Flipping Out on Bravo

I just got sucked into the Bravo show Flipping Out. It’s pretty amazing what Jeff Lewis can do with a property with good bones.

If you’re entertaining the idea of remodeling your home and looking for ideas, this is a good one to watch.

[posted by kris]

Beckman Guest House Remodel

I love the simple treatments on this Swedish guest house remodel by DAP.

More information here.

(This post’s link was updated 11/19/09.)

P/I apartment staircase, Paritzki & Liani Architects

Whoa, take a look at this staircase. I like how it just disappears into the floor and blends with the wall. My only concern is the lack of railing, I’d be afraid of falling. I guess you’d just have to stay aware and not walk around with your eyes closed.

Paritzki & Liani Architects
[found via mopu42]

Tolstrup’s Beach Chalet

Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama has designed a beach house that’s fit to post on all the blogs today. Within the confines of a very tiny plot of land, the cabin takes advantage of the view and provides sleeping arrangements for a family of four. Nicely done.


Olle Lundberg’s Cabin

Check out the pool/water tank from this cabin by Olle Lundberg of Lundberg Design. It’s the perfect example of how a little elbow grease and a lot of creative thinking (and, uh, also some money) can make a delightful weekend home.

…Aside from his original purchase, his only cost was materials, which came to about $150,000, Mr. Lundberg said; to have the cabin built would have cost roughly $750,000, he estimated.
Mr. Lundberg has built most of the cabin himself, but his staff has contributed plenty of work. Three or four times a year, Mr. Lundberg holds “building parties,” in which employees help Mr. Lundberg with tasks like pouring the foundation, putting up wood framing and installing windows.
It may sound like forced labor, but it’s accompanied by kegs of beer and golf outings, and Mr. Lundberg and Ms. Breuer make the cabin available to employees when they aren’t using it. – Raul A. Barreneche

[via AT]

(I think I’ve spied that interior fireplace/living room in one of DWR‘s product placement shots too…but I can’t remember which one)

Green Roofs/Wall Panels

Audrey over at the Dwell Blog wrote a short article about green roofs that’s worth a look. Installation is not as simple as I’m sure we’d all like to believe, but when done right, green roofs can have important economic benefits that add up into one smart investment.

When looking through some of the companies offering green roof systems, there was some impressive photos of Green Wall Panels by G-SKY that had me imagining my second floor patio walls completely covered in greenery. Might be just the thing for those of us who can’t quite commit (or afford) to redo our roofs yet, but still want to scratch that itch of ‘green-ing’ our home a little bit more. Pricing depends on plant selections, wall type, and overall size.

There’s also ELT Living Walls (not shown), which are a bit more accessible (and affordable, starting at $189.00).

(photo on upper left
[via Dwell Blog]

Bela Cintra 1235 by Triptyque Archtitecture

This apartment by Triptyque Architecture has a few excellent examples of minimal concrete pieces worth filing away for reference. Plus, the wrap around curvy bookcase is something special. (Note: this particular cantilevered concrete kitchen island/table completely screams ‘hire a professional’…definitely not within a DIY realm. If proof exists otherwise, please let me know.)

[via (the always inspirational) dezeen]

Montecito Residence

There’s something to be said for stepping outside the box, and this home by Tom Kundig certainly makes a statement. The extreme slopes and angles are pretty spectacular.

[via nytimes]

[posted by katie]

(Your) Wall House / FAR frohn&rojas

Check it out, the innovative Wall House has drawing kits available for purchase.

Both an environmentally sensitive and spatially intriguing house, the Wall House breaks down the idea of the “traditional” exterior wall of a house and instead plays with new material layers to create dramatically differing aesthetic, sensorial and climate-based experiences within the house. Through the juxtaposition of these layers –folded exterior sheets of high-performance gauze-like netting (“Soft Skin”), an insulating translucent climate barrier of polycarbonate panels (“Milky Shell”), a rigid stacked wood truss structural system doubling as exposed shelving and storage (“Stacked Shelving”), and an inner nucleus of exposed concrete (“Concrete Cave”)– multiple views and relations to the surrounding nature, light, temperature and domestic objects are pleasantly experienced from both inside and outside the house.

  • Schematic Drawing Set: Schematic drawing set of the Wall House project, including the right to use the plans to construct a single unit. EUR $1.499 – USD$ 2.335.
  • Detailed Drawing Set: Detailed drawing set of the Wall House project, including the right to use the plans to construct a single unit. EUR $4.999 – USD$7.788.
  • Detailed Drawing Set w/ Custom Climate Concept: Detailed drawing set of the Wall House project together with climate simulation for the location of your choice with recommendations and custom material specifications. The set also includes the right to use the plans to construct a single unit. EUR $7.999,00 – USD$12.462

FAR frohn&rojas website

[via Arch Daily]

Aesop store by Stuido Ilse

Check out this interior of the first London outlet of Aesop designed by Studio Ilse. Despite the weird-ish green walls, I’m really liking the clean antique/apothecary feel. There’s also an amazing mirrored cabinet (not pictured) that I might want very badly.

[via dezeen]

The Slat House

Check out the massive skylight/window and polished concrete surface…I’d move in there, no questions asked.

“Extension of a small semi-detached family home on a large plot in Blackheath. The modular timber extension wraps around the side of the semi-detached house; it peeps through the adjacent trees of the rear garden and provides access onto the side terrace.

The extension provides a fourth bedroom and second bathroom on the first floor. The ground floor has been dramatically reorganised providing a new playroom and a library for the client’s extensive collection of books and fine art prints. The kitchen and dining area is re-housed in the extension and benefits from unobstructed views of the garden. The interiors are fitted with bespoke furniture and storage space designed by Turner Castle.”

[via below the clouds]

Steps of TAF Arkitektkontor

Check out these crazy and oh-so-vertical stairs by TAF Arkitektkontor.

[via below the clouds]

2modern Design Directory

2modern, one of our sponsors, has just launched
their new Design Directory. It wouldn’t hurt to take a look and see who’s listed in your area (or, if you are an architect or designer, maybe get listed yourself).

strata arkitektur (naturreservat)

Wow…if this is indeed a forest superintendent’s cabin, I might rethink my day job.

Jordivayreda- Staircases

Here’s a couple of interesting staircases by Jordivayreda Project Team.

[via Blue Ant Studio]