Energy Saving Thermal Cooling Is No Mirage

Energy Saving Thermal Cooling Is No Mirage

Homes that incorporate luxury with smart energy saving features can be nice to sight-see, but this one designed by Kois Associated Architects might make your mouth drop. This beautiful dwelling is perfectly in place with its gorgeous backdrop in Tinos Island, Greece. Called the Mirage home, it sits on a rocky hillside staring out at the stunning blue hues of the Aegean Sea. The design completely considered both the surrounding land and sea, situating the home in a way that does not detract from either. An intentional feature created by the way the house sits on its foundation is a nearly… read more

Perfect Imperfection

Perfect Imperfection

New constructions or renovation projects can often focus on creating perfection. However, architects who aren’t afraid to sway from the mold can develop a home that truly has its own personality and style. The following home doesn’t necessarily aim to be conventionally perfect, but does aim to be lived in and loved. Located in in the mountain highlands, the Maleny House from Bark Design Architects stands its ground as a bit of an outcast, but a beloved one. Also referred to as the Glass House Mountain House, the stone building integrates large open spaces, greenery and glass. This creatively confuses the definition… read more

Giving It The Green Light

Greener lighting at home

These days when we go shopping for a new laptop or television we are looking for the thinnest and lightest product available. Researchers have come up with graphene based electrode technology which make affordable and energy efficient display technology that could be a good alternative to light bulbs. Interestingly it is so sleek that it could even be used as wallpaper or applied to ceilings. Almost all modern devices use organic light emitting diodes (OLED) for display which are energy efficient but also have some drawbacks. The slimness comes with a cost making it very expensive compared to CRT or LCD type displays. OLED… read more

Music Lives Here

Music Lives Here

Homes that are truly designed around a lifestyle, meaningful theme or significant concept can have an aura about them. Characteristics strong enough to show through photographs, some houses can make you feel a certain vibe. Designed for a musician that comes from a family rich in music appreciation, this Californian home certainly has its own sound. This stylish and modern guesthouse was a barn renovation project orchestrated by the architectural firm Walker Workshop Design Build. Called the Oak Pass Road Guesthouse, it was designed around a barn that was built in the 1940’s. Music blended with architecture was the central construction theme for… read more

Gardens Inside, Up and Down

Gardens Inside, Up and Down

Gardens can be cultivated in many forms, and indoor vertical gardens are an increasingly popular way to work in a fresh, green space nearly anywhere. Some restaurants and commercial businesses use large indoor garden designs to add ambiance and to improve indoor air quality, but they are also great for home interiors, adding aesthetic and air cleaning properties. A study which examined the effects of indoor plants over time at the workplace found that indoor gardens helped promote cleaner oxygen in indoor spaces and can reduce volatile organic compounds that can be found inside from paint or construction materials. Besides being visually enticing, they… read more

Bottled Fun

Bottled Fun

Kids are notorious for playing with packaging, so saving up plastic bottles and jugs for crafting makes perfect sense. With an inventive attitude and a few supplies, fun in a bottle is a sure cure for boredom. Milk jugs can be turned into game equipment like carton catchers. With some careful cutting, sturdily affixed end tubes and a bit of ornamentation a game of catch is invented. Just add a ball and toss back and forth for an energetic, recycling inspired activity that the whole family can participate in. Condiment bottles can be repurposed and used for restocking craft materials. Once… read more

Old Meets New

Old Meets New

Sometimes a renovation can include obvious additions that may stand out, or may even overrun the original character of a home. Villa CP from Zest Architecture is a restoration project that shows how to seamlessly blend old with new. The updated historical farmhouse building nestled in a gorgeous lot in Girona, Spain is laid back, sustainable and high on style. The stone structure is rugged and rough, but also refined and refreshingly modern. Construction plans kept the old design but gave the home a solidly modern look. It was opened up to eliminate a closed in feel, including the addition… read more

These Homes Refuse To Be Boxed In

These Homes Refuse To Be Boxed In

Homes that break out of a boxy style are refreshing, and attention to details like form, angles and natural lighting make them even more interesting. From Giovanni D’Ambrosio, this uniquely shaped home in Mount Hotham, Australia is an entertaining architectural feat. Taking natural stone and blending it with wood and metal, the house is formed into an interesting angle. The use of materials correlates to the outside surroundings and gives it an organic feel, only with an unexpected edge. Preconstruction took the existing landscape into account, and the home was built around already present trees. Almost as if drawing inspiration from the rough… read more

Houses Built with Reclaimed Materials

storybook house

In a world of mass-marketed mayhem, it isn’t necessary to succumb to consumerism, even during residential construction. That attitude is exactly what fuels some designers who have a keen eye for practicality and a clear conceptualization of reuse. By taking original ideas of recycling and tunneling them to the advantage of others, real differences can be made in helping obtain basic needs, like housing. Ingrid Vaca Diez has found architectural genius in a plastic bottle. Or actually, in many bottles. Able to find large quantities of plastic bottles in Bolivia where she resides, the practical idea surfaced to use them… read more

No Shortage Of Views In These Glass Homes

No Shortage Of Views In These Glass Homes

Windows are a welcomed aspect of a room, letting natural light and fresh air in. The following 2 home designs make use of windows in an inventive way. Called the Flip House, this unique San Francisco, California family residence from Fougeron Architecture is a sunny, inviting escape from the average cookie-cutter home. This structure makes use of high spaces and gorgeous views with a vertical design. Though the shape is certainly a stand out design, it fulfills more than appearances. It was revamped to include the original window wall in order to make more use of the circulation possibilities in… read more