Architecture

Explore architectural styles and innovative home conversions. Learn ways to enhance your home with architectural details.

Tiny House Living for Big Rewards

Tiny house
Tiny house living has its big rewards.  If you are looking for an alternative to apartment living, are simplifying your life, or you just want less of a financial burden than other housing options, consider the tiny house.  Short on space but loaded with charm, tiny houses are a welcoming respite from the ordinary. Tiny house plans generally include a...

Five Facelifts For Your Deck

Let's face it, sometimes it's not only the interior of your house that needs a makeover. We've compiled some inspiration to help you find the way to your dream deck. An often forgotten space is the area below the deck.  renovating the sub-deck space into a small patio will provide another area to relax, party, grill, roast marshmallows or escape...

5 Unique Coffee Shops from Around the World

Coffee is not only a heavenly tasting liquid or a boost of energy. It's a full experience when drunk in the perfect setting, a coffee shop. Time seems to move at a different pace in such a place. You are surrounded by people but they seem to disappear in the background. Everything from the lightning to the music seduces...

13 Great ideas of facades for country houses

facades for country houses (1)
One of the most popular styles of home design in the United States right now is the traditional country house. Typically, country home plans combine several traditional architectural details on their well-proportioned, cozy facades. Look for porches, gables, lap siding, shuttered windows, and dormer windows on country home plans. Their famous nostalgic look lends them their enduring appeal. If you're...

Indoor Swimming Pools to Inspire

Luxury indoor swimming pool
Many of us are aware of the benefits of swimming and dream of the luxury of having our own swimming pool.  However, choosing between an indoor and outdoor pool can be a tough decision.  Here are the benefits and drawbacks of an indoor pool and photos of luxury home swimming pools to inspire you. The major benefit of an indoor swimming pool...

Beautiful Backyard Pavilions

Whether you live in a cold or warm climate, there's still a chance that you'll want to spend time outdoors. Most homeowners and guests like gathering outside, but where can you congregate? Standing isn't bad, but many people don't want to stand and talk for hours on end. That's why a backyard pavilion is a great item to have...

Heat up Your Fireplace with a Stylish Mantel

Simple and stylish mantel
The fireplace is often the focal point of the living area of the home.  Draw more attention and heat up your fireplace with a stylish mantel.  Try a traditional wood carved mantel or rustic natural wood.  Install a classic stone mantel or a simple modern style.  Even a simple shelf is a stylish option.  Here are traditional, rustic and modern...

The Unique Architectural Style of a Glass House

A stunning glass house
Imagine living in a home where there is a view in every room, there is always an abundance of natural light and you feel as if you are living in the outdoors.  This is what it is like to live in a glass house.  Now, there is the figurative meaning of the words living in a glass house, but...

Attic Spaces to Love

A multi-purpose room in an attic space
When you think of an attic, do you envision a dark cavernous space filled with neglected furniture and dusty corners occupied by spiders?  Well, the rooms featured here are not dark, dreary, dust-filled spaces.  These attic rooms have been converted to bedrooms, recreation rooms, children's playrooms, retreats and even apartments.  Odd angles, interesting window niches or dormers all make these...

Lofty Living with Open Two-story Interiors

Modern open 2-story home
Imagine if you could live in a two-story home and have visual access to both floors simultaneously.  The open two-story home offers a floor plan that expands vertically, giving an uninterrupted flow of space that lets in more light and offers expansive views throughout.  Do you like lofts but don't want to live in the city?  You get the best...

How to Enjoy the Open Floor Plan

Bright and fresh open living area
The open floor plan takes down walls and opens up rooms.  It is fresh, modern and versatile.  Open floor plans create a flow that is harmonious and convenient.  This style of home enables its residents to entertain with ease.  Here are ways to enjoy the open floor plan. Modern and spacious interiors are appealing for many reasons.  Open spaces break down...

Warehouse to Home Conversion – Urban Living

An amazing warehouse to home conversion
Warehouses converted into homes make for wonderful urban-style living.  They provide ample open space, sturdy structure and soaring ceilings, among other things.  If re-using existing structures to carve out a space for a home appeals to you, consider some of these awe-inspiring warehouse to home conversions. Urban style has come into the design spotlight and is brighter than ever before. ...

Taking Modern to the Victorian Age: Mixing Modern Style with Classic Architecture

A seamless melding of styles
If you live in or are considering buying a Victorian home and want to blend your modern taste with classic architecture, here is some inspiration to set you on your way.  Don’t let your home’s architecture dictate how it should be furnished.  In fact, decorating a Victorian or otherwise older home in a modern style sets the stage for...

Aquariums as Furniture and Accents Give Homes a Lively Atmosphere

Want a way to add some vitality and liveliness to your home without having to buy a large mammal that can knock things over and track mud throughout the house? Do you aspire to have a unique piece of furniture that is sure to wow guests while looking sleek and stylish? Consider buying or ordering a custom aquarium for...

Unconventional Homes – Conversions Worth Conversation

Beautiful open design of a church home conversion
When it comes to homes today, the art of creating a house from an existing structure has reached a new level in architecture.  Would you live in a barn, a warehouse, a bus or a shipping container?  How about living in a grain silo or an old fire station?  Here are some home conversions so unique that you may...

The Charm and Character of Exposed Brick

Exposed brick enhances this loft space
Exposed brick walls in home interiors lend a warmth and character to a space.  They are often seen in converted lofts, the remnants of warehouses.  Many times the brick is covered over with drywall or painted.  But if you want character, keeping the brick in its natural state is the solution.  Here are interiors where brick warms and enhances...

Design Ideas for Under the Stairs

Have you ever wondered what other uses there were for that empty space underneath the stairs?  Depending on where your staircase is located there are a number of unique ways to use this space.  The area under your stairs can be transformed into extra storage, a cozy nook, shelving units or many other useful spaces. One of the best uses...

7 Ways to Make the Most of Loft Space

A loft that uses vertical space effectively
Loft living has many advantages but can pose a challenge when decorating and allocating for storage.  It may require creative thinking when it comes to specific layout.  Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your loft space and reap the full rewards of loft living. Go vertical.  With high ceilings at a premium in loft...
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