This Fallen Maples Home in Issaquah, Washington is nestled into a large forested site that takes environmental sensitivity to a new level:
Completed by Gelotte Hommas, this home manages to balance day lighting and heat loss thanks to several eco-friendly in-built features. The designer explains:
"Maple trees harvested from the site were milled to provide the material for all the door and window trim, the cabinets, and special finish carpentry such as screens, a bench facing the kitchen, and the fireplace mantel. The result is a home that is truly of the site, not merely on the site. With all primary living spaces on the main floor, there is a strong connection between the house and the site. The great room features a soaring roof that opens to the trees that surround a small lawn area carefully sculpted within the forest. This roof extends over a partial upper floor containing bedrooms and a study loft that overlooks the great room. This is a delightful family home that truly connected to its site, both physically and emotionally."
Don’t feel disheartened if your back garden is tiny. You can do incredible things in a small space that can equal some of the best gardens. Think about the cost of materials too; it could cost thousands to outfit a large area. You get the same effect for half the price. Of course, you can still spend much money on features if you want to, they will not go unnoticed in a small area. Read more
Technology has developed fast over the last one-hundred years and so it is no surprise that home automation has become big business. We seek to make our lives easier by controlling things from our chairs, vehicles, or leaving things to run on their own. Now that we have smartphones and tablet computers, manufacturers can produce wireless apps to help us manage our gadgets. Read more
Here's taking a look at the Long Brick House completed by Földes & Co. Architects in 2013. The home is located in Hungary and was designed for a couple looking to retire and support their large library of books. Check out more in the gallery after the jump: Read more