The architect Richard Neutra is one of modernism's iconic artists. He's best known for his integration of both his residential and commercial buildings into their landscape, and for his care in matching his work with the lifestyles of his clients, rather than imposing his own vision over their needs. His attention to detail extended into every element of his buildings, including signage and house numbers. Foundry House Industries says of Neutra's type, "It is no wonder that Neutra specified lettering that was open and unobtrusive, the same characteristics which typified his progressive architecture."
You can still get house numbers based on Neutra's specifications, through a collaboration with his son Dion. They're absolutely beautiful, precisely crafted in aluminum, and, if you can afford them ($50 a piece), a lasting addition to your home. But for my four digit address, they're out of budget.
So, I made my own, for less than $20 for the whole set. And you can, too.… Continue Reading
Looking to mix things up in the gingerbread house department? You're in luck! The fine folks at Hometta are offering up free downloadable plans to create a gingerbread version of their dramatic Wedge House… Continue Reading
You won't find this above ground pool at Sam's Club. Argentina based Andres Remy Architects designed the impeccable pool/deck combo for a family of four in Devoto, Argentina. Even the color combination of the aqua water and the warm brown wood radiate pure… Continue Reading
Baby #2 was on its way and space was getting tight for Patrice Lawall and Ernst Hofmann in their 1957 New Jersey home. The historic houses they liked were pricey and still needed work, so Hofmann, a general contractor, made a deal with his wife to not only make the house bigger, but to give it the look and feel of an old house. Here's what she… Continue Reading
Am I over-generalizing to say the world has two types of people, those who can sleep in dead silence, and those who sleep soundly as long as some air is moving about? I'm the latter, and my fan died in the middle of the night. Tired and desperate, I have to buy a new fan, and fast! Swizz-Style.com has an entire line of air quality controllers… Continue Reading
Houston, Texas - based architecture firm Hometta are getting into the spirit of giving this year.
The plans are based on a readymade gingerbread house kit from Whole Foods, so it'll be easy to grab all the goodies you'll need,… Continue Reading
Never say never, as in "You'd never catch me dead living in a trailer!" I'd gladly haul this little 350 square foot, fully sustainable vacay home around the country. It would beat timeshares and hotel bills. The only one of its kind ever built, this wind and solar powered trailer is being sold… Continue Reading
Last week MWT brought home this cute little two-story house with a request that it be remodeled for entry into a 'parade of homes' contest sponsored by the company for which he works. There was no word as to whether prizes will be given out to the best remodel, but, seriously, did I care?! Of course not! It was a teeny house just ready for a makeover! Here's the… Continue Reading
Didn't anyone else imagine, as a kid, what it would be like to live in a pumpkin shell or an oversized shoe? Boy, I did. Happily, I just discovered that dome builder, Steve Miller and I must have been on the same wavelength. In 1997, he, his wife and 1 1/2 year old daughter set out on a dome building adventure like no other. Today, their two story Vermont pumpkin house has been enlarged and improved upon more than… Continue Reading
I've seen a few over the years: homes with the facade flipped, roofs in the ground, patios pointed to the skies; though, inside, things are as usual, and perfectly liveable for those of us suffering from gravity.
But this new installation in Germany is something different all together: the floors are in the air, tables hang from above, and the toilets flush towards the… Continue Reading
They came from the dark, murky depths of Craigslist and part-time suburban realtor classifieds...Careless, cluttered, and often unbearable, these are, as the comments for this photo remind us, "these are the actual photos that sellers approve to market their homes."
Photos by: Nick Steever
Monday morning jolt--get a load of this kitchen Before and After performed by Leah in her 1920's Philadelphia home. Look at this crisp kitchen… Continue Reading
I realize that walking around in Mobius Architect's edge house doesn't necessarily demand one has to lean at a thirty degree angle, but I like to envisioning its inhabitants doing so. The Edge House will sit upon a excavated limestone hill, and "aside from its site, the Edge House’s most striking feature is a front elevation dominated by a steep, shingled roof, pierced by windows and a large terrace jutting over the site of a former… Continue Reading