background preloader

Before & after: trolley depot renovation

Before & after: trolley depot renovation
It’s always been my dream to live in a home with airy, open rooms and lots of exposed bricks, so when this renovation project from Amy came across my desk, I was instantly smitten. Located in Atlanta, this building is about 100 years old and originally served as a trolley depot. Thankfully, Amy and her husband did a wonderful job preserving many of the original details while adding some modern touches that complement the overall aesthetic beautifully. Wonderful job, Amy! Have a Before & After you’d like to share? Read more about Amy’s renovation after the jump! Time: 1 year Cost: $500k Basic Steps: The basic steps we took to achieve the look were to preserve the original space as much as possible and use the existing lines (like the arched windows) in other elements, like the niche, and the arched doorway — even the arch of the armoire.

Summer House Vestfold 2 by JVA By Eric • Nov 10, 2011 • Selected Work Norvegian studio Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects (JVA) has completed the Summer House Vestfold 2 project in 2009. This single level contemporary summer house is located in Vestfold, a county in Norway. Summer House Vestfold 2 by JVA: “The Summer house is located on the coast of Vestfold in the southern part of Norway. The house replaces an older building at the site. The house and terraces are partly built upon existing stone walls, the parts of the walls which are new are made of stones from the blasting at the site. The low elongated volume is cut into to allow for wind shielded outdoor areas, embraced by the house itself. On the outer perimeter of terraces and pool, a glass fence also protects against wind, but allows for maximum view. Photos by: Nils Petter Dale Source: ArchDaily Click any photo to see a larger image - Use buttons or j/k/arrow keys to navigate through the articles

Milan’s Vertical Forest Wednesday, 12 October 2011 GreenMuze Staff Milan’s Vertical Forest from Stefan Boeri Architects. The Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) will be the greenest building in Milan when completed, which is one of Europe’s most polluted cities. Designed by Stefan Boeri Architects, as part of their BioMilano vision to incorporate 60 abandoned farms into a greenbelt surrounding the city. The Bosco Verticale building has a green façade planted with dense forest systems to provide a building microclimate and to filter out polluting dust particles. Each apartment balcony will have trees (900 plantings are planned for the two buildings) that will provide shade in the summer and drop their leaves in winter to allow in winter sunlight. Visit: Via Inhabitat

Kaweah Falls House, a River Runs Through it! By Eric • Mar 28, 2011 • Selected Work Located in Three Rivers, a rustic yet stylish community which serves as the gateway to the Sequoia National Park in California, this home was built in 1942 by architect Frank Robert, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. This single-family residence is unique for its design which actually spans the rushing flume waters, and yet is absolute riverfront to the main river adjacent. There are four private living spaces for a total of 3,000+ sq/ft with 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 2 kitchens plus several private decks and porches all with amazing river views. In case you are interested in this inspiring retreat, it is offered at $1,950,000 at the time of writing. The gated entry reveals a verdant paradise nestled amid mature trees and lush vegetation. The bright and open public rooms are stylish and sophisticated, and include a bar with a glass counter and floor which give a bird’s-eye view directly down to the river and the rainbow trout.

Attic Loft In Stockholm, Sweden | Attic Loft In Stockholm, Sweden. Here is another gorgeous rooftop retrofit from one of the many the generous attics of the old city of Stockholm. The modern and stylish house offers an open floor plan with windows that give plenty of daylight. Via house idea — Melina Divani Melina Divani is the owner and creator of The Portabello Residence in Corona Del Mar By Eric • Jul 14, 2011 • Selected Work Located on Brighton Rod in Corona Del Mar, an exclusive neighborhood in the heart of Newport Beach, California, the sprawling Portabello Estate was eventually sold in late 2010 for $34.1 million, less than half the original $75 million asking price! This spectacular 22,000 square-foot oceanfront residence features eight bedrooms (2,000 square foot master bedroom), ten bathrooms (plus five half-baths), and two saltwater pools surrounded by 3-storey high grotto cliffs! For the price, you also get a 2-lane bowling alley with shoe and ball “rental” area, a state-of-the-art movie theater with marquee, powder rooms, stage and ticket booth, Jewelry “store” ideal for the display of family heirlooms and an automotive museum including climate/pressure control and lighting to display up to 12 collectible cars! Would you feel at home in this house? Amenities Highlights: The Portabello Master suite: Source: The McMonigle Group

A dream treehouse · Sheepy Me I've always wanted a treehouse when I was a child but living in a city made it a little difficult. Instead, we would built forts, tents or just crawl under the bed to play. It's weird right now but back then we really loved having those hideouts where nobody could find us. We could stay there for as long as we wanted. Telling horror stories and feeling like these were the safest places to be. But what happens if you're an adult and still dream of a treehouse? I did a little web research for treehouses all over the world and oh my what I found. Safe Arbor in Switzerland. Trillium. The enchanted forest. A modern, pitched roof treehouse. A treehouse morning. A dream treehouse. Those are just a few of many treehouses.

Beautiful Warehouse Conversion in Melbourne By Eric • Feb 14, 2011 • Selected Work Spotted on MBP, here is a completely renovated apartment located in a historic building in Melbourne, Australia. This three bedroom, two bathroom residence is on sale and according to the agent, “this superlative warehouse conversion in “Leicester House”, an historic 1880′s building, provides privacy and vast spaces. It features soaring warehouse ceilings, huge original arched timber windows, exposed red brick walls, imposing brick archways of 65 cm depth and high gloss timber floors. By day it is imposing and by night dramatic.” The exposed brick walls and the high concrete ceilings make this apartment feel like a loft. Sold! Photos courtesy of MDP Click any photo to see a larger image - Use buttons or j/k/arrow keys to navigate through the articles

Doorless Showers: How to Pull Off the Look For those who have experienced the thrill of outside showers – curtainless, doorless showers are certainly the next best thing. There is something exhilarating about showering without a barrier – to lather up, rinse and let all reserve wash right down the drain. In fact, after experiencing this type of shower just once, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing things this way all along. Brown tiles bathroom with door-less shower Doorless showers are nothing new – but they are taking off as one of the more daring home décor fads. 1) Firstly, keep placement in mind. Door-less shower with penny tiles flooring and walls 2) Secondly, carefully consider your showerhead. Fancy bathroom shower with no doors 3) Thirdly, make sure you have considered your drainage. Modern bathroom with doorless shower 4) Lastly, remember there are other options. Doorless shower in modern bathroom White and bright bathroom with doorless shower Oriental bathroom with doorless shower design

A love of surfing, proximity to the coast, and major life changes inspire a relaxing and thoughtful design It all started 16 years ago when architect and surfer Richard Bubnowski bought a small Arts and Crafts cottage in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. He turned the garage into a surf shack and tinkered with the main house for years. Then as he was getting ready to shingle it in cedar, his future wife Diana threw out the idea of tearing it down and starting over. The result, Surfer's End, is a home with a design influenced by its neighborhood, views, ocean breezes, and the design of the original Arts and Crafts cottage and surf shack. With the new construction came great life changes: While the original cottage housed a bachelor who went off to work for someone else every day, the new place is a family home and serves as base for Bubnowski's architecture practice. See more shingle-style homes