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Barn Conversion: Contempo/rustic Country Living

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Barn conversions are common in rural surroundings. You already have the space, so why not utilize it as your home, a guesthouse, a studio or even a home office… Nowadays, these large open spaces can be renewed with a modern touch or preserved by keeping their original country feel.

In this project, the owners succeeded in combining the best of two worlds, transforming an old barn into a contemporary living space with a rustic touch. Continue reading

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Garage Conversion: A Small, Cozy Retreat

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This conversion has been done beautifully, creating a useful, modern space for living, working, and sleeping. The exterior is painted dark blue, while inside walls are painted white combined with a dark wooden floor. This small house has a series of windows flooding the space with natural light. A cozy retreat, indeed. Continue reading

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Maison Bernier-Thibault: Work and Play Extensions

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Located in Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood, the exterior of this brick house suggests nothing out of the ordinary. Inside, it features an open plan space with a three-story-high stairwell that floods the entire home with sunlight. The new extension consists of a playroom and an office in the form of two boxes of glass and wood, 264 sq. ft. each, one in the garden and one on the roof. Continue reading

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Swamp Hut: Glorified Camping

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This unique, award-winning project consists of four tent-like cabins grouped around a central square deck. This cross-like, prefab structure features two sleeping huts, a wet hut serving as a washroom and a table hut – all sitting lightly upon the land. Continue reading

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House Bierings: Sculptural Eyes

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I’m not sure how I feel about this house, however I’m sure architecture buffs would be perplexed and curious about its modern architecture design. It seems to me that the original structure is quite simple, however what makes it interesting is the 2D/3D interface illusions combined with sculptural ‘eyes’ that emerge to frame views of the surrounding countryside landscape. Continue reading

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Small Arbor House: Elegantly Curved

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This small house is only 800 sq. ft., and is nestled on a green patch of land, among large trees, in Chilmark, Massachusetts. The roof lines and walls are beautifully curved, giving this home a unique feel – the architects have done a wonderful job in keeping the effect subdued and refined – an elegant sensitivity in architecture design. Continue reading

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Reclaimed Space: Sustainable Prefabs

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These prefabs, from Reclaimed Space, are all about modern sustainable living, while building with reclaimed materials. Spaces are constructed as a typical stick built home; all are fully insulated and come pre-wired and plumbed. As all prefabricated homes and cabins, they are transported to their site, fully complete, and set on concrete foundations. Continue reading

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Cooper House: Greenhouse Living

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Situated on a 19th century mansion, a group of timber-clad pavilions are arranged around a courtyard. Each unit features a vernacular form with high windows, overlooking the canopy of beautiful grown trees such as the river red gum. Continue reading

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Fairytale Houses: Strawbale and Stone

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This charming home lies in the northern Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York – A fairytale stone house with a round door, swooping peaked slate roof and steeple! It was hand crafted by Clark Sanders, a veterinarian/artist who thinks of houses as sculptures you can live in, and is famous for his straw-bale houses. Continue reading

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Balancing Barn House: Plunging Into Nature

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This 35m long house is a modern holiday home in the English countryside in Suffolk. Situated on a beautiful site by a small lake, the structure is balanced on the edge of a slope, with half cantilevered out over a meadow 5m below – As the site slopes, and the landscape with it, the visitor experiences nature first at ground level and ultimately at tree height. Fantastic! Continue reading

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