Plants and trees are known to decrease carbon dioxide levels indoors. Other benefits of having live plants in the house include naturally increasing humidity, decreasing dust accumulation and they can also assist in reducing indoor pollutants, like nitrogen dioxide, benzene and hexane, along with other volatile organic compounds.
Having greenery around can also reduce stress levels and is an easy way to incorporate nature indoors.
One example of a home that worked trees around the property into a central focus of a renovation project is called the Sycamore House.
From Aaron Neubert Architects, this 1950′s Californian home had plans for an addition to enlarge the living space, however adored sycamore trees around the odd shaped lot called for a clever layout. One large tree was actually located where some of the construction was to occur, so the homeowner and architectural team kept an open mind about the new plans.
A surprise element in the home, the large sycamore tree makes an appearance in the kitchen, living room, master bedroom and culminates on the impressive rooftop deck.
Having to work around a tree for a design can lend to creativeness in the outcome when cutting it down isn’t devised as the only solution.
An upscale and open design, these towering trees own the home.
If you like the look of an indoor tree but don’t have one literally running through your interior, check out the following looks that lend to an organic style.
Several different functions can be achieved by bringing fallen branches indoors. They can be used for furniture, room dividers or decoration.
With a nod to nature, this playroom looks fun and inviting.
This energy efficient lake house brings the outdoors in on a large-scale.
Add sand in a large container and affix branches in for a simple to pull together interior piece.
For more ideas, Houzz has compiled several other interesting homes that have taken the design-around-the-trees route.
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