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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Smaller footprint houses such as mountain cabins can provide valuable lessons in eco-friendly design, construction innovation, and eco-friendly materials. Anyone who has faced the challenges of limited living space will find inspiration in this selection of the latest trends in environmentally sensitive, small-scale home design. Most of the projects prove that that small-scale efficiency, as well as beautiful, thoughtful design, can overcome the apparent constraints of a small footprint.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!
Frank Lloyd Wright was a pioneer of holistic, eco-inspired design years ahead of his time. An architect and designer of far-reaching vision, it is not surprising that Frank Lloyd Wright anticipated many of the hallmarks of today’s green movement. The desire to work and live with nature to create livable homes and cities is an ongoing theme of American architecture and planning.
In this blog we explore Wright’s lessons for building greener homes: on how climate, sustainability, sunlight, modern technology, local materials, and passive environmental controls can become the inspiration for excellent design.Read More
As the cost of urban land rises and the space available for development is shrinking, building a new home in the city is becoming more of a challenge than ever before. However, there is still a great deal of opportunity for building a comfortable infill within the Calgary area. By applying the skills and innovative design solutions, it is possible to build a modern and functional infill that reduces urban sprawl, the resource consumption and yields excellent rewards for the homeowner.
Here are some great examples of urban infills that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional:
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What is about some houses that makes us long to live there while others leave us cold? What is making even some very modern houses warm and inviting yet some other cold and almost sterile-like. Jeremiah Eck, leading residential architect, in his book Distictive Home identifies the four qualities that can turn even the most ordinary house into a charming, warm and memorable home: good siting, well-designed floor, elegant exterior architecture, and details that transmit an enduring sense of warmth and quality.
To achieve this balance, many are turning to the history and tradition of their own for inspiration in "old house" - themes that will inspire and preserve a sense of place and the feeling of "home." Here are some great examples of well designed and renovated older homes that achieved both modern yet charming and timeless appeal:
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The Distinctive Home: A Vision of Timeless Design Paperback – Bargain Price, April 11, 2006 by Jeremiah Eck
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
The Passive House standard provides the road map to design all kinds of building – commercial, residential, institutional and even high-rise structures – that consume minimal amounts of energy. Read more...Read More
Home makeover shows give you the impression you can transform your house in a few short weeks. MoneySense shows you why real renovations are nothing like what you see on TV—and what you really need to know to pull off a successful remodeling.Read More
Creating a small, great kitchen demands not just clever design solutions, but a willingness to rethink old-school design rules. Here are some great design strategies for small kitchen renovations.Read More