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House JEF

Wow, you’d think something as simple as sticking a box onto an older row house could not look this beautiful, but somehow it succeeds inordinately well. Check out the last image where you can see the old/original staircase and beyond into the addition. It looks as if they’ve used the existing garden wall as the interior wall, painting it white to differentiate it from the outside. Spectacular.

photos Dujardin Filip

[via OWI]

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Concealed Shower Drainage

Finding the flush mount electrical outlets made me want to see in what other places one could create a seamless look. I can picture this being installed flush with the floor with a similar flooring material throughout to create a unified look. The price isn’t too cost prohibitive and it doesn’t look overly complicated to install– your plumber, or you, if you’re the DIY type, could probably do it in a few hours.

Made of a poly-resin blend.
Shower tray has matte finish that is easy to maintain.
Overall dimensions: 47″ W x 27-1/2″ D x 2-3/4″ H.
Drain cover dimensions: 19-1/2″ W x 19-1/2″ D.

Purchase Information:

Price: $819
Availability: Buy Concealed Shower Drainage here

TRUFIG flushmount electrical outlets

Oooh, here’s another flush mount electrical wiring systems similar to the Bocci outlets.

I can’t wait until I can make use of these in a project. They make everything look as if every detail was planned out and that electricity was not just an afterthought. This kind of attention to detail pleases me.

TRUFIG presents the ability to take technology supplied by various manufacturers and provide a uniform industrial design, consistent color, and a mounting process to achieve a perfectly seamless installation into a wall or ceiling.

[via Remodelista]

Particleboard and Plywood

Okay, so I’ve talked about plywood used instead of drywall before (also see here and here, but these two photos (via design crisis) have me thinking about them all over again. I’m sure not everyone is in love with the look, but I think it looks pretty fantastic when done well.

Top pic: found via OWI, via design crisis (if you know what house/architect this is, let me know.)
Bottom pic: actually from the Wall House by FAR, which has been posted previously, just not with that room image shown.

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Chimo Fireplace Sale

If you’re lacking a fireplace, chances are you’ve seen and thought about adding one of these guys to your living area. Well, not sure if this sways your purchasing decision, but you can get 15% off of any Chimo Fireplace from UMA currently, so you might give some serious thought to it especially as the colder season creeps closer.

blomus have designed a genuine problem-solver for an indoor environment that would love a fireplace but lacks a chimney or gas line. All blomus fireplaces have been tested and approved by UL for sufficient fire protection and operational safety such as fire protection requirements, accumulation of emissions and fuel flow-rate. blomus Bio-Ethanol has a fuel value of app. 8,2 kWh/kg. On maximum user-adjustment blomus fireplaces will burn app. 0,23 – 0,50 kg fuel per hour. They are not intended to be or suitable as a room heater.

Chimo Wave Ventless Wall Mount Fireplace, $1,565.00 Sale Price: $1,330.25
Chimo Floor Swivel Fireplace, $1,970.00 Sale Price: $1,674.50

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,330.25
Availability: Buy Chimo Fireplace Sale here

Guga Architecture

I just came across the brilliantly simple work of Guga Architecture. The architect removed the dropped ceilings in the public rooms of the house, sandblasting the exposed rafters and raising the height to an expansive 16 feet.

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Skulls Wallpaper – Bronze on Oil Slick

Mr. Skull just got fancy with bronze flock on a incredibly strange color-changing background. It’s super expensive but would look nice in a small powder room or entryway.

Skull Wallpaper – Bronze Flock on Oil Slick. The signature paper featuring skulls in a reflective bronze, deep pile velvet on a incredible light-catching, iridescent base, using horribly expensive ink which changes colour as you walk past it – through reds, greens, blacks and golds – like an oil slick. Printed on non-woven paper.

Roll size 52cm x 10.05m, repeat 56cm.
This wallpaper is made-to-order by hand and has a 2-5 week delivery time.

Purchase Information:

Price: £210.00
Availability: Buy Skulls Wallpaper – Bronze on Oil Slick here

David Baker + Partners overhaul of Shift in San Francisco

David Baker + Partners is just the type of architecture firm you like to hear about. They are active in urban development and they turned this sad building into a great live/work space for Baker.

The home also has an impressive list of environmental features:

2.0K solar electric system generating over half of electrical power on site.
Solar domestic hot water collection system providing over half of water heating needs.
Digital dimming lighting controls on all lights to reduce consumption and extend bulb life.
Small-scale appliances: under-counter refrigerator, freezer, and dishwasher.
Passive solar design: high thermal mass, polished concrete floors, and south-facing clerestory warm the living areas.
Casework and wood doors made from rapidly renewable material: bamboo plywood.
Walls insulated with ground recycled denim batting.
Rain garden system diverts roof water runoff from city sewage system and into local aquifers.
Permeable infiltration garden and pavers in city public sidewalk intercept storm water runoff in public right of way.

Freeman and Feldmann House, Houston TX

Dwell recently featured the Freeman and Feldmann house in Houston, Texas. It’s got a good handful of ideas/resources and even if you’re not remodeling now, it might be worth taking notes for any future projects.

Notes:

Home made from shipping containers (two 40-foot-long containers and one 20-foot-long unit in the main house).
Redwood shade screen to keep the house from overheating (shown lower right).
Geosystems FilterPave porous pavement driveway used (made from post-consumer recycled glass, water passes through super fast and sparkles a little in the sun).
Wall around the master bedroom made from Enduro Systems fiberglass, giving a nice glow when lights are on (lower left).

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Hi Tension Wire as Fencing

Recently at my home I’ve been having a design dilemma and related to finding a cost effective way to deal with my current hedge/fence situation. A little background: The house I live in was a foreclosure and at one time it had a lush hedge surrounding the property, but after being empty for 9 months the hedge is mostly dead and terribly unattractive. My plan has been to replace the current hedge with a more drought tolerant plant, and after thorough research on hedges in my neighborhood, I’ve finally decided on the podocarpus plant. It makes for a very tall, thick and lush hedge, and my neighbors who have a particularly nice one have had it about 4 years and only water it 15 minutes a week. Perfect.

But my next problem was deciding what to do while the hedge filled out. I didn’t want to just have empty spaces between each plant as I waited for it to grow–but any money spent on building a wood or other high dollar fence would essentially be wasted because it would need to be removed when the hedge properly filled out. So I needed a fence that provided security at a low linear foot price so I could invest more in older, more mature plants. Also, I wanted to be able to leave the fence there so when the hedge filled out entirely it would still provide security and keep my dog in the yard.

Then it occurred to me: ranchers use hi-tensile fences to enclose thousands of acres. And I remember seeing it used a long time ago in the Ocean 1.7 Better Shelter homes built in Orange County, CA a few years ago. They’re perfectly modern and not going to break the bank.

[via Ocean 1.7 Photos]

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Skatelite

In Eric Rasmussen’s home, the material Skatelite was used in several areas, which got me thinking about cost and availability. If you search for it online, you get a myriad of skateboard ramp suppliers, but as far as getting your builder to install it as a exterial cladding/countertop/flooring/screen (some of which are shown above), I’d recommend some further research.

Skatelite is made of plastic-impregnated wood fiber. During its manufacture, the contents are heated hotter than the seven hills of hell, at which point the wood and plastic molecules flow together. Once cooled, they form a super-strong sheet material perfect for ramp surfaces. Available in two types, Skatelite Pro costs about 150 dollars per sheet, and regular Skatelite retails at 95 dollars per sheet. The former is used for pizza trays, and the latter is what you’ll find on most skateboard ramps. –skateboarding.transworld.net

Skatelite Pro is an eco-friendly material made primarily of paper from certified managed forests in the U.S. Between 98-99.3% of the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) involved in the Skatelite manufacturing process are captured and destroyed. –Skatelite

Pictures shown above, via NYTimes.com

To inquire on further pricing/availability: Buy it here.

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Piso “biombo” (Folding Screen Hallway)

Whoa, take a look at this kick ass hallway. Folding doors are located within the walls that swivel open in different directions depending on the privacy needed. I also really like the way they handled the exposed brick and white columns.

Reforma de piso
Architect: Alfredo Sirvent
Photographer: Santos-DĂ­ez

See it here.

[via materialicious]

[posted by katie]

Capitonné Tile by Rex Ceramiche Artistiche

Why, hello there you lovely tufted tiles. How much are you and how long is your lead time?

Available in 14 colors (both a matte and glossy finish).

From Rex Ceramiche Artistiche.
To request quote: Buy it here or here.

Salvaged Building Materials (Examples from Phoenix Commotion)

I know that some salvaged building materials don’t exactly ‘fit’ the look of a modern home, but often times they can add more character to a room than something brand new (plus, you know all about how saving items from the landfill is a good thing, so I won’t lecture you on that). NYTimes recently featured an arcticle on Dan Phillips and his construction company, Phoenix Commotion, who together build low-income housing out of salvaged items. Not all of the ideas are applicable in your own home, of course, but it might get your brain thinking about alternative materials for your next remodeling project.

photos (all by Michael Stravato for The New York Times), left to right, top to bottom:

Wood-burning stove from an old ship installed in a new home.
Wine Bottles function like stained glass in a Dutch Door.
Countertop made from slices of osage orange wood, a local East Texas material.
Scrap wood for siding.
Old shingles, arranged by color, reused.

[via NYTimes.com]

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Maison Flottante (Floating House) by Bouroullec Brothers

Seeing as I posted the Slow Chair today and mentioned this houseboat, I might as well give you the pics too. While not all of us can live on the water, the Maison Flottante does give inspiration for a minimal aesthetic. In this particular case, a few curated pieces allows for more visual space while large windows center attention on the view.

The Floating House is a studio for resident artists and authors invited by the Cneai, national contemporary art center for publication. Initiated in 2002 by a public commission and finished in 2006, this habitable barge was realized in collaboration with the architects Jean-Marie Finot and Denis.

photos: www.gaelleleboulicaut.com

See it here. (click 2006, floating house : interiors)