I always enjoy seeing multifunctional design. It takes thought, precision and creativity to fully utilize a space and have it work on many levels – just like this fabulous Artist Studio/Guest House designed by Virent Architecture.
The owners of this sleek new out building are quite the creative team – one being a graphic designer and the other a metal smith! They desperately needed room to create but also desired a living space for the occassional guest.
Streamlined and modern the space is warmed by using natural woods and soothing colors. Coming in at a modest 700 sq. ft., it still meets all the clients’ needs and has a good dose of architectural pizzaz!
To view more projects from Virant Architecture go here.
Have a fantastic Friday!
Hello friends! You know I’m a total sucker for re-used, re-cycled and re-purposed when it comes to building so when I found this fabulous bar in Portland it was love at first sip! Meet one of the newest, hippest and greenest bars in Pdx – KASK!
This intimate cocktail lounge serves up delicious concoctions on their rough-hewn walnut bar that is supported by a rock-filled gabion wall. I saw this kind of construction when I was in Austria - it was everywhere! They would make benches and fences out of it!
Can’t go wrong with good ole’ rock!
The eco-friendly cork floors keep the green vibe and instead of wasting paper, ever-changing black boards inform patrons of what’s on the menu. Love that!
Kask is owned by the restaurateurs from neighboring, Gruner – another fine establishment with a focus on the warm, rich flavors of “Middle Europe”. Go check out both destinations for amazing food, drink and a peek at some creative green building materials!
Hope your week is going well!
All images via here.
Hello! Hope your summer is going well. Mine has been very busy – working, gardening, planning my remodel and visiting with family and friends! Finally had some time to check out the internet for some inspiration and I had to share this with you…
Found this amazing design contest via Jovoto, that has closed but the plans submitted are just fabulous! The assignment was to design a “Jewel Box” studio apartment within 420 sq. ft. Here are a few shots from the 1st place winner…
Some really ingenious ideas here. Go check out more of the design entries…I could have spent all day going thru them! So inventive!
Have a great rest of the week!
Hello all! Hope your week has been fabulous!
So, I had to post this! I’m all for downsizing, as you know…but this…is…well, it’s outside the box to say the least…
This itty bitty, skinny mini house, designed by Jakub Szczęsny of Centrala, is proposed to be an “art installation” in Warsaw, Poland. (It doesn’t meet Polish building codes – ha – no kidding!) Designed to fit in between two buildings, it certainly challenges the typical living space, being only 4 feet across at its widest point! Yikes! I’m guessing if you don’t already suffer from claustrophobia, you might just develop a healthy case residing here.
Inventive, yes. Architectually challenging, indeed. Livable? Not in my opinion, at least not long term. What do you think?
To read more about this design go here.
Have a fantastic weekend!!
Hello! Hope your week has been going well! Right now, I’ve got sheds on the brain. You see, after much thought we have decided to renovate the detached garage of our rental home. Inspired by the many garage remodels that I have seen recently, I’ve taken the leap and started my own! Don’t worry, I will be documenting and sharing the process with you too! Turning this rather dilapidated garage into a fabulous living space will be quite the adventure but now that the picture is becoming clearer, I believe a shed will be in order. A quaint little outbuilding with character, style and of course, functionality.
Thankfully, sheds have come a long way. They are not longer the forgotten shack in the corner of the property where you keep the lawn mower and rake. These days sheds have taken on a new importance and aesthetic, often mirroring the style and architecture of the home. Some use them as a retreat, an office space or dining room. Check out these magical little sheds I’ve come across…via Houzz…
I especially love this dining “shed”. It reminds of my beach house, where we converted the garage into our dining hall.
This space gets so much use and we’ve made so many good memories around that old table.
Okay well, I better keep gathering my ideas and plans for the remodel. I will keep you posted!
Do you have a shed or garage that you use as a living space? I would love to hear about it!
Have a fantastic weekend!