Solar-powered home embraces Hudson River views and aging in place

January 24, 2019 by  
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Wanting to reconnect with the outdoors after decades of living in Manhattan, a couple nearing retirement asked New York-based architecture firm Resolution: 4 Architecture to design a contemporary home in the northern suburbs of New York City that would take full advantage of a waterfront site. Located on one of Croton-on-Hudson’s highest overlooks, the resulting design features an elevated profile that appears to float above the trees and boasts panoramic views of the Hudson River through walls of glass. The home — dubbed the Hudson River House — was also built for longevity as noted by the materials selected for durability, solar rooftop panels for self-sufficiency and the elevator for comfortable aging-in-place. Spread out across 2,374 square feet, the Hudson River House comprises two floors and a basement. The main entry is accessed from the ground floor, which consists of a spacious outdoor pool and deck sheltered by the upper floor, a carport with an entry patio and a small indoor area housing a powder room as well as an elevator and stairs. The primary living and sleeping quarters are placed on the upper floor, with the master bedroom and guest bedroom bookending the centrally located open-plan living room, dining area and kitchen. An office and deck are also located on the main level. “They wanted a compact home that was as extraordinary as the vista it offered, equipped with just enough space for two,” the architects explained of the clients. “The house is lifted high in the air to enhance views, with storage spaces and an outdoor recreational zone below.” To maximize space while keeping a compact footprint, the interior follows an open-plan layout so as not to disrupt sight lines. Full-height glazing lends the interior a sense of spaciousness as well. Transforming furniture, such as the Murphy bed in the guest room, gives the homeowners added flexibility. Related: Minimalist TRIPTYCH house pulls the Quebec outdoors in The Hudson River House features a mostly natural materials palette that includes untreated ipe and metal paneling for the exterior. Inside, white oak and light-colored surfaces create a muted backdrop for the homeowner’s pottery and art collection and the stunning outdoor vistas. The energy footprint of the home is reduced thanks to the optimization of cross ventilation as well as the solar panels installed across the entire roof. + Resolution: 4 Architecture Via ArchDaily Photography by Emily Andrews via Resolution: 4 Architecture

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11 pieces of transforming furniture that work wonders for small spaces

May 21, 2016 by  
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Image via Exocet Exocet Chair by Stéphane Leathead at Design Arium Exocet is “a new kind of chair for all kinds of moments” — built for the natural curvatures of the human body, this ergonomically designed lounge chair can be transformed into a multitude of positions depending on your mood or activity. The patent pending design is available in several wood stains. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat The Collector’s Shelving System by Amuneal This luxurious modular shelving system is ideal for the smallest of spaces. The series of customizable shelves can be configured in a myriad of ways in a variety of wood stains or glass. Anchored by a solid brass machined hardware, the mechanical connections can be simply adjusted for any desired shelf spacing. We caught this chic display at International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Gali kitchenette by Ana Arana A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 14, 2016 at 9:21am PDT Ana Arana’s Gali kitchenette is like the Swiss Army Knife of culinary pursuits. Perfect for a kitchen-less studio apartment or tiny home, this all-in-one design is armed with everything you need to store, prep and cook food in a super-compact form. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Urbano Loft Bed by Roberto Gil Roberto Gil’s new Casa Collection includes this instant bedroom and storage system. The 6-in-1 Urbano Loft Bed is a customizable system that includes closets, dressers, a desk, a fold-out guest bed, and storage stairs, all topped off with a king sized bed and nightstand. Made with an eco-conscious birch plywood, this ultra-efficient, space saving design is handcrafted in Brooklyn. A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 14, 2016 at 8:09am PDT Expanding Dining Table by Sifas This expanding outdoor glass dining table from Sifas seamlessly transforms to provide more seating in a snap. Its weather-proof swiveling center instantly creates more seating only when you need it. The elegant design is suitable for either indoor or outdoor use, and is a definite improvement from the antiquated design of traditional expanding dining tables. Photo by Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat Balad h25 Lamps by Fermob French company Fermob recently released these handy wireless LED lanterns  that travel with you as you need them. The clever light can be hung from a lamp stand or detached and placed wherever you need extra lighting, whether it be indoor or outdoor. The best part is that they are completely wireless — after being charged on a USB cable, each light stays illuminated for 7-12 hours. A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 14, 2016 at 9:03am PDT Murphy Bed by Michelangelo Designs Michelangelo Designs demonstrated the hidden design of this Murphy bed at New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). The graphic backdrop completely masks the fact that this couch and shelving unit hides a bed. Photo by Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat 12-foot Tango Sectional Sofa Bed by Resource Furniture Here’s another fold out bed that instantly creates a comfortable night’s rest for guests. The 12-foot Tango sectional sofa by Resource Furniture easily unfolds into a spacious bed. It even includes a stylish headboard and the sofa’s arms double as nightstands. Photo by Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat Expandable Goliath table by Resource Furniture Another micro-loft product by Resource Furniture is this expandable metal Goliath table , which hides neatly away as a compact desk and seats up to 10 when expanded to full length. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Flip Tables by Mio Mio’s spunky Flip Tables can be configured in a myriad of ways. Comprised of four smart components, each layered side table can be flipped and combined in different heights, forms and colors, allowing the user to change up their environment depending on the situation. And you can rest easy knowing that all of the finishes are low-VOC , the wood is FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council), and the rest of the materials (including the steel bases) are both recycled and recyclable. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Slide Shelf System by Mio The makers from Mio also designed this eco-modular shelving system that shape-shifts depending on your needs. The collection of sturdy brackets, shelves and bins allows you to add extra storage at a moments notice. Want to see more trending designs from New York Design Week ? Check out our full coverage right here .

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Watch this desk transform seamlessly into a bed

March 24, 2016 by  
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We’ve featured murphy beds and space-saving furniture before, but this new ingenious creation maximizes space unlike any we’ve ever seen. The Hiddenbed is a murphy-style bed that transforms so easily, you don’t even need to remove anything from the desk it sits behind. We could definitely see this working very well in a tiny home or micro apartment. Watch the video below to see this unique piece of transforming furniture in action.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Roberto Gil’s New Murphy Bed for Kids Maximizes Play Space

September 16, 2012 by  
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For kids in space-strapped New York (and other cities like it), a play-area is a thing to be revered. Designer Roberto Gil’s new Dumbo Double Murphy Bed , by Casa Kids , is sure to be a game-changer kids with small square-footage. Folding away into a compact, 12” deep cabinet, the bed is sturdy enough to hold the weight of two adults. The frame is also so light an unobtrusive, children are able to neatly fold the bed away on their own, leaving ample space for playtime until it’s time for bed. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: casa kids , Casa Kids Furniture , Dumbo Double Murphy Bed , formaldehyde and particle board free , Inhabitots , Murphy Bed , non-toxic acrylic , Roberto Gil , water-based , zero VOC’s

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