Family Learns to Love Discomfort – LifeEdited

Family Learns to Love Discomfort – LifeEdited.

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 6:17 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, Community, downsizing, interior design, Lifestyle, Real Estate, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Tiny hillside cottages

Hello everyone! How has your week been? I haven’t had much time to peruse the web but I did find this fabulous post over on Remodelista and I had to share it with you…

Here’s a little synopsis of the project:

On a steep, wooded lot in Mill Valley, California, the challenge was to add two studio spaces—one for an artist, one for yoga—without disturbing the soaring redwood trees that surrounded an existing main house.

“We definitely wanted to make this project as ‘green’ as possible, and to have it be visually integrated into the land,” said architect Jonathan Feldman. The solution was two separate buildings, nestled on flat sites against the hillside. The lower studio, visible from the windows above, got live plants on the roof, mimicking a common style in environmentally conscious European cities. (In Stuttgart, for example, green roofs cover 25 percent of the real estate, the result of public policy originating with Europe’s “green party” movements in the 1970s.) Here’s how Europe’s modern vernacular translates to Northern California:

 

I just love the rooftop gardens!

Ample light and simple finishes help the interior blend well with the natural setting…

Don’t you just love these!? Innovative, green and yes…downsized.

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there!

 

All images via here.

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, downsizing, environmental design, Garden, Lifestyle, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Take your work into the garden: Shed turned Office Space

Hello there! How have you been enjoying Spring? With the warmer months approaching and the sun showing its face more often, it can be a little dreary sitting in my office. In Oregon, when the sun shines, you need to get OUTSIDE! That’s why I just love this idea of turning an outdoor shed into a work space…

Hackney Shed modern home office
I first saw this on Houzz.com and immediately was drawn to it…
Hackney Shed modern home office
Constructed of simple, raw materials and designed for maximum efficiency, this sweet office space is 150 sq. feet. London Architect, Gurmeet Sian stuck to the budget of $16,000 and gave the owners the perfect work space, nestled into their back garden. The doors fully retract allowing fresh air and sunshine to fill the space and offers a flexible option for outdoor entertaining.
Hackney Shed modern home office
This large skylight reveals the blue sky and brings ample natural light into the office.
Hackney Shed modern home office
So what do you think? Wouldn’t it be nice to work from this vantage point?

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

All images via here.

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, downsizing, environmental design, Garden, Remodel, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Weekend Getaway – The Shack

As the weather warms, many Oregonians begin to plan camping trips – and why wouldn’t they? We are surrounded by beautiful, wild forests, mountains, rivers and lakes. It’s a natural playground that we all cherish…but for some, pitching a tent might be…well…a stretch. So how about a “Shack”?

Constructed by the architectural team at Broadhurst Architects this creative project – aptly named, “The Shack” was the perfect solution  for one family’s desire to have a simple, yet comfortable weekend getaway minus all the tent set up. Located on the southern slope of South Fork Mountain, near Upper Tract, West Virginia the occupants enjoy the year round beauty of the rolling hills and pastures.

Here’s the description from the architects themselves –

“The shack was created as a logical step between tent camping, and the yet unrealized weekend cottage. This fundamental shelter has no electricity. Oil lamps provide light. Heat is provided by a small wood stove, which is also used to heat water that is delivered to the “kitchen” sink by a gravity system. The vertical drop is achieved by using a hand-powered bilge pump to fill an overhead storage tank. Rain water is collected from the roof as part of the outdoor shower system. Acknowledging the constant struggle between mouse (and occasionally rattlesnake and bear) and man, the shack sits upon four wood posts with rodent barriers, a detail borrowed from local corn cribs. The board and batten siding is locally milled pine. The roof is standing-seam terne.

The southeastern façade of the building is opened to a cantilevered wood deck with an overhead-acting aluminum and glass garage door. A removable canvas awning serves to shade the deck and extend the living space during wet weather. Small windows on the northwestern façade allow the mountain breezes to flow through the building, and allow occasional views of cows on the adjacent pasture.”

Clearly, a lot of thought went into meeting the owner’s needs while maintaining a simplistic and environmentally friendly take on the project. Love that!

So wouldn’t you take this place over a tent? I would!

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

 

All images via here.

 

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, environmental design, interior design, outdoor recreation, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Cabin in the Woods

Hi all! I don’t know about you but the days seems to be zipping by, it will be Spring in no time! This week in Portland we were lucky enough to get a nice dose of some SUNSHINE – much needed!

Today, I have for you a fabulous structure created by Olson Kundig Architects – a 1000 sq. ft. weekend retreat in Mazama, Washington. This minimalist, steel and glass building is surrounded by the beauty and organic forms of nature which creates a striking contrast…

I love the sleek furniture that is warmed by the raw wood walls.

When the owner decides to go back to urban grind, he uses this hand crank to completely close up the house with steel shutters.

A captivating location all year round!

What do you think? Would you spend a weekend tucked away in this modern tower?

Have a fantastic weekend,

 

All images via here.

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 9:30 am
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, downsizing, environmental design, Lifestyle, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Glorified Granny Flat in Seattle

Hello everyone! We had breaks of sunshine today in Portland and it just made my Friday! Finding this fabulous, glorified Granny Flat with wonderful design and green building elements has only added to my sunny mood! I had to share…

Isn’t it gorgeous? With stunning standing seam copper walls and cedar wood…it makes quite the impact on the landscape! The resident family lives full time in the main house but with growing needs and regular visitors, this granny flat with full kitchen, bathroom, guest room, office and play room was the perfect solution!

Love that rolling ladder that leads up to the loft area – it’s made of salvaged wood and parts too!

For the full story and building details check out the article here on Dwell and visit with the brilliant architects – Ninebark – who created this beautiful structure.

Have an inspired weekend!

 

All images via here.

Posted on February 25, 2012 at 7:09 am
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, downsizing, environmental design, interior design, Lifestyle, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Design Idea:Urban Infill Solution in Portugal

Hello there! Sorry I have been gone for a while but I’ve been busy working on re-creating my website and moving my blog to this new location. No easy feat, but luckily I’ve got some great tech support on my side.

Today, I bring you a rather innovative idea using pre-fabricated buildings in conjunction with open-air platform structures to create urban infill in the Portuguese city of Porto . The brains behind this ingenious design – Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares – who entitled the project, Polikatoikea. The talented team took 1st prize in the Architectural Origami Competition – which challenged architects to devise a way to fill abandoned and unused urban lots. See more about the design project here.

The pre-fabricated pods would be air conditioned so the inhabitants could escape the heat when needed but in the pleasant climate of Portugal, outdoor living is a way of life.  So, most of the square footage is expressed in the open-air platform.

The platforms could be erected over existing lots, fitting nicely into the urban landscape while providing affordable living quarters for many residents.I love seeing imaginative solutions for growing urban environments!

 

All images via here.

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 1:31 am
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, Community, environmental design, pre-fabricated, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Rejuvenation and Rummer

A couple of nights ago, I attended a fantastic lecture at Rejuvenation – one of Portland’s most loved vintage lighting and home wares store. This lecture series is sponsored by a wonderful organization called P:ear – they creatively mentor and inspire homeless youth! Check them out here.

A nice bonus to the evening: famed, local architect, Robert Rummer was in attendance and celebrating his 85th birthday too! His wonderful designs were prominent in the 1960’s and still are en vogue today. His homes are modern, one level and abundant with natural light thanks to his signature atrium at the heart of the space. Rummer homes are seen all over Portland

And a peek inside…

images via here

I really love his clean, contemporary lines and open floor plans! So perfect for us hip Portlanders!

Okay, so I am off to Seattle via train for a fabulous weekend in the city! Stay tuned…I’m sure to bring back some stories.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!


P.S. If you are going to be in town make sure you don’t miss Rejuvenation’s huge Memorial weekend sale!!

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: Events, interior design, Portland Love, stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pre-fab it : Logical homes

Green building, as you know is something I love. Recycled, re-purposed, re-used, I can’t get enough! So, when I found this fantastic California based, green, pre-fab home company – Logical Homes, I had to share some of their plans with you. Sleek and modern, they pride themselves on filling their structures with light, clean lines and plenty of feel good, earth friendly building materials.

With a huge range of plans, there is a home suitable for everyone. These structures also make great secondary buildings such as an office, studio or guest house!

This first plan (The Kara) is a sweet 320 square feet…with a lovely expanse of outdoor living (an additional 270 sq. ft.)…

This next one (The Aegean) provides a little more wiggle room coming in at 640 sq. ft. and I just love that strong cantilevered roof!

And the big sister to the Kara is the Kara 1512, providing 1512 sq. ft of living space on two levels. Check out the translucent walls of the staircase – so cool!Pre-fab fabulous, right? To check out all their plans, visit their website here.

Could you live in one of these? I think I could!

 

All images via logicalhomes.com

 

 

Posted on April 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, downsizing, pre-fabricated, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,