Architecture

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

Entryways with Unique Architectural Elements

It's not always the layout, color, or theme of a room that brings life to it. In fact, the personality of a room is often seen through the smaller details, such as the finish on the wall, material of the furniture, crown molding, borders, etc. One such example that is even more engrained within the house itself is the...

Minimalistic Norwegian Home Built on a Budget: Casa Kolonihagen

Located in Stavanger, Norway, Casa Kolonihagen by Tommie Wilhelmsen was especially developed as a summer holiday residence and accommodates a small bed and a living area. The project reflects the modern Scandinavian way of life- not too flashy, nor too common, balance being a major factor of the design. Believe it or not, this contemporary architecture gem has only 24...

Outdoor Fireplace Designs for Everyone

A growing trend with homeowners that have a backyard space is the outdoor fireplace. These are are not only a provider of warmth, but are usable year-round, which adds more value. You can congregate with friends and family during the summer months to make hotdogs and hamburgers (or even pizzas depending not he type of fireplace you have). In...

5 Ways to hide or update your radiator

Many older homes have radiators. Sometimes these are small and hidden away, but these are typically bulky and in the way, often in living spaces. They are unsightly and tend to need a redo after some years of wear and tear. Luckily, there are things that any homeowner can do to either hide or update the radiators in his/...

The Coffered Ceiling for Architectural Enhancement

Marvelous coffered ceiling highlights this room
The coffered ceiling is a mastery of architectural detail that brings heightened drama and depth to a space.  The ceiling is often forgotten, left with just a coat of white paint.  Many times, there is not much thought put into how the ceiling enhances the overall design of a room.  One way to add distinction to a room is to install a coffered...

5 Ways a Retractable Roof Can Enhance Your Business

If you own a business, particularly in the hospitality industry, having an outdoor space can be a hugely attractive and profitable addition to your site. During the summer, many customers actively seek out spots with outdoor seating, so if this is something your restaurant, cafe or bar is lacking than you could stand to lose out on big bucks. Some...

Amazing furniture made from old cars

Amazing furniture made from old cars
Amazing furniture made from old cars? Sounds strange? Have you ever think that old pieces of moto or cars or bus could be transformed in original furniture for your home? Well, it’s possible! Some innovative designers have created original and incredible furniture with parts or pieces of old cars. You can decorate your bedroom with an original "mercedes-bed" such...

25 Impressive Small House Plans for Affordable Home Construction

This Small house plans collection contains homes of every design style. Homes with small floor plans such as Cottages, Ranch Homes and Cabins make great starter homes, empty nester homes, or a second get-away house. Due to the simple fact that these homes are small and therefore require less material makes them affordable home plans to build. While building costs...

Designing a Kitchen Nook

The kitchen nook is a place where you can sit and enjoy a quick breakfast, a relaxing lunch or a casual dinner.  It is a family gathering spot either in or close to the kitchen, creating a place that is convenient and comfortable.  Designing a kitchen nook can be as easy as placing a table and chairs in the kitchen...

The magic of a Hobbit house

If you have ever wondered what a Hobbit house must look like in real life, then you surely have to check out the following lines. The best thing about going home is when you feel the comfort and warmness of your own place. You can’t deny that the magical Hobbit houses offer exactly that. They’re small but homey and there’s...

Why You Should Live in an Attic Apartment

The type of house you live in has a major impact on your private life and work place pressure. Everybody needs to live in a place which provides peace and relaxation. For this purpose an attic apartment is a great choice! Before you move to an attic apartment make sure that the building is very well insulated. Attic apartments provide...

Banquette Seating for Dining in Comfort and Style

When dining out, many will invariably request a booth over a table for the simple comfort.  Why not have that comfort when dining at home?  Banquette seating in the kitchen or dining room provides a great place for dining and other family activities.  Banquettes can be built-in or purchased as a piece of furniture to add to your dining space. Banquette seating...

Turn Your Loft into a Home

When you think of a loft you no doubt imagine an open industrial space with high ceilings and large windows that look out over the city.  For many, this is the perfect place to call home.  The challenge is in decorating the space.  Decorating a loft is all about space management.           When faced with a blank loft space, decide...

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...

Staircases That Inspire

Every multi-level home needs a staircase but there is no reason to choose one that is ordinary.  If you are planning a new home or remodeling an old one, make your home’s entrance a grand one with a standout staircase.  Even in a home with limited options, there are ways to improve the look of this necessary feature. In a...

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...

Do it the Norwegian way

Are you one of these people that just adore the Scandinavian décor style? If you are, then you should definitely check out our next few tips on how to do it the Norwegian way. Fresh, simple, homey – if that’s the description of your perfect home then you should think about building and decorating a house in Norwegian style. To...

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...
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