This partial remodel, involving the main floor of a classic 1920 house in the Calgary Inglewood area, set out to respect the character of the original house while infusing a modern sensibility of space, light, and materials.Read More
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Midcentury modern has been a very popular style as it offers a simple yet elegant mix of space and character that suits modern, eco-friendly living. Many bungalows build in 50s and 60s carry many elements of the style, therefore, a renovation to with a modern twist.
Here is a great example of a midcentury bungalow remodel with a modern twist we love "San Carlos Mid-Century Rescue" by Klopf Architecture:Read More
With much greater emphasis on energy and materials preservation efforts, the housing and renovation trends for 2016 emphasize design and building techniques that sustain our natural resources.Read More
Well-designed buildings, in commercial and residential architecture, are well integrated with its site and use design approach that promote coherence between a building and its natural surroundings. Thus a building and its setting become one unified composition.Read More
We recently completed a trip through Canadian Pacific Coast (mainly inland British Columbia and Vancouver Island). During our trip we searched for an interesting architecture than can serve as an inspiration and a reference for future projects.
With its lush forests, rugged coast and long rainy season, the Pacific coast has developed a style that is informal, organic, rustic and above all eclectic.
Here, we noticed overlapping elements of architecture:
- Design as a tribute to nature makes use of an open floor plan and native materials--both significant elements of early regional Modernism
- The decor often reveals nuances of Japanese design or Scandinavian design
- Clean-lines, light, natural materials, and neutral tones combined with bright colours
While the styles vary, sensitivity to the environment and a desire to accentuate the natural beauty of the region lie at the heart of almost every design
We love this style here are some photos. Enjoy!
Sustainability doesn’t have to be a buzzword. By implementing well thought out design strategies in commercial and residential design and construction, we can make very meaningful, earth friendly, and resource efficient improvements that will also contribute to much healthier living environment and more efficient maintenance practices. The greatest sustainability gains can be achieved through well planned design even before the construction begins.
Sustainable design provides authentic, sensual and tactile experience that is grounded in what is real - what we experience through our senses. As such, sustainable design is less focus on abstract, instead it references cultural history, natural world, diversity in colours and textures, simplicity and honesty.
In addition to engaging traditional sustainability tactics such as energy efficiency, daylighting, and the use of healthy materials, the following are key to sustainable design approach:
- Resource efficiency - a fundamental strategy for resource-efficient building is to build less square footage, use smaller quantities of materials and design the smallest footprint possible
- Source reduction - use of materials that reduces the amount of toxicity of garbage generated and overall waste disposal
- Low impact building materials by reducing use of nonrenewable natural materials, materials reuse, recycling
- Rapidly renewable materials with harvest cycle of 10 years or less
- Climate-specific construction materials, regional products, consider life-cycle cost
- Durable and timeless design
Here are example of some inspiring projects that adhere to sustainable design principles:
The sustainable design features includes: opening of walls, changes to layout to maximize the use of daylight and to reduce energy consumption, LED lighting, use local materials and natural finishing, to achieve durable, simple, low maintenance and timeless design.
The project received LEED Platinum/Net Zero certification and features high performance air-to-air heat exchangers; photovoltaic panels for electricity; solar thermal panels for hot water; ultra low flow/dual flush fixtures for water conservation; LED lighting; radiant heating; and IPE rain screen siding.
The sustainable features include: open floor plan to maximize natural light, clerestory windows, natural, simple elements, and timeless design.
Sustainability feature: constructing a green roof that you can potentially intercept a major portion of the storm water runoff before it gets to the impervious areas on your site. It also lessens the load on other sustainable systems you may be using, like rain gardens and permeable paving.
Resources and Photo Credits:
Sustainable Residential Interiors By Stelmack, Annette
Whether it is commercial or residential renovation or a new construction project, incorporating into design original artwork will add more interest and character to any space. Creative, unique and sometimes surprising objects provide for more personable, memorable and uplifting experience. That is why we always look for creative ways to incorporate original artwork any in spaces we renovate or build.
Recently we completed a commercial project that included unique artwork made out of metal cutouts, custom fabricated tables and photography taken outside the building we renovated - all artwork was designed and created by Kurt, the owner of Harmony Home Projects. The addition of unique artwork on the reception desk panels created more pleasant, inspiring and stimulating environment for visitors and staff.
Harmony Home Projects Inc. services Calgary and Calgary surrounding areas. If you’re looking for a design /build renovation company give us a call at (403) 923-2996 to discuss.
Designing and building your own home theater can be a fun process whether you have experience in design and decorating or not. However, building a home theater can also become a complicated undertaking that can lead to costly mistakes. To avoid them we listed a few simple rules to help you build your private home theater without a hitch.Read More
What do you want your basement to look like? Is there a missing room in your house that you have always dreamt about having? Basement development can give you the opportunity to create extra living space affordably - without adding on and there is no limit to finishing possibilities.Read More