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13 “Before & After” Remodels That Take Loft Design to the Next Level

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 00:22

These formerly industrial spaces shine with double-height atriums, Art Deco curves, and other inspired interventions.

The wood through-line continues throughout the main space with a raised platform that wraps the perimeter of the room. The platform surrounds the living and dining area, and runs beneath the sleeping zone and stair landing.

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.

A Gut Reno Restores Gatsby Glamour to This Art Deco Brooklyn Loft

Before: The bedroom contained a spiral staircase that led up to the main living areas on the upper level.

Before: The bedroom contained a spiral staircase that led up to the main living areas on the upper level.

Courtesy of JAM Architecture

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."

“The bones of the original stair are in there,” says McGuier. “We just sawed off the bottom half, put a new straight portion of stair onto the spiral stair, then covered the whole thing in sheet metal and painted it.” Vintage slipper chairs in mohair sit on either side of a vintage Art Deco parchment table.

"The bones of the original stair are in there," says McGuier. "We just sawed off the bottom half, put a new straight portion of stair onto the spiral stair, then covered the whole thing in sheet metal and painted it." Vintage slipper chairs in mohair sit on either side of a vintage Art Deco parchment table.

Photo: Gieves Anderson

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. 

The main entry flows into the living room, which now accesses the outdoor terrace via the door to the left.

The main entry flows into the living room, which now accesses the outdoor terrace via the door to the left.

Photo: Gieves Anderson

Before: A sliding glass door with a white aluminum frame separated the guest room from the kitchen.

Before: A sliding glass door with a white aluminum frame separated the guest room from the kitchen.

Justin Chung

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). 

"Most of the carpentry built-ins were done out of plywood with birch veneer, chosen for its very raw finish and inexpensiveness," says Amanda. "For more structural items like the adaptable bed platform, we used Baltic birch instead for its superior structure and planarity."

"Most of the carpentry built-ins were done out of plywood with birch veneer, chosen for its very raw finish and inexpensiveness," says Amanda. "For more structural items, like the adaptable bed platform, we used Baltic birch for its superior structure and planarity."

Amanda Gunawan

"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. 

A TV Writer’s Chelsea Loft Is Saved From a Hodgepodge of Outdated Remodels

Before: The two fireplaces bring a lot of character to the apartment. “They're both working fireplaces with this super interesting, almost Victorian-patterned brickwork that we thought was really unique and we wanted to keep as a defining feature in those spaces,” says Greenwald.

Before: Two fireplaces brought a lot of character to the apartment. "They’re both working fireplaces with this super interesting, almost Victorian-patterned brickwork that we thought was really unique—and we wanted to keep it as a defining feature in those spaces," says the architect.

Courtesy of e.g. Projects

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 main bedroom upstairs now has a view into the dining room, thanks to a solid wall that was replaced with a window.

The main bedroom upstairs now has a view into the dining room, thanks to a window that replaced a solid wall.

Photo: Nick Glimenakis

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.

The floors throughout are bleached oak.

 E.G. Projects worked with Greenery NYC to install plantings in strategic spots. The floors throughout are bleached oak.

Photo: Nick Glimenakis

Before: The 2,700-square-foot loft had a sizable great room with enviable features, including exposed brick walls and heavy timber structural beams.

Before: The 2,700-square-foot loft had a sizable living room with enviable features, including exposed brick walls and timber structural beams.

Isaacs Ganz Real Estate

"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."

Raj and Watts extended the fireplace column to the ceiling to highlight the room’s expansive scale, and had it coated in concrete plaster. It was important to retain the wood-burning fireplace—a rarity in the city—but “we wanted to re-clad it in a material that also spoke to the industrial past of the building,” says Raj.

Raj and Watts extended the fireplace column to the ceiling to highlight the room’s expansive scale, and they coated it in concrete plaster. It was important to retain the wood-burning fireplace—a rarity in the city—but "we wanted to reclad it in a material that also spoke to the industrial past of the building," says Raj.

Photo: Nick Glimenakis

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.

A Light-Catching Glass Box Brightens Up a Tribeca Loft

Before: An awkward wall blocked sunlight coming from the loft’s southwest-facing windows.

Before: An awkward wall blocked sunlight coming from the loft’s southwest-facing windows.

Courtesy of The Corcoran Group

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.

A feather pendant adds delicate texture to the glass box office.

Now, a glass box in the corner defines the living space and allows light to flow through. The glass walls enable transparency, but can also foster privacy when needed. Blair has used the space as an office, and when surrounded in curtains, a kid’s room.

Amy Barkow | Barkow Photo

The heritage commission required that the fluted cast-iron columns topped with floriate capitals be left exposed.

Before: The heritage commission required that the fluted cast-iron columns topped with floriate capitals be left exposed.

Jeannine Hoffmann

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."

The parquet floor in the master bedroom is stained gray and cut in irregular polygonal shapes.

In the main bedroom, the parquet floor is stained gray and cut in irregular polygonal shapes. The color softens the exposed brick at the wall. An atrium can be glimpsed through the floor-to-ceiling black-framed windows.

Photo: Meritxell Arjalaguer

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.

An Outdated ’80s Loft Is Rescued From a Flashy Color Palette

As you can see here, the fireplace sported even more flashy red accents.

Before: The loft was stuck in the ’80s, with flashy red accents bejeweling the fireplace.

Courtesy of Isaac-Rae

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.

In the living room, the team raised the firebox, cladded the hearth in a tactile plaster finish, and installed a floating limestone bench that wraps the column. On the left (unseen) is integrated firewood storage, and a cozy reading nook sits on the right. "The bench was designed to be used as a social space/lounge, and is well-used," says Coffey. The wood beams and red brick were scraped and stripped many times to remove the silver paint and reclaim a natural state.

In the living room, the team raised the firebox, clad the hearth in a tactile plaster finish, and installed a floating limestone bench that wraps the column. On the left (unseen) is integrated firewood storage, and a cozy reading nook sits on the right. "The bench was designed to serve as a social space/lounge, and is well-used," says Coffey. The wood beams and red brick were scraped and stripped many times to remove the silver paint and reclaim a natural state.

Courtesy of Isaac-Rae

"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."

The new lounge space connects to the living room via a sliding steel-and-glass door, and hosts the homeowner's gardening hobby via the striking green wall.

The new lounge space connects to the living room via a sliding steel-and-glass door, and accommodates the homeowner’s gardening hobby via a striking green wall.

Courtesy of Isaac-Rae

Before: The garage’s condition was such that only its concrete walls and beams could be salvaged. It would take five years to transform the 9,000-square-foot, two-level structure.

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.

After: Wood beams and concrete walls emerge from cutaways in the drywall, revealing the building’s industrial skeleton. The custom steel-and-oak dining table is by Ohio Design.

Wood beams and concrete walls emerge from cutaways in the drywall, revealing the building’s industrial skeleton. The custom steel-and-oak dining table is by Ohio Design.

Photo: kirsten hepburn

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.

A Dark Austin Loft Becomes a Light-Filled Haven

One of the loft’s best features is its floor-to-ceiling windows with downtown views—but the original design did little to accentuate them. Chioco and Francis lightened up the rust-orange cement flooring and worked with the couple to get their sense of style and how they lived.

Before: One of the loft’s best features is its floor-to-ceiling windows with downtown views—but the original design did little to accentuate them. Chioco and Francis lightened up the rust-orange cement flooring and worked with the couple to get their sense of style and how they lived.

Photo: Chase Daniel

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."

Bjorndahl hoped for a great room that would feel “curated and orchestrated, much like a tailored suit.” To achieve this goal, the team used cabinetry from Elmwood Fine Cabinetry in New Haven for the kitchen, the living room, the office, and the master bath. The home’s first floor measures approximately 1,000 square feet. The dining area features a 60-inch round table from Design Within Reach and Eames molded plywood dining chairs from Workplace Resource.

The team worked with Elmwood Fine Cabinetry in New Haven to finish the kitchen, living room, office, and master bath. The home’s first floor measures approximately 1,000 square feet. The dining area features a 60-inch round table from Design Within Reach and Eames molded plywood dining chairs from Workplace Resource.

Photo: Chase Daniel

Before: The loft’s interior felt disjointed and the kitchen crowded the entry.

Before: The loft’s interior felt disjointed, and the kitchen crowded the entry.

Courtesy of Vladimir Radutny Architects

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.

The wood through-line continues throughout the main space with a raised platform that wraps the perimeter of the room. The platform surrounds the living and dining area, and runs beneath the sleeping zone and stair landing.

After: Vladimir Radutney Architects pushed the kitchen away from the entry and introduced a wood-clad utility zone for practical storage. The wood through line continues in the main space with a raised platform that wraps the perimeter of the room. The platform surrounds the living and dining area, and runs beneath the sleeping zone and stair landing.

Photo: Mike Schwartz

Before: The loft’s wraparound views were obscured by a wall enclosing the master bedroom.

Before: The loft’s wraparound views were obscured by a wall enclosing the master bedroom.

Courtesy of Worrell Yeung

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.

The firm relocated the bedroom and removed the wall in order to cluster all the living areas together. Black-framed windows emphasize the stunning views.

After: The firm relocated the bedroom and removed the wall in order to cluster all the living areas together. Black-framed windows emphasize the stunning views.

Alan Tansey

The dated bathroom was in need of updates, and the renovation was a chance to make it part of the renovation's singular cohesive vision for the unit.

Before: The renovation was a chance to create a singular, cohesive vision for the unit.

Courtesy of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

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.

The contractors working on the project started referring to the bathroom as a "jewel box" because of the meticulous attention required to piece it together. "The 1" x 1" Japanese porcelain tiles were laid out in a grid that aligns with every element in the bathroom," says Eng-Goetz. "For example, the bathroom sink aligns with the adjacent grout lines, as do the inset cabinet doors below." The cabinetry is white-washed red oak and the vanity lights are by Anastassiades.

The contractors working on the project started referring to the bathroom as a "jewel box" because of the meticulous attention required to piece it together. "The one-by-one-inch Japanese porcelain tiles were laid out in a grid that aligns with every element in the bathroom," says Eng-Goetz. "For example, the bathroom sink aligns with the adjacent grout lines, as do the inset cabinet doors below." The cabinetry is whitewashed red oak, and the vanity lights are by Anastassiades.

Aaron Leitz

"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.

"[The tiling] was all very intentional and painstakingly difficult to execute and the tiler, Jennifer Ferrante, is truly a tile goddess," says Eng-Goetz. "She individually mitered all of the tiles that make up every single outside corner that you see in the bathroom and the kitchen."

"[The tiling] was all very intentional and painstakingly difficult to execute—the tiler, Jennifer Ferrante, is truly a tile goddess," says Eng-Goetz. "She individually mitered all of the tiles that make up every single outside corner that you see in the bathroom and the kitchen."

Aaron Leitz

Before: The owner wanted to eke out more function in the kitchen layout.

Before: The owner wanted to eke more function out of the kitchen layout.

Courtesy of Síol Studios

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.

Honed Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo wraps the new island and tops the white cabinets. A wall of tall storage now occupies the former eating area—including an appliance garage with a roll-up door for hiding clutter.

After: The team swapped the kitchen and eating area. Honed Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo wraps the new island and tops the white cabinets. A wall of tall storage now occupies the former eating area—including an appliance garage with a roll-up door for hiding clutter.

Photo: Joe Fletcher

"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."

The firm preserved many key features of the 1,100-square-foot loft, including the beautifully textured ceiling.

After: The firm preserved many key features of the 1,100-square-foot loft, including the classic windows and the beautifully textured ceiling.

Photo: Joe Fletcher


A Pristine Pasadena Midcentury Hits the Market at $4M

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.

A sea-foam painted entrance extends a warm welcome inside, popping against the surrounding wood-clad walls. Designed by local architect John F. Galbraith, the 1956 home sits in the gated community North Kinneloa Ranch and offers views of the Los Angeles basin.

An entrance painted in sea foam extends a warm welcome inside, and pops against the surrounding wood-clad walls. Designed by local architect John F. Galbraith, the 1956 home sits in the gated community of North Kinneloa Ranch and offers views of the Los Angeles basin.

Photo by Cameron Carothers, courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

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.

Galbraith initially designed the home for a pharmacist and his family. While it changed hands in 1963, the property remained in the same family for nearly 60 years before being acquired by Christian Karlsson, the current owner. In the living room, original polished concrete floors merge with redwood siding and floor-to-ceiling glass to form a refined, tasteful aesthetic.

Galbraith initially designed the home for a pharmacist and his family. While it changed hands in 1963, the property remained in the same family for nearly 60 years before being acquired by Christian Karlsson, the current owner. In the living room, original polished concrete floors merge with redwood siding and floor-to-ceiling glass to form a refined, tasteful aesthetic.

Photo by Jo David (Charmaine David Photography), courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

"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."

A double-sided, Bouquet Canyon stone-clad fireplace links the living and dining spaces.

A double-sided, Bouquet Canyon stone-clad fireplace links the living and dining spaces.

Photo by Jo David (Charmaine David Photography), courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

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.

Floor-to-ceiling doors open up the central kitchen to the primary living spaces.

Floor-to-ceiling doors open up the central kitchen to the primary living spaces.

Photo by Jo David (Charmaine David Photography), courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

"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."

The kitchen—fitted with restored mahogany cabinetry and Formica countertops—overlooks the landscaped yard.

The kitchen is fitted with restored mahogany cabinetry and Formica countertops, and overlooks the landscaped yard.

Photo by Jo David (Charmaine David Photography), courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

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.

Another view of the kitchen showcasing the original sliding cabinets, which now add playful pops of color to the space.

Another view of the kitchen showcases the original sliding cabinets, which now add playful pops of color to the space.

Photo by Cameron Carothers, courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

A well-equipped cocktail bar with a miniature fridge, sink, and cabinets sits off the living room.

A well-equipped cocktail bar with a miniature fridge, sink, and cabinets sits off the living room.

Photo by Cameron Carothers, courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

The primary suite is located down the hall from the main living spaces and features another fireplace, as well as direct access to the backyard pool.

The primary suite is located down the hall from the main living spaces and features another fireplace, as well as direct access to the backyard pool.

Photo by Cameron Carothers, courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

Connected to the bedroom is a spa-like bath, complete with an oversized glass shower.

Connected to the bedroom is a large spa-like bath featuring an oversize glass shower.

Photo by Jo David (Charmaine David Photography), courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

All three of the bedrooms are well lit with natural light and frame captivating mountain views.

All three of the bedrooms are well lit with natural light and frame captivating mountain views.

Photo by Jo David (Charmaine David Photography), courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

Original cabinetry can be found in another one of the home's three and a half bathrooms.

Original cabinetry can be found in another one of the home’s bathrooms.

Photo by Jo David (Charmaine David Photography), courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

Cloaked with tile, the generous-size soaking tub off to the side of the extended vanity offers a quiet corner to rest and unwind.

Cloaked with tile, the generous soaking tub off to the side of the extended vanity offers a quiet corner to rest and unwind.

Photo by Jo David (Charmaine David Photography), courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

The home also features a bonus room which is currently set up as an office. Sliding glass doors connect the space to the backyard.

The home also features a bonus room which is currently set up as an office. Sliding glass doors connect the space to the backyard.

Photo by Jo David (Charmaine David Photography), courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

A peek inside the detached flex space—complete with a kitchenette, bedroom, and bath.

The detached flex space is complete with a kitchenette, bedroom, and bath.

Photo by Cameron Carothers, courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

With the city below and the mountains beyond, the backyard presents an idyllic setting for memorable entertaining.

With the city below and the mountains beyond, the backyard presents an idyllic setting for memorable entertaining.

Photo by Cameron Carothers, courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

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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Budget Breakdown: A Miami Designer Builds a 400-Square-Foot Backyard House for $140.5K

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Emma Pereira drew inspiration from Japanese micro homes to build Atelier Lumi, a tiny studio and guesthouse.

Large windows, doors, and a skylight flood the guesthouse and studio with plenty of sunlight.

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.

$5,000
Preliminary & Overheads
$30,000
Shell Structure
$5,500
Exterior Stucco
$7,500
Decoration
$10,700
Kitchen & Cabinets
$3,000
Appliances
$3,500
Bathroom
$12,000
Plumbing
$11,500
Electrical
$7,500
Mechanical
$8,500
Plaster Finish
$12,800
Windows & Doors
$2,000
Skylight
$8,500
Floor Install
$2,000
Lighting
$7,500
Flat Roof
$3,000
Miscellaneous

Grand Total: $140,500
The 400-square-foot guesthouse and studio that architect and designer Emma Pereira designed for the backyard of her Miami home is outfitted with a muted palette and organic textures.

The 400-square-foot guesthouse and studio that architect and designer Emma Pereira designed for the backyard of her Miami home is outfitted with a muted palette and organic textures.

Photo by Emma Pereira

Large windows, doors, and a skylight flood the guesthouse and studio with plenty of sunlight.

Large windows, doors, and a skylight flood the guesthouse and studio with plenty of sunlight that bounces off the white concrete flooring and the plaster-finished walls.

Photo by Emma Pereira

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." 

Storage drawers and cabinets in the wall surround a nook with a built-in sofa in the living area. The wood-and-metal staircase, by Dolle Graz, is a customizable modular kit.

Built-in storage drawers and upper cabinets surround a window nook topped with a cushion for easy lounging. The wood-and-metal staircase, by Dolle Graz, is a customizable modular kit. "It can be shifted and turned in multiple ways," shares Emma. "I designed it to follow a half spiral to avoid encroaching on the living area. A custom stair would have cost more than $15,000, but I was able to find this kit for $1,200."

Photo by Emma Pereira

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."

Plaster walls, porcelain tile counters, and laminate cabinetry add rich texture in the kitchen.

Plaster-finished walls, porcelain tile counters, and laminate cabinetry add rich texture in the kitchen.

Photo by Emma Pereira

The Venezuela-born architect and designer arranged built-in shelves in the dining area with geometric candles, idiosyncratic objects, and a small painting by Colombian artist Natalie Galindo. The palm leaf beside the shelves is from a nearby park in her neighborhood.

The Venezuela-born architect and designer arranged built-in shelves in the dining area with geometric candles, idiosyncratic objects, and a small painting by Colombian artist Natalie Galindo. The palm leaf beside the shelves is from a neighborhood park.

Photo by Emma Pereira

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 massive glass doors in the living area slide open and connect the interior to the backyard.

The massive glass doors in the living area slide open and connect the interior to the backyard.

Photo by Emma Pereira

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.

The bedroom is located in a sleeping loft above the bathroom. A built-in wall shelf and a recessed nook provide areas to place art, objects, and personal items.

The bedroom is located in a sleeping loft above the bathroom. A built-in shelf and a recessed nook provide areas to place art, objects, and personal items.

Photo by Emma Pereira

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.

Wood shelves lend a warm note in the otherwise all-white bathroom.

Wood shelves lend a warm note in the otherwise all-white bathroom. Emma, who works in construction, salvaged a Toto toilet and bathroom door from a demolition project.

Photo by Emma Pereira

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.

Slate-colored stone pavers create an outdoor terrace in the backyard.

Slate-colored stone pavers create an outdoor terrace in the backyard.

Photo by Emma Pereira

Wood-and-rope lounge chairs, a wood bench, and wood stump/tables provide an area to sit and enjoy the backyard.

Wood-and-rope lounge chairs, a wood bench, and wood stumps used as tables provide an area to sit and enjoy the backyard.

Photo by Emma Pereira

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." 

A washer-dryer is hidden behind the cabinetry in the kitchen, where there's a compact electric cooktop and a refrigerator set into an arched recess in the wall.

A washer and dryer unit is hidden behind the cabinetry in the kitchen, where there’s a compact electric cooktop and a refrigerator set into an arched recess in the wall.

Photo by Emma Pereira

Atelier Lumi is available to rent via Airbnb for $257 a night

Atelier Lumi floor plan

Atelier Lumi floor plan

Photo: Tim Lohnes

More Budget Breakdown:

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Project Credits:

Architecture and Interior Design: Emma Pereira, Emmanuelle Design

Construction: MV Construction Group

Structural Engineer: JDC Architect


A Blue House Clad With Corrugated Steel Blends Into the Scandinavian Sky

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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. 

Photo by Tia Borgsmidt

Photo by Tia Borgsmidt

Photo by Tia Borgsmidt

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.

Photo by Tia Borgsmidt

Photo by Tia Borgsmidt

Photo by Tia Borgsmidt

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.

Photo by Tia Borgsmidt

Photo by Tia Borgsmidt

Photo by Tia Borgsmidt

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.

Photo by Tia Borgsmidt

Photo by Tia Borgsmidt

"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."

Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen Design & Architecture

Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen Design & Architecture

Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen Design & Architecture


Loft in former Garage

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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.

View into the living room
View to the Captain's Deck
View to the Entrance
Chimney corner and floor-to-ceiling bookcase
Reading corner and play area for kids


Lucent Modern

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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.

Lucent Modern
Lucent Modern
Lucent Modern
Lucent Modern
Lucent Modern


A Rural Wisconsin Retreat Puts a Refined Spin on Country Living

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Local materials and a restrained, natural palette allow the surroundings to sing at this family getaway.

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 remote locale allows the Chicago couple to unplug and enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors. With country life and relaxation in mind, it was important to the homeowners that the house pay homage to the area’s history and architecture, while also making use of a minimal palette.

The remote locale allows the Chicago couple to unplug and enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors. With country life and relaxation on their minds, it was important to the homeowners that the house pay homage to the area’s history and architecture while also making use of a minimal palette.

Tony Soluri

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.

Although the property is mostly wooded, the homeowners lease part of the land to a neighbor who grows soy beans and corn. This allows the homeowners to see firsthand rural Wisconsin life.

Although the property is mostly wooded, the homeowners lease part of the land to a neighbor who grows soy beans and corn. This allows the homeowners to see firsthand rural Wisconsin life in action. 

Tony Soluri

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. 

Limestone quarried just 30 minutes from the property was used for the fireplace and exterior stonework.

Limestone quarried just 30 minutes from the property was used for the fireplace and exterior stonework.

Tony Soluri

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." 

Galvalume zinc-coated metal, a local building material, is used throughout the area on corn granaries and barn roofs.

Galvalume zinc-coated metal, a local building material, is used throughout the area on corn granaries and barn roofs. 

Tony Soluri

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." 

Limestone used on the exterior was employed inside as well, creating material continuity on the interior and exterior. Minimalistic bi-folding doors separate the screened porch from the voluminous pine-clad family room.

Limestone used on the exterior was employed inside as well, creating material continuity. Minimalist bi-fold doors separate the screened porch from the voluminous pine-clad family room.

Tony Soluri

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. 

“It’s very similar to what you’d see for corn storage,” the homeowner says of the custom designed stairwell screen. On the landing, a long vertical window frames a picturesque view of the property. As a passageway that you would typically walk through quickly, the design details in the stairwell create an experience where you instead stop and linger.

"It’s very similar to what you’d see for corn storage," the homeowner says of the custom designed stairwell screen. On the landing, a long vertical window frames a picturesque view of the property. The design details in the stairwell create an experience that encourages guests to stop and linger.

Tony Soluri

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.

After entering the front door, tomato red shaker-style cabinetry in the mudroom sets the tone for a warm family home.

After entering the front door, tomato red shaker-style cabinetry in the mudroom sets the tone for a warm family home.

Tony Soluri

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. 

A kitchen was situated in a cozy niche off the towering great room, and outfitted with blue shaker-style cabinetry and custom tile work created by the husband and wife.

A kitchen is tucked away in a cozy niche off the towering great room, and outfitted with blue shaker-style cabinetry and custom tile work that was pieced together by the husband and wife.

Tony Soluri

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 couple had a number of paintings by Chicago artists that they wanted to incorporate into the home. And, they were all were fairly large pieces, so the homeowners sent the architects an inventory and the dimensions to make sure that there was enough wall space to accommodate the artwork. With the large windows, the homeowners were cognizant of sun exposure as well, so made sure to have shades properly installed to protect the pieces.

The couple had a number of paintings by Chicago artists that they wanted to incorporate into the home. They were all were fairly large pieces, so the homeowners sent the architects an inventory and the dimensions to make sure that there was enough wall space to accommodate the artwork. With the large windows, the homeowners were cognizant of sun exposure as well, so made sure to have shades properly installed to protect the pieces. 

Tony Soluri

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. 

Paying homage to the husband's family's tile business, employing distinct tile was one way the couple added a special touch to their vacation home.

Paying homage to the husband's family tile business, employing distinct tile was one way that the couple added a special touch to their vacation home. 

Tony Soluri

The wife selected blue and white penny tile, alternating the 1-foot sheets to create a dynamic striped design.

The wife selected blue and white penny tile for the shower, alternating the one-foot sheets to create a dynamic striped design. 

Tony Soluri

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.

Haas Valley Farm by Searl Lamaster Howe Architects floor plan

Haas Valley Farm by Searl Lamaster Howe Architects floor plan

Photo: Tim Lohnes

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Project Credits:

Architect: Searl Lamaster Howe Architects / @searllamasterhowe

Builder/general contractor: Graney Construction 

Structural engineer: Barber Engineering 

Lighting design: Searl Lamaster Howe Architects


Central Area Home

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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

Central Area Home
Central Area Home
Central Area Home
Central Area Home
Central Area Home


Big Wood Residence

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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 

Big Wood Residence
Big Wood Residence
Big Wood Residence
Big Wood Residence
Big Wood Residence


Skipping Amazon Prime Day? Here’s Where to Shop Instead

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 21:41

Shop small(er) with these hot summer sales.

Kick off your summer with these stellar sales from your favorite fashion, beauty, home decor, and bedding brands.

Amazon’s Prime Day will take place on June 21 and 22 this year, but there are plenty of other amazing sales to get in on the summer fun.

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We Found the Best Prime Day Deals So You Don’t Have To

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 19:40

The sale event of the year begins today—here are our favorite products.

Amazon’s annual Prime Day started during the wee hours of Monday, June 21, and is offering steep savings on thousands of products for the next 48 hours. The sale is open to Amazon Prime members (if you aren’t one already, you can start a 30-day free trial at amazon.com/primeday). To celebrate the occasion, we rounded up our top kitchen products, smart tech, and other helpful items from the selection—all at amazing prices.

Levoit Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier

Fill your environment with fresh, clean air using Levoit’s Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier. Its patented VortexAir Technology spreads fresh air to every corner of your room, while its effective 3-stage filtration system captures 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns in size.

iRobot Roomba i6+

Forget about vacuuming for months at a time, with the Roomba i6+ robot vacuum that returns to the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal and empties itself into Dirt Disposal bags that hold up to 60 days of dirt and dust. The i6+ learns your cleaning habits and can offer up personalized schedules, giving you one less thing to think about. During allergy season and peak pet-shedding times, it’ll suggest extra cleanings to make your life easier. When you’re ready to clean, use the iRobot Home App or just say the word—Google Assistant and Alexa can tell your robot to clean with just the sound of your voice.

SimpliSafe Video Doorbell

Package? Delivered. Dog? Walked. Front yard? All clear. Bad guys? Not here. Watch over it all without leaving your seat with the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro.

Samsung 82" Class TU6950 4K Crystal UHD HDR Smart TV (2020)

The Samsung 82-inch TU6950 4K Crystal UHD Smart TV offers powerful picture quality that’s four times the resolution of Full HD, allowing you to enjoy a spectrum of vivid colors and fresh details, even during dark scenes. Automatic Game Mode automatically optimizes the screen while minimizing input lag, allowing you to enjoy a smoother gaming experience while giving you more control.

Marshall Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Marshall’s amp-inspired speaker will look just as good sitting on your patio as it will on your bookshelf once the season is over.

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)

The all-new Echo Dot is Amazon’s most popular smart speaker with Alexa. The sleek, compact design delivers crisp vocals and balanced bass for full sound. Voice control your entertainment - Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, and others. Play music, audiobooks, and podcasts throughout your home with multi-room music. Ready to help - Ask Alexa to tell a joke, play music, answer questions, play the news, check the weather, set alarms, and more. Control your smart home - Use your voice to turn on lights, adjust thermostats, and lock doors with compatible devices. Connect with others - Call almost anyone hands-free. Instantly drop in on other rooms or announce to the whole house that dinner's ready. Designed to protect your privacy – Amazon is not in the business of selling your personal information to others. Built with multiple layers of privacy controls including a mic off button.

Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers

One part game, one part conversation starter, you don't need to be a pun master to master Punderdome: the goal is to make bad jokes and have fun along the way. A player (the prompter for that round) draws two prompt cards from the deck, and then reads the prompts to the rest of the group, who have 90 seconds to create a single, groan-worthy pun that combines the two prompts. When time is up, pun makers share their puns with the prompter, who awards the prompt cards to the player whose pun he or she likes best. The winner then draws the next pair of prompt cards and the process repeats. Players win by obtaining 10 pairs of cards.

Hurom Slow Juicer

Whether you’re making orange juice, almond milk, the HP slow juicer will rise to the challenge. Its compact size ensures it will fit comfortably on any kitchen counter.

Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II

Freedom. Convenience. The big advantages of wireless headphones. But Bose gives you a better wireless experience all around. Deep, immersive sound at any volume. Clearer calls at both ends of the communication. Seamless switching between two connected Bluetooth devices, so you’ll never miss a call or that movie you’re watching. Once you hear them, we think you’ll agree they’re the best-sounding wireless headphones you’ll find anywhere.

Cricut Maker

The Cricut Maker gives you the freedom to make everything from paper crafts, iron ons, and vinyl decals to sewing projects, leather crafts, and balsa models.

Hisense HS205 2.0 Channel Soundbar

The Hisense HS205 2.0 Channel Soundbar creates incredible sound in a compact and sleek form factor. The HS205 is Roku TV Ready certified and verified to work seamlessly with your Roku TV. That means you'll enjoy smooth setup, easy access to sound settings, and compatibility with any Roku remote. A simple audio alternative that delivers a huge entertainment experience.

GE Calrod Convection Toaster Oven

This convenient, multifunctional toaster oven meets a range of cooking needs and comes with seven easy-to-use functions, which include toast, bake, broil, bagel, pizza, roast and keep warm.

Üllo Wine Purifier

Filter the sulfites and sediments sediments from your favorite red or white wine and enjoy a perfectly pure glass within minutes.

Instant Pot Duo Plus

Instant Pot Duo Plus is the next evolution in the Duo Series, the #1 best-selling cooker in the Instant Pot family. The Duo Plus 9-in-1 Programmable kitchen appliance with advanced microprocessor technology incorporates all of the great features that made the Duo the #1 best-seller. It has new and improved programs and features to continually support one's fast-paced, health-conscious and lifestyle. The Duo Plus includes 3 new programs, Cake, Egg, and Sterilize. The Cake program has been designed to pressure cook soft and moist cakes; whereas, the Egg program has been created to prepare perfect eggs in just a few minutes. With the Sterilize program one can pasteurize milk, and sterilize baby bottles, jars, and utensils; as well as, perform certain types of canning much more conveniently than ever before! The Duo Plus is designed with a large blue LCD display with a new user interface to adjust the cooking settings, pressure levels, keep-warm on/off at any time during the cooking process. There are 4 new icons to easily view the status of the cooker, Heat, Pressure Cook, Keep Warm and Sound. The 'Heat' indicates heating or cooking in progress, 'Pressure Cook' indicates the pressure cook program is selected, 'Keep Warm' indicates if it is on/off, and 'Sound' indicates if the sound is on/off when cooking starts or is completed. NOTE: This product is 110v and for use in North America, if you live in Europe or other 220-240v territories this product will not operate. Photo Courtesy of Instant Pot

Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker

The Bose SoundLink Revolve has long been a favorite for audiophiles. The reason why? It’s able to deliver true 360-degree sound with complete clarity.

Blink Outdoor Wireless Security Camera

Blink Outdoor is a wireless battery-powered HD security camera that helps you monitor your home day or night with infrared night vision.With long-lasting battery life, Outdoor runs for up to two years on two AA lithium batteries (included).Outdoor is built to withstand the elements to help you protect your home inside or out, come rain or shine.Get motion detection alerts on your phone with the option to customize motion zones in the Blink Home Monitor app so you’re only alerted when you need to be.See, hear, and speak to visitors with live view in real time and two-way audio features on your Blink app.Designed so you can set up yourself in minutes. No wiring, no professional installation required.Works with Alexa – use your voice to monitor your home through supported Alexa-enabled devices.Store video clips and photos in the cloud with the Blink Subscription Plan and save events locally to the Blink Sync Module 2 via a USB flash drive

Tineco IFLOOR 3

Save time by vacuuming and washing floors in one easy step, leaving floors instantly dry and streak free. Picks up messy, sticky spills and pet hair on all sealed hard floors, including hardwood, tile, laminate, vinyl, marble and linoleum. iFLOOR 3 features powerful suction, and cleans quietly without disturbing your family and pets.

Aloono 11-Piece Cocktail Shaker Bar Set

This bar set is a must-have for cocktail lovers or professional bartenders alike.

Homasy Cool Mist Humidifer

With adjustable mist output up to 180ml/H, you can easily control the humidity level for maximum comfort. The cool mist helps prevents dry eye, scratchy nose and throat, offer sound sleep and reduce static electricity when it's dry in the winter. The LED indicator will turn green when it is operating properly. When it’s running out of water, the LED indicator will turn red for reminding and automatically shut off.

Filtrete Smart Room Air Purifier FAP-SC02

Ready for a connected, seamless way to improve your indoor air quality at home? This Filtrete Smart Air Purifier is Wi-Fi enabled and can automatically monitor and clean your air 24/7 in large rooms. Control the device with your smartphone and keep tabs on air quality using the Filtrete Smart App, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

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A Terrace Home in London Gets a Luminous Extension While Keeping a Low Profile

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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.

Photo by Adam Scott

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.

Photo by Adam Scott

Photo by Adam Scott

Photo by Adam Scott

Photo by Adam Scott

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.

Photo by Adam Scott

Photo by Adam Scott

Photo by Adam Scott

Photo by Adam Scott

Photo by Adam Scott

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.

Photo: Adam Scott

Photo by Adam Scott


A Usonian Home by a Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentice Seeks $1.4M in New York

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Designed by architect David Henken, the 1951 dwelling sits near the heart of the nationally recognized Usonia Historic District.

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.

The view of the single-family residence upon arrival. To prioritize the lush lot, Henken designed the rear of the home to feature expansive glazing and relied on concrete for the front portion.

To prioritize the lush lot, Henken designed the rear of the single-family home to feature expansive glazing. For the front facade, the architect relied on concrete.

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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 walls and ceilings, dressed in different forms of wood, present a bold yet cozy aesthetic.

The wood-clad walls and ceilings present a bold yet cozy aesthetic.

Photo courtesy of Compass

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.

Sliding glass doors envelope the living room, offering an intimate indoor/outdoor connection.

Sliding glass doors envelope the living room, offering an intimate indoor/outdoor connection. 

Photo courtesy of Compass

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 broad concrete fireplace serves as a subtle partition between the living room and kitchen.

The concrete fireplace serves as a subtle partition between the living room and kitchen.

Photo courtesy of Compass

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.

A bluestone patio extends the living areas to the private landscaped grounds.

A bluestone patio extends from the living areas to the private landscaped grounds. 

Photo courtesy of Compass

The kitchen comes with walnut cabinets, top-of-the-line appliances, and heated floors.

The kitchen comes with walnut cabinets, top-of-the-line appliances, and heated floors.

Photo courtesy of Compass

A central wooden island provides additional counter space, as well as bar-stool seating.

A central wooden island provides additional counter space.

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The butterfly-roof overhang creates a shaded corner to enjoy al fresco dining in the backyard.

The butterfly roof overhang creates a shaded corner to enjoy al fresco dining in the backyard.

Photo courtesy of Compass

Included in the primary suite is a large spa-like bath, complete with travertine walls, heated floors, and an oversized freestanding tub.

The primary suite includes a spa-like bath complete with travertine walls, heated floors, and an oversize tub.

Photo courtesy of Compass

A closer look at the back of the property showcasing the home's seamless blend of materials.

The back of the property showcases the home’s seamless blend of materials.

Photo courtesy of Compass

10 Usonia Road in Pleasantville, New York, is currently listed for $1,395,000  by Brian Milton of Compass.

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Airbnb Is Selecting 12 Lucky People to Travel the World for Free

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Inspired by the growing flexibility to work and live anywhere, Airbnb is giving 12 people funds to travel for 10 months.

This home in Morelos, Mexico, is nestled in a sub-tropical rainforest and features a relaxed internal courtyard furnished with hammocks.

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. 

Casa Barthel in Florence, Italy, is the creation of architect Elena Barthel and is one of the most lavish treehouses on Airbnb.

Created by architect Elena Barthel, Casa Barthel in Florence, Italy, is one of the most lavish tree houses on Airbnb.

Photo courtesy Airbnb

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.

The Merchant on the Road Airstream has been curated by the mother/daughter duo behind interior design studio Merchant Modern, and features Mid-Century Modern furniture with Moroccan-inspired details.

The Merchant on the Road Airstream has been curated by the mother/daughter duo behind interior design studio Merchant Modern. It features midcentury-modern furniture with Moroccan-inspired details.

Photo courtesy Airbnb

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.

These luxury igloo Airbnbs in Mustasaari, a coastal municipality in Finland, are perched on the coast overlooking the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea.

These luxury igloo Airbnbs in Mustasaari, a coastal municipality in Finland, are perched on the coast overlooking the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea.

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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.

Surrounded by boulders and twisted yuccas, two cabins in the Mojave Desert stand like Monopoly houses, their steel siding weathered to a tawny finish. But behind the simple gabled forms lies a complex network that enables them to operate wholly off the grid. Designed by architect Malek Alqadi, this desert getaway has an open-air room that allows guests to sleep under the stars on Silvon sheets woven with pure, natural silver. The minimalist space embodies a modern feel with a primarily gray, onyx, and wood palette with a splash of cobalt in the bathroom. Large cutout windows flood the space with natural light, though there are also large hammocks outside for some extra vitamin D or stargazing.

This cabin in the Mojave Desert was designed by architect Malek Alqadi and features an open-air room that allows guest to sleep under the stars. 

Photo by Sam Frost

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.

This home in Morelos, Mexico, is nestled in a sub-tropical rainforest and features a relaxed internal courtyard furnished with hammocks.

This home in Morelos, Mexico, is nestled in a subtropical rainforest and features a relaxed internal courtyard furnished with hammocks.

Photo courtesy Airbnb

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." 

This Atlanta treehouse would make even the Ewoks jealous. It consists of three separate rooms—Mind, Body, and Spirit— that are interconnected via rope bridges. Though secluded and seemingly remote, it sits just minutes from town.

This tree house in Atlanta, Georgia, consists of three separate rooms—Mind, Body, and Spirit— that are interconnected via rope bridges. Though secluded and seemingly remote, it sits just minutes from town.

Photo courtesy Airbnb

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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30 Camping Must-Haves for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

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You don’t have to rough it to experience nature at its finest.

Nocs Provisions Binoculars

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.

L.L.Bean Mountain Classic Camp Blanket

Whether at camp, the family room, the big game or a campsite, stay warm and cozy with this lightweight camp blanket. Inspired by our Mountain Classic Anorak, this comfortable blanket is the perfect lightweight companion on every trip.

Stoic Driftwood 2 Tent

Get away from the hustle and bustle of life in the city, whether it's you and your best friend, you and your best furry, four-legged friend, or just you and your thoughts. We recommend setting up the Driftwood 2 Tent by a babbling brook, or perhaps on red desert rocks overlooking a stunning view. Since it only weighs 5.7 pounds, you're more than welcome to hike as far away from civilization as you can get, and once there it's intuitive clip-in setup will have you chilling by the campfire in no time. Thanks to its hubbed pole structure, the interior feels surprisingly spacious for a backpacking tent.

YETI Hondo Base Camp Chair

Frustrated by flimsy chairs with fabric that tears and frames that break, we created the most durable and comfortable piece of outdoor furniture on the market. Hondo is built to last season after season and keep sitters supported ‘til the fire dies or the stories run out – whichever comes first. Welcome to Base Camp. Photo Courtesy of YETI

Uberleben Original Kuksa Mug

Handcarved from natural hardwood, the elegant craftsmanship of the Uberleben Original Kuksa 8 oz. mug connects you even more to nature as an essential camp cup for fresh brew or cool spring water.

Hillsound Equipment BTR Camping Stool

A compact, packable camp stool that’s far, far better than a rock. After mastering the crampon game, Hillsound Equipment set out to make other aspects of outdoor exploration safer and more accessible—starting with an ultra lightweight, perfectly packable stool. The BTR Camping Stool holds up to 240 pounds on its comfortable tripod frame but folds up small enough to fit in the water bottle pocket of your backpack. BTR stands for better than a rock, and we can’t think of a more aptly named piece of equipment.

YETI Tundra Wheeled Cooler

The first-ever YETI cooler on wheels is the answer to taking Tundra's legendary toughness and unmatched insulation power the extra mile. And nothing was sacrificed in the making of this cold-holding powerhouse, ensuring the Haul lives up to the Tundra name. The Tundra Haul is now the toughest cooler on two wheels.

Nocs Standard Issue 8x25 Waterproof Binoculars

Compact enough to be at the ready in your glove compartment or on your window ledge, these rugged binoculars are also waterproof and fogproof. Featuring superior optics and 8x magnification, the binoculars are designed with twist-out eye cups, so you can hold your smartphone up to the lens and get some great shots.

Rab Outpost 500 Down Sleeping Bag

Rugged, high-performance sleeping bags filled with responsible down. Cutting edge rock climbers put their gear through some of the most rugged conditions you can find on Earth—backpacking into Patagonian backcountry, expeditions to new routes in the Andes Mountains, seasons full of sleeping in secret bivy spots. So when a company makes gear that’s for climbers and by climbers, you know it’s going to last. Neutrino sleeping bags are engineered to be lightweight and minimalist, but get the job done without compromising on your comfort. There’s no other bag we’d rather crawl into when the firelight dies down and it’s time to hit the hay.

Nemo Equipment Stargaze Luxury Recliner

La-Z-Boy luxury at a fraction of the size. Nemo’s design process is guided by a single statement: “Never bring anything to market that isn’t significantly better than what’s already available.” Simple on its face, but that’s the mantra that keeps their range of camping and outdoor goods fresh, innovative, and downright useful. They’re the kind of things that are packed with those little elements that make things better by degrees, like a built-in foot pump for a sleeping pad or a perfectly positioned piece of memory foam on a travel pillow—small details that add up to a better experience when you’re in the great outdoors. The Stargaze Luxury Recliner brings all the familiar comfort of your favorite recliner in a sturdy construction that quickly packs away in it’s travel case. Toss it in your car, hit the road, and enjoy the indoor-quality comfort in the great outdoors.

Everdure CUBE Portable Charcoal Grill

BBQ is a total go. Close your eyes and imagine firing up the coals out on the beach...or snacking on barbecue chicken right on your campsite. Then, open them—and take in this portable charcoal grill. It does all that and more, thanks to its very-smart design.

Stanley Classic Stay Hot French Press - 48 Oz

Listen up coffee lovers: you can now enjoy a steaming hot cup of liquid goodness four hours after you made it with the Classic Stay Hot French Press from Stanley. With double-wall vacuum insulation to maintain cold or hot temperatures throughout the day, you can pour an equally hot beverage 10 minutes or three hours after brewing. Interested in cold brew? Let the coffee linger longer and add ice—doing so will increase the time cold to 24 hours. What's even better is that the integrated french press means you can brew and pour the coffee from one vessel for fewer dishes to clean at the camp kitchen.

Pendleton Roll-Up Blanket

Ready for adventure, this wipe-clean, nylon-backed blanket has a functional roll-up design and convenient carrying handle. Plaids are woven in our American mills.

Nemo Equipment Aurora 2P Footprint Entry Level Tent

A backpacking tent with impressive internal volume and two vestibules. In their 18-year history, Nemo Equipment’s outdoor wares have been called the best by the likes of Time, Men’s Journal, Popular Science, and Backpacker. We wholeheartedly agree with the assessments. As committed to undertaking adventure as they are to bringing explosive innovation to backpacking and camping, Nemo Equipment continues to break new ground in the outdoor market, giving you a lighter, faster, and more comfortable experience on the trail and at basecamp. Like some sort of optical illusion, the Aurora backpacking tent looks bigger on the inside than it does on the outside. With two doors and two vestibules, it’s a spacious habitat for you, your plus-one, and all your gear.

BioLite HeadLamp 330

Experience top-tier performance with a fit unlike any headlamp you’ve experienced thanks to our proprietary 3D SlimFit Construction. With a front profile of only 9mm and weighing only 69g, the headlamp sits flush on the forehead without worry of bounce or slippage. Moisture-wicking fabric keeps you cool and dry for any activity and the rechargeable battery means you can leave the alkalines behind.

Luno Air Mattress 2.0

The Luno Air Mattress conveniently converts the back of your SUV into a comfortable camping bed. It’s available for over 1,800 vehicles, including the Subaru Crosstrek, Forester and Outback, as well as the Toyota RAV4, Jeep Wrangler and more. This car camping essential is ideal for overlanding and camping trips.

Yellow Leaf Big Sur Hammock

Take in towering cliffs or beachside tide pools in comfort. The sand and the sun-bleached cliffs of the California coastline are captured in the khaki weave of the Big Sur Hammock. This one is for relaxing in maximum comfort, and even for sharing with a friend. Great for a trip to the beach, lounging around the campsite or just relaxing in the back yard with a good book.

Primus Campfire Chef's Knife

Do some great cooking in the great outdoors with this newest camping essential: a chef's knife with a rugged oak handle and a flexible stainless steel blade.

Crow Canyon Home Vintage 12oz Mug

These classic enamel mugs have a smooth white surface and are great for daily use, indoors or outside for picnics, barbecues and camping. A traditional vessel with a modern design, our mug is perfect for coffee, a hot toddy, or your potion of choice. The durable enamel coating ensures your beverage tastes pure and free of unwanted flavors.

Skeem Design Citronella Verbena Outdoor Body Spray

This FDA-proven bug repellent works by masking the odors that attract biting insects. With all-natural citronella oil and a fresh verbena scent.

REI Co-op Outward Day Shelter

West Elm partnered with outdoor gear specialist REI on a line of products to make your adventures more comfortable. This folds down to a compact size so you can easily take it wherever you go.

REI Co-op Outward Shade Shelter

It's a cabana you can carry. The REI Co-op Outward Shade Shelter has unique A-frame design that's optimized for shade in a compact size. It sets up like a tent for easy beach or park days.

Jetboil Flash Stove

Click on the Jetboil Flash Stove's easy-to-use ignition and hum a show tune—by the time you hit the second chorus (a hundred seconds), you'll have steaming hot delight. Unlike classic camp stoves, this self-contained unit eliminates the issues of an open burner and takes the guesswork out of a quick meal. Finish your food, pack the fuel canister inside the insulated mug, and stow the whole lightweight kit away in compact style.

Snow Peak Ti Single 450 Colored Cup

The Ti-Single Colored Mug is made of brightly anodized titanium. Designed for everyday use and backcountry excursions, the Ti-Single Mug can be placed directly over a heat source for cooking or warming. The mug features foldable handles for compact storage and is durable enough for a lifetime of use. Please note: the anodized color may fade with time. Pair the Ti-Single Colored Mug with the GigaPower Stove Manual or Titanium Spork.

Osprey Kyte 46 Pack

Exploring the sandstone canyons of the desert, thwacking through routes filled with pokey brush and trees, or clearing wilderness trails with Pulaski ax in hand—this is what the women’s-specific Kyte 46 was made for. Built with durable fabrics for demanding outdoor conditions and activities, the Kyte has all the features you need to enjoy the experience and get the job done. The integrated raincover deploys quickly to keep your gear dry, the rear stretch mesh shove-it pocket stores small items like a jacket for quick access, and Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment makes it easy to free your hands without stopping to take your pack off. Like all of our packs, it also includes unparalleled fit and comfort. Built with sturdy nylon fabrics, and built to withstand whatever the backcountry throws at it.

Rumpl Puffy Outdoor Blanket

Fluff the magic blanket. If you’re ever looking for this very-clever blanket, just look at the intersection of “duvet” and “sleeping bag.” A happy medium between the two, the original outdoor Puffy is packable, portable, and warm as all get-out. With a ripstop shell and insulation made from 100% recycled materials (no down here!), it’s here in a bevvy of good looking colors for every adventure. Plus, you can get cozy knowing that you’re doing something good for the planet, too.

Primus Tupike 2-Burner Camping Stove

This double-burner stove lightweight and compact enough to bring to the campground and with the capacity to feed large groups is a camp chef's dream come true.

Primus Litech Lightweight Camp Cookware

Dinner is served. Emphasis on lightweight, this outdoor cookware is meant to be easily portable, super efficient, and a cinch to clean up. These camping heroes are crafted from high-quality, hard anodized aluminum and have a nonstick ceramic coating on the interior—the result is quick-heating, quick cleaning wonders that can boil pasta water or pan fry a fish filet, no prob. You have a choice of: Frying Pan: With approx. 8” of surface area, the frying pan fits easily on a camp stove burner. Its silicone handle is foldable for easy storage and stays cool to the touch. 1.3L Pot Set: A 2-pot set that heats up quickly, thanks to an integrated heat exchanger on the bottom that increases its efficiency by 50% (compared to traditional pans). Meaning: your water boils faster than ever with less fuel. Smart gripping tongs, as steady as a fixed handle, can be locked in the pan for safe handling, while a clear lid lets hungry eyes see just how much progress you’re making. 2.3L Pot Set: Same as its little brother (quick heating, gripping tongs, integrated strainer, clear lid), just grown up a bit so you can feed an even bigger crowd.

Full Windsor The Muncher - Multi-Tool Utensil

This ain’t your dad’s camp spork. This is The Muncher, an incredibly useful update to the classic utilitarian utensil. Full Windsor took the spork, already an item built to maximize utility, and carefully, deliberately packed it to the brim with 10 different functions that’ll come in handy no matter where you find yourself pulling it out, all at a featherlight 0.7 oz. Photo Courtesy of Full Windsor

Barebones Living Flatware Set

Minimalist, utilitarian, and modern. The Flatware Set brings something different to the table. Choose from Polished or Matte finishes for a one-of-a-kind look that plays beautifully against our enamelware. Set of 2.

VSSL Camp Supplies Waterproof Flashlight

An ingenious waterproof flashlight secures a secret stash of gear—everything you need handy while camping out (intentionally or unexpectedly). The 200-lumen, four-mode LED flashlight includes all the must-haves: from compass, candle and water purification tablets to a wire saw, fishing gear and more. Keep it in your car or add it to your hiking pack—either way, VSSL has got you covered.

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In London, an Old Victorian Becomes a Wonderland of Colored Concrete

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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.

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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."

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French + Tye

French + Tye

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.

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"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."

French + Tye

French + Tye


5 Undeniably Cool Projects Built by Designers and Their Dads

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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.

A Father-Daughter Duo Lovingly Revamp a ’70s Airstream on Vancouver Island

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.

The living room area is outfitted with upholstered sofa cushions in a pet- and kid-friendly performance fabric with FibreGuard; this ensures the furniture can hold up against wear and tear.

The living room area is outfitted with upholstered sofa cushions in a pet- and kid-friendly performance fabric with FibreGuard; this ensures the furniture can hold up against wear and tear.

Photo: Erin Wallis Photography

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.

The family omitted a bathroom in the trailer and instead set the trailer beside an outhouse, giving them more living space in the Airstream.

The family omitted a bathroom in the trailer and instead set the trailer beside an outhouse, giving them more living space in the Airstream.

Photo: Erin Wallis Photography

An Architect and His Preteen Daughter Built This Tiny Backyard Retreat Together

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. 

Jim's wife, Beth draws inspiration from her surroundings while working inside the family's tiny cabin on Bainbridge Island.

Architect Jim Cutler’s wife, Beth, draws inspiration from her surroundings while working inside the family’s tiny cabin on Bainbridge Island.

Photo: Art Grice

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.

This enchanting cabin features an expansive 10-foot-wide insulated panel of glass which frames a panoramic view of the water from the workstation. The desk and cabinets are by Korben Mathis Woodworking; the desk lamp is from TaoTronics.

This enchanting cabin features an expansive, 10-foot-wide insulated panel of glass which frames a panoramic view of the water from the workstation. The desk and cabinets are by Korben Mathis Woodworking; the desk lamp is from TaoTronics.

Photo: Art Grice

A Rookie Designer and Her Builder Father Create an Artist’s Sculptural Loft in the Desert

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. 

This five-acre property is situated outside Taos, New Mexico. Owner Lois Rodin hired designer Molly Bell and her father, builder Ed Bell to create this residence for her. The modernist structure, appearing as clusters rather than a solitary shape and set in a traditional environment, is a key feature Rodin requested.

On a five-acre property outside Taos, New Mexico, designer Molly Bell worked closely with her father, builder Ed Bell, to create a new residence for owner Lois Rodin. "Lois requested that it appear as a grouping of individual masses, so that it read more like a cluster than a solitary shape," Molly says. "I hope it shows that it’s OK to do something modern in such a traditional environment, and not to be afraid of it."  

Photo: Michael Friberg

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.

The master bathroom features one of two corner windows in the house. Lois adds that "at night, when I take a bath, I can see the moon and the stars."

The main bathroom features one of two corner windows in the house. Lois adds that "at night, when I take a bath, I can see the moon and the stars."

Photo: Michael Friberg

Nearly 80 Years Later, An Architect Rescues a Japanese-Inspired Masterwork Designed by His Father

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.

This 1938 Sutor Home's gardens had long been neglected, so the new owners decided a top priority was to seek out landscaper Takashi Fukuda and reclaim the multileveled site and restore it to its former glory.

Though located in Portland’s West Hills section near downtown, the Sutor House feels like a secluded oasis, thanks to its four-acre site teeming with native plants like azaleas and barberry, selected by the original landscape architect, Florence Holmes Gerke. While designing the Sutor House, Belluschi befriended Jiro Harada, a professor at the Imperial Household Museum in Tokyo and author of numerous books on Japanese gardens and architecture who was in town as a visiting professor at the University of Oregon. Influenced by Harada, Belluschi and Gerke created an elegant, Japanese-style strolling garden at the house that in later years disappeared through neglect.

Photo: Brian Flaherty

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.

The home features a majestic curved zebrawood walls, which greets visitors in the foyer.

The home features a curved zebrawood walls, which greets visitors in the foyer. 

Photo: Brian Flaherty

Camping With Dad Just Got Cooler

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. 

Architect Bill Yudchitz asked his son, Daniel, to help him create this self-sustaining multi-level family cabin in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Architect Bill Yudchitz asked his son, Daniel, to help him create this self-sustaining multi-level family cabin in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Photo: Narayan Mahon

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).

The living area on the main floor doubles as a bedroom, thanks to their use of a Murphy bed. The sleeping bag is from Gander Mountain.

The living area on the main floor doubles as a bedroom, thanks to their use of a Murphy bed. The sleeping bag is from Gander Mountain. 

Photo: Narayan Mahon

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.

Related Reading: 8 Designers and Architects Share the Crucial Lessons They Learned From Dad


A Darling Craftsman Hits the Market at $849K in L.A.

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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.

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.

The residence draws instant curb appeal with its vibrant red front door. The warm welcome is extended by the covered porch overlooking the lawn—an idyllic setting to sip morning coffee.

The residence draws instant curb appeal with its vibrant red front door. The warm welcome is extended by the covered porch overlooking the lawn—an idyllic setting to sip morning coffee.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Do

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."

Refinished hardwoods line the floors, contrasting with the surrounding white walls and ceilings.

Refinished hardwoods line the floors and contrast with the surrounding white walls and ceilings.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Do

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. 

Another view of the primary living area showcasing the home's free-flowing layout, as well as the original wainscoting and casement windows sandwiching the main entrance.

Another view of the primary living area showcases the home’s free-flowing layout, as well as the original wainscoting and casement windows that frame the main entrance.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Do

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 painted brick fireplace anchoring the living room now serves as clever storage space.

The painted brick fireplace that anchors the living room now serves as clever storage space.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Do

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.

"The corner lot has amazing southern exposure, which floods the home with morning light and tends to our California Native landscape in the afternoon,

"The corner lot has amazing southern exposure, which floods the home with morning light and tends to our landscaped yard in the afternoon," says one of the homeowners.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Do

Nestled behind the dining area, the kitchen includes a large farmhouse sink and laundry cabinet.

The renovated kitchen includes a large farmhouse sink and a laundry cabinet.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Do

"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.

Hardwood floors continue into both of the home's two bedrooms.

Hardwood floors continue into both of the home’s two bedrooms.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Do

A double-sink vanity can be found in the green-hued bathroom, as well as a large soaking tub.

The green-hued bathroom features a double-sink vanity and a large soaking tub.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Do

The second bedroom comes with a custom walk-in closet that reveals a handy desk area.

The primary bedroom comes with a custom walk-in closet that reveals a handy desk area.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Do

A fence wraps around the entire corner lot, creating a greater sense of privacy.

A fence wraps around the 2,501-square-foot corner lot to create a greater sense of privacy.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Do

While the detached studio is currently set up as a workshop, it can easily be converted into a home office, gym, or tiny guest suite.

While the detached studio is currently set up as a workshop, it can easily be converted into a home office, gym, or tiny guesthouse. 

Photo courtesy of Tracy Do

The complete floor plan of 5927 Piedmont Ave.

The floor plan for 5927 Piedmont Avenue in Los Angeles’s Highland Park neighborhood.

Courtesy of Compass

5927 Piedmont Avenue in Los Angeles, California, is currently listed for $849,000 by Tracy Do of Compass.

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Before & After: A Super Skinny Row House in Brooklyn Gets an Airy, Loft-Like Makeover

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A brilliant blue core runs through all four floors of art consultant Priscilla Caldwell’s reworked townhouse in Cobble Hill.

The kitchen and dining area share the parlor level. The stair runs behind the blue core and the kitchen appliances are tucked into it. Priscilla finds the kitchen more efficient than her prior, much larger kitchen. "It's amazing how little you need,

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.

A corner townhouse that borders the Warren Place Mews in Brooklyn was occupied by the same family for generations. Architect Nate McBride, who reworked the interior for the new owner points out that the window heights get dramatically smaller the higher up you go.

A corner townhouse that borders the Warren Place Mews in Brooklyn was occupied by the same family for generations. Architect Nate McBride, who reworked the interior, points out that the window heights get dramatically smaller the higher up you go.

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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.

Before: Basement Bedroom

The townhouse was a mess when the new owner took possession. The crew that hauled out the contents unearthed a piano.

Before: The townhouse was in such a mess that the crew that hauled out its contents unearthed a piano from its depths. When it was gutted, you could look from the basement up straight to the roof. In addition to two bedrooms, the basement includes a bath and a mudroom with laundry.

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After: Basement Bedrooms

The owner's 23-year old daughter sleeps ere when she visits from the West Coast. The flower painting above the bed is her childhood artwork and the blue painting is by New York City artist John Zinsser.

Priscilla’s 23-year-old daughter sleeps here when she visits from the West Coast. The flower painting above the bed is her childhood artwork, and the blue painting is by New York City artist John Zinsser. 

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Priscilla's younger daughter uses this room when she's home from college. "It's cozy down there and functions well, but doesn't encourage grown people to move home,

Priscilla’s younger daughter uses this room when she's home from college. "It's cozy down there and functions well," she says. The burned paper artwork is by Anna Betbeze, who is represented by Nina Johnson gallery in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood.

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Before: Entry

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.

The position of the stairs and corridor in the original layout ate up six of the building's 14-foot width. "The narrowness didn't initially bother me,

Before: The position of the stairs and corridor in the original layout ate up six of the building’s 14-foot width. "The narrowness didn't bother me, though when we drew a floor plan I thought, 'Hmmm. . . this is going to be a little challenging!'" Priscilla says.

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After: Entry

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 front door opens right into the dining room where vintage furniture helps make it feel welcoming. Priscilla reupholstered the seat cushions with a Chinoiserie-flavored floral fabric from Carolina Irving Textiles. The metal drum pendant is from The Urban Electric Co. Priscilla acquired the large oil painting by Claire Sherman from DC Moore Gallery in Chelsea when she was its director. "Identifying a proper hanging wall for it was a priority,

The front door opens right into the dining room, where vintage furniture creates a welcoming scene. Priscilla’s sister, Katherine Vail of NV Design, helped her with lighting and decorating. They reupholstered the seat cushions with a Chinoiserie-flavored floral fabric from Carolina Irving Textiles and chose a metal drum pendant from The Urban Electric Co. The large oil painting is by Claire Sherman, who is represented by DC Moore Gallery in Manhattan and Patron Gallery in Chicago. "Identifying a proper hanging wall for it was a priority," she says.  

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Before: Dining Room 

The front room on the parlor level was less than eight-feet wide.

Before: The front room on the parlor level was less than eight feet wide.

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After: Dining Room

By moving the stair to the back of the house, McBride was able to create rooms that span the building's full 14-feet. In addition to being more livable, it allowed opportunity for Priscilla, who is an art consultant, to admire large artworks from a proper distance. The original arched doorway adds architectural charm as do the new herringbone floors. The curvy loveseat is from John Derian and the red end table hails from an antique shop on the Upper East Side.

By moving the stair to the back of the house, McBride was able to create rooms that span the building's full 14 feet. In addition to being more livable, it allowed opportunity for Priscilla, who is an art consultant, to admire large artworks from a proper distance. The original arched doorway adds architectural charm as do the new weight and pulley windows from Artistic Windows. The curvy loveseat is from John Derian, and the red end table hails from an antique shop on the Upper East Side.

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Before: Stairs

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."

Existing staircases had curved handrails and spindle balusters.

Before: Existing staircases had curved handrails and spindle balusters.

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The team plastered over the home's exposed brick walls.

Before: The team plastered over the exposed brick wall on this side.

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After: Stairs

The stairs are hidden behind a core wood block with a high gloss finish for a mirror-like reflection. Fortuitously, there is a window at the top of each run. "They're not perfectly aligned, but they bring light down at every level,

The stairs are hidden behind a core wood block with a high gloss finish for a mirror-like reflection. Fortuitously, there is a window at the top of each run. "They're not perfectly aligned with the stairs, but they bring light down at every level," McBride says.

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Before: Kitchen

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.

The original kitchen was in the back of the basement.

Before: The original kitchen was in the back of the basement.

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After: Kitchen

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."

The kitchen and dining area share the parlor level. The stair runs behind the blue core and the kitchen appliances are tucked into it. Priscilla finds the kitchen more efficient than her prior, much larger kitchen. "It's amazing how little you need,

The kitchen and dining area share the parlor level. The stair runs behind the blue core, and the kitchen appliances are tucked into it. Priscilla finds the kitchen to be more efficient than her prior, much larger one. A Walton Ford print from Kasmin gallery hangs on the side wall. Priscilla is curating "Stuart Davis in Havana" at the gallery this June.

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McBride installed herringbone floors on the parlor level to make the space look larger. "The motion explodes the walls,

McBride installed chevron floors on the parlor level to make the space look larger. Sculptor Elaine Cameron-Weir created the artwork on the top shelf above the glasses and dishware. Priscilla acquired them from Ramiken Crucible gallery.

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Before: Dining Room Fireplace

The team refurbished the chimney in the front portion of the house because Priscilla really wanted a fireplace.

Before: The team refurbished the chimney in the front portion of the house because Priscilla really wanted a fireplace.

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After: Dining Room Fireplace

The windows on the parlor level stretch up to the TK-foot ceiling where the team uncovered the beams and left them exposed. "Everything we did was to try to make the rooms feel more spacious and open,

The windows on the parlor level stretch up to the nine-and-a-half-foot ceiling, where the team uncovered the beams and left them exposed. "Everything we did was to try to make the rooms feel more spacious and open," McBride says. Priscilla adds, "I wanted the interior to reflect the age of the house."

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Before: Office

The office replaced the back bedroom on the second floor.

Before: The office replaced the back bedroom on the second floor.

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After: Office

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.

Priscilla and McBride initially discussed the office core being an actual desk that could be closed, but opted for this setup so she could sit with her back to the books and look out the window. The double arm chandelier from The Urban Electric Co. lends a sturdy, industrial feel that echoes the metal base of the desk. "Light fixtures are an important details that make a house feel solid,

Priscilla and McBride initially discussed the office core being an actual desk that could be closed, but opted for this setup so she could sit with her back to the books and look out the window. The double arm chandelier from The Urban Electric Co. lends a sturdy, industrial feel that echoes the metal base of the desk. "Light fixtures are an important detail that makes a house feel solid," Priscilla says.

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Before: Living Room

The second floor had front and back bedrooms prior to the renovation.

Before: The living room replaced the front bedroom on the second floor.

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After: Living Room

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." 

"It's unexpected to have the living room above the dining room,

"It's unexpected to have the living room above the dining room," Priscilla says. "It feels very cozy." The black and white photo by LaToya Ruby Frazier is from the artist's 2016 series "Flint Is Family" documenting the city's water crisis. She is represented by Gladstone Gallery. 

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Before: Top Floor Landing

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."

The third floor landing where the shower is now.

Before: The third floor landing where the shower is now.

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After: Dressing Room

The core on the third floor is split down the middle to create a dressing room. On choosing the delft blue color Priscilla says, "Since we were painting the whole column up through the house I wanted a color that would make a statement but adapt to the different situations. Blue works, though I almost did green. Maybe I'll repaint it someday."

The core on the third floor is split down the middle to create a dressing room with a mirrored pocket door. On choosing the blue color, Priscilla says, "Since we were painting the whole column up through the house I wanted a color that would make a statement but adapt to the different situations. Blue works, though I almost did green. Maybe I'll repaint it someday."

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"This light-drenched space is the culmination of the ascent." 

—Nate McBride, architect

Before: Bathrooms

The team demolished the powder blue bath on the first floor and added a new bath in the basement.

Before: The team demolished the powder blue bath on the first floor and added a new bath in the basement. 

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They also demolished the yellow bath on the second floor in favor of a spectacular primary bath on the third floor.

Before: hey also demolished the yellow bath on the second floor in favor of a spectacular primary bath on the third floor.

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After: Primary Bath

The mirrored wall bounches light around the room and makes it seem larger. Unlacquered brass plumbing fixtures feel appropriate for the house.

The mirror above the vanity bounces light around the room and makes it seem larger. Unlacquered brass plumbing fixtures feel appropriate for the house.

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White subway tile with charcoal-colored grout covers the primary bath where sunlight streams in from overhead thanks to a huge, new skylight. Wall sconces from The Urban Electric Co. lend a nautical feel.

White subway tile with charcoal-colored grout covers the primary bath where sunlight streams in from overhead thanks to a huge, new skylight that is 10 feet at its highest point. Wall sconces from The Urban Electric Co. lend a nautical feel.

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Before: Primary Bedroom

The front bedroom on the third floor sported quite the color combination.

Before: The front bedroom on the third floor sported quite the color combination.

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After: Primary Bedroom

The primary bedroom has small windows but lofty ceilings with original exposed beams. The comforter is from Out of Hand in G<span style="font-family: Theinhardt, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, Oxygen-Sans, Ubuntu, Cantarell, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, sans-serif;">reat Barrington</span><span style="font-family: Theinhardt, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, Oxygen-Sans, Ubuntu, Cantarell, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, sans-serif;"> , Massachusetts, the table lamp is by Christopher Spitzmiller, and the vintage rug came from a dealer in Cleveland . With her daughter's help, Priscilla carried the (</span><span style="font-family: Theinhardt, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, Oxygen-Sans, Ubuntu, Cantarell, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, sans-serif;">since reupholstered) </span><span style="font-family: Theinhardt, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, Oxygen-Sans, Ubuntu, Cantarell, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, sans-serif;">Jonathan Adler chair home from his shop on Atlantic Avenue. "The store was closing, so the chair was so cheap that having it delivered would have cost more than the chair itself,

The primary bedroom has small windows but lofty ceilings with original exposed beams. The comforter is from Out of Hand in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the table lamp is by Christopher Spitzmiller, and the vintage rug came from a dealer in Cleveland. With her daughter's help, Priscilla carried the (since reupholstered) Jonathan Adler chair home from his shop on Atlantic Avenue. "The store was closing, so the chair was so cheap that having it delivered would have cost more than the chair itself," the homeowner says.  The oil and enamel painting is by Kate Shepherd from Galerie Lelong & Co. in Chelsea.

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Townhouse Renovation in Cobble Hill

Townhouse Renovation in Cobble Hill

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Townhouse Renovation in Cobble Hill floor plan

Townhouse Renovation in Cobble Hill floor plan

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Wonderland Park Residence

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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.


U House

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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.

Extension & Courtyard Facing Study
Hidden Kitchen Pantry Opening
Hidden Kitchen Pantry Opened
Master Ensuite with Skylight
Study Nook in Bedroom


VH APPARTMENT

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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.

Dining Room
Dinning Room
Dinning Room
Living Room
Living Room


Nuestro Sueño

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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.


House Perched in the Trees

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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.


6 Tiny Homes and Studios You Can Buy on Amazon

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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 garish novelty items—and now, there are even DIY kits to help you construct your own tiny guest house, shed, office, or lounge. Take a look at the prefabricated units Amazon has to offer, and get ready to upgrade your backyard.

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.

Allwood Mayflower Cabin Kit

The Allwood Mayflower Cabin Kit is available on Amazon and comes on wheels for mobility, but a sister model without wheels is also available.

The Allwood Mayflower Cabin Kit is available on Amazon and comes with wheels for mobility. A sister model without wheels is also available.

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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.

12x20 Kit From DIY Log Cabins

This log cabin kit is ideal as a studio in the woods, a fishing or hunting cabin sitting next to the lake, or even a log cabin get-away.

This log cabin kit is ideal as a studio in the woods, a fishing or hunting cabin sitting next to the lake, or even a log cabin get-away.

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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.

Ecohousemart Laminated Log House Kit

You can buy just about anything on Amazon these days, from mundane household necessities to garish novelty items—and now, there are even DIY kits to help you construct your own tiny guest house, shed, office, or lounge. Take a look at the prefabricated units Amazon has to offer, and get ready to upgrade your backyard.

Ecohousemart offers a three-bedroom, one-bathroom Laminated Log House Kit through Amazon.

Photo: Amazon

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.

Weizhengheng Expandable Container House

Solar panels on the roof make this prefabricated home more eco-friendly than many others on the market.

Solar panels allow this prefabricated home to generate its own electricity.

Photo: Amazon

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.

BestBarns Richmond 16' x 28' Shed Kit

BetterShed's Richmond kit provides a two-floor space with dimensions of 16 feet by 28 feet. The kit includes the main framing components for the shed, but windows, doors, lighting, and other elements like foundations and insulation are not included.

BetterShed’s Richmond kit can be used to build a two-floor structure with dimensions of 16 feet by 28 feet. The kit includes the main framing components, but windows, doors, lighting, and other elements for the foundation and insulation are not included.

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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.

Whole Wood Cabins Plymouth 165

With wood siding, a gabled roof, and a front porch, the Plymouth kit is easy to assemble in a backyard.

With wood siding, a gabled roof, and a front porch, the Plymouth kit is easy to assemble in a backyard.

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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.

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9 Shipping Container Home Floor Plans That Maximize Space

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Think outside the rectangle with these space-efficient shipping container designs.

“It’s the biggest one you can get,” says Patrick Powers of the shipping container he revamped and moved to Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Steel frames hold ample glazing, including a pair of custom 2,000-pound sliding doors.

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.

The Bachelor(ette) by Custom Container Living

The Bachelor(ette) is one of Custom Container Living’s smaller units, coming in at 160 square feet within a single 20-foot-long container. It includes a small galley kitchen, separate bathroom, and space for a twin bed.

The Bachelor(ette) is one of Custom Container Living’s smaller units, coming in at 160 square feet within a single 20-foot-long container. It includes a small galley kitchen, separate bathroom, and space for a twin bed.

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Envisioned as an Airbnb rental, in-law suite, off-grid getaway, or backyard bedroom or office, the design provides space for a 42-inch shower in the bathroom, an armchair, and a twin bed.

Envisioned as an Airbnb rental, in-law suite, off-grid getaway, or backyard bedroom or office, the design provides space for a 42-inch shower in the bathroom, an armchair, and a twin bed.

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Within 960 square feet, the H03 by Honomobo offers a generous primary bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a second bedroom and bathroom, and an open kitchen/dining/living space.

Within 960 square feet, the H03 by Honomobo offers a generous primary bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a second bedroom and bathroom, and an open kitchen/dining/living space.

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Multiple options and upgrades for the H03 are available, including a gas- or wood-burning fireplace and up to two walls of glass.

Multiple options and upgrades for the H03 are available, including a gas- or wood-burning fireplace and up to two walls of glass.

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Modern Container Architecture

Container architecture is one of the most sustainable building types in the modern day world and is already widely used in many countries. Architects and artists incorporate containers' unique aesthetic value to house various functions such as stores, exhibitions, museums, and houses. In recent years, designers in China have begun to pay close attention to this construction field, and more and more creative container houses are being built in big cities. This book contains many excellent cases, showing readers the unique charm of modern container architecture.

Stack, Cut, Assemble ISO 668: How to Use Shipping Containers in Architecture

A key symbol of globalization, containers have connected the globe for many decades, 20 or 40 feet of pure steel reduced to the essentials. Now the networking is entering its second round: Architecturally redesigned containers are present in our direct living environments as an expression of a contemporary lifestyle – independent, flexible, and unconventional. This volume presents the latest container projects from around the world and shows how originally mass-produced items can be turned into exceptional one-of-a-kind objects. As bars, exhibition spaces, or pop-up stores they are present in the urban context as a platform for communication and consumption, while expanded container modules serve as interestingly understated homes, and individual box elements offer creative work environments. The phrase "to think outside the box" is thus given an architectural identity.

Container Atlas: A Practical Guide to Container Architecture

Container Atlas seeks out luxurious remote hideaways, urban dwellings, community centers, and more, all showing how the humble container can put the fab into pre-fab. Container architecture has become an essential part of our twenty-first century surroundings, with it being used to create modular structures for pavilions, brand showrooms, retail premises, and even residential homes. Ten years after the first publication of Container Atlas, this eagerly anticipated follow-up charts how this movement has evolved into an essential part of today’s architectural vocabulary. Container Atlas serves as a practical and inspirational reference not only for architects and engineers, but also for all creatives eager to learn about the rich and diverse language of container architecture and modular building.

Luckdrops’ Studio+ is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom shipping container home with 287 square feet of living space. The $38,000 home features light, bright, and modern interiors that are miles away from what you might expect the inside of a shipping container to look like.

Luckdrops’s base model, the Studio+, is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom shipping container home with 287 square feet of living space. Starting at $45,000, the home features light, bright, and modern interiors.

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Studio+ incorporates a galley kitchen and an L-shaped dining area in the main living space. The bathroom creates a natural corridor that leads to the bedroom at the far end of the home.

Studio+ includes a full kitchen, full bathroom, and a separate bedroom. The living room fits a two-seat sofa, flat screen TV, and a coffee table. It’s wired for TV, internet, and enough outlets to plug in all of your devices.

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Designed for an artist and entrepreneur client, this guest house features lots of light, access to the outdoors, and an industrial vibe.

Designed for an artist and entrepreneur client, this guest house features lots of light, access to the outdoors, and an industrial vibe.

Photo: Chris Cooper

The shipping container guest house has three distinct spaces: a living area with glass doors that open to a front porch, a bathroom with a composting toilet, and an air-conditioned garden shed with a separate entrance.

The shipping container guest house has three distinct spaces: a living area with glass doors that open to a front porch, a bathroom with a composting toilet, and an air-conditioned garden shed with a separate entrance.

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SG Blocks is based in Texas and is committed to sourcing used shipping containers for all their designs, whether residential, commercial, military, or otherwise. Their shipping container homes start at $90,000.

SG Blocks is based in Texas and is committed to sourcing used shipping containers for all their designs, whether residential, commercial, military, or otherwise. Their shipping container homes start at $90,000.

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SG Blocks' Bluebell Cottage model has two bedrooms, a common bathroom, and an open concept kitchen and living room in its 40-foot long shipping container.

SG Blocks' Bluebell Cottage model has two bedrooms, a common bathroom, and an open concept kitchen and living room in its 40-foot long shipping container.

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The HomeCube is a one-bedroom shipping container home that sells for $68,200. Rhino Cubed designed the 320-square-foot home with a foldaway queen bed and lots of cabinet and closet space.

The HomeCube is a one-bedroom, 320-square-foot shipping container home from Rhino Cubed. The design features a foldaway queen bed and lots of cabinet and closet space.

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The eco-friendly design is made out of a single 40-foot-long container, and it can be outfitted with a washer, dryer, and dishwasher if desired. The main entrance is through a double sliding glass door at one of the short ends of the home.

The eco-friendly design is made out of a single 40-foot-long container, and it can be outfitted with a washer, dryer, and dishwasher if desired. The main entrance is through a double sliding glass door at one of the short ends of the home.

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CW Dwellings designs affordable shipping container homes starting at $36,500. Their Sparrow 208 model is a studio-style home with a generous covered deck.

CW Dwellings designs affordable shipping container homes that start at $36,500. Their Sparrow 208 model is a studio-style home with a generous covered deck.

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The Sparrow 208 has a bump-out on one side that measures 16’ x 3’. The extra square footage goes a long way, allowing for additional storage, a seating area, a washer/dryer, and an air conditioning unit.

The Sparrow 208 has a bump-out on one side that measures 16 feet by 3 feet. The extra square footage goes a long way, allowing for additional storage, a seating area, a washer/dryer, and an air conditioning unit.

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Based in California, Kubed Living provides full-service design and project coordination for shipping container structures that promote sustainable living. They offer both custom and pre-designed layouts.

Based in California, Kubed Living provides full-service design and project coordination for shipping container structures that promote sustainable living. They offer both custom and pre-designed layouts.

Courtesy of Kubed Living

Courtesy of Kubed Living

This custom build by Backcountry Containers comprises two 40-foot-long containers connected by a more traditional stick-built great room.

This custom build by Backcountry Containers comprises two 40-foot-long containers connected by a more traditional stick-built great room.

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Private areas (including bedrooms and bathrooms) are located in the shipping container “wings” of the home. The large, open great room features a kitchen and space for living and dining. The layout carefully balances secluded space with open common areas.

Private areas (including bedrooms and bathrooms) are located in the "wings" of the home. The large, open great room features a kitchen with a living/dining area.

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A Brick-and-Concrete Home With a Library Emphasizes Circular Motifs in Mexico

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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.

Courtesy of Daniela Bucio Sistos

Courtesy of Daniela Bucio Sistos

"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."

Courtesy of Daniela Bucio Sistos

Courtesy of Daniela Bucio Sistos

Courtesy of Daniela Bucio Sistos

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.

Courtesy of Daniela Bucio Sistos

Courtesy of Daniela Bucio Sistos

Courtesy of Daniela Bucio Sistos

Courtesy of Daniela Bucio Sistos

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.

Courtesy of Daniela Bucio Sistos

Courtesy of Daniela Bucio Sistos

"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.

Courtesy of Daniela Bucio Sistos

Courtesy of Daniela Bucio Sistos

Courtesy of Daniela Bucio Sistos

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Project Credits:

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


A Dazzling Home by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Final Apprentice Lists for the First Time

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The Atlanta residence, built in 1974 by architect Robert Green, is seeking a new owner for $749,000.

In the living room, recessed lighting is used to emphasize the original wood-clad ceilings.

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.

Set on a hilltop lot, the 1974 abode offers a quiet city escape while being conveniently located to various popular areas, including Buckhead, Midtown, and Sandy Springs.

Set on a hilltop lot, the 1974 home offers a quiet city escape while being conveniently located to various popular areas, including Buckhead, Midtown, and Sandy Springs.

Photo by Jake Green of Peaceful Sea Productions

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.

Upon entry, an extensive built-in desk area sits at the edge of the primary living spaces.

Upon entry, an extensive built-in desk area sits at the edge of the primary living spaces.

Photo by Jake Green of Peaceful Sea Productions

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.

In the living room, recessed lighting is used to emphasize the original wood-clad ceilings.

In the living room, recessed lighting is used to emphasize original wood-clad ceilings.

Photo by Jake Green of Peaceful Sea Productions

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."

The broad stone fireplace soars to the ceiling, enhancing the room's overall sense of space.

The broad stone fireplace soars to the ceiling, enhancing the room’s overall sense of scale.

Photo by Jake Green of Peaceful Sea Productions

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.

Another view of the living spaces showcasing the open layout and cohesive material palette.

Another view of the living spaces showcases the open layout and cohesive material palette.

Photo by Jake Green of Peaceful Sea Productions

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.

Stone floors line the dining area, complementing the fireplace steps away.

Stone floors line the dining area, complementing the fireplace steps away.

Photo by Jake Green of Peaceful Sea Productions

The vaulted ceilings continue into the kitchen, where blue cabinetry adds a subtle pop of color.

The vaulted ceilings continue into the kitchen, where blue cabinetry adds subtle color.

Photo by Jake Green of Peaceful Sea Productions

Sliding glass doors wrap around the rear sunroom, opening the space to the wooded lot.

 Sliding glass doors wrap around the rear sunroom, opening the space to the wooded lot.

Photo by Jake Green of Peaceful Sea Productions

The sunroom is extended outdoors via a generous deck, offering a shaded corner to relax.

The sunroom is extended outdoors via a generous deck, offering a shaded corner to relax.

Photo by Jake Green of Peaceful Sea Productions

The primary bedroom presents a bright, airy retreat, complete with a custom-built shelving unit that divides the space with the ensuite bath.

The primary bedroom presents a bright, airy retreat, complete with a custom-built shelving unit that divides the space from the ensuite bath.

Photo by Jake Green of Peaceful Sea Productions

In the bathroom, two sets of sliding doors unveil an oversized shower and a walk-in closet.

In the bathroom, two sets of sliding doors unveil an oversize shower and a walk-in closet.

Photo by Jake Green of Peaceful Sea Productions

There is also a large bonus room included in the home which can easily serve as an office, gym, or guest suite.

The home also includes a large bonus room, which can easily serve as an office, gym, or guest suite.

Photo by Jake Green of Peaceful Sea Productions

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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A Renovated Barcelona Flat Glows With All-White Interiors and Restored Brick Ceilings

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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.

Photo: José Hevia

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.

Photo: José Hevia

Photo: José Hevia

Photo: José Hevia

"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.

Photo: José Hevia

Photo: José Hevia

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.

Photo: José Hevia

Photo: José Hevia

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.

Photo: José Hevia

Photo: José Hevia

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."

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Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Allaround Lab / @allaroundlab

Interior Design: Allaround Lab

Cabinetry: IKEA cabinets customized by Cubro / @cubro_design

Photographer:  José Hevia


25 Outdoor Party Essentials for Every Kind of Fourth of July Shindig

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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.

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.

Everdure CUBE Portable Charcoal Grill

BBQ is a total go. Close your eyes and imagine firing up the coals out on the beach...or snacking on barbecue chicken right on your campsite. Then, open them—and take in this portable charcoal grill. It does all that and more, thanks to its very-smart design.

Neso Grande Beach Tent

Large and in charge, the Neso Grande beach tent is perfect for a beach day with family and friends. Made out of a Lycra/Nylon blend. UPF 50+ and water resistant. Weighs only 6.5 lbs.

Weber 22" Original Kettle Charcoal Grill

The one that started it all. Chances are you’ve met this hotshot—it was invented by Weber’s founder, and it’s been sizzling its way onto patios the world over ever since. We can think of a few reasons it’s so popular: First, it’s got a porcelain-enameled lid and bowl, which retain heat without ever rusting or peeling. Then there’s the easy-cleaning grate inside that can hold up to 13 burgers, along with dampers for ultra-precise temperature control. A hook on the side holds the lid for you, while the lever on the bottom pushes cinders and debris into the ash catcher down below. (Oh hey, hassle-free cleanup.) Plans for this weekend? Backyard barbecue, your place.

Sunnylife Picnic Blanket

Stylishly claim a grassy patch or sandy spot with this durable printed blanket that neatly rolls into the included sling so you can beach hop all summer long.

Yard Games Wooden Outdoor Tumbling Timbers

Leaning tower of timbers. Your favorite tumbling timber game is now giant-sized. This game set comes with 56 blocks for you and your friends to stack up and up. The tower starts at a lofty 2 or 2 1/2 feet (depending on which size set you snap up) and it’ll climb up to 4 or 5 feet—if you’ve got the stacking skills, that is. It’s all crafted from sustainably sourced New Zealand pine wood, then sanded smooth for seamless play. Oh, and since it comes in a very totable case? You can plan on bringing it to the park next weekend.

Pottery Barn Globe Outdoor String Lights

Ready for warmer weather or want to create some year-round ambiance? Let's get glowing with these bistro-style string lights. With two lengths to choose from—plus the option to connect up to three together—you can create an overhead design worthy of a French café or hang them from your fence or deck railing for extra illumination.

Picnic Time Fold-Up Adventure Wagon

The real deal. You know what you’re about. You come into the wilderness prepared—with flavor and class. You’re the friend in the group who makes sure to bring tasty beverages and keeps them cold. You’re the one with a plan for cooking and plating the campfire dinner. And you’re the one bringing the folding utility wagon, because you don’t mess around. With its heavy-duty wheels and telescopic handle, it goes where you go (and saves your back). Its inner liner is waterproof (and can convert into a giant ice cooler), and the top is sturdy enough to double as a table. Best of all? It folds up into a compact size and includes a fitted cover for easy transport and storage. Whether you’re a campfire chef, hardcore picnicker, or tailgate mastermind, this is the real deal.

Swoon Lemonade - 12 Pack

Swoon Lemonade tastes just like the one you grew up loving. Only ours doesn't have any sugar and is made sweet by monk fruit. Plus, it's fewer than 10 calories. Why stop at one can?

Grillight 2-Piece Stainless Steel LED Spatula & Tong Set

This set is perfect for any grilling enthusiast. The spatula flips, stirs or serves, while the tongs make it easy to move food from a plate to the grill. LED flashlights built into each handle light up your food, so it’s easy to monitor it as it cooks. Whether you’re at a campsite or grilling outdoors, this set makes it easy to grill at any time—day or night. Comes packaged in a box perfect for gifting. Includes spatula and tongs.

Snow Peak Fire Tool Set

Fire maintenance is the key to successful grilling and this Japanese-designed steel-and-bamboo set lets you safely—and oh-so stylishly—tend the coals. The shovel, poker and fire tongs fit snugly in a canvas case for storage or transport.

Rumpl Puffy Outdoor Blanket

Fluff the magic blanket. If you’re ever looking for this very-clever blanket, just look at the intersection of “duvet” and “sleeping bag.” A happy medium between the two, the original outdoor Puffy is packable, portable, and warm as all get-out. With a ripstop shell and insulation made from 100% recycled materials (no down here!), it’s here in a bevvy of good looking colors for every adventure. Plus, you can get cozy knowing that you’re doing something good for the planet, too.

Wolfum Handcrafted Wooden Cornhole

Toss up. This isn’t your average game of cornhole, and for lots of reasons. For starters, there are those whimsical patterns, dreamed up by designer Annabel Inganni. Then there’s the baltic birch they’re printed on, which has been UV treated to stand up to outdoor play. Both boards have fold-up legs for snappy setup and storage, plus they come with eight bean bags (four in two different prints, so you’ll always know whose are whose).

Baggu Wine Baggu Set of 3

A set of three reusable bags, perfectly proportioned for bottles of wine — or olive oil, or sparkling water, or kombucha... the list goes on! Great for picnics, gift giving, or trips to the store. Each bag folds into its own flat pouch, with a keychain loop so it'll never slip away.

Backpack Backgammon & Checkers

Putting your game away shouldn't be the most challenging part of playing. This two-in-one board game and backpack from A Summer Shop is a cinch to pack. The printed drawstring game board and wood game pieces are crafted in the USA and stow easily so you can take on new challengers anywhere.

Picnic Time Sun Shelter Pop-Up Tent

No shade, no problem. Take a breather from the beach volleyball or a nap at the park in the shade of this pop-up tent’s lightweight polyester shell. (On breezy days, keep the shelter in place with stakes.) Our favorite part: It’s super fun to set up! Packed away as a round disc, all you have to do is hold it away from you, give it a little toss, and boom, it snaps right open. We were gonna to say it’s magic, but we’re resisting the urge. Okay, it’s pretty magical.

JBL FLIP 5 Portable Waterproof Speaker

JBL’s waterproof smart speakers have many capabilities you’d expect of a top outdoor speaker—including powerful sound, long battery life, and a waterproof design. What ups the ante is its built-in noise- and echo-cancelling speakerphone, which allows you to take calls without external noise interfering.

Feast From the Fire: 65 Summer Recipes to Cook and Share Outdoors

What better way to celebrate summer than to enjoy the very best food cooked over the fire whether at the beach, camping, or in your own back yard. Combining fresh flavors with exciting grilling techniques including cooking on a fire pit grill, salt block cooking, and cedar-plank smoking, Valerie Aikman-Smith presents 65 recipes for relaxed summer entertaining. The first chapter features delicious seafood recipes including Baja Fish Tacos with Blistered Jalape os, Grilled Snapper in Banana Leaves, and Mezcal Lime Shrimp. For meat-lovers there's a host of ideas for grilling your favorite fare such as Jerk Pork with Mango Chutney and Grilled Honey Plantains, Portuguese Piri Piri Poussin, and an All-American Burger. Valerie includes fabulous vegetable dishes from Grilled Zucchini Flowers with Shiso Lemon Salt to Roasted Cauliflower with Walnut Romesco. Sweet Things designed to round off an alfresco feast include Matcha Ice Cream with Black Sesame Praline or a classic Grilled Banana Split with Dark Chocolate Sauce. Finally, if all the heat has made you thirsty, try a Basil Aperol Spritz with Flowering Herbs, Sicilian Slush Cocktail, or a Watermelon Margarita.

Goodee Hammam Towel - Multicolor

When it's time to upgrade your bath linen, Goodee's hammam towel is a thoughtful choice. Inspired by the bath towels commonly used in Turkish spas — a staple of the 'Hamam' culture dating back centuries — here's a cheerful, high-quality towel you'll keep for many years. Hand-woven in Turkey with GOTS certified organic cotton using a time-honored looping method, this towel will get softer and more absorbent over time. It's actually so comfortable you could even use it as a blanket or take it to the beach. Hang it to dry using its convenient loop.

REI Co-op Kingdom Porch

West Elm partnered with outdoor gear specialist REI on a line of products to make your adventures more comfortable. The Kingdom Porch is a collapsible shelter perfect for backyard hangouts, the beach and the park. Its spacious interior offers plenty of room for chairs, gear and more, and it's easy to carry thanks to the lightweight design and simple set up.

Picnic Time The Monaco Backpack Beach Chair

Rest easy. And the award for comfiest beach chair goes to...this hotshot right here. Let’s start with the cozy details first: It’s got an extra-wide seat made from trusty polyester canvas, along with a pillow up top for impromptu snoozes. And the lightweight aluminum frame? It can recline into, count ‘em, six different seating positions. (Shoutout to the armrest cupholder that’s keeping our summer sips within reach.) The easy-going doesn’t stop when it’s time to pack up, either—this one folds up into a shoulder-friendly backpack with just a few flicks. Picnics and beach days, here we come.

West Elm Modern Melamine Dinnerware (Set of 12)

Bright and light, designer Aaron Probyn’s sleek, modern update of melamine plates brings unbreakable style to outdoor dining. Rimmed plates make carrying food even easier (no spills!). In summery hues, they’re fun to mix and match anywhere from picnic to pool to dinner party.

Picnic Time Insulated Cooler Tote Bag

Wherever you go. ...Whatever you do, this insulated cooler tote will be right here keeping your drinks and snacks cool-as-can-be. It’s got a spacious compartment that’s big enough to carry—count ‘em—24 soda cans, and it’s lined with water-resistant PVC that’ll stop leaks right in their tracks. And with the pocket on the side, your wallet and keys can tag along for the ride, too. This one has a super-durable polyester exterior, so it’s safe to say it’s up for more than a few adventures.

Fredericks & Mae Citronella Hanging Coil

Buh-bye to the buzz. When balmy nights call for lounging under the stars, one thing’s for certain: Your buzzy mosquito friends will be sure to keep you company. Keep those uninvited guests at bay with a citronella coil. It works like this: You light up one end, and the coil lets off a slow-and-steady stream of citronella-infused smoke. The lemony scent of citronella, a grass native to Southeast Asia, masks the human odors that make you so enticing to mosquitos. Citronella is non-toxic to humans and animals, so you don’t even have to worry about harming those pesky bugs. What’s especially brilliant: it can be hung at various heights, allowing the fragrant, bug-repelling smoke to disperse evenly for full coverage. Plus, they make for quirky, eye-catching decorations.

REI Co-op Cool Haul 24 Soft Cooler

Just add 10 lbs. of ice, and the REI Co-op Cool Haul 24 will keep 24 cans chilled below 40°F for up to 65 hrs.—enough for a heck of a well-hydrated weekend campout or an epic road trip.

Holiday Bright Lights Outdoor Patio Lights

Shine on (and on). Hang these bright lights over your patio (or any outdoor space, really), and you’ll have yourself a new favorite spot at home. Each string you see here is a whopping 12 feet long—that’s 6 bulbs spaced two feet apart—so there’s plenty of glow to go around. It’s all long-lasting LED, so you can go ahead and kick back for a while.

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