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Fire Escape Shelf by Design Ideas

Made from hand-welded steel, the Fire Escape Shelf is the solution to your storage stumper. This sturdy, urban-inspired accessory borrows its silhouette from the classic outdoor fire escape and makes a worthy home for candles, potted plants, and miscellaneous curios.

About the designers : Siblings Andy and Alice Van Meter launched Design Ideas in 1983 to meet the dorm demand for a shower caddy that didn’t accumulate scum. Their self-draining design met with national success, and the brand’s quest for fun household solutions continues to this day. Now with over 1500 products, Design Ideas has appeared in Redbook, Real Simple, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Posted by Michelle Lesser at 15 August, 2014

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Dream Home : Tigh Port na Long by Dualchas Architects

The clients had been visiting Skye with their dogs for many years. They love the landscape and positively enjoy the unpredictable weather and choose to eat outdoors in all seasons. They brought to us photographs of their main home in Lancashire which is simple and minimal, a CD of their favourite music and the encouragement to do something different.

The site is at the end of the road at Aird of Sleat. It has a sense of the end of the world, shore access and extraordinary views back to Knoydart, Morar, Ardnamurchan and down the coast to the island of Eigg. There are views on 3 sides and it was decided to tuck the bedrooms behind the main living spaces to enable us to create a terrace from the kitchen for the morning light, a terrace from the dining space for the afternoon light and a terrace off the main bedroom for the evening light.

The design developed into 2 distinct forms with a stepped foundation to give additional height to the main living space and to allow views across the dining space from the kitchen to Eigg beyond the fireplace. This step in the foundation corresponded precisely to the slope in the landscape. The link between the 2 forms houses a utility room and shower room.

The proportions, massing and siting of this house are derived from traditional forms; narrow in span and tight to the ground. It is clad in a skin of narrow larch cladding walls and roof. It fits in to the township settlement pattern and sits quietly in its place on the edge of its world. Despite its obvious abstraction from the local vernacular it remains a house rooted in its place and a direct response to both site and brief.

Architects : Dualchas Architects

Posted by Michelle Lesser at 7 August, 2014

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Pearl Bay Residence by Gavin Maddock Design Studio

This pristine contemporary home designed by Gavin Maddock Design Studio is located on the west coast 90kms north of Cape Town – bordered by a nature reserve adjoining the ocean. Sites like this don’t come much more spectacular. Taking full advantage of the ocean views and responding to the coastal dune context, Gavin Maddock describes it as ‘a glorious site’.

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Posted by Michelle Lesser at 29 July, 2014

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Modern House by Coop 15

Situated in the Sand Point Country Club neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, this contemporary residence was designed for a family of five by Coop 15.

Construction is winding down on our new design on NE Sunrise Vista, in the Sand Point Country Club neighborhood. Though we did manage to salvage a few critical elements of the original 1950′s home on this property, it is, fundamentally, a new house.

Our collaborators include interior design consultant Kathleen Glossa, landscape architect Martha Shapiro, and contractor Stuart Feldt of W. S. Feldt Contruction–and our terrific clients.

Designed for a family of five, the main floor has a large living room for entertaining, a great room with kitchen, dining, and family area, three childrens’ bedrooms and baths, and a laundry room. The master suite is on the second floor, with views of Mount Rainier and a glimpse of Lake Washington. There are his and hers home offices (his upstairs, hers on the main), and a basement with media/playroom, guest suite, exercise room, and storage spaces.

The carport tucked under the main level is an idea preserved from the original home, eliminating the look of a big garage door that often dominates the front of homes where there is no alley access. The basement foundation walls were also retained, as were two indoor fireplaces, and a unique outdoor fireplace/barbeque.

The kitchen and family areas are the star of this house, with large sliding glass doors disappearing into pockets, allowing these spaces to flow to the south terrace. (via)

Photography by Benjamin Benschneider

Posted by Michelle Lesser at 1 July, 2014

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Backyard Dreamin’

When it comes to a backyard, homeowners have different ideas as to the ideal space. Some seek out recreational zones for swimming, tossing a football, grilling out, while others desire a place to relax and refresh.

My dream backyard would be a halfway point between both of those concepts, but definitely leaning towards more of a, let’s say, sanctuary space. Here’s what I envision as my perfect personal place to retreat behind my house–feel free to enjoy:

  1. Green: I’ve always imagined a path of slate stepping stones integrated with various succulents along the way. My pathway curves and receives various elevations where, at the top, rests a tiny fountain with benches on either side becoming my reading spot.
  1. Fire: Okay, here’s where a little decadence comes into my dream. Fire pits are fabulous additions to the backyard setting, creating a social setting for friends and family to gather. Yet my vision goes one step beyond–I want a fireplace. Yes, a smooth stucco structure with a low-profile and modern edge. I see it set against a backdrop of greenery, and a carefully arranged white sectional embracing it.
  1. Splash: Water is an element which is so soothing and peaceful. Of course, it could also go the playful route but I’m sticking to my relaxation here. A sleek, infinity-edge pool (that you can find in Edge Leisure) with sun shelf makes the mark. It would feature a mosaic tiled surface in shades of blue and turquoise. And at the center, emblazoned with my monogram, of course.

4. Lounge: No outdoor space would be complete without a covered loggia. Mine would feature a double-sized cushioned swing laden with Jonathan Adler throw pillows. Lanterns would be hung erratically and be interspersed with tiny, transparent globe lights on strings.

So there it is, my dream backyard which I look forward to welcoming into my world one day–and sooner than later!

Posted by Suzanne at 30 May, 2014

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Badger Mountain House by First Lamp Architecture Construction

Set on the foot of Badger Mountain in Richland, Washington, this beautiful modern home by Seattle-based First Lamp  draws its design influence from both the natural landscape and the clean lines of traditional Japanese architecture. While the project’s primary goal is to answer the growing family’s need for additional space, efforts to capture the sweeping views of the Columbia River and connect to the surrounding landscape give this home its shape and orientation. The major spaces are aligned in a simple plan that is arranged perpendicular to the slope of the hillside, minimizing site impact and maximizing views to the north. The south-facing side of the home opens to an outdoor pool and observation area that offers views of the Peak of Badger Mountain.

In true Brady Bunch style the need for the house was born out of two families coming together doubling the amount of people in the house including a Father with two sons and a Wife with Two Daughters. The first attempted to find a local architect that could design a modern home in Richland Washington, but soon found they needed to travel 200 miles to Seattle to find the right designers.

Design features include exposed concrete walls on the base level of the house, natural cedar moving from exterior to interior blurring the lines between outdoors and indoors, aluminum solar screens, Garage Door for guest/party room that opens up to the cabana, Ventless open fireplace in the middle of the great room, custom exposed steel stair in family room, custom steel and glass barn doors in Master Bedroom and large cantilevered entry canopy. Many sustainable elements where utilized including Rigid Board insulation on the outside of the sheathing to get a high R-Value in the exterior walls and reduce thermal bridging, Super insulated Fiberglass windows and doors, Radiant Heated flooring and LED lighting.

I love the master bedroom and the glass sliding doors to the master bedroom – exactly what I want for my dream home!


Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 29 May, 2014

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Dream Home : Beverly Hills House by McClean Design

This dreamy modern home is a remodel of an existing home that was designed in a contemporary style during the 1970s. Although the structure itself was in good shape the house did not take advantage of its wonderful views and did not contain the required amount of bedrooms and ancillary rooms necessary for a house of this size.

The existing house was stripped down to framing and rebuilt to take advantage of the magnificent views over the cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills below. Ceiling heights were increased in the main living areas and the plan opened up to visually connect the different spaces. The material palette is simple but we have added areas of more interesting materials to warm up the spaces.

We are now working with the Owner on a major expansion of the house including a new guest house, wellness spa, elevated walkways and further additions to the main house itself.

There is so many things I love about this house…Almost fits my dream home requirements. The rooms are extra wide and specious. The glass walls across the house showing off a gorgeous view. The bathrooms with a view of a court yard. The gorgeous outdoor eare with the wide modern fireplace. ah…so perfect!

Architects: McClean Design

Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 19 May, 2014

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