Architecture-Design

Loft (Qb3 Design)

How many of you could be okay with open cabinetry in your kitchen? This photo of Frank and Ditta Hoeber’s Philadelphia loft sure makes it tempting, doesn’t it? Check out the spread from LoftLife Magazine for more inspiration.

Frank and Ditta Hoeber’s Philadelphia loft is all about display. The architectural and design firm behind the space, Qb3 Design, wanted to create a “silent background” within which the couple could feature their book collection, art and objects.

See it here.

Muennig’s Cooper Point Home

Wall Street Journal’s Magazine has a great article on eco-architect Micky Muennig’s Cooper Point Home. Take a look.

This house on Cooper Point, with its budding roof of wild grasses and California poppies, is one of his most impressive projects yet. It’s part of an expansive garden that, theoretically, stretches all the way down to the Pacific Ocean. Part hobbit hole, part high-tech habitat, it’s a perfect blend of old hippie values and the newest in green thinking. “The lifestyle was what really drew me here,” Muennig says. “I always dreamt of living freely in a small cabin.” -WSJ. Magazine

[via designboom]

Martin Swatton Remodel

For anyone who’s in the middle of remodeling, or embarking on a huge remodeling project, it might do you good to see this before and after for inspiration (and hope). It’s pretty amazing how huge the transformation is (I don’t even want to know how much it cost or how long it took)…it’s also for sale in case there are any interested parties out there.

visit martinswatton.com
more photos: livingetc.

Dollahite House

If you’re into the real estate market in Austin, you might be interested to know the Dollahite house is on the market. Featured in Dwell a while back, it’s an excellent example of how a teardown house can be salvaged back to life with impressive results. (Particularly interesting to me is the simple modern landscaping (as shown top right)…mostly how it’s been added to/matured since the first photo was taken.)

To see the listing, go here.

To see Blake Dollahite’s work and the house in detail, go here.
[via materialicious]

Loft, Renwick Street, New York

You know, renovating is no big deal. For example, if you need more space, why not just combine two whole floors of a building? It probably doesn’t take a lot of time or money…right?

All kidding aside, the gigantic windows are pretty amazing, and I like the choice of keeping the materials relatively simple and spare so that the space remains visually open and airy. The concrete floors give a nice history and sheen, although I’m starting to wonder about the heating bills in a place this size…with those windows…though I guess if you can afford to have a place like this, heating bills aren’t such a worry.

Two adjacent floors of a former factory were joined by removing a quadrant of the floor area between them, creating a double-height space that links all parts of the loft. A large, new opening in the exterior wall replaced two rows of existing windows. Industrial steel sashes were used to break down the scale of the opening and to reference neighboring natural-light factories. Public areas on the lower level utilize a concrete floor—a nod to the building’s past— while wide-board oak was used for the stairs and upstairs bedrooms. The building’s rough textured columns and beams became a counterpoint to the smooth surfaces of the new walls.

[via LoftLife Magazine]

to see more: fernlund + logan architects

Private Residence by Odos Architects

Wow. Look at how this home’s outside wall curves alongside the street perfectly…and how the wooden entrance provides such a nice warm contrast against the dark facade with only one large window at the edge facing the street. Lovely.

Project Info:
The design and aesthetic of this private residence is a reflection of both it’s semi-industrial context and the particular geometry of the site. The two-storey element of the building was partially sunk below ground level, with the resulting change in level being utilised in section to create complex relationships between the living volumes and external spaces.

[via materialicious]

to see more: ODOS architects

Fold away tables

This apartment located in New York has a smart solution for keeping clutter at bay: both tables shown above fold away into the walls, clearing up floor space. Especially interesting is the use of color…I love that when the tables are being used, bright swatches of color show, yet when folded away, the space remains pure and white.

See it here.

[via NYTimes]

Ames Alley Cottage by Boor Bridges Architects

I’m loving the grey colors and treatments of the Ames Alley Cottage by Boor Bridges Architects. Originally a dance studio, the new space still has an open plan but now has a new face lift.

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Villa Berkel

This home has a very Farnsworth House/Mies Van Der Rohe sort of feel to it, with the exterior walls all being glass and with a central core. One difference however, is that in the Farnsworth house, the bathrooms are in the central core, and this fabulous bathroom is out there for everyone to see.

[posted by kris]

More information:

View Villa Berkel here

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Bathroom Inspiration at Door 16

If you’ve been following the remodel section, you know that I’m currently remodeling an old home. Due to budget constraints, that means lots of waiting and obsessing on the internet trying to find solutions. Ordinarily, I would know exactly how to do the remodel, but in this case, my home is an old California Craftsman, and I’m not really sure how to honor the old structure while updating it. Basically, I don’t have enough experience with the style to know how to proceed.

One salvation for me has been Door 16. While her home is a Victorian and the styles are somewhat different, some of the updates she is doing would actually work quite well in a Craftsman.

These are some bathrooms she posted late last year for inspiration and I’m thinking these style might work in my home.

[posted by kris]

Confusion by Pravdoliub Ivanov

I love when design injects a little humor into your day.

[posted by kris]

More information:

View Confusion by Pravdoliub Ivanov here

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Home of Sebastien Guardard via the Selby

Here’s the amazing Paris home of Sebastien Guardard. I love how narrow his bathroom is. (Because mine’s only 40″ deep and I’m looking for inspiration!)

[posted by kris]

Bronte Road Residence in Sydney Australia

This kitchen is fantastic. Obviously, the wood floors are nice and the layout is perfection, but I especially love the giant vent hood masquerading as a giant lamp fixture.

[posted by kris]

Beachfront Facelift

I’m flabbergasted by this remodel–I can’t even believe it’s the same structure.
It took 5 years and several hundred thousand dollars to complete. The architect and owners faced an interesting challenge because tearing the property down would have been more economical than the remodel, but it would have meant losing their beach view due to new building regulations.

More information:

View Beachfront Facelift here

Brooklyn Brownstone Remodel

I am loving the remodel of this Brooklyn Brownstone. I think I love it so much it hurts. It’s so spacious and white and airy and I love all their books. Sigh.

[posted by kris]

More information:

View Brooklyn Brownstone Remodel here

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