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Passive Houses Offer Ecologically Exemplary Builds

Passive Houses Offer Ecologically Exemplary Builds

Passive homes can be seen throughout history in many different regions around the world. Building around the climate to make homes more efficient and comfortable indoors has been employed by common sense builders for centuries. However, the term passive houses was coined and researched for more widespread use in 1990 when the first home to include the name was initiated and built by Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist. This type of structure utilizes passive energy and passive solar gains. Passive designs are intended to make the most use of shading and daytime sunlight. In addition to being well ventilated, they also employ… read more

How To Make Steel Blend Into The Landscape

How To Make Steel Blend Into The Landscape

Located in the hills in California, this home from Barton Myers Associates is a model for seamlessly merging cold construction materials organically into the landscape. Comprised mostly of steel and concrete, the Montecito Residence is uniquely situated on a tricky arboreal and rugged plot. While the topography is gorgeous, wild and includes thick greenery, huge onsite boulders and oak trees, it was likely a challenge to begin plans as to how to position a home on the site. For the build the architectural team had a home in mind that could be replicated and mass produced with materials like exposed… read more

Stepping Up

Stepping Up

Staircases are part art form, part functional statement piece to the clever designer. These staircases give their rooms a one up with some added visual interest. This natural beauty from the Tuning House, a seaside residence, stands out in a good way amidst its retro fueled surroundings. Adding in a bit of the outdoors in a chunky, raw presentation is a creatively simple way to work in an optical element to the functional design. The strategically placed mirrors carry the wood throughout the length of the home. Another wooden staircase design is from Atmos Studio. This gorgeous and elaborate architectural feat was… read more