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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Gardening Tips: Colour Your Fall Garden

One of the biggest gardening tips I ever learned was to plan a garden that had perennials blooming all season. It’s so easy to have blooms in the spring, the early summer, high summer and even into August. But to get perennials that bloom in the fall is another challenge. Here’s eight plants you can add to your perennial border to have blooms right through to the end of October (or beyond in some areas).   Crysanthemums: It’s the obvious choice….late bloomers that withstand frost, mums are the perfect fall flower. They come in a myriad of colours, heights and size of blooms. But a lot of people don’t have much success with them. Mostly because we buy the wrong mum. Those mums you find at the grocery store in pots really aren’t hardy enough to withstand a cold, snowy winter and will most likely not return come spring. So make [ Continue reading ]

Creative Kitchen Luster

When it comes to be creative I am the first one who raise the hand. I love creative people and when I go to a new home I hope I will see some creativity. There are some kitchen luster made from forks, glasses and a lot of other kitchen objects. I think you should be bold to use one, but it is something that I would love to see in everyone’s kitchen. I usually saw these type of lusters in restaurants, but I think they would look AMAZING in our house   I’ll show you some different designs to make an idea. Personally, I would choose the one made from jars or glasses. Are you courageous enough to place a luster like this in your kitchen?If yes, which one?

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 ]

3D Experience in Your House

Do you want something new and innovative in your house? Here you could find the solution! Imperial, a company from Dubai, has cornered the 3D floor design market for now, but this product is too popular to remain exclusive for long. According to Imperial, liquid 3D floors are a recent innovation first used in hotels, offices, and shopping centers. However, they insist it’s a misconception that decorative screed can only be used in the bathroom or toilet – in fact, 3D floors are suitable for any room, “and even villas.” In other words, here is the idea of design your house using the new technologies. I found this very interesting and impressive, because you could bring the image of nature in your house. The 3D images are spectacular, and the sense of reality is intense! I would bring this in my house!

Assymetrycal Bathtub

If you are aiming for elegance in your bathroom, the Juliet bathtub will bring you the exact amount of glamor you wished for. Fluency and charm blend in whilist this lovely design, creating the perfect feature for any homeowner or hotel guest that is lured by grace. Its irregular form resembles an organic cast and simultaneously duplicates the moves of the waves. The idea of the design came from an antique bowl,which,it appears,summoned something compelling and startling. The feature of this bathtub gives the impression that as you move, the form changes accordingly. How can this aspect not be appealling to any eye? What is more,from certain angles, the edges concur to draw up the form of the infinity symbol, so the assymmetrical dimensions of the bathtub are empowered once again. Modern and yet preserving traditional elements, this design manages to make its way to the image of an ideal [ Continue reading ]

Wall Texture

  Are you bored of your plain walls , colored or less colored in your home ? Well, me too and as you know me when I have a new idea for decorating my house I share it with you .Not a long time ago, I heard about the texture walls or the 3D ones .It looks more than good in a spacious and well decorated living room. What does texture exactly mean ? Well, we can talk about the texture of brick , marble , wood and so on.I will let you some ideas to inspire you as inspired me and helped too. The 3D walls are more interesting and it offers an arty style to your living room, but it isn’t something easy to have in a living room. You have to have courage to adopt a 3D wall, because it can load your room and make it [ Continue reading ]