A modern makeover put this prefab home in touch with its picturesque surroundings

March 26, 2018 by  
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Oslo-based architectural firm  Skapa Architects has breathed new life into an old, outdated prefab home by converting it into a light-filled living space. Located on Norway’s stunning Snarøya peninsula, the revamped home – dubbed Villa Bergheimveien – sports a new cedar facade and a living space that the architects opened up to create a seamless connection with the outdoors. Starting with the exterior, the architects removed the home’s overhanging eaves and replaced the original dark siding with pale cedar boards . With the new facade hiding gutters and other utilitarian functions, the original house took on a clean, modern feel that blends in with the pristine coastal landscape. A new extension at the back of the site connects the pool and the surrounding green space. Transparent, fully retractable sliding doors link the home’s interior to its natural surroundings. Related: The minimalist Yoshino Cedar House was built entirely out of locally-sourced timber Once the renovation began, the architects worked to create better connection throughout the 2,692 square-foot space. The home’s new contemporary aesthetic continues throughout the interior, which has an open floor plan enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows that offer beautiful views from almost anywhere in the home. The main level houses two bedrooms and a bathroom, while the basement level houses a study, a sauna, and extra bedrooms. Both of the home’s two levels open up to terraces that provide stunning views of the sea. In addition to the new extension, the architects created an open-air courtyard where the house’s occupants can sit and read quietly or entertain guests. Large aluminum panels mark the walkway to the courtyard and pool area, adding a touch of industrial chic to the design. + Skapa Architects Via Dwell Images by Skapa Architects [gallery

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Estrade Residence adapts to rocky hillside with locally-harvested materials

January 30, 2017 by  
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The gorgeous Estrade Residence adapts to the rocky, steep topography of a lake shore in Quebec , and offers breathtaking views of the surroundings. Canadian design studio MU Architecture design the house using natural and locally sourced materials and created a multitude of spaces and terraces that embrace the site. The main idea was to highlight the peculiarities of the site and integrate nature into the design of the house. This resulted in a staggered structure that includes several terraces that establish a strong dialogue with the surrounding landscape. Thick walls made from rocks extracted during excavation create a spine of the project that extends outwards, protect the apartments on the ground floor, and help establish a direct connection between the interior and exterior spaces. Related: Modern meets rustic in the Hemmingford House built from natural materials The different volumes are gradually revealed as visitors climb an aerial and magisterial staircase which connects all levels of the house. Open spaces dominate the ground floor bathed in natural light, with a double-sided fireplace located in the center of the common room adding warmth to the place. This area extends the kitchen to the outside via a veranda which stretches perpendicularly to the natural ridge. Natural cedar cladding of the upper volumes complements the stone walls and gives the residence both a rustic and modern feel. + MU Architecture Via v2com Photos by Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard (YUL Photo)

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Tucked-away island house on stilts is only accessible by boat

February 5, 2016 by  
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Good news for animals: historic dairy farm goes vegan

February 5, 2016 by  
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Animal sanctuaries are popping up all across America, and one of the newest comes with a pretty amazing back story. The historic Lewis Oliver Farm located in Long Island, New York started as a dairy farm around 1890. After decades as a petting zoo, local residents rallied to rescue the remaining animals, who now share their home with a motley collection of animals rescued from other meat and dairy factories as well as from circumstances of neglect and abuse. As if a dairy farm turned animal sanctuary weren’t reason enough to celebrate, hold onto your hats. This nonprofit also comes with vegan ice cream. Read the rest of Good news for animals: historic dairy farm goes vegan

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France becomes world’s first county to ban supermarkets from throwing away food

February 5, 2016 by  
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In an effort to tackle the dual problems of food waste and poverty, France just passed a groundbreaking law that requires supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity, give it away as animal feed, or face fines of up to €75,000 ($82,324) and two years in jail. The law, which was passed unanimously this week by the French senate, is part of a greater drive to halve the 7.1 million tons of food wasted in the nation each year—some of which is intentionally destroyed by retailers to prevent ‘dumpster diving’ by those in need. Read the rest of France becomes world’s first county to ban supermarkets from throwing away food

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Gorgeous cedar and stone Cedrus House offers magnificent views of Canada’s Gate Lake

November 3, 2015 by  
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Haptic Architects’ Highlevel Road two timber extensions will change color over time

March 24, 2015 by  
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Peter Rose + Partners Unveil a Gorgeous Energy-Efficient Island Residence in Massachusetts

June 16, 2014 by  
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