Airy Santa Monica Canyon home embraces views of nature and art

May 27, 2020 by  
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Reclaimed materials, a world-class art collection and an indoor/outdoor lifestyle combine in this recently completed Los Angeles residence designed by Santa Monica-based firm  Conner + Perry Architects . Built for  Los Angeles natives, this luxurious four-bedroom family home with large windows and a natural material palette was thoughtfully inserted into a wooded Santa Monica Canyon. Salvaged materials taken from the old existing home on-site and felled wood found on the property have been repurposed into beautiful focal elements for the house, such as the grand entry doors and outdoor furniture.  Designed to embrace the “quintessential California indoor/outdoor experience,” the two-story Santa Monica Canyon home opens up with fully pocketing glass exterior walls to a central courtyard with a pool and outdoor shower. Extended canopy-like cantilevered eaves protect from the sun. The charred wood ( Shou Sugi Ban ) siding, copper, exposed steel and concrete materials that wrap the home’s exterior were selected for their organic nature and their low-maintenance, climate-compatible qualities.  To pay homage to the history of the site, which was used as a Forestry Service test station for Eucalyptus tree testing in the 1910s and 1920s, the architects  salvaged  much of the original 1940s cabin that once occupied the property. Related: New Santa Monica City Services Building will produce more energy than it uses The home interior takes cues from nature and includes a mix of massangis gray  limestone  and French oak used for the floors, weathered brass, blackened steel elements and a variety of marble and tiles. The warm yet restrained palette also provides a neutral backdrop for the clients’ world-class art collection; the interior floor plan was designed to frame views of either the art pieces or landscape views. “Each of them has described the house as having a magical or mystical quality, allowing light in at the right moments, as well as the shadows of the trees , and a calming mirroring effect,” Kristopher Conner, Conner + Perry Architects co-founder, said. + Conner + Perry Architects Images by Taiyo Watanabe

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Offshore oil platforms are reimagined as self-sustaining homes

March 23, 2020 by  
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As the world looks for sustainable housing solutions to meet the needs of a burgeoning population, Paris-based design firm XTU Architects has unveiled a conceptual design that would convert old oil platforms into plant-covered homes of the future. The project, X_Lands, would not only provide self-sustaining homes to families but would also transform a global symbol of pollution into a beacon of sustainability. In a perfect future world where we have once and for all put an end to oil drilling, the planet’s ocean will be still brimming with large, useless oil platforms that have reached the end of their lifecycles. In a fantastical glimpse into the future, the innovative designers of XTU Architects have reimagined these old beasts as self-sustaining homes . Related: Oil rig off South Korea’s coast to become a floating hotel that operates on tidal energy Although the concept may seem a bit whimsical at first, the need to create new housing solutions is weighing on countries around the world as the global population continues to grow. Creating affordable, green housing is of the utmost importance to create a more sustainable world using what is already in existence. The inoperative offshore oil platforms could potentially provide a very feasible solution, or as the designers put it, “a sustainable path for tomorrow,” to solve the impending housing crisis while also addressing climate change. Massive in scale, the floating structures could easily be adapted to fit a variety of housing needs. Specifically, the X_Lands concept envisions bubble-like housing units covered with lush greenery that provides a natural, healthy atmosphere for residents. The futuristic housing units would be equipped to generate their own clean energy via solar and wind power, creating completely self-sufficient, water-based communities. Additionally, the homes would provide gardening space for residents to grow their own food. + XTU Architects Images via XTU Architects

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The Boomer makes a big bang in the tiny home market

August 16, 2018 by  
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With everyone obsessing over tiny homes these days, many people are looking to find the perfect tiny house to fit their needs. Build Tiny’s newest design, The Boomer, aims to fill the short-term rental niche made popular by Airbnb and offer those who are curious about tiny home living a chance to customize their very own home. With options ranging from completely DIY to turnkey, The Boomer helps clients build the tiny homes of their dreams. From the outside, The Boomer closely resembles Build Tiny’s Millennial and Buster models. It measures nearly 180 square feet and is protected by aluminum- and zinc-coated steel and plywood. Its light weight makes it ideal for exploring off-road destinations. Related: This family tiny home is built from recycled materials and reclaimed wood The Boomer comes ready to roll – or not. If you’d rather have fun with a major DIY project, you can opt for just the shell of the home. Otherwise, all the amenities of a modern home are available in this tiny home, including a full-sized oven, a four-burner propane-powered stove top, a refrigerator and freezer, a shower, a washer/dryer and a composting toilet . Available extras include solar roof tiles and an additional bedroom loft. The ample kitchen cabinets and drawers have push-button locks and whisper-close hinges. A pullout spice rack next to the oven lets you easily add flavor to all your meals without taking up too much space. A hidden trash bin pulls out adjacent to the kitchen sink. A pull-out overhang on the kitchen bench-top becomes a breakfast bar. Louvered French doors encourage natural air flow, and they open into a living room that is large enough to comfortably hold a standard-size sofa or sofa-bed. A short stairwell leads to a bedroom loft that can even accommodate a super king-sized bed. Related: 5 features every tiny home needs This tiny home has standard features that set it apart from others. For easy maintenance, the bathroom, kitchen and great room have vinyl flooring. Carpet in the bedroom loft adds a touch of plush elegance. The great room has enough space for you to exercise personal furnishing options without skimping on style. + Build Tiny Via New Atlas Images via Build Tiny

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