TAG: Reclaimed

Open And Airy Raven Street House

Open And Airy Raven Street House

Boat houses are normally known for more function than style. The Raven Street house from James Russell Architect is a boat house inspired design that offers both. Docked in Australia, it feels like a curbside vacation home. With its combination of gorgeous glass and wood, the exterior façade with its lively appearance is also carried inside. The colorful glass panels are not only pretty; they also let sunlight filter in while the color and textured walls retain privacy. When the sun rises and sets, the glass walls illuminate. The second level open deck is a delicious place to have a master suite. It… read more

Table Designs That Inspire

Table Designs That Inspire

Tables. They provide places to put things, set down belongings, relax by or have dinner on. More options in sustainably made furniture are inspiring some beautifully crafted pieces. The following table designs are just a few examples of the many circulating pieces that can make a furniture lover pause. Chissick Design has crafted a line of tables made from scrap materials called Wood– Con-Fusion. Different bits and pieces of cast off construction supplies like veneer, Formica and fiberboard are made into sheets and then turned into distinct surfaces. The process enhances the natural color and textural details of the wood…. read more

Houses Built with Reclaimed Materials

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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

The Thesis Project Turned Mobile Living Space

The Thesis Project Turned Mobile Living Space

People have long held a love of being able to travel with their homes. Last year, a graduate student in architecture, Hank Butitta, reported that he was growing tired of school projects which were seemingly not useful in the real world of architecture. Evaluating the learning process in architectural application, he wanted to employ a full scale development instead of a project on paper for his thesis. A self-reported hands-on student, his proactive nature led him to an interesting purchase and renovation idea. Wanting to do more than a drawing assignments that would never leave the conceptual board or constructing… read more

Kitchen Islands Reimagined

Kitchen Islands Reimagined

Kitchen islands and mobile counterspaces are great to have for preparation and storage. But sometimes, although functional, they may be a little on the boring side when it comes to looks. These designs take standard units and turn up the volume, creating a space that is a home chef’s dream. Aside from their out of the ordinary appearances, they also have some ecofriendly features. Caesarstone and Raw Edges Design Studio have created a new concept for countertops that completely restructures the kitchen island space. Making it more than just a surface, they developed a series of modular units that are unrestricted… read more

A Tree House That Makes You Want To Be A Kid Again

A Tree House That Makes You Want To Be A Kid Again

This amazing tree house raises the bar pretty high for a play space. Constructed by architect James Curvan, the clients’ focus, obviously, was on children. Their grandchildren must have wanted to come over every weekend for a stay at this Texas tree house. Taking 3 months to build it was a group effort between the architect, family members and the owners, Steve and Jeri Wakefield. At 100 square feet this playful design includes 2 decks, 2 lofts with room for sleeping and features a crow’s nest. Unlike many tree houses with just a ladder access, this one has a staircase, ladders,… read more

Everyday Utility At The Nakai House

Everyday Utility At The Nakai House

The Nakai House is an energy efficient and economical production that is proof that a lifestyle design can be done on a budget, and with time restrictions. It was built in only 80 days, and the set finances for the plan, $25,000, was maintained. DesignBuildBLUFF, a nonprofit extension in Utah who works with local universities is behind the design. They provide architectural students the opportunity to learn firsthand in the field by enlisting them on teams for help with their construction projects, developing sustainably built homes for residents of the Navajo reservation. This not only allows students to enhance their skillsets, but… read more

Wood Designs That Will Make You Go Cabinet Crazy

Wood Designs That Will Make You Go Cabinet Crazy

When sustainability and talent collide, interesting things happen. A skilled wood crafter can bring out the natural beauty of the resource material, while transforming it from a chunk of wood into a functional object. The following cabinet designs are a visual step up from the usual, and a leap above the way traditionally manufactured furniture is produced. Iannone Design uses locally sourced lumber that is Forest Stewardship Council certified and other renewable supplies like bamboo and cork. Their pressed woods are even free of formaldehyde and finished with low VOC coats, and some pieces are given a manually applied natural finish…. read more

Gorgeous Kona Residence Highlights Hawaiian Living

Gorgeous Kona Residence Highlights Hawaiian Living

The Kona Residence by the Belzberg Architects Group is an award winning residential design. Its relaxed but artful mix of reclaimed teak woods and the open layout take advantage of the area’s climate and natural outdoor beauty. The exterior was built with salvaged woods from out of use train tracks and barns. The home is equipped with solar panels on 2 sections of the roof. There is also a rainwater collection system. Lava rock is worked in the landscaping near the wraparound infinity pool which helps to absorb sunlight into the stones and the solar transfer assists to heat up the… read more

Fall Inspired Interiors

Fall Inspired Interiors

Bringing the season indoors doesn’t have to involve a whole room redo, but adding or rearranging a few things can easily add a fall feel to an indoor space. Below are some simple suggestions for incorporating autumn into interiors. Beginning with the entryway, an organic front door wreath welcomes guests and creates a relaxed seasonal feel. A handmade wreath formed with outdoor finds can be done on any scale and is easy to rotate according the season, like this natural design. A modern way to work in a pop of color in a door or window is to make a… read more