Leaf House – Indigenous ingenuity

Leaf House - Rio de Janeiro by Mareines + Patalano

Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro – Mareines + Patalano Bamboo, local timbers, copper, massive beams spanning 20 metres and one of the world’s greatest harbours, help to make this a truly unique home. The design drew inspiration from indigenous Brazilian architecture to use natural ventilation to manage the hot and humid climate. Notes from […]

10 unique sinks you won’t find in an average home

Unique Bathroom Sinks

Sinks or washbasins are an indispensable appliance in every home. We use it for sanitation purposes like washing our hands and face, brushing our teeth, washing vegetables and kitchen utensils, and a lot more. But aside from this, sinks can also be used for another purpose. And that is to make our homes aesthetically more interesting! Sinks can […]

Kitchen island with built-in seating inspiration

Kitchen Island With Built-in Seating

Kitchen island with built-in seating! It’s a great option if you are into breakfast nooks but your kitchen layout can’t accommodate the usual design for it – built in a corner, adjacent to a wall… It does require a good amount of space, but it’s a clever design for several reasons. First, it’s space-efficient since you get two things in […]

Amazing tiled staircases!

Tiled Staircase

There are parts of the house that are just functional and little attention to aesthetics are given to it. The staircase is often one of those. You’ll be surprised at what you can do to make it look unique, even short of amazing. Here’s an example of something that might just inspire you to redesign your […]

Beautiful Attic Design Ideas

Attic Design Ideas

Got an attic? If you’re just using it as a storage area then you might want to rethink that when you get a look at some of these great ideas for your attic. You’ll be amazed what a touch of creativity and ingenuity can do to transform your attic into a wonderful space in your home. Though […]

Not Just Another Brick On The Wall…

Climate change is real. Our world is getting warmer. It’s happening and it’s not going away unless we actually live the advocacy for a greener and sustainable environment. And just like what we value most in our lives, care for the environment starts at home, literally. Is your home green? We’re not talking about the color […]

Amazing tiny house on wheels with built-in hot tub

House on Wheels Built-in Hot Tub by Tiny Wood Homes

Living in a tiny house may mean a simpler life in general, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to all luxuries as well! Here’s one great example of what we’re trying to say… 🙂 This tiny mobile house includes a built-in hot tub so that you can still unwind after a hard day’s work right in […]

Puzzle Floor Ideas

Puzzle Floors

Flooring is usually not a design focus when it comes to home and interior design. It may even be just an afterthought in most cases, but the designers of these puzzle floor coverings obviously think otherwise! To them, a floor is not just a surface that people walk on – it can be major design element. And […]

Awesome stairs with slides!

Awesome Stairs with Slides

Stairs can be a lot more than just a way for people to access different levels of a home or office. They could be a grand staircase that serves as the main feature of your home or it can be your storage area. But for kids (and us, the kids at heart), a staircase can also be a form of entertainment with some […]

The art of wood stacking

Wood Stacking Art

Got a pile of firewood or logs too huge for a firewood holder/rack? Then you might have simply stacked them in one corner of your yard. But there’s a lot more you can do with a heap of wood! You can create several kinds of artwork with a mountain of wood to decorate your backyard. Some require a […]

Building an Indoor to Outdoor Space

A year-round addition to a home's functionality. I cold climates, Clear cafe blinds will trap the warmth of that fireplace.

When it comes to creating a home, one of the most loved trends of the moment is to bring the outdoors in. This sounds simple enough, but in order to really effectively achieve this you have to make sure both your indoor and outdoor spaces are cohesive and blend into one, so much so that […]

Rustic Timber Countertops

Rustic Wooden Countertops

A cabin or a rustic designed house is not complete without a rustic kitchen countertop. If you’re (re)designing your home or kitchen for the rustic look, don’t forget this wonderful inspiration! The kitchen is one of the busiest and most used areas in any house. But many homeowners don’t give much thought to designing it as much as […]

These wonderful people did everthing to save trees during home construction

Architecture and Trees

You can almost see it for real – your dream home all detailed and built in your mind. You have also bought that perfect land property you’ve been looking for! But there’s just one, not-so-little problem. There’s a tree right in the middle of where your house would be… We’ve all seen and heard several […]

Is a modular home in your future?

Barwon Heads by Modscape

The Australian construction industry is worth around $150 billion annually yet modular housing makes up less than 3% of that figure.  In direct contrast, more than 70% of all new housing in Sweden is modular! Is it possible the Swedes know something that Australians don’t? There’s no question that Sweden has a much colder climate than Australia. […]

Must-see balcony gardens

Balcony Gardens

Aah, don’t these balcony gardens make you wish you had one at home? Beautiful balcony gardens are not just for mansions — as long as you have a balcony, it’s possible! In fact some people without balconies simply hang planter boxes near their windows to come up with a similar-looking feature for their homes. Take a […]

41 reasons not to burn those logs!

A raised vege garden!

Most of us look at a fallen tree and see firewood. But wait! The sun will keep you warm if you harness it’s energy and it will still be there tomorrow to do the same. Burn a log and it’s gone forever! Firewood? We don’t think so! Now we will admit that some of these […]

Is that a missile, Silo Boy?

Why build a prop for a movie when you can use Alex's home?

Boquet 556-5   New York State  –  Alexander Michael AKA Silo Boy Originally built:     Early 1960 Renovations:     1998 – 2098 Land area:     5 acres Sydney based, Alexander Michael is one of the world’s great designers and, in his own words, “the proud owner of this extraordinary relic of Cold War […]

Pole House

Pole House by F2 Architecture

The Great Ocean Road  Victoria  Australia  –  F2 Architecture Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s great scenic destinations. Facing the Southern Ocean, Pole House seems to hover in mid-air, 40 metres above Fairhaven Beach. It was originally designed and built as a weekend retreat for a couple. It’s spacious for two, crowded for […]

Breakfast Nooks

Your grandmother probably had one. You probably don’t. When and why did breakfast nooks go out of fashion? Has the breakfast bar made them obsolete? Of course the challenge with most bars is exactly that… everyone faces in the same direction like the old ‘counter lunch’. Isn’t conversation better when we’re looking at each other? […]

Newtown Revival

Newtown House by Zugai Strudwick and Henarise - master bathroom

Newtown (Sydney)  Australia  –  Zugai Strudwick Architects Builder:     Henarise Pty Ltd Colour Consulting :      Beth Adderley Photography:      Cameron Ramsay Newtown got its name about 200 years ago. Since then, it’s gone through a decline that made it a very old and tired town before a massive renaissance in the […]

Minneapolis Loft Renovation

Minneapolis  Minnesota USA  –  A and H Architecture Year built:     2013 Photography:     Dana Wheelock The end of industrialization! Western cities are full of empty or near empty buildings that once hummed with activity as warehouses or factories. Some get converted to offices, art galleries and even museums. But with the ever-increasing need […]

The Lotus Centre

Wujin China  –  Studio 505  Year built:     2013 Cost:     $12 million Hey Mum… look what we can get for just AUD$12 million (USD$11.2)!  Seriously, the second thing that struck us after looking at this building – the first being the wonderful concept, is that this is a heck of a lot […]

Do Swimming Pools Really Add More Value To Your Property?

Before adding a pool to your home, it pays to consider your medium term intentions. Will you still be living there in five years? A pool is a major expense. But is it an investment in anything more than leisure? A pool can increase the resale value of our homes and may even shorten the […]

Outdoor Showers

Want to take a shower after a strenuous and messy day in the garden? Then a nice outdoor shower is a great idea. It allows you to come home clean while keeping the mess out where it belongs. An outdoor shower is also the perfect place to rinse off after swimming in the pool. And […]