Summer is just around the corner and we have been reveling in the ample sunshine that Portland has been getting lately! All this sun and warm weather makes me want to get out into the garden and get my hands dirty. I am loving this new book – “The Edible Balcony” by Alex Mitchell. It focuses on small space gardening, which is perfect for your downsized home. Check it out… here.
Here are some inspiring images of gorgeous small space gardening ideas…
I love all these wonderful ideas! Who knew a small space could provide such a rich bounty of produce! So don’t fret if you gave up your acre lot…you can still have the garden of your dreams, just get creative!
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.
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.
Hello there! How has your week been? As usual, mine has been a whirlwind of activity – in a good way!
My downsizers are always looking to save space and make the most of their square footage and a tiny bathroom can prove challenging, that’s why I just love these wall hung toilets. Typically seen in commercial installations, these compact, sleek designs are showing up in downsized homes all over the world. They are easier to clean, save precious room and look great too! Gotta love that!
All images via Houzz.com
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!
Have an inspired weekend!
All images via here.
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.
Hi all! Happy New Year!
I’m getting back into the swing of things finally and today, I have a fabulous garage make-over to share with you – all the way from Bordeaux! (You all know how I have a thing for garage projects!)
This tiny 441 sq. ft. space was designed by the ingenious team at FABRE/deMARIEN.
Check this out before shot…dull, dingy and dark.
With the biggest food themed holidays just around the corner, not many of us are focusing on skinny (there’s plenty of time for that in Januray)! But it looks like “skinny” is a growing trend around the world as land becomes more scarce and people continue to downsize! Check out these “skinny” homes from around the world.
Amsterdam is no stranger to skinny housing and these homes are common through out the city. At one time, there was a tax based on the width of a property – thus inspiring a lot of folks to go up instead of out! To read more about each home, click the city name.
So could you live in one of these Skinny Homes?
Images via here.
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!