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Family Designs With Nature In Mind

Family Designs With Nature In Mind

Homes intended for family life do not have to be boring, and the following 2 designs are reminders. Called the Earth House Project, this concept design from Molos Group presents an interesting spin on a single family home. Built into the ground, the plans show how the structure would look if the landscape helped shape the exterior. The home is envisioned to be set in an area outside of the city, enveloped in natural surroundings. The sharp angles are softened by how the structure appears to lay in the grass. The architects stated about the project: “…we believe that the beauty in architecture is a… read more

Evoking Nature Through The Glass

Evoking Nature Through The Glass

Most of us are happy if we have a good view out of at least one window. The following designs are among those from Travis Price Architects that stand out for people who appreciate minimal obstructions to the outdoor scenery. The architect’s own home, the Price Residence is located in Washington D.C. and has no shortage of views. Though one side hides the most alluring feature of the design, a walk around to the other reveals a transparent outlook to the encasing woods. Many constructions completely alter the landscape once the building process begins, but this architect seemingly knows how to… read more

To The Trees

To The Trees

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… read more

Hipped Roof House With Engawa Feature

Hipped Roof House With Engawa Feature

There are many different roof styles to consider when building or buying a home, and each has benefits and disadvantages to their design. Located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, the Oyane no ie project by Naoi Architecture & Design Office is a great example of how a creative spin can make a huge difference in a home’s presentation. This roof design is a striking variation of a basic hipped roof. This kind of roof is normally more involved to construct than others, but is not overly difficult to actually build since all of the sides slope downward to connect the walls. Hip roofs are… read more

Hillside Vierendeel Truss Home Blends With Nature

Hillside Vierendeel Truss Home Blends With Nature

At first glance, the JG House designed by Mpgarquitetura Architects seems a little elongated and peculiar. However, a closer look reveals a smart structure beneath the refreshing uncharacteristic features. This home located in Brazil utilizes a truss system. The Vierendeel truss uses rectangular ingresses, vertical supports and extremely durable networks that have to withstand force and bending. The stress points and employed building techniques in these types of structures can typically be more complex than some traditional constructions. A top and bottom steel beam forms a main support system. Placed right next to its hillside neighbors, this design contains many elements… read more

The Lure Of A Courtyard

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Courtyards have been used in residences and businesses worldwide throughout history. Along with their inviting appeal, they can also be energy efficient spaces. One study examined how the use of courtyards in the Mediterranean area also serves a functional purpose as passive energy systems. The walls, placement and size of courtyards can lend to considerably cooler temperatures in warmer weather. Courtyards are popular in many regions where the weather is accommodating to outdoor living. From Klopf Architecture, this Eichler style remodel incorporated existing gables and a centrally located garden turning the home into an open and inviting place. The new enclosed courtyard… read more

Bringing In The Trees

Bringing In The Trees

Apartment and office spaces are not usually known for the trees in their landscaping. However, Vo Trong Nghia Architects has found a unique way to incorporate this often overlooked aspect into some of their projects. One of their residential designs called House For Trees includes amazing views of a vertical treetop canopy. House for Trees is a prototype that seeks to reforest Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, which due to increases in population, traffic congestion and city bustle has reportedly lost much of its original tree lined areas. The plan for the residential area adhered to a budget. The design idea… read more

2 Concept Designs For Outdoor Organization

2 Concept Designs For Outdoor Organization

Patio furniture and landscaping can tend to get a lot of attention in outdoor decorating, especially when the weather turns nice. However, outdoor storage, though necessary, is often an overlooked area in outside design projects. The following systems are ideas that work functionality and organization into efficient, space-saving presentations. The Watercabinet designed by Francien Hazen is a sustainable home water collection kit and supply closet in one. The combination unit is meant to contain everything needed for home gardening and outdoor plants, all in one organized space. The cabinet has water collection and disbursement capabilities, and even has a side greenhouse. Used outdoors to… read more

The Niwa System Makes Homegrown Easy

The Niwa System And App Combo Makes Homegrown Easy

Not everyone has the time or space for gardening. Picking your dinner straight from the backyard plot or container garden is definitely rewarding and healthy, but it does require a designated area and continual maintenance. For horticulturists that want to have all the benefits of fresh grown produce but without the worry of weeds, insects or having to keep up an outdoor area, hydroponic growing can be a perfect option. One indoor system has covered all the bases when it comes to a home hydroponic garden. The Niwa is a kit that works along with an app to grow fresh produce simply,… read more

Terrace Living Offers An Outdoor Connection

Terrace Living Offers An Outdoor Connection

Homes that incorporate the outdoors into the design can open up the possibilities for living spaces. The following are a few houses that work terraces into the floor plan in attention grabbing ways. Architect Katrin Oggesen from Archibald Buero was the creative mind behind this geometric style lake house. The open home design is positioned to still offer privacy while remaining exposed to the forest and water nearby. The indoor floor plan is no-frills and allows a natural flow that is uncluttered and doesn’t detract from the gorgeous outdoor surroundings. Incorporating a strategically placed terrace upstairs makes the master suite… read more