Category: Fireplaces

Brick Oddities Throw Home Design a Curveball

Among the hundreds of thousands of home photographs on , many fall into some broad stylistic types. Designs rooted in conventional fashions tend to predominate , and contemporary houses receive their fair share, even though both camps can scarcely agree. Even in the eclectic category, lots of the buildings are still quite similar to conventional or modern/contemporary houses, with minor idiosyncrasies.

However, what about the really odd? Showing some of these houses was my target in this ideabook, and mercifully, I have discovered a couple of.

Bernard Andre Photography

Take away all the curves moving this way and that, and this house in Northern California may just fit in with additional contemporary houses on . However, why do so? They give this hillside residence so much character. It appears as though the numerous volumes and curves work in perfect balance, the convex curve on the left rooting the house into the site as the concave curve on the right leans over the incline.

Bernard Andre Photography

A ravine of sorts stays between these two curving volumes. This is the entry stairway below a third volume that’s also restricted by a curving roof.

Bernard Andre Photography

This view of this leaning volume provides a small glimpse inside, where we can observe a curving interior wall around the floor. It’s excellent to see that the curves are not just skin deep.


Additionally curved at odds with the first instance, are these DomeHouses out of Korea. Where the hillside house is habit indoors and outside, the DomeHouse is a prefabricated construction purported to take four hours to get a few people to build. Bucky Fuller may be proud, given they’re prefab, around (surrounding the most space) and extremely lightweight. I’m not sure about these square windows inserted into the domes, though.


Indoors, the DomeHouse is precisely what you would expect: a dome. Furnishing a little, single-room dome isn’t simple (note the way the apparel “violates” the world), but you can not assert that it does not have character.

Uni architecture

This is the XS House, which I believe is pretty cool–it’s so basic yet so distinct. Uni Architecture altered them relative to each other and used three boxes. Windows are cut into portions of the boxes.

Uni architecture

Along with the windows, light comes in through the gaps that are created by altering the boxes relative to each other. Like I said.

Charles Debbas Architecture

This house is completely contemporary, without one detail: that curved window cut into the metal facade. Is your house smiling? Can Amazon’s largest stockholder live there?

Charles Rose Architects Inc..

Speaking of odd facts, how about this scupper that projects from the copper-clad residence? Let us call this the Pinocchio scupper.

GMK Architecture Inc

I have heard of reusing barns for residences, but how can one reuse a concrete silo? In the looks of it, the cylinder connects the two pieces on either side, so stairs would be a good guess. The “hat” on the top indicates a secluded loft or escape as well.

Illinois Outdoor Playhouse – EUR 8,500

The strangest example yet may be the miniaturization of a contemporary masterpiece into a playhouse, like in Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House (Plano, IL, 1951). Mies supposedly said, “God is in the details,” in that case the playhouse is sadly lacking — it is wood rather than steel and contains corner posts where the first had none. But it instantly recalls the first in an odd sort of way.

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A Manhattan Loft Slides Into Flexibility

This Tour is an instance of art impacting life: architect Azin Valy took inspiration from her customer’s artistic work when changing a cramped two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood into an open, expansive loft. In her work, artist and client Suzanne Russell frequently deals with “interrelated parts that are constantly shifting and moving.” It’s a philosophy that Valy applied when she incorporated sliding doors, built-in cabinets and “smart glass” windows that go from transparent to opaque.

“Casper [Russell’s partner, a Danish attorney] also has an eye for perfection and minimalism, so the attic is our collaborative attempt at translating their requirement for a space that reflects their characters and thoughts,” says Valy.

at a Glance
Who lives here: A retirement home for Suzanne Russell and Casper Munter
Location: New York City
Size: 1,500 square feet
That is interesting: In the late 1900s, the flat was tenement housing.

I-Beam Design

All the walls in the flat were stripped to the first brick foundation. “The apartments used to be row-house buildings before they were converted to condos from the 1980s,” says Valy.

I-Beam Design

The sleek, contemporary spirit of the appliances, the Caesarstone countertop and the white cabinetry contrasts using the white oak floor and recycled-beam pub in the kitchen.

Would you see that the smart-glass windows that transition from clear to frosted at the flick of a change (from inside the bathroom)?

I-Beam Design

Following is a closer look at one of the windows from the kitchen right now it’s in transparent mode and allows light to flood the bath from the home living room. Along with being a natural light source, the windows are just plain fun.

Kitchen designers: Urban Homes; countertop: Caesarstone

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Following is a peek at the window inside of the toilet while it’s frosted for privacy.

I-Beam Design

Materials utilized in the kitchen can also be utilized in the bathroom, linking the two spaces. “Reclaimed classic subway tiles from the kitchen also surround the tub in the toilet,” says Valy. The identical Caesarstone countertop used from the kitchen cascades on sills and shelves in the toilet as well.

I-Beam Design

The clients’ minimalist style is evident from the bedroom, in which a task lamp and a pair of reclaimed planks are the only decoration. A reddish side table gives the spare room a place of color.

I-Beam Design

A close look at this picture reveals a mirrored door, which creates the illusion of a extended narrow space by representing the distance resulting in the living space. Interestingly, the hallway used to be a shaft between two row houses.

“Our goal from the renovation was always to reflect the clients’ modern sensibilities,” says Valy. “But keeping the brick walls and keeping up the appearance of the shaftway-turned-hallway roots the space to its tenant housing history.”

I-Beam Design

The living area and the dining area can be connected or separated. Sliding doors (the track along the ceiling is envisioned here) let the room to change from open to private.

I-Beam Design

A closer look at the sliding doors that separate the living area in the dining room.

I-Beam Design

Here we see the sliding door can separate the guest bedroom (at right) in the dining room — and the way that it can also visually connect the two spaces.

I-Beam Design

The floor plan shows the way the living spaces are interconnected and the way one area bleeds into another. The flat retains its raw and open quality with the help of temporary obstacles that allow the room to accommodate and transform based on the privacy requirements of the clients.

400-Square-Foot Unfolding Apartment in Manhattan

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5 Awesome Small Maple Trees

There are many “A”s at the alphabet of beloved trees, but for the money, the A+ goes into the genus Acer, more commonly referred to as maples. You understand the form of their leaves, you understand maple syrup, and if you understand plants, you understand big maples like sugar and red maple, as well as smaller, superpopular Japanese maple. But there is a wealth of additional small trees in the pine clan. Here are only a couple — add your favorites in the Comments.

My treasured native maple is snakebark maple (Acer pensylvanicum, zones 3 to 7), which also goes by striped maple, goosefoot maple and moosewood ( here and in first photo). Some time ago I talked about hardy plants that looked tropical, and this is just another one. Its big, rounded leaves grow to 7 inches long, its bark is lined and mottled like snakeskin, and it increases to around 20 feet tall and wide. Fall color (this photo) is fantastic, and cultivar ‘Erythrocladum’ has young stems and branches which are glowing red. This maple is an understory tree, and it requires partial to full shade and cool, damp woodland soil to flourish.

I really like Japanese maples (Acer palmatum), however the Fullmoon maple (Acer shirasawanum, zones 5 to 9) ups the ante with leaves which have up to 13 lobes. This little pine grows 15 to 30 feet tall and wide, and prefers at least light shade, maybe complete shade. The cultivar ‘Aureum’ (shown) is a standout, with spectacular gold foliage. (Yet another gold foliage plant for shade!) It turns stunning shades of red and gold in autumn.

Photo by Wikimedia Commons consumer Abrahami

Maples are not known for fantastic foliage. Even better than snakebark maple, paperbark maple (Acer griseum, zones 4 to 8) is just another little tree with excellent cinnamon-color peeling bark — yet another eye-catching characteristic even in winter. Throughout the growing period, it contrasts with heavy green leaves. Paperbark maple grows to 25 ft high and wide, and so are happy in full sun to part shade.

Photo by Wikimedia Commons consumer Sten

Pacific Northwesterners will soon be familiar with their native vine maple (Acer circinatum, zones 6 to 9), which develops as well in different areas of the country in well-drained land with afternoon shade. This tiny maple grows 20 to 30 ft tall and wide (sometimes more in its home range), and I am especially interested to try some newer cultivars with purple leaves, such as Pacific Purple.

Photo by Wikimedia Commons consumer Walter Siegmund

Looking for all the world like a maple-holly hybrid, evergreen or Cretan maple (Acer sempervirens) hails from Greece, and being a Mediterranean plant, it thrives in ponds with moist winters and droughty summers, as well as poor soil. Additionally, it has incredibly glossy, evergreen to semievergreen foliage, and it is cold hardy as far north as zone 6. I guess this rare walnut’s hardiness is somewhat untested in regions with humid summers — if you live east of the Mississippi and want to attempt it, I propose planting it in a dry place with a great deal of sunlight and lean, fast-draining soil. It increases to roughly 30 feet tall.

Photo by Wikimedia Commons consumer Abrahami

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Ditch a Door to Open a Space

We are in the middle of renovating a tiny obsolete midcentury ranch. To maximize space and traffic flow, we have decided to eliminate all of the cupboard doors in the 3 bedrooms. By hanging cloth in place of true cupboard doors, we expect to start up the chambers, add texture and encourage business, since shutting the door on cupboard insanity will not be an alternative.

In preparation for our cupboard door removal, I researched other designers’ takes on ditching doors. I discovered several cupboard designs that steer clear of doors, in addition to whole room designs that split away from the beaten path and utilize open shelving and cloth panels in place of doors.

Have a peek at what I discovered, then turn to your home and see if it wouldn’t gain from dropping a door or two. Sometimes less really is.

Studio Zerbey Architecture + Design

Use one wall for clothing storage when cupboard space is at a minimum. Add built-in storage and cloth doors to create a custom “closet.” Especially in a small bedroom, this also optimizes traffic flow.

Dijeau Poage Construction

Into an open cupboard, turn a hall instead of a cupboard. Implementing shelving that is tidy and hanging sticks negates the requirement for doors, which would impede traffic flow.


Remove from an existing closet and hang on a vibrant fabric curtain instead. Add a floating desktop and open shelving to reinvent the office concept. For an enjoyable surprise, set up printed background inside the cupboard. Pull up a chair and you’re prepared to get the job done.

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In a utility room, create a coordinated storage nook by bypassing a door and installing floor-to-ceiling shelving. Keep the appearance neat with baskets, containers and bags.

Tara Seawright Interior Design

Ditching the door doesn’t just apply to cupboard spaces. Forgo doors between rooms when the view is well worth looking at. Here, the view of the adjacent sitting room draws you in from the bedroom. Curtain panels maintain the chambers atmosphere whilst enabling the eye.

Bennion Construction & Carpentry

Avoid smashed fingers by removing doors from closets in kids’ rooms. Not only are cloth doors more easy for children to use, but they also encourage cleaning up.

Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc..

Rather than hanging a good door separating this lovely library in the property’s entrance, the designers hung a single fabric panel in the ceiling. The result is more subtle than a door and very welcoming.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

An existing hall cupboard receives a custom appearance with built-in drawers and open shelving. Without the extra door, traffic flow is enhanced and two open doors will not bang into each other.

The Shabby Nest

Create a miniature mudroom in a cupboard by removing the door, then adding wall hooks, cushioned seats and open storage beneath an integrated bench. This is a great way to turn an underutilized cupboard to a multifunctional space.

Joan Heaton Architects

This tiny modern cottage makes the most of natural light using as few interior walls as you can. Simple floor-to-ceiling panels separate the bedroom from the home living room at night and permit a lot of sunlight to pour into the bedroom through daylight hours.

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Letting It All Hang Out: The Attractiveness of Open Shelving
Blended Doors for Standout Style

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Encompassing the Hearth with Feel

This marked our first chilly week within Atlanta and therefore it is the very first week I stoked a fire in my hearth (O.K. that is an exaggeration, it is gasoline, but I do have to light a match…). Inspired by the heat, I wound-up amassing so many favourite pictures of lovely fireplaces that it had been too much rather I Will allow it to be a miniseries within the the next couple of weeks. To-day what is leaping out at me surrounds, hearths and is all of the textures on fireplaces. Let us take a look!

Garret Cord Werner Architects & Inside Designers

This magnificent hunk of marble sets the tone for your room– lines that are clean, as well as a palette of white and colors of grey that is soft.

Dufner Heighes Inc

This chamber has an excellent harmony of feels–the grey stone of the hearth encompass additionally functions as an emphasis wall.

Jennifer Weiss Architecture

A hearth surround tiled in these tiles is my number one desire hearth. They can be classic and exceptional.


The walls as well as this rock hearth will be the same colour, but the feel of the rock makes the hearth be noticeable.

Taylor Lombardo Architects

I I can not help but include this marble chimney that is beautiful to any ideabook that is because of hearths. It is only lovely and so warm. Its colours work so nicely with all the rustic smart fashion of the area, although it is this kind of elegant fabric.

See Building

The lines of the textured hearth throw shadows that are subtle in this glass box loft and reflect light.

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Here is a look in the feel in the picture above.

Habitar Style

These extended thin tiles possess a design that produces contemporary lines that are vertical.

Lucid Interiordesign Inc.

WOW! I’ve never come across something in this way before. Black is a huge commitment, yet this chimney is the piece de resistance in this glamorous library.

Natalie DiSalvo

This fire-place environment is the refined and modernized variation of an cinderblock chimney.

Eisner Layout LLC

The designer here h-AS selected a straightforward and plain concrete hearth environment, subsequently warmed up it via wood tones on the ground and furniture, the day light mild. It softens up. Bravo!

Mark English Architects, AIA

This tumbled rock is a design component which has been made modern using scale and by emphasizing flat lines.

Four Corners Construction, L.P.

When one determines to clad a hearth the chamber is dominated by it. Here large glass ceilings and mild partitions balance it.

Pepe Calderin Design- Contemporary Interior Planning

This marble environment is totally surreal. Does not it make you question where in the planet they dug up that section of rock?

Logan’s Hammer Building & Restoration

This textured pass-through fire-place wall serves double-duty !

How in the world did they construct the design of grains with this wall? This emphasis wall gobsmacked me, as well as the bare and straightforward concrete fireplace and hearth seat that was adjoining are the appropriate choice to opt for it. They take on the wall; instead, they ground it or they do not overwhelm.