Author: Backad

Show Us Your Garage Conversion

Show Us Your Garage Conversion

When you clear out the ’80s snow gear, the bikes with training wheels and the softball soccer balls, odds are that your garage has got some serious potential. These open spaces can become sterile slates, without the specifics, substances or built-ins that determine the purposes of many different rooms in a home. The possibilities are …

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14 Design Suggestions for an Exhilarating Outdoor Shower

14 Design Suggestions for an Exhilarating Outdoor Shower

My oldest outdoor shower experiences involved a tiny wooden surround attached to a simple rental cottage on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In spite of the facts that the soap generally slid under the stall walls to the lawn and there was always the threat of a burglar snatching my towel off as a practical joke, I …

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Roots of Style: Your House May Have a Renaissance Classical Past

Roots of Style: Your House May Have a Renaissance Classical Past

Are you currently living in a Renaissance-inspired home? Chances are probably, for this primary root of classically inspired building spanned several centuries. Starting in the Italian Renaissance, architects, artists, engineers and philosophers studied Roman and Greek artifacts and ruins. Buildings became a primary focus of expressing knowledge. Crossing from Italy into France, then England and …

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What We've Learned From Mom About House

What We've Learned From Mom About House

Why is a house, a house? For a lot of us, our mom is intrinsically part of the answer. When it’s the smell of lemon furniture polish once we walk through the doorway, new curtains in the kitchen to every season, crisp and clean laundry hanging on the clothesline, steaming food sitting on the kitchen …

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Country Meets Coastal Close a California Beach

Country Meets Coastal Close a California Beach

After raising six kids, this California couple found themselves in an empty nest and promptly flocked to the shore. Their Cape Cod–style house a block from the beach was an opportunity to lighten up, enjoy relaxed nation coastal style and entice their older kids to see. They chose a house that a builder had constructed …

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Watch Light Play in 14 Homes By Paris to Texas

Watch Light Play in 14 Homes By Paris to Texas

Simple uses of sunlight can change our homes in the static and expected to the dynamic and unexpected. Anyone who has visited a building near water will probably be familiar with the beautiful effect created by bright sunlight reflecting on the walls and ceilings inside. Occasionally the added ingredient may only be sunlight refracted through …

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Kitchen of the Week: Buoyant Style on the New England Coast

Kitchen of the Week: Buoyant Style on the New England Coast

An oceanfront view serves as the backdrop with this kitchen. Set on the shore at Rockport, Massachusetts, the home incorporates the traditional materials of New England and beach influences, but the kitchen features a bold red-orange island to comparison with the gray-blue Atlantic Ocean. The owners, an active household with four kids, commissioned a leading …

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1 Lake House, 10 Top-Notch Architectural Details

1 Lake House, 10 Top-Notch Architectural Details

This year I have had the chance of compiling the ideal renovation particulars on into renovation-related ideabooks. During 2012 I have slipped into the intricacies of Craftsman architecture, dissected outside architectural detailing and even gotten spicy with 50 Shades of Gray. Smith & Vansant Architects’ Lake Fairlee, Vermont, house neatly incorporates the components of 10 …

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Color Brings a Family-Friendly Show House to Life

Color Brings a Family-Friendly Show House to Life

Pittsburgh interior designer Alisha Gwen allowed her spirited character to glow in this series house in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Her mission was to highlight key characteristics of their home whilst opening prospective buyers’ minds into the use of colour. She stands with her belief that colour is for everyone; people just have to get the …

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