I have a deep respect for tough and rugged materials used in home construction and décor, like Cor-Ten steel. Cor-Ten not only provides a durable—practically indestructible—element anywhere it’s used, it also takes on a vivid patina when exposed to the whims of nature., ensuring that no instance of its use is ever exactly the same.
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I think we’ve all experienced it: the random, creative urge to do something with our décor that everyone else will think is insane. The idea to build a kitchen island out of Legos or some other stroke of genius happens, and the next thing you know, you’re sitting with a calculator trying to figure out just how many of the tiny plastic building blocks would it take… And all the while there’s a piece of you wondering if this is really a good idea or not. I say it’s all about showing off your individual style and staying true to yourself, so if Legos are your thing, why not? (Even though others may wonder if you’ve gone off the deep end.)
Sometimes necessity truly is the mother of invention; like when you live in a place where space is at a premium and you have no choice but to maximize your use of what’s available. Other times, inspiration takes hold, leaving you with little in the way of resistance, so you give in to the impulse and take a creative leap to do something different with your home. Either way, if you need to — or simply in the mood for — make good use of the vertical space in your abode, some of these charming, little loft design ideas might come in handy.
Image: The Holding Company I am a huge proponent of that old epigram, “a place for everything and everything in its place,” which is my way of saying I’m an organization freak. And, while I sometimes fail in my attempts to keep “everything in its place,” I’m never daunted. I’m always looking for better systems, Continue Reading »
Image: Redneck Modern I am always impressed when I fall for a house and find out that it didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Smart DIY-ers—like the couple behind the house above—and architects who aren’t afraid to be challenged with a budget are creating stunning achievements. Let’s look at some examples of new and Continue Reading »
Design Construction Week 2014 Recap
Many years ago I visited a friend in her newly remodeled home, here in Austin. As an avid—but amateur—fan of the culinary arts, she paid extra attention to the kitchen. I recall being first surprised, then envious, of the glass-front commercial refrigerator she had installed. She had even used a grease pencil to create her latest shopping list right on the glass door. Ever since that day, I have paid special attention to kitchens that feature commercial appliances, and apparently, so have the many kitchen appliance manufacturers out there. If this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show is any indication, there were a number of commercial kitchen features that are now being marketed directly to residential consumers. Let’s look at a few of them.
More and more modern homes are being built with interesting features that seem tailor-made for the people who are first to move in and live in them. That’s one of the obvious benefits of a new build or remodel—you can have things exactly as you want them to be. But what if you’re the next person to inhabit a home with a feature designed for the original owner? Let’s take a look at one example of this—the built-in wall niche.
Design Construction Week 2014 Recap
Image: Freshome The dividing line between bedroom and bathroom has been disappearing for several years now. I remember the first time I checked into a boutique hotel where the entire bathroom was integrated into the bedroom—without even a minimal division as shown by the glass walls above. There were no walls (glass or otherwise) present Continue Reading »
Are you lucky enough to have a reason to regularly use an outdoor shower? Poolside, perhaps? Or to rinse off after emerging—like Ursula Andress or Daniel Craig (take your pick) in a James Bond film—from the sea? Even just as a handy place outside to wash the family dog? I happen to be a fan of outdoor showers—for all of the above reasons and many more, I assure you—and today I want to give you a look at a few of my favorites.
It’s something that began nudging at me from the back of my mind; a just-out-of-sight kind of feeling. I didn’t realize it then, but I was coming down with what I now know of as a 24-hour design inspiration bug. You see, I’d been hit with a fever for a six-sided shape: the hexagon! Turns out, it’s catching on all over the place.