House in Inglewood by Alair Homes Chilliwack

  Description by Alair Homes Chilliwack This was a challenging project for very discerning clients. The home was originally owned by the client’s father, and she inherited it when he passed. Care was taken to preserve the history in the home while upgrading it for the current owners. This home exceeds current energy codes, and all mechanical and electrical systems have been completely replaced. The clients remained in the home for the duration of the reno, so it was completed in two phases. Phase 1 involved gutting the basement, removing all asbestos containing materials (flooring, plaster), and replacing all mechanical and electrical systems, new spray foam insulation, and complete new finishing. The clients lived upstairs while we did the basement, and in the basement while we did the main floor. They left on a vacation while we did the asbestos work. Phase 2 involved a rock retaining wall on the [ Continue reading ]

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Gothic Cottage by Daniel Contelmo Architects

  Description by Daniel Contelmo Architects When the homeowners approached Daniel Contelmo Architects to design their new home, they knew they wanted something different. Daniel Contelmo sketched several options for them, but quickly realized that a modern style was not suitable. Inspired by the gatehouses of local estates, many of which were stone cottages, Daniel Contelmo settled on a gothic cottage design, seamlessly blending the two styles. The result was unique, an organic and whimsical home that perfectly reflected the clients’ wishes. The exterior is dominated by steeply pitched roofs and clover windows reminiscent of the carpenter gothic style, which was predominant in the area. The metal roof reflects the sky, lending an airy feeling that contrasts the stone at the base of the main entrance. Graceful arches soften the roofline and, to the right, a swooping fence lengthens the front elevation. The surrounding landscape influenced much of the design; [ Continue reading ]

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Photography courtesy of Upscale Construction

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Loft F5.04 by SMLXL Studio

Description by Boysplaynice Photography & Concept After a long search of an apartment offering both interesting and atypical elements, and located in central Prague, this proved to be an ideal choice. Time management was perfect, and the arrangement with the developer was that the apartment would be made over as shell and core, meeting only the most basic approval standards. The owners also addressed our studio ahead of time, providing us with enough time to think about the project in detail. As soon as the owners were handed the keys to the apartment, we were ready to begin with the changes. Upon our first visit of the apartment, we faced an unpleasant surprise – the windows. The industrial design was replaced with plastic windows, although the developer had committed to keeping the original design. Since this was a corner apartment and windows played a key role in the interior, the [ Continue reading ]

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ODR Residence by Carney Logan Burke Architects

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5 Tips For Small Living Rooms

Do you feel ashamed for having a small living room? Do you think that you don’t have space for anything? DON’T!!! I am here to help you with 5 tips for your small living room, to make you feel comfortable just by looking at it. The Living room is one of the most important rooms in the house, and the place where we receive guests, have dinner and rest. 1.Use all the lights, especially natural lights, choose curtains that are clear, white, translucent or a natural tone; 2.Try to keep a monochromatic decor with subtle variations of a color(like blue,green,yellow); 3.Decorate with mirror or glass,because it amplifies the light; 4.Use the wall spaces and under the sofa for books and other objects; 5. Opt formobile “smart” like soft beds and beds with drawers underneath  

Floors

We spoke about lighting,about home accessories,walls, but never about floors. Aren’t they as important as the others? Of course they are! The floor is the thing that makes the room full, that completes it. Here is a collection of floors featuring cement tiles, very different, beautiful and chic and add so much character to an interior. You can be very creative with these, and you can mix and play with the colors and patterns.

TOP 7 Majestic Kitchen Design Ideas

 You want to move in a new house and you do not have any idea about the interior design? The kitchen is a space where you spend a lot of time with your family and it should be a pleasant place for all of you.Their successful design is an imperative part of a working interior. It really can be the small, simple details – tailored to the way that you cook and use the space – that make it a joy to use.  For helping you, we have prepared a top 7 kitchen design ideas.   INSPIRING SMALL KITCHEN Don’t worry if you don’t have a big kitchen. Even tiny kitchens can have serious style. If you have a small family you can try a table for two. A pair of 19th-century English chairs and a small table fit perfectly into the corner of a tiny kitchen. You should not [ Continue reading ]

Industrial Inspired Apartment with Meeting Room

Once part of a tenement house built in 1912, this apartment, rearranged by Polish architect Maciej Kurkowski has lived numerous modernizations,process that led to a much plainer structure. In 2013, the upper floor of the building is adopted in order to create an apartment and a conference room. The designers found adequate preserving the raw aspect of the original interiors, so they depicted a plan that kept the initial semblance. The revamp adopt a minimalistic layout, grasping the primary facet of the scope. Simplistic lighting and black ceilings for eye-catching effect, combined with the light-gray walls produce an aura of avant-garde. To enrich the ambience with a bit of tenderness, birch plywood panels are brought in, assembled in triangular shapes. The monochromatic outline was established to ensure a mild picture that eventually harnessed the colourfullness of several abstract works of art. The wide slot has an uncontestable equilibrium. Hence, a [ Continue reading ]

3 Spring Trends

If you haven’t already thought about redecorating something in your house with the arrival of spring, well now is the time! If you wonder what should you change I suggest to find places in your house which are in need of a little bit of life. The first trend I’d like to speak about is the Color White. I know, I know white isn’t really a color, but this spring you need to bring light in your house and decorating in white (and add a pop of color) is the main thing to do for a brighter home. The second trend speaks about imposing colors as green, baby blue, yellow on velvet couches and on little accessories like flower vases, a green plant, a blanket or candle jars. The last, but not the least trend speaks about decorating with a mix of patterns. I mean, try to mix something that [ Continue reading ]