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Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-25 01:17
These crafty interventions in China and Hong Kong are a testament to out-of-the-box thinking.
Whether the challenge is to fit three generations of a family in a 366-square-foot apartment or to salvage a historic house, the following projects are up to the task.
HAO Design Studio exploits the awkward angles created by dramatic sloping ceilings in a 1,259-square-foot apartment in Beijing’s Haidian District by inserting a lofted mezzanine and tucking living spaces beneath it.
ARCHSTUDIO restores a rundown traditional residence in the old quarter of Beijing, then inserts a glass-enclosed, curved veranda to wrap the interior courtyards and provide circulation.
Sliding glass walls, cheerful ceramic tile, and a bright color palette refresh this old apartment in Hong Kong’s Happy Valley, in a remodel led by Lim + Lu.
A Beijing-based firm converts a dilapidated cave dwelling into a gracious home. The new, rammed-earth volumes are interwoven with small courtyards to bring in plenty of natural light.
Located in Yuen Long, Hong Kong, this 453-square-foot residence makes easy cohabitation possible for a couple, one of their mothers, a cat, and a parrot. Sliding doors create flexible living spaces for the adults, while built-in furniture is utilized for both storage and the climbing cat.
For this recent extension to a home in rural Yangqing, China, Wonder Architects mimicked the form of the surrounding homes, then wrapped the exterior in green tile. The new addition was then skillfully integrated with the older brick structure on the site.
Sculptural elements—such as a perforated steel staircase and a bathroom vanity fashioned from bent metal—inform the modern remodel of this 1947 Shanghai house.
In a sea captain’s home on a stormy coastline in Southeast China’s Fujian Province, a vaulted third floor addition helps to divert rainwater off the facade and frames picturesque harbor views.
A 2017 remodel by L & M Design Lab maximizes a 366-square-foot flat in Shanghai for a family of five that includes three generations. The designers used the home’s diagonal axis to make the interior space feel larger, installed copious storage, and carved out room for everyone’s hobbies—from a piano for the grandmother to an elevated playroom for the granddaughter.
A remodel of a 370-square-foot apartment with 10-foot-high ceilings utilizes the vertical space with a lofted bedroom that overlooks the trees in a residential neighborhood of Ho Man Tin in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Related Reading: 12 Projects Perched at the Cutting Edge of Chinese Architecture
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-24 23:02
Each kit comes with a miniature model, two prints, and plans for building a shady backyard shelter in about a weekend’s time.
San Francisco–based artist Jay Nelson makes curvaceous campers, fantastical tree houses, and handcrafted homes that will blow your mind. If you’ve ever wanted to own one of Nelson’s designs (and who hasn’t), you’re in luck—he recently launched a DIY kit that shows how to construct a far-out triangular shelter with a built-in sitting area.
Nelson’s Sitting Structure #8 kit expands upon a series of shade structures he built in Mexico and for Uluwatu Surf Villas in Bali, Indonesia. It comes with a miniature model, two signed and numbered risograph prints, a full material list, and a detailed set of architectural drawings with assembly notes.
The A-frame structure consists of four triangular supports clad with thin wood slats. A built-in bench provides a cozy place to roost, and a circular portal frames the sky and the surrounding landscape. "This is a Temporary Autonomous Zone," writes Nelson, referencing the work of Hakim Bey. "It’s about encouraging new thought and altering the way we experience each other or our surroundings."
The plans are simple enough that anyone with a couple power tools and a bit of woodworking know-how should be able to build one in a couple days. They’re also sprinkled with words of encouragement—"consistency over perfection," writes Nelson.
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-24 21:34
Tucked away in an Art Nouveau building, this colorful sanctuary fuses period details with contemporary updates.
The Klinkers—a young family of four—purchased their Barcelona apartment on the top floor of a stylish and historic building with the hopes of remodeling the space as their vacation home. Marta, an interior designer herself, planned to refurbish the home using her own design. Then, disaster struck.
A day before completion, an explosion burned the flat down, along with much of the already completed work. This not only devastated their budget, but also severely damaged some of the property’s ancient features. A year later, they were ready to reach out to Colombo and Serboli Architecture (CaSa) to begin the remodel the Klinker Apartment again.
Naturally, they wanted to renovate the home as a budget-friendly project, while at the same time presenting a home that would be dramatically different from its previous incarnation as an old, neglected apartment. The goal was to preserve and highlight historical features and make the most of high ceilings, decorative elements, floors, windows, and doors. Walls and ceilings had been blackened by the fire, which needed special care, and most of the walls had to be scrapped to bricks and newly finished. Art nouveau details in the ceiling were either restored or reproduced.
Budget constraints kept CaSa from being able to demolish or change the layout. They navigated through the sea of charred and damaged surfaces to make the most of existing installations. The greatest challenge was installing a new interpretation of the existing spaces without moving any walls.
The original layout already held an open plan including a kitchen, living area, two bedrooms, and a small bathroom. CaSa focused on the main area as an anchor for the rest of the home, though it wasn’t easy. There were kitchen installations on the back wall, like a recessed dark nook that hosted a small dining area. Earlier demolitions had left a fragmented and messy patchwork of five different types of floor tiles. To remedy this, they decided to incorporate a clever use of materials, including Formica for the kitchen worktops, micro-cement for terra cotta floors, and a careful selection of paints, into the new design.
For the palette, they focused first on the kitchen workshops as there were limited options due to budget constraints. CaSa color blocked the space in a rich terra-cotta tone to create order in the space and allow it to serve multiple purposes including kitchen, dining area, and quiet studio corner with a long island doubling as a dining table.
"Funny enough, the family name recalls clinker brick blocks, clay bricks that are exposed to excessive heat during the firing process, resulting in a shiny surface," says Andrea Serboli, co-founder of CaSa.
The entire ceiling above the kitchen was dropped to disguise a support beam and air conditioning ducts. A micro-cement floor in the same color covers three different types of tiles (the least interesting ones), unifying the block and highlighting the adjoining floors. The same earthy tone is used for the micro-cement backsplash, ceiling, kitchen cabinets, the central island, the studio area, desk, and shelves.
The result is a color-block area that makes a distinctive statement at the core of the apartment."Then once the terra-cotta was chosen, we decided to add colors to go with it, [including] calmer tones for the bedrooms. Colors were also chosen to match and enhance the colors of the original Art Nouveau cement polychrome tiles," explains Serboli.
Color play continues in the hallway and bedrooms with pastels adding dimension to creme-hued walls and an extra sense of whimsy against period tile flooring. Tones meet shapes in the bedrooms via a volume that forms a headboard along with storage, globe lights, light switches, and sockets.
A porthole window allows light to flow the space. Ceilings, too, are color coordinated with an off burgundy in the living areas and a dark teal for the private spaces. The soft palette and geometric elements add a whimsical and modern touch to the stately nature of the Art Nouveau apartment, allowing the space to receive a major facelift while retaining its original charm.
Interior Design: CaSA / @colomboserboli
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-24 21:14
Flexibility rules in an airy Southern California garage-turned-ADU that gives two professionals the chance to ride the wave of the future.
Like many adults with aging parents, Jorge Cuevas Antillón thinks a lot about the future. But the professor and educator believes he and his partner, Ruben Martínez, have found the perfect solution. "We’re 50-something-year-old professionals, and we live in my parents’ garage," he says with a smile.
It’s not just any garage. Set off a quiet street in suburban Chula Vista, just south of San Diego, the 1,200-square-foot space has been completely overhauled by architect Ramiro Losada-Amor into a clean-lined accessory dwelling unit (ADU) that’s all about flexibility, with moving elements that enable the interior to be quickly configured and reconfigured.
The project came about when Jorge and his brothers urged their parents to move to something more age-friendly. They agreed on the condition that it become part of a family compound. After zeroing in on the San Diego area, where Jorge and Ruben had been living, they spent more than a year searching for properties. Finally they found a large lot that seemed to have everything: a renovated single-story home for Jorge’s parents, a four-car garage that could be revamped for Jorge and Ruben, and a large garden with room for a ceramics studio for Ruben. And it was close to shops and medical services.
Their next call was to Losada-Amor, a principal at Losada Garcia Architects who launched Modern Granny Flat in 2017 after moving to Southern California from Spain. "ADUs are a win-win for everyone," he says. "The owner can generate passive income, and the city can provide affordable housing for people that need it."
To break up the garage’s rectangular expanse, Losada-Amor set an A-framed structure at the center to hold the kitchen, a skylighted bathroom, and ample storage. Keeping clutter to a minimum was high on Jorge and Ruben’s list, so Losada-Amor—working with Prismática Architects—devised features that do double duty, like a Murphy bed in the living area, kitchen cabinets that conceal a folding table, and panels that slide closed to divide the bedroom into two rooms.
"The space can adapt for how they’ll be living over the next 20 years," says Losada-Amor. Adds Jorge, "It’s perfect. My parents have a traditional house and we have a modern space."
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Builder: Treadlight Construction
Structural Engineer: Jerry Dodd
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-24 19:29
Arctic Bath plunges visitors into the remote wilderness of Sweden’s Lapland region.
Those who pounced on Arctic Bath reservations back in July are now packing their bags with snow boots and swimwear. In Sweden’s frigid Lule River floats Arctic Bath, a luxe wellness destination offering a menu of spa treatments, a traditional cold plunge, daytime excursions, a restaurant serving locally-sourced, regional fare, and on-site accommodations.
Six rentable cabins float at the end of wooden docks, while six more perch above the snow on stilts—and all feature sleek, Scandinavian design by architect AnnKathrin Lundqvist. Guests can wake up to heated floors, peer out of floor-to-ceiling windows (in the land cabins), and sip hot beverages from floating suites while gazing upon the Lule River. The interiors are outfitted with sustainable materials including wood, stone, and luxury textiles.
Visitors can head into the wilderness with a moose whisperer, hike under the midnight sun to look for bears, enjoy wildlife photo sessions, or take cultural classes to learn more about the indigenous Sámi people. When there’s snow on the ground, husky sled rides and snowmobile tours set up a well-deserved visit to the spa.
The bath itself, designed by architects Bertil Harström and John Kauppi, is an homage to the region’s logging industry. A jam of logs splay upwards around the facade of the floating structure, which holds massage rooms, saunas, outdoor and indoor showers, and a central patio where guests can sunbathe, enjoy an ice bath, or take in the northern lights.
Accommodations at Arctic Bath hover around $1,000 per night and grant not only spa access, but also a prix fixe five-course menu focused on regional fare. Chefs Kristoffer Åström and Maarten De Wilde source ingredients from within 25 miles to offer dishes like smoked capercaillie, traditional Sámi specialties, reindeer, and a handcrafted wine and beer list to complement a diversity of palettes.
Although Arctic Bath looks pretty out there on the map, it’s one in a series of luxe destinations in Northern Sweden’s Lapland region. Treehotel (designed by the Arctic Bath folks), Logger’s Lodge, Arctic Retreat, and Aurora Safari Camp all attract adventurers interested in exploring the remote region.
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-24 17:07
Originally built for famed author Vicki Baum in 1933, the grand Art Deco estate boasts quite a notable Hollywood pedigree.
Whoopi Goldberg's 7,039-square-foot former residence is located on one of the premier streets in Pacific Palisades, a coastal neighborhood in the Westside of Los Angeles. The acclaimed actress and comedian bought the estate in 1993, owning it for nearly 25 years before selling it in 2018. Now, it's back on the market seeking yet another buyer.
Yet, Goldberg isn't the only celebrity with ties to the Art Deco abode. First built in 1933 for Austrian author Vicki Baum, the home was later acquired by late English actor David Niven, who starred in The Pink Panther and Casino Royale. Boasting a gated and private 28,000-square-foot lot, as well as a detached guest house, it's no surprise why the compound has been so popular among Hollywood A-listers.
Offering six spacious bedrooms, the home also retains many of its distinctive original features, including a black-and-white checkered floor in the main foyer, as well as an onyx-clad master bathroom. A free-flowing layout connects expansive living spaces, while a generously sized, remodeled kitchen overlooks an inviting swimming pool. Scroll ahead to see more of the historic property, currently listed for $9,595,000.
1461 Amalfi Drive is currently listed for $9,595,000 by Dan Urbach of Compass.
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Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-24 01:11
Grab your parka and your snow boots: we’re headed to Northern Sweden for an inside look at Icehotel’s latest crop of seasonal suites.
In the incredibly Northern village of Jukkasjärvi in Swedish Lapland, the striking beauty of the surrounding landscape almost takes a back seat to the architectural feat that is the Icehotel. Originally a summer destination for tourists looking to enjoy all-day sunshine and luxurious swims in the river, the area now draws crowds by the thousands each year—even during the coldest months. (The figures are even more staggering when you consider that the municipality only counts 548 inhabitants, as of a 2010 survey.)
The draw? Yngve Bergqvist’s vision of a hotel built entirely of snow and ice. The vision came to fruition 30 years ago, and it now draws visitors from every corner of the globe.
2016 marked the opening of Icehotel 365—a permanent retreat where travelers can sleep in hotel rooms made entirely of ice and snow all year round. However, every December Icehotel builds a new crop of ice rooms to entice guests. These special suites last until spring, when the ice melts away and the cycle begins again.
This winter, 33 artists from 16 countries (together with Icehotel’s incredible build, ice production, creative support, and lighting design teams) spent two intensive weeks building the 30th reincarnation of the hotel’s annual art exhibition—including 15 art suites, hallways, and a ceremony hall made entirely of snow and ice from the nearby Torne River. The hotel also debuted a new outdoor installation featuring a 13-foot-tall tower, two new Icehotel 365 suites, and an amusement park–themed ice bar called "Torneland."
"We have planned Icehotel #30 since early spring, when the Icehotel jury decided which art suites would become reality," says Luca Roncoroni, the creative director at Icehotel. "Luckily, the Arctic weather greeted us with perfect conditions for the construction period. There is something special about creating art and design in collaboration with the river, the sky, and the air."
"It’s been a fantastic journey with a lot of pride and joy—and the reason for this is the employees throughout the years who’ve really made an effort to give the guests, coming from all over the world, life-enriching moments during their stay." —Yngve Bergqvist, founder of Icehotel
Here’s a look at this year’s Icehotel by the numbers:
This winter’s edition of Icehotel can be experienced from December 13 until April 14, after which it will melt and return to the Torne River. Warm accommodations and Icehotel 365 are open all year round. To learn more, click here.
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-23 22:17
A run-of-the-mill residence in the South Bay receives a John Pawson–inspired renovation that eschews all unnecessary detail.
When the new owners of this 1960s house located near Woodside, California, first saw the real estate listing, they looked past the hodgepodge of existing finishes that came courtesy of a previous builder’s remodel. Instead, the couple embraced the home’s potential, starting with the exterior.
"It's a privileged site because it has a very nice, large deck with views of the wooded area around it, and each of the rooms is kind of oriented towards the view," says architect Luat Duong of ltd Architecture. The goal of the new owners’ gut remodel became to "build it up as minimally as possible while maintaining the essence of the floor plan and accentuating the views," says Duong.
To foster a more generous connection to the site, Duong and the owners replaced standard or small window and door units with enlarged and elongated openings. Now, a long and linear ribbon window runs the length of the kitchen counter. In the living room, the walls were thickened to accommodate large glass pocket doors for a seamless transition between the interior and the deck.
In their first conversation, Duong introduced the homeowner to the work of John Pawson, a British architectural designer known for minimal design. Once the owner looked Pawson up, says Duong, "He was drawn to that aesthetic right away. And since I also work in that vein, we clicked right away with some of our conversations in terms of the aesthetics of house."
Without altering the floor plan much, the team gutted the interior in order to introduce a tightly pared-back palette consisting of white walls, black fixtures and window frames, and light-washed wood tones. For instance, the previous dark flooring was swapped out for wide plank, white-washed European oak, which runs continuously throughout, its natural patina some of the only pattern in the main rooms of the house.
Such simplicity might seem straightforward, but instilling it in a post-World War II house with crooked walls and uneven floors takes a talented team. Duong paired up with builder Devlin McNally Construction, as they’ve collaborated on such projects before.
"The clients were great, and they were very supportive of a rigorous design and detailing," says Duong. "Some of those simpler details are the ones that have to be very considered. It was a very collaborative effort between the contractor and ourselves."
More Before & After:
Architect: ltd Architecture
Builder: Devlin McNally Construction
Structural Engineer: L Wong Engineering
Lighting Design: E Fitzgerald Electric
Cabinetry Design and Installation: Sozo Studios
Shades: J Geiger
Flooring: Hayasa Flooring
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-23 22:09
A full interior renovation of, and addition to, an existing Colonial-style home in the American University Park neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC. New spaces include a Kitchen and Living Room on the first floor with two children's bedrooms above and an au pair suite below. Further re-configurations include an addition powder room on the main level and a true en-suite bathroom for the owner's bedroom.
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-23 21:37
EA64 HOUSE is a living space located in Merida´s historic center that seeks a dialogue between colonial and contemporary architecture. The Patios or courtyards are a real composition system, making them the main element that configure the structural order, the interior and exterior visuals which are part of the path. The scale variation and the use of the preexisting galleries, helped us for the access and light capture, as for a proper management of the exterior space. The space sequences create a linear circulation through the backyard, touring the living space fluently with a lobby at the beginning and a terrace in front of the swimming pool at the end. The plant composition pretends to use all the natural aspects in favor of functionality and spatial comfort. A Study, lobby, living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms with bathrooms shape the architectonic program. Stucco walls, mostly in a neutral color, create a perfect canvas for artwork and recycled pieces that change their function adapting it for the domestic life, cement floors give each area character either in a traditional mosaic form or in big surfaces, natural or colored wood give warmth and functionality for the furniture and, aluminum and glass allow to create a close relationship interior-exterior. Furniture and art selection abbey a premise, “to use unique pieces that combine past and present of the house, do not restrain it to one period permits to create a perfect eclectic blend that mix modern- contemporary designed and traditional furniture. The white cement swimming pool constructed over a platform responds to the natural unevenness of the land, is located in the back of the property and works as a temperature regulator element; the wind flows over it and refresh the interior spaces of the home. Illumination, airflow and nature make this living space a place to enjoy.
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-23 18:23
Envisioned as a sculptural piece that grows from the existing landscape, the Ridge Mountain Residence will take advantage of the incredible vistas to the valleys, open spaces, and untouched surrounding areas Palm Springs. The house dissolves the barriers between indoors and out by integrating sliding doors and operable windows to facilitate natural ventilation which also creates an uninterrupted flow from the shared space to the infinity edge pool. Using a natural material palette to help blend in with its surroundings, the concrete will match the light browns and tans of the site while Cor-ten steel cladding will provide a naturally weathering material. Large irregular pieces of flagstone will be used throughout the project for floors and terraces while mesquite seating and finishes will help provide a natural sensibility to the site and this residence’s eco-system. The extreme topography changes of the site help screen the house from adjacent properties and cul-de-sac. The site is accessed via a drive which is conceived as a canyon that is carved through the eight foot tall rock face rising from the curb below. The house harmonizes with its natural habitat and echoes the subtle beauty of its desert location, and accordingly will have low impact in its remote location.
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-23 16:34
The former fishing cabin features an extension that expands like a turtle’s head coming out of its shell.
One of Sweden's most unique and instagrammed homes is now for sale. Set on the shores of Lake Övre Gla about three hours north of Gothenburg, the family cabin of Maartje Lammers and Boris Zeisser features an expandable living room that’s shaped like a turtle’s head. Lammers and Zeisser, both principals at Rotterdam-based 24H Architecture, designed the clever solution in response to local bylaws that limit new construction.
The cabin is located in the Glaskogen nature reserve, where strict guidelines limit new construction to roughly 320 square feet. Desiring a bit more space, the architects designed a steel frame mounted on roller-bearings, which allows the main living room to expand by an additional 290 square feet.
The homeowners generally extend the space in the summer and open the windows to cooling breezes. In the winter, they retract it to create a cozier, more insulated living area. The interior is lined in overlapping wood slats for a sleek Scandinavian look, and the cabin also has a small environmental footprint with a propane gas cooktop, a wood-burning fireplace, and solar panels for lighting.
Named the Accordion House, or Dragspelhuset in Swedish, the Instagrammable abode has been featured in numerous international publications over the years. Now, Lammers and Zeisser are moving on, listing the property for the first time since its transformation. Keep scrolling to see more of the unique summer retreat, currently listed for 1,975,000 Swedish krona, or approximately $210,000.
The Accordion House in Årjäng, Sweden, is currently listed for 1,975,000 Swedish krona (~$210,000) by Malin Jakobsson of Agentur Fastighetsförmedling.
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Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-23 15:32
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Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-23 01:55
Greetings! We would like to submit our sweet little cabin to be featured in Dwell. My beloved and I just finished remodeling the home this past summer. I work as an interior designer & Jamie is a painter/contemporary artist - but we do lots of other things too. The intention behind this space in the woods is to offer a safe space for healing work, while it is our main home - we also hold retreats, song circles, sound healing, kirtan, yoga gatherings and tea ceremonies. It's hard to explain the powerful feeling this land holds if you have not visited, but it's palpable upon arrival. Your nervous system begins to regulate and all the worries of this human experience wash away. The cabin is nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains surrounded by lush forest and old growth redwoods. Only 15 minutes down the road, you are at some of the most beautiful clean beaches on the coast. The house was already very charming & has great bones, it just needed some TLC. I have lots of 'before' photos if you are interested. I love Japanese style bathing rituals, so we created an outdoor spa with huge sun deck, cedar hot tub, cedar sauna, and cold plunge. We also have a large yurt which is where we hold most of the gatherings & ceremonies. There is also a cute guest house not pictured in the attached photos. I hope you can see the magic through these images. With Gratitude, Eva & Jamie
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-23 01:52
At the foot of the Sciliar, in the picturesque area of Alpe di Siusi (Bolzano), the spirit of a barn is reborn as a home. The project, realised by noa* (network of architecture), has at its core, the South Tyrolean tradition combined with surprising features internally, resulting from design of visionary and unexpected spaces. An almost magical ambience is created, inspired by childhood memories. Keep tradition in mind, but at the same time move away so as to create an original identity, a new way of living, a different structuring of the domestic space, and to search inspiration from a childhood passed in the mountains. This, in summary, was the challenge faced by noa* in the project to construct a new home at Siusi in Sciliar, a construction to take the place of a deserted house in the centre of the village, with the original structure dating back to 1850. The job, completed in 2017, needs to be understood in its complex and delicate context. We are talking about South Tyrol, and a project executed at a height of 1100 a.s.l. at the foot of Alpe di Siusi, a part of the Dolomites recognised as a Unesco World Heritage due to its outstanding natural beauty. It was therefore extremely important to respect the parameters of the original structure and the urban planning requirements and regulations of the village. For Stefan Rier, founder, together with Lukas Rungger of the noa* studio, and in this instance ‘his own client’, the project was an opportunity to give a personal footprint to his own property. In this sense there was a move away from the traditional principles of spatial distribution, this being achieved in part by recalling memories of a childhood spent in the mountains. “We wanted the project to respect the aesthetics and the urban aspects of the village, a village where wooden barns alternate with plaster-fronted houses destined for farmers and the keeping of cattle.”, explains architect Rier. “With this in mind, we finished the exterior structure with a ‘coating’ in keeping with tradition: a wooden grid on all 4 sides, just as is used for alpine barns. However, as far as the interior is concerned, I decided to leave tradition behind me, and thereby free the design from any preconceived limitations. In this way I was able to look forward...but also a little back in time to the beautiful years of my childhood”. The outcome of the project is a dwelling, having two aspects which confront each other in their style. The exterior represents the traditional alpine location, splendidly immersed in the local topography, whilst the interior boasts the visionary impulse, the surprise of a space freed from the general scheme of things, almost permeable, osmotic, and certainly innovative. On the ground floor there is a common area which spreads out almost in a ‘piazza’ fashion for (habitational)and interactional use: there is a dining table to enjoy with friends, an ample sized kitchen to accommodate more than one cook! The rest of the house develops in a vertical way and instead of the classical room division there are what can be described as ‘hanging boxes’, which are positioned at different heights and interconnected by stairs and walkways - they giving the sensation of walking up a mountain path towards the peak. The hallways are carefully designed so that, apart from their connecting function, they accommodate other essential areas such as the library and open ‘bathroom’ areas with tubs and showers (only the WC are closed in). The entire structure is conceived in a way that the further one goes up the level of privacy and intimacy is heightened. The highest ‘box’ which features a sauna opens out to the splendid view of the Santner mountain. The revolutionary distribution of the interior spaces can be noted also from the exterior, and a sort of counterpoint is created with the traditional presentation of the exterior itself. To the north the two boxes of the bedrooms, finished in bronze, can be seen behind the wooden trellis shell, and as a result the material contrast is evident, while to the south it is sauna box which protrudes the glass facade. It is an architectural concept, both extremely innovative and courageous in nature, but which also has the value of being able to evoke an atmosphere of time past. Viewing the structure from a distance, the larch framework which supports the hanging boxes with its roof supported by 12 metre high wooden columns, seems to be the outline of an old barn. “Thinking about it, I spent a lot of my childhood playing in barns”, underlines Stefan Rier, “and one of my lasting and favourite memories is of when I used to climb high up in the barns and then throw myself down into the hay. Maybe if I had not had that experience, I would never have come to design this house ...”. THE STRUCTURE: A DIALOGUE BETWEEN TIME PAST AND TIME PRESENT The house mirrors the construction type of the location’s rural buildings. On the stone foundation (10x8m), is a wooden structure in larch on three levels, and which supports the gable roof, typical of the village’s dwellings. A wooden trellis covers the whole house in a shell-like manner, screening the light and heat of the sun in the hotter periods, and as a whole it is suggestive of the typical structures of alpine barns. Two boxes, one in bronze and one a glass structure 'peak out’ from the trellis, to the north and south respectively, and so revealing to the exterior that there is something complex to the interior layout. To the south there is a glass facade and a terrace which opens out to the magnificent view over the landscape of the Dolomites, a view which is dominated by the splendid sight of the Sciliar massif. THE INTERIOR SPACES: A STATIC CHALLENGE Inside the house, the distribution of spaces and functions is really unusual. The ‘boxes’ which house the three bedrooms are supported by the wooden beam structure, visible in its totality (12 metres high). The bedrooms are designed as micro-homes, each one having its own particular design, these boxes seem to almost ‘hang’ in the ample volume of the interior (1,100 cubic metres). One gains access via a staircase and a walkway system, which as well as having a connecting function, accommodate the ‘bathroom’ areas with tubs and showers (only the WC are closed in). On the last floor, a box plays host to the sauna with a panoramic view, extending out of the southern front. Preceding the sauna, there is a book-lounge with an antique majolica stove, which has been taken from the pre-existing building. The library together with a cloakroom area complete the private spaces on the higher levels. The ground floor is a large open space with three diverse ‘island’ functions: the relaxation area, the dining area, and the kitchen, resolved with a large working surface feature in natural brass, and decorated on the sides with artisan earthenware tiles. MATERIALS As well as incorporating materials having a local tradition – wood and stone – the project introduces others of a more contemporary nature, in some cases recalling a Mediterranean style. The floor resin, giving uniformity to the ground floor appearance, alternates between baked clay and sea-blue tiles, the same as used for the side covering of the kitchen’s work surface. The brass gives brilliant warm tones to the furniture details and to the work surface which also incorporates the cooking essentials and sink. The staircase, in finely worked steel recalls the grates of Arabian tradition, creating a chiaroscuro effect which is extremely unusual for the Alpine environment. Furniture and Cloth The furniture has all been produced to design specification, adhering to a zero-kilometre regime. Attention to detail has been scrupulous, as has the search for original solutions from both a formal and functional stance. Cloth chosen plays an intricate game with wood in creating an atmosphere almost theatrical in kind. Flowing blue drapes act almost as stage curtains in enclosing various spaces and giving different and new perspectives. There has also been a coming together of texture and décor for the box-like bedrooms, this evident even in the wallpaper in blue tones, and so creating a functional soundproofing barrier. Light The project strives to make the most of natural light: to the south the facade is a complete glass construction, the light being filtered by the external wooden grid positioned at 2.5 metres from the principal structure, whilst the jutting out roof shades protect the interior from the extreme heat of the summer months. On the roof, a skylight opens to the east providing another source of light. To the north there are windows. As for internal lighting, in the very high living area, there are suspension lights to guarantee sufficient light and in particular for the specific functional areas (dining and kitchen areas). Many of the lamps in the house have been design created.
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Nearly every detail in this 1962 residence is spot-on for the midcentury enthusiast.
Now up for grabs in Houston, Texas, is a delightful midcentury abode that underwent a recent restoration by its architect and interior designer owners. Offering 1,850 square feet of space, the residence features a free-flowing open layout, along with three bedrooms and two baths.
Built in 1962, the meticulously maintained home boasts plenty of original detailing to transport you back in time. Vaulted, beamed ceilings enhance the sense of space in the wood-paneled great room, which features a painted brick fireplace and a trove of midcentury furnishings. Floor-to-ceiling windows lining the walls invite natural light inside.
In the kitchen, retro countertops and cabinetry contrast with newly added stainless-steel appliances. The terrazzo tile lining the floor of this space extends into the living room. A long hallway separates the main living areas from the home's three spacious bedrooms, all lined with richly textured hardwoods. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for $259,900.
5443 Whispering Creek Way is currently listed for $259,900 by Robert Searcy of Robert Searcy Properties.
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On the windswept Norwegian island of Stokkøya, a holiday cabin built from local timber connects deeply to the landscape.
When a couple with three young children asked Kappland Arkitekter to design an island retreat on a steeply sloping plot, the Oslo-based architects didn’t just rise to the challenge—they created a home that fully embraces the tricky terrain.
"The building follows the terrain and forms a stepped unit on the hillside, creating several levels, both indoors and outdoors," explain the architects. "The goal was to preserve the way one moves up and down the steep hillside indoors—to preserve the relationship with the site and its characteristics."
The terraced design of the 904-square-foot cabin places the open-plan living area on the property’s raised side to the east and the sleeping areas downslope.
At either end of the linear volume are two additions that extend toward the north and south sides: a raised "loft box" and a lower-elevation "rest box." These flexible rooms can be adapted to serve as extra bedrooms, workrooms, or playrooms. "This way, one can experience climbing and descending the slope—both indoors and outdoors," add the architects.
"The shape of the building defines two outdoor spaces that can be used during different sun and wind conditions," explain the architects. "At the back, an outdoor space is formed by the slope and the building. Here, one can enjoy the morning sun and at the same time be protected from the westerly winds."
In addition to maximizing enjoyment of the landscape, the Stokkøya Cabin emphasizes low-impact design both physically and visually. Appearing to float above the landscape, the deliberately compact cabin rests atop piles at the front and a concrete slab at the rear for minimal site impact.
The facade is clad in dark Norwegian royal impregnated wood to make the building recede into the landscape, and locally sourced timber is also used throughout the interior and for the outdoor deck.
To subtly break up the interior’s all-timber palette, the architects used a mix of Norwegian birch planks and panels that vary in thickness and direction to delineate the active and quiet zones in the home.
"In order to effectively utilize space in the relatively small bedrooms and other areas, most of the furniture is designed specifically for the cabin and built on-site," note the architects. Kappland Arkitekter worked with a local carpenter to design and build the birch veneer furnishings that maximize the flexibility of the compact home.
"The main functions in the cabin are organized along the main unit, with the walkway to the west," say the architects. "As such, contact with the views and the sea are enhanced while moving through the cabin."
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Bunch Design imagines a colorful, dynamic backyard dwelling that looks and feels larger than its 850 square feet.
"A sense of expansive space and careful use of light and color are things that make our ADU designs feel large, even when most of them are under 800 square feet," says designer Bo Sundius, who co-founded Los Angeles–based Bunch Design and Bunch ADU with his wife Hisako Ichiki, also an designer. "The result is that the people who live and work in these small homes never feel like they’re in a small space," he adds.
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The surprisingly lofty, 850-square-foot home that Sundius and Ichiki designed for a backyard in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles is a prime example of how small spaces don’t have to feel so small. As such, the design is one of Bunch ADU’s prototypes. "Anyone can purchase the design for a reduced fee, and we can work with them to build it in their own backyard more quickly than they’d be able to build a custom design," Sundius says. "It’s an off-the-shelf approach with known costs."
To make the two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath dwelling look and feel as large as possible, Sundius and Ichiki maintained sightlines from one end to the other. "We didn’t want to disrupt the flow of the stepped ceiling as it runs the length of the building," Ichiki says. The designers placed the bathroom and the water closet in box-like volumes that are inserted within the house’s overall volume. The bathroom and water closet inserts separate the kitchen and the living area from the bedrooms.
The designers used the long lines of the stepped ceiling to make the space feel more expansive than its 850 square feet. The inserts, too, contribute to the home’s spaciousness. "Space is defined by how walls meet ceilings and floors," says Sundius. "If you pull the wall back from where it meets the ceiling, you blur the way you visually read the space."
When it came to color, form, and materials, Sundius and Ichiki took inspiration from iconic architectural designs. "The color and gradients of the interior were central to our concept," Sundius says. "The white-painted, stepped ceiling has this playful formality that reminds us of Italian modernists like Ettore Sottsass and Gio Ponti, who were never fearful of color and oversize gestures."
The work of Mexican architect Luis Barragán also proved inspirational. "His designs seeped into our thoughts," says Ichiki. "The stepped ceiling takes on such great shadow and light." The designers employed skylights—one of which they accented with a hot pink tone—and a bright shade of yellow on one of the walls and a floor-to-ceiling door to one of the bedrooms. "The effect is wonderful," Sundius says. "Sunlight casts pink and red hues onto the white, stepped ceiling. With the ADU being a small space, we wanted to use aspects of nature, like sunlight, to change the space throughout the day so you’d never get bored or feel cooped up."
The skylights punch through the stepped ceiling and expose large blocks of bright blue sky that pair well with the sunshine yellow tone of the wall and the door. "We had fun balancing the yellow, blue, white and reddish pink as sort of an abstract artwork that you get different glimpses of as you move through the house," Sundius says.
The brilliance of the interior contrasts with the more subdued look of the exterior, which Sundius and Ichiki clad with sand-colored stucco. "All of the nearby houses are stucco, so we decided to go with that aesthetic and keep things unified," Sundius says.
Sundius and Ichiki’s design is as artful as it is practical. "The house takes time to experience," Sundius says. "When people come through, they kind of loiter around like they’re in a gallery, taking in all of the different moments. It feels great to demonstrate that a home can be a work of art, and that architecture doesn’t have to be a privilege for only an elite group."
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Located outside of Buenos Aires, the house rises above the forest floor on a single concrete pedestal.
Casa en los Arboles is, as the name suggests, a house in the trees. Built on a sloping, secluded site in the Argentine countryside, the home is a unique weekend retreat for a nature-loving couple from the city of Buenos Aires. From the beginning, says architect Luciano Kruk, the couple was interested in an elevated structure that would afford views of the ocean and treetops without sacrificing the feeling that the home was nestled in the woods.
Because of the home’s intended purpose as a second house, Kruk designed it as a secluded retreat—a place to get away from it all. "A getaway home should guarantee disconnection," he explains. "For this, it must concede a place to enjoy the landscape in which is implanted and embrace its energy. At the same time, it should be practical, functional, and most importantly, easy to maintain."
Kruk wanted the house to have as little physical impact on the landscape as possible. He started by designing a compact house—but then went a step further, lifting the home from the ground and minimizing its footprint. "As the house is an object inserted into this rich landscape, the intention was for it to have a minimum impact on the surrounding land," he says.
The resulting design rests upon a single central pillar. The two upper floors expand out around the central column, giving the home the appearance of an inverted ziggurat. Heavily reinforced concrete slabs are cantilevered off the main support by up to nine feet. Inside, the poured concrete is left exposed, and the stripes and impressions left behind by wooden forms provide a subtle visual reference to the trees that are the home’s namesake.
Wraparound windows on all sides of the first floor provide immersive views of the surrounding woods, making the minimal interior feel like a home carved out of the landscape itself. The logic here, according to Kruk, was to make the windows a part of the structure of the house.
"The window placement was conceptualized as a series of elements that crystallizes and continues the morphology that the concrete elements form, completing the object. The color was chosen for the same purpose—the carpentry lines shouldn’t take any attention, so as not to be perceived as isolated elements, merging with the concrete structure tones."
Perhaps the house’s most striking feature is its swimming pool. Shaped like an enormous concrete sarcophagus filled with blue water, it’s lifted up from the forest floor to the level of the home on a single concrete fin. Viewed from the house, the effect is of an infinity pool extending from the glassed-in living room into the surrounding forest.
An appealingly geometric concrete staircase floats towards the home’s second floor. Attached only to one wall, it’s unencumbered by handrails or support from below. On the second floor, privacy plays a greater role—and it’s apparent from looking at the house’s exterior. At this level the windows face only one direction, toward the sea, and a concrete overhang shades them from the sun like a visor.
From outside, the home appears to hover amid a copse of small trees, and the exposed concrete looks pale amid the forest’s earth tones. As time passes, the trees continue to grow, and the cement begins to weather, Kruk hopes that the home and its landscape will become further entwined. "Harmonizing with the surrounding forest through its color and texture, this artificial stone coexists with its surroundings—a condition that will increase with the passing of the years," he tells Dwell.
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-22 17:22
Whether it’s dusting off that old gym membership or incorporating new rituals into your routine, healthy resolutions can be hard to keep up. Our picks make sticking to your goals a whole lot easier.
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Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-22 17:21
The L-shaped home elegantly blends concrete, wood, and vintage furnishings for a decidedly modern and hip look.
A new listing in the L.A. neighborhood of Eagle Rock fits right into the area's eclectic and laid-back vibe. The three-bedroom, two-bath home offers a vintage kitchen, crisp neutral color palette, and sleek lines—all tied together in a simple yet refined package of wood and concrete. Expansive sliding glass doors also open up to the backyard, creating an effortless indoor/outdoor connection.
Other unique features run throughout this retro abode, including a cast-concrete soaking tub, a hidden door in the living room, and a wrap-around deck. A sunny upstairs bedroom also offers a private perch to enjoy picturesque views, while a detached studio provides space for work or hobbies.
While the property feels like a retreat from the city chaos, many of Eagle Rock's best cafés are just minutes away. Keep scrolling to see more of this cozy property, currently listed for $1,295,000.
1248 Las Flores Drive in Los Angeles, CA, is listed for $1,295,000 by Sonya Coke of Compass.
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The 50-square-foot subterranean sleeping pods are expected to rent for $1,000 to $1,375 a month.
Solutions to San Francisco’s squeezed rental market are getting weirder by the day. Closets become bedrooms; Victorians bought with venture capital become cramped, live-in tech incubators; and coliving dorms—where adults earning a living wage bunk with strangers—are becoming commonplace.
Kentucky-based firm Elsey Partners, which specializes in college campus developments, is cashing in on the new normal. The firm has proposed two apartment buildings in the Mission District with eight levels of 200-square-foot micro apartments—but the real dirt lies underground.
The plans also call for two subterranean levels filled with "sleeping pods"—basically stacked bunk beds that come with privacy curtains, shared kitchens and bathrooms, and rules that address the finer points of living in extreme proximity to a transient population of renters.
"Obviously, people don’t like it when people come home drunk and belligerent. And no pod sex," Chris Elsey of Elsey Partners told SF Gate. "I think anyone who has been in college, or a dormitory—you’ve had experiences where you prefer that people do those things in private."
Most would agree—but anyone who’s attended college, lived in dorms, or has stayed a single night in a hostel is aware that rule breaking can be hard to curb. Who will police the halls? Will there be RAs? Will they get a discount on the $1,000 monthly pod rental fee?
The arrangement calls to mind SROs that house low-income residents—but at a grand for a below-ground nook, and upwards of $2,375 for a 200-square-foot apartment, they can hardly be considered affordable housing. Still, the developers call each project "a modern-day version of the affordable SRO."
The micro homes seem geared toward bootstrapping tech talent willing to settle—at least at first. One such worker, Nick (who requested I omit his last name), arrived in San Francisco for video game development. Like-minded folks suggested he try a coliving arrangement, and the simplicity appealed to him—no utility bills, relatively low rent, no lease agreement, and a social environment. But with simplicity came caveats.
"I shared a room and a bunk bed with a complete stranger, on a floor with 16 other rooms with other people who were doing the same thing," says Nick, whose building spilled out into the seedier parts of the Tenderloin. "Each floor had shared bathrooms, and the whole place was really poorly taken care of. It got old pretty fast," he said, laughing.
For some, living the college dream into their 30s and beyond has appeal. In most cases, it’s a lifestyle choice and not a last-resort living situation. It certainly raises questions about basic human needs and desires, and what kinds of standards a city should set for its residents.
The images of the 50-square-foot sleeping pods are far from the chic, instagrammable, pop-in-for-a-night capsule hotels of Iceland or Japan, and they’re short on amenities found in standard apartments. They’re effectively a hard-boiled solution to a fundamental lack of sleeping space in the city.
"We’re trying to utilize this below-grade space that has traditionally been used for accessory uses such as bike parking," says Elsey. "What’s more important, beds or bikes? I guess it’s up to everybody’s opinion, but my opinion is there’s an incredible housing shortage in San Francisco."
Elsey’s intentions have a saintly clarity—however they’re clouded by the logistics of squeezing the most dollars out of the least square footage. After all, the developer is known for near-campus projects where tight living conditions are widely accepted.
The Midwest developers are replicating that model in San Francisco to capitalize on the progression of a trend. Elsewhere, the startup Podshare reached full capacity for a Tendernob building filled with bunk beds in June of last year, according to Curbed.
Elsey’s pods may take some time to hit the rental market, as San Francisco is notorious for its hurdles to build. Near the end of a maze-like process—after planning assessments, environmental evaluations, and more than one round of community feedback—a project lands in the city’s planning department before its final approval by the Department of Building Inspection.
In December, city planner John Rahaim pushed back on the developer’s submitted plans, arguing that they did not satisfy building codes due to lack of light in the basement levels. Elsey now has 18-months to revise the plans, or change Rahaim’s mind about them. Will this subterranean future be the new normal? As of now, it’s in the hands of local authorities.
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These thoughtful remodels take on the daunting task of preserving the homes’ marvelous midcentury roots.
With residences by the likes of Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Pierre Koenig, and A. Quincy Jones—to name just a few—dotting the landscape, Los Angeles is no doubt a globally known destination for masterful midcentury homes. Thankfully, today’s stewards of these treasured houses have risen to the challenge of preserving and renovating them for modern living. We’ve gathered our favorite midcentury modern renovations in L.A. to celebrate the city’s architectural heritage.
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This minimalist cabin was designed specifically with 21st-century work trends in mind.
The Falls Church, Virginia-based architecture firm GreenSpur has found an architectural solution to work commutes that negatively affect health and the environment. "Traditional work commutes contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and poor air quality," architect Zach Gasper says. "And, time spent sitting in cars is linked to higher rates of depression and stress." As such, Gasper and his fellow architects at GreenSpur, with Alexandria, Virginia-based McAllister Architects, have devised Creative Cabin, a 280-square-foot backyard construction, located in the suburb of Arlington Forest just outside of Washington D.C..
"Thankfully, as the age of digitalization becomes more prevalent, the once standard 9 to 5 work day is disappearing," Gasper explains. "We wanted to create a space that’s close to but separate from the home, a space that’s simple and in concert with the natural environment—because places are what inspire the best in us, not a diluted version of ourselves."
Gasper asserts that by 2020, at least 40-percent of the workforce will be freelancers, temporary workers, independent contractors, and solo entrepreneurs. "These are jobs that can be done from home; however, working from the kitchen table or an office off of the living room doesn’t provide mental separation or the ability to completely focus on work," he says. "As a result, our clients asked us to build a detached creative space."
Creative Cabin’s footprint and siting was strictly dictated by the existing natural landscape. It’s sited between two mature oak trees and designed with a pier foundation system "to minimize the impact of the structure on the critical root system of the trees," Gasper says.
Meant to resemble a traditional cabin in the woods, the building is clad with Cor-Ten steel over prefabricated structural insulated panels (SIPs) certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative; a pitched standing-seam metal roof references the surrounding 1940s Colonial Revival-style homes in the area. "The roof finishes into an obscured gutter, which transitions to a copper rain chain and flows to underground rain barrels," Gasper says.
The cabin features operable cedar screens that allow for passive heating and cooling. "The cedar is weather- and pest-resistant from being charred prior to installation, using the traditional Japanese technique shou sugi ban," Gasper says. The texture of the charred cedar, which ties to the cabin’s wooded landscape, and the transparency of the corner glass-pocket-door system gives the feeling of being outdoors while working inside the cabin. "The glass doors slide away to create a direct connection with the surrounding landscape," Gasper says. "Bringing nature into the workplace is proven to reduce stress, boost productivity, and increase creativity and focus. Being exposed to nature also has a huge beneficial impact on mood and general outlook, which is why it was the main focus of Creative Cabin."
Architecture: McAllister Architects
Structural Engineer: Terziotti Engineering
Landscape Design: Custom Stonescaping
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-21 20:17
Thanks to a partnership with direct-to-consumer brand Bloomscape, the home retailer is your newest source of greenery.
Gone are the days of hunting at nurseries for the perfect houseplant. Bloomscape, the direct-to-consumer online plant shop known for delivering beautiful plants to your doorstep, is now bringing its sunny attitude to West Elm. Justin Mast, founder and CEO at Bloomscape, says, "Our mission is to help everyone become successful plant parents. We’re excited about this partnership because it will help us to share our unique plant experience, all the way from purchase to plant care, with West Elm customers."
The ease of adopting houseplants may come with some additional questions for new plant parents, but never fear: Joyce Mast, Bloomscape’s plant program director and resident "plant mom" has some advice: "Relax and enjoy it! The keys to plant ownership are consistency, basic knowledge of your specific plant’s needs, and patience. Get to know your plant and be careful not to overwater!"
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Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-21 19:17
Bigger isn’t always better—this lakeside cottage has a low-lying form that disappears into the surrounding landscape.
Since the early 1860s, Ontario’s Muskoka region has been a popular summer spot where city-dwelling Ontarians escape the chaos of urban life and embrace the region’s 16,000 lakes. However, the humble and unobtrusive structures that once dotted the landscape are now being replaced by large, oversize "McCottages" that threaten the area’s unique character.
With their Lake Joseph Cottage, VFA Architecture + Design strove to provide a contemporary alternative to these supersized cottages while respecting Muskoka’s unique landscape.
Architect Vanessa Fong designed the cottage for her mother-in-law with respect for the site and a strong understanding of the family’s programmatic needs. The result is a year-round cottage that maximizes lake views, embraces solar orientation, and provides a variety of public and private spaces—both open and enclosed.
"The home provides a significant contribution to the current dialogue on how to design cottages which allow us to appreciate Canada’s unique wilderness without undermining the natural beauty we seek to enjoy," says Fong.
On approach, the cottage emerges from the landscape as three low-slung volumes unified by expressive roofs with generous overhangs. Each of the three volumes responds to unique spatial and functional needs.
The lower two rooflines define the all-season, enclosed portion of the cottage. The lowest volume houses the most private areas, including the bedrooms. The middle houses the common living areas, with a lakeside facade that provides a seamless connection between the interior and the exterior deck.
The third space has the highest roofline of all, and it holds the most public areas of the house: a covered deck and a screened-in patio. These two generous spaces enable outdoor living while providing shelter from the elements.
Inspired by the history of the site and the context of the landscape, Fong selected Shou Sugi Ban charred cedar for the facade. Whitewashed pine is also used extensively, in a contemporary take on the wood paneling often found in traditional cottages. The lighter wood creates bright and airy interiors—in contrast to the dark and heavy interiors of traditional cottages.
The connection to the landscape resonates not only through the views, but also through passive building strategies that minimize the cottage’s environmental impact. These features—including cross ventilation, shading overhangs, radiant heated floors, and a maintenance-free facade—increase comfort while minimizing the need for mechanical systems.
Embracing the stunning lake views, the contemporary cottage respects the region’s natural character with a simple architectural form that nestles into the wooded terrain with a series of spaces geared towards enjoying Lake Joseph all seasons of the year.
Architect of Record: VFA Architecture + Design
Builder/General Contractor: Mazenga Building Group
Structural Engineer: Blackwell
Landscape Design: R.E. Landscaping
Lighting Design: Object Interface
Interior Design: VFA Architecture + Design
Cabinetry Design / Installation: Thomas James Cabinetry
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-21 18:14
These key features and smart design techniques can turn your space into a relaxing and rejuvenating home oasis.
For most of us, the bathroom is where we begin and end the day—it’s a space where we slowly awaken our bodies each morning and reset them each night. It’s often a place to escape, too: it provides an intermission from modern distractions, even if brief, and an intimate moment to reconnect with simpler elements, such as water and heat. A spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom can enhance these daily rituals while promoting health, wellness, and relaxation.
"First and foremost, you should consider how you want the space to function," says Amy Hill, interior designer and manager at GROHE. An important first step to creating a spa-like environment is to make the space feel as open and airy as possible by removing walls or considering the arrangement of windows for natural lighting. Other spa-like additions include the placement of a soaking tub or large steam shower, depending on the size of your space. "Once you have decided on the perfect layout, you can move on to finishes," she adds.
The bathing experience is a particularly important component, especially when designing a personalized space to promote optimal relaxation. On this topic, Hill believes flexible technologies can also help: "Perhaps you enjoy a soothing shower but have a partner who prefers a stronger, concentrated spray. In that case, you could incorporate a shower head with multiple functions, along with a modern valve that allows for precise control over water condition and volume."
One such solution is the GROHE SmartControl system, which consolidates multiple controls into a sleek design and eliminates the cluttered look of different valves or diverters. User-friendly features allow for easy control over different water flows, while advanced thermostatic technology achieves the desired set temperature within a fraction of a second. "The real key to creating a spa-like feeling is the ability to have a perfect showering experience everyday," comments Hill.
Beyond the tub and shower, other design features such as large mirrors, floating vanities or toilets, and the incorporation of natural elements, can further enhance your at-home spa experience. "I also like to work with a monochromatic color pallets to create visual harmony in the space and between the different elements," says Hill.
Hill provides a few tips for the final touches: "If you are concerned about privacy, window films are a great way to obscure the view while still letting light in. Also, accessories that incorporate stones, woods, and plants can work in tandem to create a serene space."
For more information about the GROHE SmartControl and other products, visit their website.
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-21 17:39
Almost as important as the clothes you buy is how you store them. These models offer ample space to hang up your clothes with style and verve.
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-21 17:33
Decked out in vintage fixtures and furniture, the 1957 residence is like a midcentury time capsule.
These days, it can be quite common to come across midcentury homes with price-tags well into the millions. That's why we have a hunch this 1950s Texan gem won't stay on the market for long. Located in Houston's Glenbrook Valley Historic District, the 1,844-square-foot residence sits in good company with other ranch and midcentury homes. Yet, it's when you step inside that the real time travel begins.
Spread across one level, the meticulously maintained dwelling features a free-flowing open layout that's chock-full of charm and period details. A large living area, perfect for parties, seamlessly connects to the bright kitchen. Vaulted ceilings enhance the home's sense of space, while expansive sliding doors create an instant indoor-outdoor connection.
The home features three bedrooms, all with original hardwood floors, as well as two full bathrooms. An attached two-car garage is also included. The 9,000-square-foot corner lot provides plenty of outdoor space, all while being conveniently located close to downtown. Scroll ahead to see more of the classic abode, currently listed for $219,900.
7527 Wilmerdean Street in Houston, TX, is currently listed for $219,900 by Robert Searcy of Robert Searcy Properties.
Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-21 04:49
Make a statement with a striking, new kitchen or bathroom counter.
From veiny to subtle, silky finishes, here are a range of options to dress up your space. Keep scrolling to see our top picks.