This home in southeastern Spain by architect Javier Pena of Xpiral features several unique building materials — the main home is built from stacked ceramic wine racks and many of the holes are plugged with colorful ceramic tiles…
There are definite benefits to living in a well-made newly constructed home — flush walls, new plumbing, high-performance heating and cooling systems — but there's also a tendency for new homes to feel a little bland. Details that were once common to interior architecture (like crown molding and the occasional ceiling medallion) aren't usually included in new construction.
Though we love a gorgeous, simple and sleek modern home full of color, Mid-Century Modern furniture and not a lot of ornamentation, we also secretly love those fabulous details reserved for the most traditional of home styles.
There is just something intriguing and beautiful about spiral and helicial staircases - the sort of magical "lighter than air" feeling it gives to something architecturally important in combination with the graceful and beautiful structure...
Solar power isn't just for the uber-modern or updated midcentury home anymore. These traditionally styled clay roof tiles are also capable of containing photovoltaic panels. Check out this amazing update to a traditional building material.
We just visited the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas and loved Tadao Ando's smooth, cool concrete walls. In one gallery, though, we also spotted a "concrete" ceiling. What was this material exactly? It's actually cement board, and it is similar in appearance to cast-in-place concrete but it comes in sheets:
After obsessively searching on my own, I turn to you, AT readers, for your advice on a replacement for my dangerously loose and overly ornate entryway railing. Though I've found a few potential winners, I'm undecided as to which would work best with the simple lines of my modest mid-century home.
Name:Beth Knox and Bill Hutchins Location: Takoma Park, Maryland (just over the District line) Size: 2,100 square feet — 4 bedrooms + basement apartment Years lived in: 4 years, owned Other occupants: Tenants in basement, 20-something children from time to time, a variety of guests (extended stay), currently a Congolese pastor seeking asylum.
Even from the end of the driveway, it's clear that entering Bill and Beth's Takoma Park home is bound to be a joyful and unique experience. Pavers crafted from salvaged counter-top remnants and artful tangles of native plants lead the way up to a lively, multi-shade exterior. With nearly every element created out of recycled materials, and cozy lounging nooks placed all around, theirs is a home that invites exploration and rejuvenation both indoors and out.