoors and feeling connected to nature," she says. "Overall, essential needs are met by the architecture—so much so that the only free-standing furniture pieces in the space are the dining chairs."
Atelier Lumi is available to rent via Airbnb for $257 a night
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Architecture and Interior Design: Emma Pereira, Emmanuelle Design
Construction: MV Construction Group
Structural Engineer: JDC Architect
Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 17:58
Situated west of Copenhagen in Roskilde, Denmark, the Blå Hus features a bright exterior that shields a wood-clad addition to a 1950s brick home.
Designed by Danish architect Sigurd Larsen, the Blå Hus—also called the Blue House—is perched atop a hill in Roskilde, Denmark. From its lofty vantage point, the home peers out over the city’s namesake fjord and medieval center. The upper level of the structure was built on top of a preexisting brick house from the 1950s. A layer of corrugated steel covering the facades and roof works as a climate shield, while also creating the illusion of a towering blue monolith.
The 1,851-square-foot home’s bold color was chosen to blend into the Scandinavian sky, drawing from the moody hues that linger in the region’s thick fog and mist. Inside, the main living areas are spread across two levels.
The "mid" floor features an open kitchen and dining room that leads to a garden and southwest-facing terrace. Another airy, lofted living room sits on the upper level, with a large corner window that overlooks the fjord and cathedral and fills the space with light.
Both of the children’s bedrooms have distinct spatial layouts: One is oriented horizontally with a panoramic window that boasts impressive views, while the other features a vertical, lofted bed and a small window situated at the highest point in the home.
"I think the house became such a pleasant place to be," Larsen says. "The daylight moves through [the interior] and highlights different corners throughout the day. The family found a nice way to get the most out of the many corners and framed views to the outside."
General Contractor: Tømrermester Mikkel Skovmøllert
Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 22:18
The spacious loft on the ground floor of a commercial rear building in Berlin Kreuzberg is located in the rooms of a former car repair shop. Together with the owner, a spacious living and working environment was created, whose atmosphere is not only due to the choice of materials but also through technically complex and sophisticated measures such as the underfloor heating and the acoustic ceiling. Both of these do not appear, but make a decisive contribution to wellbeing. An installation for the kitchen and bathroom with sauna was created in the former workshop, with a workspace and a media lounge on the upper level. The materials used correspond to the character of the workshop, such as raw brick and oiled metal. In addition, a large, solidly brick step was introduced as a space-forming element, which connects to a mighty open fireplace. All fixtures in this area of the room are very restrained and suggest that they have always been there. The bedroom and bathroom consist of a spatial unit that has been lavishly covered with a leveled concrete surface and is illuminated with internal windows and glass elements. In the side part I see the children's room and study. The desire for sufficient storage space was also taken into account, which was implemented in various built-in cupboards with surfaces in Linoleum with wood elements.The materials used were coordinated in detail with the owner. The spectrum ranges from cement tiles with graphic ornaments, manufactured steel glass walls and a large number of specially designed and manufactured built-in furniture.
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The clients desired a versatile, informal family home centered on a bright, day-lit main room that could comfortably accommodate a range of uses as well as objects, furniture and pictures. White surfaces interplay with natural wood cabinets and floors to add warmth and detail throughout the house. The main space abuts a private, narrow garden, and multiple pairs of French doors are used to open the building to the exterior space, light and vegetation.
Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 22:11
Local materials and a restrained, natural palette allow the surroundings to sing at this family getaway.
For a Chicago couple encountering the hustle and bustle of city life, a vacation home tucked away in the country was beckoning. A 3.5-hour drive from their residence in Evanston, Illinois, the rural retreat is situated on family land—205 acres of woods and farmland in the southwest corner of Wisconsin, not far from the Mississippi River.
The region’s known as the Driftless Area because glaciers didn’t cross through here. A landscape of rolling hills and deep valleys contrasts with the rest of the flat Midwest, a unique backdrop for a family getaway. The property’s rugged terrain, deep ravines, and rock outcroppings are ideal for hiking, and with the Grant River cutting right through the land, there’s plenty of fishing, tubing, and canoeing to be had as well. Chicago-based firm Searl Lamaster Howe Architects used the dynamic topography to their advantage, maximizing sweeping views.
The long, narrow 2,300-square-foot retreat sits on the bluff, strategically oriented to create a walkout basement, so the great outdoors are easily accessible, and nature can be enjoyed from vantage points throughout the home.
With the land having belonged to the family for nearly three decades, the homeowners had plenty of time to ponder their dream home. The husband and wife were interested in referencing the architectural vernacular of the area, and so Searl Lamaster Howe’s designers spent time driving around Wisconsin’s countryside studying the rural structures. "There are lots of interesting craftsmen and artisans in the area who aren’t afraid of being distinct," Gregory Howe, co-principal of the firm, says.
At the same time, it was important to the homeowners and designers that the house be built using a minimal palette. "As Midwesterners, it’s nice to speak to the idea of the local vernacular and curate it a little, as opposed to these houses that are imported styles from other parts of the country. A lot of people may take this site and built something like a lodge in the Rocky Mountains," says Pam Lamaster-Millett, co-principal. "It was really important to the clients to embrace local materials with the stonework and woodwork and be true to the area—but to also refine it."
During the planning stage, the homeowners referenced the architectural style of a Maine camp house with exposed trusses and the use of humble building materials like wood paneling. Drawing inspiration from this aesthetic, the architects clad the walls and ceiling in pine, and for contrast paired the warm wood with expansive graphite slate flooring and a black metal base trim. "We wanted it to feel relaxed and casual," the homeowner says. "It shouldn’t be anything fussy or pretentious."
The dark stone flooring flows from the living area out into a screened porch, creating material continuity and a nearly seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living. "Everything focuses on the great room and screened porch," the homeowner says. "We spend a ton of time on that screened porch."
As a vacation home, it was important to balance public and private living areas. The homeowners wanted plenty of gathering space for family, but also individual rooms set apart for private moments. Using a stairwell as a divider, the bedrooms are tucked away. "They dovetail in a way that creates privacy with sound and sight, so the bedrooms are away from the great room," project manager Lauren Dellinger Amt says. "That buffer zone was important to them." To make the compact switchback stairs feel more open, Dellinger Amt added a giant window on the landing and a screen that draws design inspiration from corn cribs in the area.
Vibrant red and blue cabinetry in the kitchen and mudroom create a bold contrast to the subdued organic palette found throughout the house. "We really love color," the homeowner says, "and we have art that we needed to be mindful of. We wanted something that would work with that, and specifically the painting over the fireplace." Dellinger Amt went back and forth with color combinations with the homeowners until they settled on the tomato red millwork in the mudroom/entry and the bright blue kitchen cabinetry.
The multicolored tile backsplash in the kitchen was a collaboration between husband and wife. The husband’s family was in tile manufacturing, and the company would fire a run of glazed decorative items for Christmas back in the 1940s, giving them as gifts to distributors. "They made coasters with animal motifs on them in yellow, red, blue, green, all these bright colors—and we decided to incorporate them in the kitchen backsplash," says the husband, who drilled out square tiles so they could inset the round coasters inside them.
For the tile work, the wife channeled her inspiration from the Chicago artist Edgar Miller, who was active in the city in the early part of the 20th century, transforming old Victorians into distinct experiences with design elements like salvaged tile.
The husband and wife’s art collection was one of the more distinguishing features of the home, and like the tile work, added instant impact and color. "We had the inventory of art during the design process and allowing for wall space without compromising views is what drove us to the double height in the living room," Howe says. An organic and minimal palette used throughout the home allows the contemporary artwork to shine.
On the exterior, the home embraces its natural setting with materials like cedar shakes that weather nicely over time, and limestone quarried just 30 miles from the property. A Galvalume zinc-coated metal roof tops off the structure. With a maintenance-free finish that dulls over time, the metal roofing offers a contrast to the organic materials used elsewhere on the exterior.
To keep the rural structure powered, geothermal heating and cooling was employed. And an empty conduit was run to the parking area to set up an electric car charging station in the future. A "super beefy" foundation was laid and extra earthwork done to channel rain around the house for future storms. "We wanted the house to last a hundred years," the homeowner says, planning ahead for the future generations who will visit the family farm.
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Builder/general contractor: Graney Construction
Structural engineer: Barber Engineering
Lighting design: Searl Lamaster Howe Architects
Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 22:11
A renovation/addition of a 1950's era home into a gathering space for a custom furniture maker and his family. The existing home was a small square on a large lot. While the original house was small, the property had a lot of potential for an addition as well as a large garden. Over the years, the garden flourished and the owners decided to build an addition to provide more space for their growing family and create a courtyard that backed up to the garden. The addition created a new brick courtyard embraced by the low entry decks on one side and the abundant foliage of the garden on the other. The new wing, which houses bedrooms and bathrooms, allowed the existing spaces to be opened to create a large central gathering area filled with light from new skylights. The whole house was wrapped in vertical cedar to tie everything together and bring a sense of warmth to the project. All of the interior casework (and much of the furniture) was built by the owners who also happen to own a handmade custom furniture company, 16th workshop. The simple forms and expressed materials are highlighted by the abundant natural light that floods the space through the new skylights. The addition was designed to promote passive cooling and both the old and new parts of the house received exterior insulation under the local cedar rain screen. With the belief that the most sustainable building strategy is to build well, the same care was put into the construction of the house as the owners put into their furniture. Unique design solutions included the use of a 'gasket' connecting the addition to the main house allowed the addition to be built without affecting the main house. Once the addition was almost completed, the two volumes were connected. This minimized disruption in the daily lives of the owners. Project Team: Architecture: Fivedot Contractor: Hanson Construction Structural Engineer: Carissa Farkas Cabinets / Custom Furniture: 16th workshop Photographer: Daniel Bernauer
Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 22:05
Local vernacular and a minimalist concept drove the design of the Big Wood Residence, situated just south of Sun Valley, Idaho. This home for Mark de Reus and his family celebrates the career of its architect, who incorporated lessons from thirty-five years of practice into this, his most personal work. The project features themes that our firm is known for—inserting asymmetry into a symmetrical plan, attentively selecting and crafting natural materials, and incorporating ancient aesthetics into a contemporary design. Most significantly, this design has a simplicity that belies its complexity. The home consists of the simple shapes of two practical building forms: a two-story barn form for the living areas, and a flat-roofed structure harkening low-slung ranch outbuildings for the garage, storage, and terrace. The barn form runs north–south on a long, thin, east–west site. Its two floors contain 3,760 square feet of space: living room, kitchen, and master suite on the ground floor, and recreation room and two bedrooms on the second. A two-story window lights the eastern entrance and stairway; it is designed to appear like a warm welcoming lantern on a dark night. Large windows on the western wall offer sunset views toward the Big Wood River at the rear of the lot. The project’s gray-black stained wood exterior and dark-gray metal roof harmonizes with the color of the aspen trees that dominate its eight-acre site. To play off of the aspens, de Reus chose dark colors for the building’s exterior—onyx stained vertical spruce siding, graphite gray standing seam metal roof, black aluminum-clad windows, and a dark anodized aluminum garage door. The interior is dominated by eastern white pine with a light finish that shows the grain but protects the wood from ultraviolet light. A blackened steel fireplace commands the living room. Some of Big Wood Residence’s details came as special requests from his family. De Reus’s wife wanted a barn door, which he included in the garage, and his daughter asked for a window seat in her bedroom. Others were inspired by the site. A light gray granite for the kitchen counter was chosen to work well with the aspens; a cast-glass light fixture reflects the site’s history as a place where block ice was cut from the river. One prominent detail—a shelf projecting from the fireplace mantel—was designed for a sculpture of Garuda that de Reus acquired in Bali. Project Team Architecture: de Reus Architects Contractor: Young Construcción Civil Engineer: Galena Engineers Structural Engineer: Maxwell Structural Design Studio Mechanical Engineer: Mark Morrison, P.E., Inc. Geotechnical Engineer: Butler Engineering Landscape: NS Consulting, PLLC de Reus Design Team Mark de Reus – Project Architect John Rowland – Project Manager Lindsey Akiona - Designer Photography Gaber Border
Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 21:41
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Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 19:40
The sale event of the year begins today—here are our favorite products.
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Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 19:19
Hunkered under a green roof, a new indoor/outdoor addition by Turner Architects breathes fresh life into a family home.
When London-based Turner Architects began revitalizing this Georgian row house, the brick structure was in a sad state of disrepair. "The building had been left to ruin for many years," recall the architects. To give it a second chance, the firm restored aspects of the original historic architecture while also making the home function better for modern living.
Led by principal Paul Turner, the design retains the original formal arrangement of rooms dispersed over three stories: Studies, bedrooms, and bathrooms are arranged above, with the home’s common areas below. There, on the ground level, the architects built out a low-slung, 45-foot-long extension to include new dining, living, and kitchen areas that open into the garden at the rear.
Replete with wood finishes, and glazing framed to match, the extension takes inspiration from Dutch courtyard paintings by "establishing monastic spaces that open to landscape and sky," says Turner. The living room is separated from the dining and kitchen areas by an enclosed courtyard planted with a single cherry tree. Surrounded by glass, the tree becomes the centerpiece of the home’s inner landscape, allowing the family to observe the seasons as the tree blooms and changes color throughout the year.
At the rear, a retractable wall of windows opens the dining and kitchen areas fully to the garden. Sliding glass doors around the cherry tree can also be opened, connecting the living and dining areas with the outdoor space. During temperate weather, opening up the home to both the central courtyard and rear garden allows the lower level to become a single flowing space that connects indoors with out. Topped with a green roof, the extension merges with the lawn while adhering to the area’s conservation constraints.
Engineer: Bini Struct-E ltd
Kitchen: West and Reid
Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 18:26
Designed by architect David Henken, the 1951 dwelling sits near the heart of the nationally recognized Usonia Historic District.
About an hour north of New York City sits the Usonia Historic District, a planned community of homes that were built in the late 1940s on a 100-acre rural tract in Westchester County. While the neighborhood’s layout was planned by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the homes were designed by a handful of Wright’s peers and apprentices, including Paul Schweikher, Aaron Resnick, and David Henken.
Henken—one of Wright’s apprentices—served as the primary coordinator of the project and designed more than a quarter of the district’s houses. One such masterpiece is the three-bedroom, two-bathroom property located at 10 Usonia Road, which was designed by Henken in 1951.
The one-level dwelling has been meticulously preserved throughout the decades and has only switched ownership twice—most recently in 2009. The midcentury-modern home sits tucked away on a spacious one-acre lot, melding into its lush landscape.
Since acquiring the home, the current owners have carefully modernized the space while preserving the original character details, including the sleek, vaulted wood ceilings, skylights, windows, and cypress walls. "The home presents a calming environment to be in at any time," says listing agent Brian Milton. "The sophisticated use of materials harmoniously blends the interiors with the outdoor elements, offering a peaceful oasis."
The 1,904-square-foot residence features free-flowing gathering spaces centered around an oversized fireplace. The main living and dining area overlook the surrounding lawn, with the fully remodeled kitchen situated steps away. Each of the home’s three bedrooms provide direct access to the outdoors. Scroll ahead to see of the Usonian home, now listed for $1,395,000.
10 Usonia Road in Pleasantville, New York, is currently listed for $1,395,000 by Brian Milton of Compass.
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Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-18 20:33
Inspired by the growing flexibility to work and live anywhere, Airbnb is giving 12 people funds to travel for 10 months.
Fancy hitting the road but keeping your job? In a post-pandemic world, many people have more flexibility to determine where they work and live—and there’s a corresponding surge in interest in nomadic living. Airbnb has taken note of this trend—and the company is currently searching for 12 lucky people to live in Airbnb listings for almost a full year. Those selected for the "Live Anywhere on Airbnb" program will receive a credit to help fund their travels in return for sharing their experience with the Airbnb research and product teams.
Nomadic living is nothing new—converted "skoolie" buses have been hitting the roads since the sixties—but it is definitely on the rise. According to a recent Airbnb Report on Travel & Living, there was a 10% rise in bookings of 28 days or longer in 2021 compared to 2019—and 11% of these long-term guests reported living a nomadic lifestyle. A further 74% of people who took part in the survey indicated they would like to live in a different location from where their employer is based after the pandemic, indicating it’s a trend that will continue growing.
To be considered for the program, potential nomads have up until June 30 to submit an application explaining what excites them about the opportunity, and how they are passionate about exploring new ways to live and work. So, if you’ve ever "road-schooled" your kids, worked remotely, or if you’re a freelancer seeking a change of scenery, this could be your chance to take nomadic living to the next level.
A panel will then select a diverse set of 12 applicants in July, including digital nomads, staycationers, young families, and empty nesters. Each winner will be able to take up to three companions with them on their journey, which will begin in September 2021, and Airbnb will provide accommodation in the form of Airbnb credit worth up to $48,000 for 10 months and a transportation allowance of up to $12,000.
Airbnb hopes each participant will gain something different from the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and that travelers will provide the company with valuable insights that will shape the future of long-term living on the platform. There’s also the opportunity for the participants to host their own home on Airbnb during the year, to test the experience of hosting while living nomadically—and earn extra money while they travel.
Along the way, the 12 participants will receive advice not only from the Airbnb product and research team, but also from real-life nomads Debbie and Michael Campbell. Known as The Senior Nomads, the Campbells retired in 2013 and have been travelling the world ever since, living in more than 270 different Airbnb listings in 85 countries over the past eight years.
"The experience of living on Airbnb has been truly transformational for us," said Debbie. "Live Anywhere on Airbnb will give even more people the opportunity to see the world through a whole new lens, just as we have. We’re excited to see more people living and working from wherever they choose."
The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not only offers the chance to take your family on the ultimate road trip, immerse yourself in new cultures, or simply work beachside, but also the occasion to stay in some of the world’s most unique dwellings, from remote cabins and luxury Airstream campers to stylish penthouses and architect-designed homes. If you’re itching to explore the world as it opens up again, this is your chance!
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You don’t have to rough it to experience nature at its finest.
Whether you’re a seasoned backpacker, a casual car camper, or a glamper who appreciates all the comforts of home, the call of the wild is strong this time of year. Gear up for adventure with our top camping essentials (and a few other fun goodies) that will amp up any summer getaway.
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Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-18 17:12
Studio Ben Allen implements prefab elements to metamorphose a dated Victorian in just four days.
For the owners of this Victorian terrace home in north London, it was time for a change. The couple, who’s now retired, had been living here for 30 years, and the roofs were leaky, the kitchen was cramped, and none of the spaces got much natural light. But instead of moving out and moving on, they decided to make an update, which spurred quite a radical new design.
Behind the recent changes is Studio Ben Allen, who took some chances in expanding the rear of the London home. While adding a kitchen and two new bathrooms, the firm and the couple decided to explore off-site fabrication, implementing a series of multihued, patterned concrete rooms that ultimately earned the dwelling a local design award.
In going prefab, the firm was able to produce compelling results quickly. Three elements of the extension were built off-site before being installed in a matter of days: the exterior and structural concrete, which includes patterned brickwork, the non-structural concrete elements (like the kitchen counter and bath), and the balustrade.
Mirroring the pattern of the street-facing facade, the balustrade is cut from color-dense, wood fiberboard sheet material. It was delivered to the site as an easy-to-assemble kit. "It was fully designed—including preparation of all data—for the cutting machine," explains Allen. "It was delivered as a series of flat-pack components and assembled by the joiner on-site. Only glue and dowels were needed for the assembly and no cutting other than dowel holes was required."
Whimsical in nature, the entire update—including stairs, counters, floors, and benches—is swathed in a chromatic series of pigmented concrete. Green, blue, and red complement an otherwise neutral palette of wood and white paint. Beams and columns in a mossy green form a framework for salmon-hued structural wall panels in the first-floor bathroom.
An arch motif ties together the renovation. In the kitchen and the bath, skylights hang above ceilings with curving, rhythmic slices to provide each space with diffused light. Another arch is cut out of the wall that divides the dining area from the kitchen, creating a sight line all the way to the terrace. On the mezzanine, an arched window overlooking the backyard mimics the shape of the ceiling.
"We were keen that views out were focused on the back garden (or in the case of the bathroom, were screened altogether)," says Allen, "where the changing greenery is a constant source of interest, as opposed to the soft gray English skies. When the sun does shine, multiple shafts of light move around both rooms, animating the space."
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Structural engineer: Entuitive
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From a souped-up Airstream to an experimental cabin in the woods, these creations benefited from some paternal wisdom.
To honor Father’s Day, we’re spotlighting our favorite builds completed with the help of Dad. In the case of 12-year-old Hannah Cutler and renowned architect Jim Cutler, it was a chance for the older generation to pass on life lessons and spark a passion for architecture; in the case of Anthony Belluschi, who renovated his father Pietro Belluschi’s masterwork nearly 80 years after its construction, it was a way to carry on a family legacy. Whatever the case, the projects here suggest that sometimes, design is in the DNA.
On British Columbia’s Cortes Island, interior designer Markie Miller and her dad, Lance Price—the furniture builder behind Ironwood Furniture Co.—revived an "old tin can" they found for sale on the side of the road. "This was a special father-daughter project for a couple of people who have a habit of falling in love with things that need fixing," Markie says.
Today, the 1972 Airstream Sovereign Land Yacht calls Vancouver Island home. Appropriately named Cortes, the 31-foot trailer has been transformed, and its gleaming silver exterior makes for a dramatic contrast to its verdant surroundings. Lance’s wood-and-metal furnishings take center stage in the open-concept, 200-square-foot space. Wood and decorative touches were sourced locally to give the Airstream "an island vibe" that pays homage to its new location. This peaceful refuge is used by Lance and his wife Sharlene, who share that it was a safe haven particularly during the pandemic.
On an island in Puget Sound, 12-year-old Hannah Cutler and her father, architect Jim Cutler, built a small cabin that could serve as both his studio and her bunkhouse to use during sleepovers.
Over eight months, the duo erected the 80-square-foot-structure less than 30 feet from the family’s home. Enveloped in evergreen Salal shrubs, the cabin’s glass and wood composition makes it stand out against its emerald surroundings and offers panoramic vistas of their waterfront. Exuding Scandinavian minimalism, the wood-clad interior feels both airy and cozy with multipurpose features such as a fold-down bed and workstation.
Despite being a student earning her master’s in architecture at the time, designer Molly Bell was looped in by her father, contractor Ed Bell, to create a new residence for owner Lois Rodin. The five-acre property, situated outside Taos, New Mexico, is a sandy-hued visage composed of what appears as "sculptural clusters" that congregate in front of the stunning Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Topped by three shed and two flat roofs, the 2,500-square-foot structure has a loft-like feel with a long space for the living/dining room and kitchen, a wing for the guest bedroom, laundry, and main bedroom, and another wing for the studio. Since Lois wanted this to be her "forever" home, Molly incorporated elements like lever handles, a curbless shower, and easy access from the carport to the studio.
Anthony Belluschi, the son of renowned architect Pietro Belluschi (1899-1994), refurbished his father’s 1938 Sutor House with the help of general contractor Pat Kirkhuff, nearly 80 years later.
For new owners Aric Wood and Erin Graham, the home was love at first sight. The first thing the couple prioritized were the Japanese-style strolling gardens, which had long been neglected. Inside, the challenge was to restore. To provide bedrooms for both children—13-year-old Tucker and 11-year-old Madeleine—the couple hired Anthony to reconstruct the former maid’s quarters, which had been turned into a breakfast nook. The kitchen was also modernized, with space gained by moving a wet bar to the dining room.
A vision of an archetypal little cabin in the woods—reinterpreted with a contemporary aesthetic and a sustainable footprint—inspired Bill Yudchitz and his son, Daniel, both architects, to put their years-long dedication to the small home movement into action.
"Everything we saw was ugly, corny, and Spartan," says Yudchitz. "We wanted to prove that architecture can be artful and soulful, but still tiny, affordable, and green." With Yudchitz’s practice, Revelations Architects/Builders, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and Daniel working for architecture and engineering firm HGA in Minneapolis, the experiment would also yield a pair of weekend retreats for their families.
After scouting dozens of spots, they settled on a sublime lot with water access on a wooded bluff overlooking Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay for $52,500. Within four months, they built the cabin they christened the EDGE (Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment). Topped with a playful butterfly roof, it sports integrated multifunctional furnishings that double the livability of its 325 square feet (plus two 85-square-foot sleeping lofts).
But because of the two men’s admiration for Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor’s exquisite construction details, it was built with the painstaking precision of a Swiss watch—and it was pricey. "It cost at least $100,000 to build because the materials were crafted to within .002 inches, so it’s expensive for what it is," says Yudchitz.
"As an antidote, we built Nest," he quips. They started work on the structure—about 130 feet away from their EDGE cabin, but hidden by the woods and plopped on a platform of treated framing lumber supported by concrete piers—in July 2013. Working only on weekends, the pair completed Nest in a little over a year. To mitigate costs, they used leftovers from prior projects and filled it in with newly purchased supplies, making an exact budget tough to pin down. "Not counting time, it will take between $15,000 and $25,000 to build the Nest, depending on materials selection," says Yudchitz, who believes almost anyone can do the job from their plans.
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The charming 1910 home boasts a sage-green exterior and a sustainably landscaped yard that supports the local ecologies of butterflies and bees.
A renovated Craftsman that dates back to the early 1900s rests on a quiet corner lot in northeast Los Angeles’s Highland Park neighborhood. Among its many alluring features is the thriving, multifunctional garden that encompasses the two-bedroom home.
After purchasing the residence in 2017, the current owners partnered with local landscape architect Vanessa Espinoza to create a sustainably landscaped yard with a climate-friendly irrigation system that sustains butterflies, birds, and bees in the area. "The yard features a swale that was purposefully designed to function as a natural, in-ground gutter," says one of the homeowners. "When rain races off the roof, the water is then stored [in the swale] to nourish the more than 100 plants that surround the home."
The 1,230-square-foot dwelling presents a calming oasis filled with spacious living areas that are connected by an open floor plan. Restored heritage elements dot the residence, including beamed ceilings, built-ins, and casement windows that shower the interiors with warm sunlight.
Steps away from the living and dining areas, the remodeled kitchen features butcher-block countertops that span the back wall of the room. All-new stainless-steel appliances complete the space.
The home’s two bedrooms both feature large closets with open shelving. Outside, a detached studio can easily be used as an office, home gym, or guest suite.
"In addition to being surrounded by creative, caring neighbors, this Highland Park home affords close proximity to a public library and playground," says one of the homeowners. "The Gold Line metro stop is just a couple blocks away, [as is] the popular Figueroa Street." Scroll ahead to see more of the 1910 Craftsman home, which is now listed for $849,000.
5927 Piedmont Avenue in Los Angeles, California, is currently listed for $849,000 by Tracy Do of Compass.
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Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-17 22:52
A brilliant blue core runs through all four floors of art consultant Priscilla Caldwell’s reworked townhouse in Cobble Hill.
The usual width of a townhouse in New York City is about 18 to 20 feet. Priscilla Caldwell’s is a mere 14 feet wide. The art advisor, curator, and founder of Vail Caldwell Projects had walked past the house in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn for years and admits to having been a tiny bit obsessed. With good reason: The four-story, brick house caps a row of even smaller houses in the Warren Place Mews built in the late 19th-century as workers’ housing. "There is no mews more beautiful than this one," architect Nate McBride declares.
When it went on the market, Priscilla, who was living in a nearby carriage house, couldn’t resist making an offer. McBride, who had served with her on the board of SculptureCenter in Queens and had renovated one of the diminutive mews houses a few years back, was an obvious design partner.
Attracted to the dwelling’s small size, location, and beautiful sunlight that streamed through the windows, but without an overall vision in mind, Priscilla deferred to McBride to come up with a plan. Before the total gut that left only a brick shell with a chimney and some joists intact, the interior layout followed classic townhouse protocol. That is, the stair was pushed against the exterior side wall on the left with a corridor alongside it, and a parlor with a fireplace next to that.
McBride illuminated the setup with some simple math. "A three-foot-wide stair plus a three-foot-wide passageway leaves a seven-and-a-half-foot parlor, which is a challenge to furnish," the architect says. Then, inspiration struck. What if he moved the stair to the back wall to allow the rooms to span the full 14-foot width? The new layout makes each floor into its own 14-by-23-foot loft-like space. "Think of them as three stacked mini lofts," McBride says.
The second big idea was to wind the staircase behind a block that would also house the mechanicals. "We condensed the storage and equipment and loaded it into a core that runs through each floor," McBride explains. "It also ties the floors together spatially and experientially."
Relegating her 20-something daughters’ rooms to the basement for privacy, Priscilla requested that the kitchen be on an upper floor for great light and be front row to activity on the street. They decided on the back half of the parlor level where the core, hand-painted in Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue, contains all the appliances. "Like a boat, everything you need is in the block," McBride says.
A furniture-like island separates the kitchen from the dining area in the front half of the house, where a polished mahogany dining table that Priscilla bought years ago from a friend of her mother’s—and that has followed her around ever since—sets a cozy tone upon arrival.
As for arrival, it occurs exactly there. "You expect to have a second to acclimate instead of, ‘Welcome!’" Priscilla says. Still, it works. McBride adds, "Coming home to your kitchen is a way of life in Brooklyn; it feels very warm."
Art books fill the core on the second floor in the office area. McBride likens the structure here to a credenza, with the desk analogous to the kitchen island on the floor below. "It’s a consistent template with a cutout for storage and a piece of furniture that makes the core usable," he says. Most recently, Priscilla has been organizing a show of 1920 watercolors by Stuart Davis for the Kasmin gallery in Manhattan, which opens in June.
The living room offers enough floor space for Priscilla to spread out, her books just a few feet away. She meets with clients in here by day and curls up in front of the fire with a glass of wine and sometimes a friend in the evening. "The design of the house is very thoughtful," Priscilla says. "I use each space as intended."
The top floor is Priscilla’s private sanctuary—her bedroom and bath. Here, McBride bisects the core to create a dressing area with closets on either side. It leads into a tile-lined bath brilliantly lit from above, compliments of a skylight that covers the entire room, walk-in shower included.
"You wind up and up and up around the core as the ceilings come down, compressing space," McBride says, relaying that the ceiling height decreases on each story. "Then, you get to the top and bang-o, the roof is punched off. This light-drenched space is the culmination of the ascent."
"This light-drenched space is the culmination of the ascent."
—Nate McBride, architect
More Before & After:
Architect of Record: McBride Architects / @mcbridearchitects
Builder: ConA.L.L. Construction & Design / @a.l.l._construction_and_design
Structural engineer: Hage Engineering PC
Interior Furnishings & Lighting Design: Nastasi Vail Design
Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-17 20:46
Nestled in the hills of the Laurel Canyon, The Wonderland Park Residence is situated within an enclave of mid-century residences from which it draws its inspiration. Originally a ranch house built in 1956, the project entails a second-floor addition and extensive remodel. A narrow, thirty-foot long skylight mediates between the original pitched roof and the volume of the new addition where it rises to the second floor. This brings light and geometric clarity to the spaces, further enhanced by the Western Red Cedar cladding that runs continuously from the ceiling of the family room up through the skylight and around the exterior walls of the second story. The form of the roof, oriented to the south for solar panels, evokes the notion of a treehouse. Because this upper volume floats through the long skylight, a sense of freedom and fluidity is heightened within the new open floor plan below. The kitchen is the heart of the residence, physically connecting the social and private areas and providing views horizontally to the landscape and vertically through the skylight. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors are positioned on opposite corners of the plan so that a diagonal axis is established from the front yard that passes through the interior spaces and out to the back yard and pool. Comparable transparency continues upstairs where the primary bedroom and bathroom enjoy vistas into the forested surroundings of the Los Angeles canyon. The house utilizes sustainable technologies including sustainably harvested Red Cedar cladding, a solar photovoltaic system, a greywater system for landscape irrigation, native and drought-tolerant landscaping, Caesarstone countertops, and formaldehyde-free MDF kitchen and bath cabinetry.
Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-17 20:44
The ‘U House’ is a contemporary extension & renovation of a period home, originally built in the 1920s, in the inner-city suburb of Thornbury, Melbourne. The design brings to life the existing Edwardian cottage which was dark & constrained, by retaining heritage details and injecting it with space, light, connectivity, and a modern edge. The young family came to us after slowly outgrowing their underperforming old home. They loved the vibrant suburb of Thornbury and their character-filled street, so moving wasn’t really an option. An entry problem, lack of light, function, and space of the original house, dictated the brief. With busy lives professionally and socially, the clients required a forever home that could help & enhance everyday living, working & entertaining, whilst withstanding the test of time. Strong emphasis revolved around updating the home to be an entertainer’s delight and enhance connections, with this in mind a ‘U’ shaped addition with a central courtyard was devised and became the missing link that brought the whole design together & strengthened family ties. This dynamic rear extension brings into balance living requirements, enhancing light, function, and interaction between spaces & their inhabitants.
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Total refurbishment of a 200sqm apartment located in the neighborhood of Chamberí, in Madrid. It has been a very interesting creative process where changes in the layout and the incorporation of new elements has meant a radical change in the space. The key has been to incorporate special materials to the singular elements of the pro- ject. A strong separation is proposed between the bedrooms and the public area of the house, so that a powerful blue wall separates these two areas. This blue wall contains all the doors to the rest of the rooms in a semi-hidden way.Two free-standing stainless steel storage elements articulate the rest of the space and serve as a protective element for the sleeping areas. One of these units contains part of the kitchen and the other a bar unit. The pave- ment also changes when crossing this blue wall so that we go from wood, more noble for the daytime rooms, to the microcement of the bedrooms that allows us to have continuity of pavement in the bathrooms.
Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-17 20:25
A retired American couple, dropped everything to fulfill their long life dream of living in Oaxaca, a city they fell in love with and chose to be their ultimate destination. Elizabeth and Ray, through diversified coincidences, decided to pursuit a 300m2 land at the city limits in Oaxaca, in this small town named San Sebastián Tutla, where they would build their dream house, the one they had worked their entire lives for, and the one they dreamed since their first visits to Mexico. Not only they would adapt to a new culture and an entirely different society, but they would change their whole way of living. Their last residence before moving down to Oaxaca, was in New Mexico, USA which is known for its majestic skies and extreme weather. They lived in a very peaceful neighborhood. Our workshop had the biggest responsibility on showing this retired couple to learn how to live this whole new and different life the way they had never done before, accepting new typologies, new materiales, and to embrace the interior, all these because of the zone and adjacent constructions. Elizabeth and Ray are outgoing social people, being part of a community and especially being loved by it is something easy for them, they are invested of what happens in their surroundings, but mostly in what they can offer to their local community, they come to contribute. And so, their house was design to be evolutive, changeable, full of life, of reunion, where friends and mezcal won’t ever be missing. An oasis at the city limits. ‘Nuestro sueño’ is a box full of clay that contains coherent concrete structures based on a 60cm nod, marking and distributing the program, indicating that the heart and soul of the house are the kitchen and central patio, just like an old colonial Oaxacan house downtown. Folding steel bay windows transform the space and fade away the barrier between inside and outside, making flexible united rooms for coexistence. Different considerations had to be put on thought while building this residence, like having a vegetable patch, their leisure through a sewing shop, a wood shop, a gallery and cinema. This house was made with wide and adaptable spaces, so in the future, accommodations can be done. Plus, we had the privilege of truly observe this house through all of the seasons, during the construction process and once it was finished, every view was different, a brick clock in the central patio and the lightning through the concrete beams showed completely different perspectives every time. In the Master bedroom, the idea is to wake up to the sunrise, and start living its spaces observing the trace of time. Its core halls lead you to the rooftop, which shows you the incredible Sierra Madre Sur. A distinguished fact is that the vegetation and interior design are habitants trademark, creating colorful spaces planned for the enjoyment of the ones visiting, because all of this was created for them. The idea was always to create a welcoming-life full space, one that will show you how Mexico embraces you, a place where you can finally feel being in Oaxaca.
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The clients for this extensive remodel project purchased the property because they fell in love with all the trees. Their goal for the remodel project was to open the house up as much as possible to the surrounding landscape—to create the feel of a tree house without leaving the ground. In order to accomplish this, the upper floor was entirely rebuilt. The house now features high ceilings, clerestory windows, and a set of large sliding doors and windows that visually connect the interior and the exterior from every room. The kitchen and dining room were flipped, allowing the house to spill out onto the adjacent yard. The lower level (due to the topography, both floors open to grade) was converted into a luxurious guest suite and media room. A new pool and spa complete the transformation.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-05-17 17:34
Now you can add a tiny home or cabin kit to your cart.
You can buy just about anything on Amazon these days, from mundane household necessities to high-end appliances—and now, you can even order a DIY kit to construct your own tiny house, shed, office, or lounge. Take a look at the prefabricated structures Amazon has to offer below, and get ready to upgrade your backyard.
This $8,850 cabin kit from Allwood is sure to be a focal point in any garden or backyard with its wood exterior and arched roof. At 117 square feet, it measures just under 8 feet wide and 16 feet long—perfect for use as a studio, home office, or extra guest room.
Another kit from DIY Log Cabins provides timber components to construct a small log cabin—including two-by-four interior stud framing, rafters for the main structure, a flooring system, shingles for the roof, and either four-by-twelve-inch or six-by-six-inch logs for the exterior cladding. Wood-framed windows and a two-panel door complete the kit, which is available for $25,857.
Made out of glulam—an engineered wood product made out of glued, laminated timber—this 1,290-square-foot house kit is available for $66,965. The home is designed to have three bedrooms and one bathroom, but note that additional materials not included in the kit are required, and that delivery time is estimated at 100-120 days after an order is placed.
Geared toward those with an interest in sustainable design and lowering their carbon footprint, this expandable container house has a galvanized, light steel frame and a solar power system. The home is available starting at $36,800.
Providing two floors of space across a ground floor and loft, this kit can serve as a shed, workshop, studio, or office. The $14,688 kit comes with components for a truss system, decking, floor joists, siding, and wall studs—although you’ll have to purchase windows, insulation, electrical, and foundation elements separately.
The Plymouth is a DIY kit with a folding door that is available via Amazon for $15,900. Perfect for a studio or garden house, the 165-square-foot space measures 20 feet by 15 feet, with more than seven feet of ceiling height.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-12 18:07
Think outside the rectangle with these space-efficient shipping container designs.
The beauty of a shipping container is that it’s a blank slate for the imagination. With careful consideration for storage, partitions, appliances, and furnishings, empty steel shells can become highly practical homes equipped for off-grid and sustainable living. And, they can look good doing it. Read on for some inspiration on making the most of your shipping container’s floor plan.
Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-17 16:21
Daniela Bucio Sistos designs an indoor/outdoor residence around a foyer with a round roof cutout that allows a tree to grow through it.
At once minimalist yet textured and warm, the UC House goes further than blurring the lines between indoor/outdoor spaces—it obliterates the boundaries almost entirely. Located on the outskirts of Morelia, Mexico, the 5,920-square-foot residence is grounded by a foyer with a raised, circular ceiling, which houses a tree that grows out from a hole in the floor at the center. From the focal axis of the home, a large glass wall reveals the library, which is the heart of the project.
"The first thing we designed was the library," says Daniela Bucio Sistos, founder of the eponymous Mexico-based architecture and design firm. In the clients’ previous home, every available space—from the bathrooms to the chimney—was filled with books. So when the homeowners hired Sistos to design their new residence, her mission was to create a place for the couple to house their collection of roughly 15,000 publications. "I like to make contemplative spaces that don’t have the character of a home," Sistos says. "That’s the main goal: to make houses that are not typical or traditional."
The UC House certainly suits the clients, who wanted a single-floor home without any stairs, making it easy to roam throughout the residence. The open-plan living area, which encompasses a lounge space, dining room, and kitchen, occupies the back of the house and opens to a patio with a ramp that leads down to the verdant garden. The primary bedroom is located at the rear of the house, with three additional bedrooms situated toward the front facade.
Sistos wanted the home to be almost monochromatic, with the color palette leaning heavily on earthy tones including red, brown, ochre, yellow, and beige. The architect sourced the bricks, stone, and other construction materials locally, and worked with copper artisans from the region to create decorative elements for some of the interior spaces.
"I wanted to have more contrast in the textures than the colors," Sistos explains. The resulting home is a peaceful, contemporary oasis in the capital of Mexico’s central Michoacán state.
Architect of Record: Daniela Bucio Sistos / @danielabsistos
Builder/General Contractor: Daniela Bucio Sistos / Taller de Arquitectura y Diseño
Structural Engineer: Victor Marín
Landscape Design: Daniela Bucio Sistos // Taller de Arquitectura y Diseño
Lighting Design: Daniela Bucio Sistos // Taller de Arquitectura y Diseño
Interior Design: Daniela Bucio Sistos // Taller de Arquitectura y Diseño
Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-17 16:10
The Atlanta residence, built in 1974 by architect Robert Green, is seeking a new owner for $749,000.
In the late 1950s, after dropping out of Georgia Tech, Robert Miller Green sent his portfolio on a whim to Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert retreat and school in Scottsdale, Arizona. His hope was that it would make it to the desk of the renowned architect. Soon thereafter, Green, at the age of 23, received an invite to visit Wright, who was 90 at the time. Though neither of them knew it, Green would become Wright’s final apprentice.
Wright died six months into Green’s fellowship at Taliesin West, prompting Green to move back to his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. He quickly got to work, starting what would become a 40-year career in architecture.
The former apprentice "established himself as the closest thing to Wright [Atlanta] has produced—in a state with no buildings by the American icon," reads a post by Atlanta magazine. Today, his works can be found in and around the city, with one dwelling having recently hit the market.
Designed in 1974, the residence sits tucked away on a one-acre lot, offering a secluded, private oasis. Natural elements of stone, wood, and glass, unite to help blend the home into its lush setting.
Measuring over 2,600 square feet, the dwelling has been meticulously cared for over the decades, with much of its original character intact. "One of my favorite features of the home is the multifaceted cedar ceiling in the main room, which continues uninterrupted through the remainder of the interiors," says the current owner. "The massive stone fireplace, which anchors the house and serves as a backsplash in the kitchen, is both striking and impressive."
To accommodate comfortable modern living, the residence has been treated to several updates, including a new roof, windows, an exterior deck addition, as well as a 1,200-square-foot garage with electric-car charging capability. The kitchen was also fully remodeled, and now sports new flooring, stainless steel appliances, and custom cabinetry.
In addition to spacious, free-flowing living spaces, the home also offers three bedrooms, two baths, and a glazed sunroom. "Owning a Robert Green home is a rare and wonderful experience," notes listing agent William Bedgood. "This one in particular has no fewer than six sliding glass doors, allowing you to always feel surrounded by nature." Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for $749,000.
265 Glen Lake Drive NW in Atlanta, Georgia, is currently listed for $749,000 by William L. Bedgood of Keller Williams Realty Intown.
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Allaround Lab completely revamps an 800-square-foot apartment, uncovering original barrel-vaulted ceilings and installing custom cabinetry from front to back.
Well-traveled couple Lucia Marengo and Julian Kraan felt right at home when they discovered the Gràcia district in Barcelona. The village-esque neighborhood had great food, and with the city’s mediterranean climate, was the perfect place to ride bikes. "We sometimes wondered whether we accidentally went on holiday," says Julian. And while everything felt idyllic for the couple, the flat they bought there was far from perfect.
Chosen for the view it provided, and its location on a quiet and car-free street, the top-floor apartment they purchased had low-ceilings and felt cramped. With nine different rooms across a single floor of about 800 square feet, it wasn’t exactly the wide open space the couple had wanted. Architect Noelia de la Red of Allaround Lab soon stepped in, addressing that primary desire head on. "We literally threw out all the partitions," says de la Red.
For the new layout, Allaround organized the apartment with four distinct spaces that run lengthwise. Since Lucia loves to cook, and the couple loves to entertain, the kitchen was placed at the middle of the bar-shaped floor plan, and is open to an adjacent living and dining area. "[The kitchen] is right in front of you when you enter the apartment, and it’s in sight from all parts of the home," says Julian. On the other side is the laundry area and bathroom space, through which is the couple’s bedroom. On the opposite end of the home—next to the living area—is a small garden terrace.
"It’s used as a winter garden," says de la Red, "an intermediate space between the interior and the exterior." Positioned for sun, the space helps collect heat for the home during colder months, and is used as a terrace in the warmer ones. The plants, carried over from Julian and Lucia’s previous flat, provide a welcome hit of green.
In gutting the flat, Allaround Lab discovered that the apartment’s unusually low ceilings masked an original barrel-vaulted brick and iron-beam ceiling. By exposing it, the firm not only added volume to the interiors, but also enhanced it visually. The cleaned and restored brick provides a warm, rosy tint and rough-hewn texture throughout the apartment.
The rest of the home’s interior palette is neutral, with very slight variations to define each of the four distinct areas. The larger living and sleeping areas, both in white, feature micro-concrete floors and wood detailing; the garden area and the bathroom/laundry area, which divide the other spaces, are each colored in what de la Red calls a "pinkish" tone. Each features gray-tiled flooring and metal window frames.
For storage, Allaround installed a wall of built-in cabinetry from IKEA that runs the length of the apartment—"so that we can hide away our stuff," jokes Julian. The cabinetry, customized by Cubro, seamlessly integrates appliances like the refrigerator, dishwasher, and laundry machine into the home. In another custom touch, speakers are slotted into the benches in the living room.
Each section of the long stretch of cabinets divides the flat aesthetically while also providing a secondary function to storage. The living room cabinets are lowered to double as seating for guests, while in the kitchen, the cabinet countertops feature a metal finish. In the bedroom, the open shelving provides space to display personal effects.
Julian, who’s a UX/UI designer, says he leans toward unfussy design. His slant matches nicely with Allaround’s motto of "simple solutions to complex problems," but the firm also has a penchant for playful elements. A good example is in the bathroom, where pale-rose subway tile provides a backdrop for a custom, floating terrazzo vanity from Huguet that resembles a thick slice of Turrón candy studded with jeweled fruit.
In another playful moment, the home’s entry doors close to blend seamlessly into the walls. The colors a perfect match, and the frame retreats into the built-in guide on the false ceiling. In contrast, the glass doors and windows at either end of the flat demand attention—especially, says Julian, "when the morning sun streams in through the gallery arches, and later, in the evening, when you can watch the sunset from the bedroom."
Interior Design: Allaround Lab
Photographer: José Hevia
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Beach days, park picnics, and backyard barbecues—wherever your Fourth of July weekend takes you, these products will elevate your event with ease.
Spending time outdoors with loved ones is a cherished tradition when Fourth of July rolls around. Set the stage for your next get-together with these fun outdoor games, pop-up tents (for much-needed shade), compact grills, and more.