Green And Modular – Fresh Take On Kitchen Space

Green And Modular – Fresh Take On Kitchen Space

Kitchens are one room where money can easily be spent. Nearly everything in a kitchen is expensive; appliances, flooring, countertops, even fixtures. Many of us make do with the kitchen space we have, and fix up things as the budget allows or repaint when we need a new outlook. A lot of time can be spent in the kitchen and it can easily become the place that is gravitated to. One company specializing in kitchen design is Demode. Offering a new outlook on the way a kitchen space can operate, their modern take called Meccanica is an open, modular area…. read more

Paper Into Bricks

Paper Into Bricks

Spanish researchers have found a way to turn paper waste into bricks using a process that takes less energy than diverting waste into a landfill. Scientists at Spain’s University of Jaen created the process using waste from paper mills. It’s an experiment that other researchers have attempted before, but it appears that working-models have finally become a reality. Gizmag reads that, “The scientists gathered cellulose from a paper mill, along with sludge left over from the purification process of that plant’s waste water. Those substances were then mixed with clay used in building construction, pressurized, and then extruded in one… read more

Micro Flats Are Becoming A Big Option For Students

Micro Flats Are Becoming A Big Option For Students

Student housing has changed a lot in the last decade. Architects and designers have made attempts to update temporary accommodations, allowing affordability, style and a mix of ecofriendly features. These student flats represent all of the above, and the amenities are interestingly packed into some fairly compact spaces. This new construction model is from the Tengbom architectural firm and is meant to be a cost efficient and sustainable use of space for student living. The layout was reduced from the size of other current student housing arrangements, and a lot of specifications had to be incorporated into a small space,… read more

Hardcore Houses That Won’t Budge

Hardcore Houses That Won’t Budge

In some areas, prefabricated constructions can see to swallow up designs that are original. The following 3 houses have more of a fortress vibe than a lived in feel, and their die-hard structures ensure they won’t go unnoticed. The Steel House located in Lubbock, Texas was the passionate project of Robert Bruno. An architect and artist, he started work on the home in 1974. Those who worked on the development, which took decades, constructed the home more like a structural welded work of art. Though weighing well over 100 tons, the legs that steady it into the earth were intended… read more

Recycled Interior Pieces Save Money And Resources

Recycled Interior Pieces Save Money And Resources

Designing interior spaces can quickly rack up a bill. Integrating a style into a room doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive, though it does take a good eye and some skill to recreate high end looks on a low end budget. Many professionals as well as do it yourselfers are turning to recycled and repurposed materials to cut down on expenses and environmental waste. The interior of this 1950’s era sunroom was redone with mostly recycled and renovated objects from garage sales, flea markets and Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store. Midcentury Living Room This sitting area integrates vintage and repurposed items…. read more

The Resurgence of Building Basics

Nature's Own

What comes from nature can be returned to nature without harm to the environment. This is the comcept behind “living” houses, whose designs incorporate (if not consisting of completely) natural, low tech materials. Natural materials have been used in building construction since ancient times and are now part of a resurgence as sustainability becomes necessary and desirable. In fact, about half of the world’s population currently lives or works in a building constructed from earth based materials. There are numerous raw materials being used in sustainable home designs today, but we’ll focus on the main four. Those being: tree bark, adobe, rammed Earth, and straw…. read more

Unusually Green: Out Of The Ordinary Homes Part 3

Nautilus House - Part 3

The last home featured on our series of uncommon green constructions takes the prize for beautiful colors, and a unique biomimic design. The Nautilus comes from organic architect Javier Senosiain, and this shell shaped wonder speaks for itself. Located in Naucalpan, Mexico, this home is a creative combination of art, sculpture and modern dwelling space. Molded after the shape of the nautilus shell, the layout is both futuristic and rooted in organic oceanic astonishment. The home utilizes ferrocement building methods, which is a process that includes a reinforced steel frame constructed with chicken wire. After the complex shape was formed it… read more

Unusually Green: Out Of The Ordinary Homes Part 2

Unusually Green: Out Of The Ordinary Homes Part 2

There are surprisingly quite a few oddly constructed green homes sprinkled around the globe. This one has a shared feature with the home in Part 1 of our Unusually Green series, and ranked next on the list because of its unique dominant ability – it moves. Over the course of about 5 minutes this house can do a 150° rotation by way of an elastomeric belt. It is constructed with arches that anchor to a gear ring forged from steel and affixed to a solid concrete base. Unbelievably, it only uses around the quarter of the energy required to run an… read more

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

www.chenchowlittle.com

Walking past this Victorian terrace in inner-city Sydney, while beautiful none-the-less, it looks like many others in the suburb and surrounding areas. That is unless you have the good fortune to step inside. And once you do, you’ll be blown away by the modern and minimal sculptural design and the fluid flow of the floorplan. But the real wow factor comes in the form of the incredible light and airyness that is often unfamiliar in traditional terrace houses. Renowned Sydney architect firm, Chenchow Little, have created a minimalistic abode filled with glass, concrete and wood. Nicknamed the Skylight House, the… read more

Interior Design For The Mind

Interior Design For The Mind

Designers see interior spaces as a whole, though there are fragments that make up the complete design. Psychology understands that many aspects of living can affect the entire mental state and human emotions. When these 2 fields combine, spaces can be smartly designed to facilitate a desired feeling and enhanced mood, creating an alluring and functional place. Good interior designers know this and will listen and spend time with their clients in order to get a feel for what they want to accomplish in an area. In an article, Frames of Mind, the importance of emotional intelligence in interior design… read more