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Roomy Remake: 40M Garage Home, Before & After [Photos] With only forty square meters of space and a single side that can access the outdoors, this little garage is an unlikely candidate for a home retrofit. Amazingly, a plan was made and successfully executed to convert the homeliest of tiny structures into an enviable abode. The before and after photographs of the renovation by Fabre/DeMarien are nothing short of astonishing – a nondescript, white-painted, corrugated-metal garage door that formerly folded upward was replaced with a warm pair of wood panels that slide past one another. Inside, a small forecourt opens up in two directions to access the interior – or serve as a secluded wooden-planked deck space when the front section is closed off to the street. ?Suddenly, the dull curved red tiles on the roof also seem quaint and homey against the wood grain rather than awkward and old.

Amazing House Built Across a River This rustic retreat was built right in the heart of Three Rivers, California near the entrance to Sequoia National Park where the enchantment of wildlife sightings runs wild. What also happens to run wild is the river that flows under this home, something that has never been done before or ever since! Kaweah Falls was originally designed in the 1940′s by one of Frank Wright’s very own students, but when the second homeowners moved in and remodeled they decided to add an addition to the home that floats over the river bank. Aside from a few cool interior features like a dining room with a glass floor view of the river, there is a footbridge over these waters that lead to a private deck where one can sit and listen to the sounds of fresh water skimming river rocks on the way down from a waterfall found right up the mountain. Check out the video below: The house is up for grabs for just under $2 Million.

Colorfully Inspirational Living Rooms Credits1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 For more inspiration, check out our category of living room designs. Modern Living Rooms from the Far East Inspiration from the land of dragons and emperors! Today we are featuring some living room designs from Pinchen Design, a Chinese based designer whose rooms exude comfort and luxury. Using texture, pattern and colour the rooms have been designed with real application in mind.It might be hard to pick a favourite! The warmth of natural timbers and leather result in a welcoming living room. East meets West in this living room. Luxurious and beautiful but would you risk red wine in this living room? Two identical rooms with different finishes. A cool contemporary living space with clean lines and smooth surfaces. A nice blend of homely comfort and a touch of opulence, a very inviting living room. Masculine and broody. A retro feel with a contemporary twist. Chic country design, (with a brown leather chair for the male of the house perhaps?) Funky light fitting and interesting feature wall Pattern on pattern, this is how its done. Glamour at its over the top best.

Classic and Retro Style Living Rooms Period rooms or reflections of them can be a real tricky venture because if not done wisely, can look tacky and gimmicky or unconvincing. The rooms below represent 3D conceptual spaces from an older era. Though the furniture may not be true to any particular period they’re going for there is no denying the traditional charm in each of them. The designers of these classic and retro style living rooms have added a touch of modernity by mixing contemporary with antique furniture or using a trendy color scheme or pattern that makes them super alluring. One look at this image and you would feel the 50′s are back with contrasting colors and style! Chrome creates a retro feeling in this space created by Thiago Marcondes Classic style chandelier and wallpaper pattern are made modern… Conceived by Sascha Contemporary earth tones dominate this classically designed room by HePe Design This Concept by raaab reflects the 70′s monochromatic schemes with a touch of modern classic furniture.

Earthbag Construction EarthBag Homes - you're standing on the building materials... earthbag home Long sandbags are filled on-site and arranged in layers or as compressed coils. Stabilizers such as cement, lime, or sodium carbonate may be added to an ideal mix of 70% sand, 30% clay. earthbag home Plastic bags recycled into plastic bags -- if plastic does not break down for a thousand years, this building is sure to last several lifetimes. earthbag construction Foundations differ as per site. earthbag construction The time consuming part, filling the bags. earthbag construction Testing the strength of an arch. earthbag home Project Seres, Guatemala. projectseres.org, flickr.com earthbag home CalEarth -- Emergency Shelter Village, Hesperia, California. earthbag home Cal Earth -- Emergency Shelters. earthbag home CalEarth let the layers show. CalEarth -- this might not be totally earthbag, but like the fish face. earthbag home CalEarth photo by Mike Smith flickr.com CalEarth Vault under construction. Resources:

20 Ways to Use Color Psychology in Your Home When you approach home design, you likely do so in a couple of different ways – choosing objects and colors that simply look attractive or using an existing pattern or decor theme to govern your decisions. However, color is a powerful tool that can be used to inspire emotions, create space illusions or simply set the mood and atmosphere for any particular room. Especially when used with interior and exterior painting, color psychology is a great way to create a healthy and beautiful home. The following are 20 ways to use color psychology in your home. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10.) 11.) 12.) 13.) 14.) 15.) 16.) 17.) 18.) 19.) 20.) BIO: This article was written by Philip Rudy who helps to run and maintain a painting contractor website.

20 design landmarks everyone should see before they die When looking for design inspiration, it’s common to look at other people’s websites, illustrations, or photography. But sometimes it’s good to mix things up a bit. Have you ever been hit with a bolt of creative inspiration just by walking down the street? Next time you’re out in town, look up, take a big step back (watching out for traffic of course) and look at the bigger picture. We’re talking architecture - design that’s all around us every day, and most of the time we don’t even notice it. In this article we pay tribute to 25 of the most beautiful, unique, weird and wonderful design-related landmarks around the world. 01. The Cubic Houses, or Kubuswoningen, are an architectural wonder designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom in the 1970s. The design is both practical and innovative. According to Blom the triangular top represents a tree and when the houses are placed together they combine to make an abstract manufactured forest. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. 41 Cooper Square

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