Archive for month: July, 2012

Inspiration: Casa Grécia by Isay Weinfeld

26 Jul
July 26, 2012

The Casa Grécia by Isay Weinfeld is located on a large corner plot of land with plenty of natural vegetation where an Eco-system of 1,900 square meters of plants exist within the São Paulo home. The only visible portion of the home is a short concrete structure with a vibrant yellow door. A green Ivy plant climbs up the concrete, giving visitors a little insight of the plant life inside.

Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld has combined nature with architecture and does so throughout the property. For example, areas within the home, where there are large trees that have became preserved by the architecture. At one point  a tree and rocks surrounded by glass windows can be seen reaching though the ceiling.

Another similar moment happens when an entire indoor garden of small palm trees and shrubbery bask in sun under a series of square and rectangular skylights. The inclusion of the plants assist in keeping temperatures cool and creates an authentic feeling throughout the home.

The owner of the home has an antique car collection which was in need of proper display and preservation. In respect to his clients passion, Weinfeld created a pebble driveway which leads to a stark white museum-like garage, where the vintage automobiles are protected and displayed behind tempered crystal clear glass.

Inspiration: Beaver Street Reprise
 – San Francisco, California

25 Jul
July 25, 2012

Beaver Street Reprise
San Francisco, California, USA

Beaver Street Reprise is a conceptually modern house that fits contextually into a Victorian neighbourhood. It contains an apartment, an office, and a split-level living area that opens onto a deck with sod roof. The building is designed by Craig Steely Architecture which is a studio based in San Francisco. Not only is it well designed and good to look at, but the professional photography also really makes it stand out from the large number of architecture showcases out there. You can check out their site for further inspiring projects.

Beaver Street Kitchen

Beaver Street Office

Beaver Street Rooftop





For Sale: Barn for Conversion – Norwich, Norfolk

24 Jul
July 24, 2012

A detached barn for sale with planning permission for conversion to a 4 bedroom residential dwelling. As you can imagine with a listing such as this, the information is limited. All that is mentioned is that ‘Castle Barn is situated on the south-east corner of the site’ and is a ‘building built of a soft Norfolk red brick under a clay pantile roof. It has a gross internal area of 277 sq m (2988 sq ft) and has planning permission.’

Some information can be found on the property listing here and further information will more than likely be available on request. It is on the market for Offers in the region of £200,000.

Huf Haus For Sale: Helensburgh, Scotland

24 Jul
July 24, 2012

A 2 bedroom detached Huf Haus for sale in Helensburgh, Scotland. Built in 2007 this is one of the more affordable Huf homes I’ve seen. That’s partly because of the location, but also because it is towards the smaller end of the Huf haus range. In many ways I prefer the smaller range as it isn’t as in your face compared to the larger ones and it doesn’t suffer from the problems you sometimes see in larger homes of trying to fill large rooms with furniture.

The reception hallway, kitchen, dining room and drawing room are all open plan and the high quality kitchen was fitted by Stil Art, part of the Huf Haus group. It also incorporates a number of appliances by Gaggenau including oven and warming drawer, hob combining both electric and gas burners, powerful extractor hood and dishwasher.

The house sits quite centrally in extensive lawns which gently slope towards a stream known as the Glennan Burn.

It is freehold and on the market open to Offers in Excess of £495,000

Houseboat For Sale: Rochester, Kent

23 Jul
July 23, 2012

This post features a houseboat for sale in Rochester, Kent. Houseboats are very much a marmite property, you either love them or hate them.

Golden Sunrise is an exceptional example of a houseboat of contemporary design. It is currently located in a picturesque location on the River Medway, looking towards Rochester castle (the boat was, until recently located at Canary Wharf).

It has two double bedrooms and a bathroom with separate shower on the lower level and a wonderful, light open-plan kitchen on the upper level. The boat is surrounded by a deck which can be used for outside dining, and the roof of the boat has been designed for use as a garden.

The main material used for the wall cladding and open-tread staircase is pale Finnish beech ply, with work surfaces finished in a darker American walnut. The exterior of the boat is similarly clad in Finnish beech ply, painted in marine paint. It was built from scratch (many houseboats are converted from commercial vessels) and designed by Mike O’Shea, an experienced and celebrated boat designer.

The cost of keeping the house in the current boatyard location is approximately £200 per month.

More pictures can be viewed here and it comes with a price tag or £165,000 (boat only) – not sure what else would come with it.

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