This gorgeous home in the Hollywood Hills was designed by LA based XTEN
Architecture. This spacious property is aptly named 'Open House' based
on the ventilation system where every level of the house is open to
capture the prevailing breezes, which passively ventilate and cool the
One of the challenging factors in the creation of this piece was the hill's sharp slope of which the residence embeds.
Each elevation of the house opens up into nature, erasing the boundaries
between indoors and outdoors while connecting the spaces to gardens and
terraces on three levels.
The structure and detailing of the house is more complex than it
appears. Extensive grading and terraced retaining walls were developed
to extend the first floor living level into the hillside and to create a
garden terraces on each level.
Someday, you'll make it big enough to be able to afford a house like in the gallery below. But even if you don't, they're really the kind you can steal a lot of design inspiration from. A home isn't a home just because it's big. Check out the gallery below: Read more
It might not be one of your favourite jobs to do about the house or the office, but you’d be surprised at how much clean windows can make a difference when it comes to letting it light and sun. Read more
I don’t want to judge, but those people that dedicate their entire lives to building a perfect property are absolutely mad. I can’t be the only one that sees the prospect of cleaning the drains as an absolute pain in the backside, especially in the summer months. For me, necking into a cold drink in the nearest beer garden is a far better proposition. Read more