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Category: Houses / Housing

White Canvas On A Green Roof / by Martine Brisson

White Canvas On A Green Roof  / by Martine Brisson
© Marc Cramer

Martine Brisson designed the landscaping of the roof terrace of the former residence and studio of painter Betty Goodwin, for which she has just won one of the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN 2012 in the “Terrace” category. Always keeping in mind a feeling of warmth, functionality, and simplicity, Brisson created an outdoor environment that is coherent yet open, with different functional zones (kitchen, living area, bathroom, garden, etc.) that fit together as naturally as the rooms in an interior space.

House 3098 in Lantau Island, Hong Kong / by HEAD Architecture

Head_THouse 3098 in Lantau Island, Hong KongungChung_55_Uden LR
© Graham Uden

When the Hong Kong’s New Territories Exempted House Policy was introduced in 1972, it was intended to improve the standard of housing in rural areas of the New Territories.

Under the policy, every indigenous villager is entitled to apply to build a small house on private land, or on government land at a concessionary premium, within their ancestral village.

Student Housing for the University of Southern Denmark / by C.F. Møller


The design of the new student housing for the University of Southern Denmark in Odense is based on a strong community spirit. The 250 student residences are located in three interconnected 14-storey buildings. This means that the residence has no front or back, but appears attractive from a 360-degree perspective. The building’s distinctive shape will make it easily recognizable on the campus, and clearly advertises its distinct residential content.

Housing Building with 7 Units, Luxembourg / by METAFORM Architecture

Housing Building with 7 Units, Luxembourg   / by Metaform Architecture

A discreet and reduced architecture with hidden openings based on a compact and pure volume. One of the main intentions of the project consists in the insertion of a residential building with 7 living units in its direct surroundings, marked by detached and solitary buildings in an suburban context. The use of a single light coloured material (fibre-cement panels) for the façade gives the building a monolithic aspect and preserves the quiet appearance. The composition of the different volumes merged to the continuous grid of the façade blurs the clear differentiation of the stacked floors, indeed often characteristic for an multi-storey housing project.

Unique US Architecture to Inspire You

250px-Habs_flw_oak_park_home For many new homebuyers, the style and architecture of a house is as important as the location and price. Though architecture uses fixed numbers and dimensions, it retains an artistic element. Simple or elaborate, functional or decorative, the architecture of a home not only directs the interior design but also tells the world something about the homeowner.

In the United States, a great variety of architectural styles and shapes have left their mark upon the homes of the country, all inspiring the homebuyers and designers of today.

Log cabins and sod huts

Born on the Midwestern Plains, these types of homes were built from the materials that were available locally. Whether made from sod, stone, handmade adobe bricks or rough-hewn logs, these rustic homes continue to inspire home architects with their practicality and sustainability. They have also been enlarged and expanded in a variety of ways, from massive log cabin-like mansions to the Monterey Colonial design, which is an enlargement of the adobe house.

Prairie School architecture

Prairie-style architecture rose to prevalence in the early 20th century and is synonymous with architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Though its original form faded out of popularity in the 1920s, this uniquely American style has become integrated into many current styles of home architecture. The ranch-style home is an example of a descendant of the Prairie School of design, with its open floor plan and low-pitched roof.

The American Foursquare

The American Foursquare home emphasized plain design and simple, handcrafted woodwork, blending elements of the Prairie School and American Craftsman designs. The homes were square in shape, with four large and boxy rooms on each floor. They were two stories high plus a half-story attic, with a large front porch and craftsman-style woodwork.

Tips for Home Repair Safety

Funeral Home and Garden in Pinoso, Spain / by COR If you’re looking out to perform repair or improvement tasks around your home, you need to be confident and careful in your approach. Because ultimately, you want to get things done and they can’t be completed if you’re not practicing proper safety. Here are a few tips to help you safe while you do your fixing job around your house…

Safe Tools

When it comes to tool safety, you need to buy good quality tools. This doesn’t mean you have to go for the expensive ones, but go for ones that are the best. You also have to ensure that you use the tools correctly. For example don’t use a screw driver in the place of chisel – it’s not safe.

While working with power equipment, always use safety goggles. You should also wear them when sanding or filing so that the flying particles don’t hurt you. Buy these glasses from a reputed seller such as EnviroSafety Products to ensure they’re long lasting. Last but not the least – don’t just buy high quality tools, try and maintain them too. Why? Because a hammer with a loose handle can cause injury and dull saw can be dangerous.

Quick Fix Tool Care

The fact remains that quality tools don’t come cheap, which means you have to take care of them so that they last for years. First off protect all your tools from any moisture. And store all your blades neatly in one place.

Besides that, keep your tack rags in airtight containers so that they don’t dry out. It also prevents any spontaneous combustion (which is dangerous). This tip can also be applied to your work gloves, rags and other clothes that are known to absorb flammable oils. Remember, the more efficiently you take care of your tools, the better and safer service they will give you.

Electrical Safety

Electricity is all around your house, and if you’re not careful, it can hurt you while you’re busy with your home repair. To begin with, don’t make the mistake of working on any electrical circuit that is attached to some electrical source. Unplug the circuit before you start working.

Make sure you carefully check every loose wire for any damage, so that you can reconnect them with an electrical tape. This is important because a loose wire can break an electrical circuit or injure you if it’s hot or energized. Finally, the most crucial thing to remember is to think before you act!

In order to work around your home safely, you need to use your common sense along with the right tools. If you manage to balance them both, your home improvement projects or repairs can be taken care of easily.

Social Housing Mervau / by Tetrarc

Social Housing Mervau / by Tetrarc
© Stéphane Chalmeau

In Saint-Gilles Croix de Vie, a well known Atlantic port, Tetrarc is undertaking a social housing project with Vendée overtones, Mervau. After having reviewed the housing site (Arborea), its classification (Playtime) and its services (Boreal), and its construction using the wood option (Rosa Park), Tetrarc is giving its views here on the gradual renovation at the heart of small and medium sized towns.

Sleek Ideas for Your Galley Kitchen

When you only have a small and/or awkward space to fit your kitchen into, you’re more likely to need a bespoke design – every corner must be utilised, and all natural light must be taken advantage of. You may even need to knock down a wall or move a door, if you want a room that you’re genuinely happy to stay in for more than it takes to cook a stir-fry; this will need a builder who knows what s/he is doing.

Urban kitchen designers, like London-based Increation, typically recommend prioritising excellent craftsmanship – you need to find someone who can fit cabinets and shelves into difficult corners whilst maintaining a high quality finish. Keep the layout simple, and achieve visual interest with natural textures and intelligent colour instead of fancy footwork.

Galley style is one of the most common kitchen layouts in urban dwellings, and can be an excellent way to keep your space practical but stylish. It’s also a good way to carve a kitchen area out of an open-plan space. Let’s look at some ideas for maximising both visual and practical space in a galley kitchen:

Keep the eye low
Although floor-to-ceiling cupboards seem like a good storage solution when there isn’t much space, they bring the interior surface into the room by a good 20cm, which is fine lower down but makes a narrow room look even more narrow when they’re above head height. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use them at all – just use them carefully, and probably not all along the wall.

Break a run of high cupboards with low surfaces – this will be necessary for the hob and sink, anyway – or with a section of shelving. Open shelves above the eye level, or at least head-height, are a good way to keep the space looking wide without sacrificing storage space. If you must have cupboards, try using glass doors with lights inside; this will add depth and brightness without leaving all your belongings out in the open.