Thursday, September 30, 2010

Residential Garden Design in San Francisco

This is a beautiful garden design and cool. One way to enhance the beauty of the home is to attend a garden in our yard. Houses become barren and gives the impression of calm. Especially when summer comes. For this reason Lutsko Associates made a garden in an urban housing in San Francisco.

The concept of this project is an open architecture for daily life, maximizing the impact and experience of a small space. The breakthrough of this sunlight can park with ease because there is no roof in this park. Another advantage is that we can enjoy the garden from the balcony of the second level instead of the inside of the house. Design pays attention to the sensory experience of materials and planting, which contributed to the richness and beauty of the park.

This city park in the Pacific Heights district of San Francisco around a single family home. The house was designed in 1990 by noted Bay Area architecture firm EHDD under the guidance of the late Joe Esherick. When viewed from two house sites overlooking the balcony, the park is a graph of the composition of space, materials and planting. From this perspective much of San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island slip into the views of the city spread out below the property. This park is designed to bring a sense of urban city fabric into the site. From inside, the garden intimately experienced as a sequence of outdoor rooms, their space and design features hidden sequence and expressed as a threshold passing each other in composition.

This park is divided into a series of three enclosed garden room, each tightly defined by the architecture and / or planted edge. Various treatments translucent-edge glass, hand troweled plaster, bronze curved walls, and planting-explore the relationship between the viewer and the adjacent off-site conditions. The walls between rooms consisting of Prunus caroliniana hedge cut, fit within the framework of structural steel. Thresholds between rooms create a sense of mystery and discovery as one moves through the park.

Each room is different in shape and quality. The first room, which requires light and privacy, defined by clear glass that transmits light and reveals the subtle shape of the outer edge of the garden. edge is reinforced by a steaming Pelargonium tomentosum and cacaliifolia Salvia to bring the natural flavor and fragrance into the room otherwise constructed. Osmanthus fragrans sculptural form branched multi-wall plaster, clean end to end view this space. The second room is dominated by the most dramatic elements of the park, a large curved wall made of bronze. From the slot in the wall, water cascades into the basin cut into the pavement beneath. Placed against the wall of the adjacent buildings, water features create a sensual edge with space, quiet introspective. In the third hall, visitors got a surprise vista of the city, bay, and the Trans-America building through the open window like a translucent wall panels. reeded panel's glass-covered walls of the Beaux-Arts fence neighbors recognize pastiche of the city, and is a reference to changing the architectural style from time to time. A lemon tree, espaliered plaster wall, in line with the axial views of the garden.

Park employs a large patch of contrast material to make a bold graphic composition: limestone paving of light that shines in the fog of San Francisco is interspersed with bands of wool thyme; dark granite stone engraved with a spiral pale to generate a mosaic. Restrained planting palette, shades of green and Grey with white flowers give priority to form over color. Bold-textured foliage contrasts dramatically with the materiality of space. The combination of material selection and composition of the structure to respond, simpler forms of home distilled. Park became home to a literal extension of everyday life while still associated with adjacent urban forms. [via]

Sang and Serena

I love a great end table or little "anything" cabinet. And I love what Sang and Serena have to offer! I came across this company via Urban Flea. The detail of Sang and Serena's pieces is amazing. They work with a local artist/entrepreneur in India to create the pieces and then bring them here. The bedding they have is incredible too. Enjoy. : )

 A chest of drawers in Ember with Mother of Pearl inlay.

Closer picture to see all the detail.

 An end table on Opium with bone inlay.

A writing table in Ember with bone inlay.

Tray in Paneer with Mother of Pearl inlay.

 Console table in Paneer with bone inlay.

More detailed picture.

 Some of the quilts they offer. They come in Single, Queen and King sizes.

The Sundial design is one of my favorites.

So is the Goddess design.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Green Home Remodeling in San Francisco

Open Space Concept House renovation with Beau Artificial Pond. This project location on the peninsula south of San Francisco. The concept of Open Space was adopted to get closer to nature. So we also categorize this concept as a concept into a green house.

It was built in the 1950s but recently renovated. A beautiful artificial pond was brought there to give a strong impression - Back To Nature. Family members brought on vacation retreat into everyday life.

The home is composed of four parts - the main room, read or study rooms, a swimming pool of your home garage. Everything is focused on parks, pools and ponds. There is also a terrace around the pool which is separated from the interior with glass sliding doors. Photovoltaic solar roof panels and hide the hot water. Houses are heated by shining on the stone floor system, and although the climate is not hot air, but passively cooled with a combination of overhangs, shades, and windows that can be opened. He also has many green building materials, including high fly-ash concrete, casework and formaldehyde-free insulation denim. [via]

Outside the home garden design.

Contemporary Children Bedroom Design Ideas

This is some ideas if you want to decorate your children bedroom interior design. Contemporary bedroom design, modern bedroom design, minimalist bedroom design needs interior furniture. But, when you have only small bedroom what will you do? For that problem I want to tell you about tips to decorate your bedroom with the interior design pictures perhaps it can be your bedroom decorating ideas.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Miami Makes Forbes List Of America's Most Expensive Communities

Fisher Island Miami Beach real estateFisher Island, Miami Beach, just ranked by Forbes as #37 of America's most expensive zip codes, boasts a not too shabby median home price of $2,295,291. Forbes just published it's new list, with 4 Miami zip codes earning a spot as one of America's highest priced places to buy a home or condo, including aforementioned Fisher Island (33109), Key Biscayne (33149), Coral Gables (33146), and 2 small communities just north of Miami Beach -- Bal Harbour and Indian Creek (33154).

The report stated that these 4 zip codes make Miami one of the most expensive places to buy property in the United States, in spite of the fact that home prices have plummeted sharply in recent years, and that foreclosures have continued to mount. Hi-end luxury home prices have seen a slowing slide, according to Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research, a Mountain View, Calif., firm that tracks housing market data.

"We have yet to see mortgage defaults climb aggressively into higher-priced homes, but there are some signs that those could hit in next twelve months" Simonsen said. "If those mortgage resets drive inventory at the higher end, that would cause major problems."

Although it does seem as if the luxury real estate market in Miami has all but slowed to a halt, a number of luxury realtors are reporting that foreign buyers are re-entering the market place to pick up those hi-end bargains which may no longer be as available in a year from now.

Rural Living in Iowa

I love this farmhouse in Iowa. I found it on Dwell. The idea of a chunk of land and a house off by itself amid lush green country appeals to me. I don't know the first thing about farming but I'd be willing to learn for this place. : )

Of course it's red, has a metal roof and amazing front and back porches! Love.

I have always loved Dutch doors. The cat is cute too. 

Lots of windows, a woodburning stove and 2 chairs. The wide plank wood floors are so pretty.

I LOVE the cutout handles on the cabinets! So clean and they look really neat. I also like the idea of their loft office. Making great use of vertical space.

Another view of the office. Such a peaceful view through the window too.

The bedroom is separated from the rest of the house by a slatted wall. I like the idea of a wall that doesn't go all the way to the ceiling.

What says farmhouse shower better than a corrugated steel shower?

Busca Vida House Design In Brazil

Busca Vida House is a phenomenal project from Andre Luque in 2007. Located in Cama├žari, North Shore Bahia, Brazil, this house was built to connect with the surrounding environment. Especially the existing vegetation be maintained by the owners and architects as part of this project. Only one small tree has been removed from the site. Houses that use natural ventilation and daylight through large glass panels.

To meet the desire of owners to accept your friends, and at the same time not have their privacy disturbed, the house was divided into two separate pavilions. The first pavilion, designed specifically for the owner, has suites, living room and dining room, kitchenette, kitchen, storage and service areas. Which both have three suites to receive friends. The linkage between the two occurs through the social environment covered with common usage, which is installed in the gourmet kitchen invites. Block to the first pavilion, situated deck and pool area allow the expansion and integration of the internal region, summing up to 445m2 built area. [via]

Monday, September 27, 2010

Minimalist House Design, Just an Idea, Trend, or More Than Necessary?

Minimalist house design, just an idea, trend, or more than necessary? Minimalist style is now a favorite building in the metropolis. General speaking, this model is easily found in public housing, from low-income housing to luxury housing, or in the interior design of a cafe or an office building. The first looks like a uniform, but with detail added to make people know that each home reflects the owner.

Minimalist is a mindset, work, and lifestyle. A new vantage point in viewing design as a reflection of urban lifestyle, which is usually simple, practical, dynamic, and efficient. Creation of architectural buildings, including modern minimalist house, is the choice for form of architecture, born from culture and needs. Not only follow the trend recently.

For that reason, modern minimalist house is equipped with more tangible characteristics, a simple shape and design of geometric space, strong with the empty spaces are minimalist in ornaments and furniture. Selected furniture has multiple functions to accommodate the needs of all family members. Design principle is simple enough so that the quality of design and function space available should be more fit.

But the frequently asked question that usually arises is whether a modern minimalist home should be a simple compartment or any other form? The answer is a form of minimalist modern homes do not have to follow the form of simple or simple geometric compartments. If the house that only needs a simple compartment, it means that the simple compartment is the result of a process of function space needs, not by force or follow the trend.

And then people ask whether the parameters minimalist home means a cold feeling or impression of less fresh? Minimalist form the basis of design and also for the decoration itself. Minimalist here is based on a simple and efficient. minimalist interior is the arrangement of the interior who prefer to the functional and practical. This setting is emphasized on efficient design. Straight line, plane, crossing the surface of which is always 90 degrees, and perpendicular.

Then people are worried whether this is a minimalist design will spend a lot of money or not. The answer is relative depending on the detail of the building itself. With minimalist design, the type of materials used will be effective and efficient. Use of some materials such as wood, brick, stone, glass, or steel can also appear as an individual. The dominance of a particular material will give different effects. [via]

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Minimalist House Design Level Two in Australia

This is a minimalist house design level two on the beach. Perry Point beach house is a minimalist two-level house located in Coolum, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. A beach home renovation project of the 1990s Architect Owen and Vokes. The new owner wants additional bedroom, bathroom and garage to house their cars. Manipulation of the existing building and the natural topography to form a new relationship between living space and garden.
FIBRO original house appears as a traditional coast to Coolum Steep Hill site as stunted coastal vegetation to collect at the rear of the site. Remaining vegetation assessed as providing a counter to display the sea - a reprieve, dense shade of the panorama of sea and sky. The laying of these extensions retain as much existing vegetation as possible, and as a result, the bridge over the pond that is to occupy the remaining volume-able to build on the site as dictated by the height control. A new re-entry page-oriented, physically connecting the living space for the slope of the hill and provides views of the vegetation is left outside.

Masonry elements of managing the level at the site, forming a new landscape space and the embedding extension FIBRO-clad hillside. At street level, a concrete bunker accommodate cars on site, eliminating the need for steep roads and reclaiming space for a garden overlooked the living room and deck above. Minor excavations reveal page space below what was previously wooden pool deck. Promenade through the site reveals nuance and topographic settings.

Site entrance, located in the center of the site both in vertical and horizontal, externally accessed by climbing the stairs from street level. Existing internal staircase connecting the external circulation route of the road extension to the open air circulation. In extension, a linear porch provides access to the bedroom and bathroom, culminating in a daybed is located to the outskirts of the remaining vegetation.