Architecture 588 Ideabooks

Design Workshop: 9 Ways to Open a House to the Outdoors
Spaces that are neither indoors nor completely outdoors are often among the most trafficked spaces in a home. And they make for good design: We use them to negotiate changes in elevation between inside and outside, for entertaining, to reduce the...
Roots of Style: American Farmhouses Pay Tribute to Regional Traditions
“Farmhouse” may imply a casual and informal home style, but farmhouse architecture developed through astute observation of details and an appreciation of pure form. As a homage to regional building techniques, farm structures and folk interpretations...
Design Practice: Start-up Costs for Architects and Designers
Too often we let simple obstacles become excuses that stop our progress. In my experience, I’ve found that the biggest perceived barrier to progress is cost. I say perceived because I’ve often found that many people think starting their own...
Design Workshop: The ‘Disappearing’ Guardrail
As an architect, the most common request I receive by far from clients discussing deck guardrails is, “Please just make them disappear.” It’s a tall order. Guardrails are important architectural elements with competing design priorities. For example,...
Design Practice: How to Pick the Right Drawing Software
Parallel rules, circle templates, vellum, drafting dots, erasing shields … you may still have some of these implements on your desk for sentimental or nostalgic reasons, or your projects may begin there, but it’s probably been a long time since you’ve...
Houzz Call: Show Us Your Logo!
Eames Office has its starburst. American furniture manufacturer Mason branded its Monterey lines with a horseshoe. How does your company leave its mark? My college drawing professor had us sign our...
Brazilian Homes Score With Modern Style and Fun
All eyes are on Brazil, and regardless of whom you’re cheering for, Brazilian design is a guaranteed winner. From Oscar Niemeyer’s modern masterpieces in Brasília, to the whimsical...
8 Fabulous Prefab Homes Around the World
A word you hear over and over again in architecture is “envelope.” As in, the home’s envelope. A tight envelope offers improved energy efficiency. A meticulously crafted envelope reduces energy costs and leads to a home that’s more sustainable...
In the Details: A Storage ‘Jewel Box’ Lights a Manhattan Loft
Storage and natural light: two things city dwellers can’t get enough of. For a client in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, these needs and the hope for a better overall design led her to Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem and their imaginative solution....
Houzz Tour: A New Look for Prefab, Tailored by Local Craftspeople
Imagine if every time you wanted a new shirt, skirt or pair of pants you had to go to a tailor and have the piece custom made. If this were the case, our clothes would be frightfully expensive and certainly wouldn’t be readily available. To overcome...
Architecture and the Art of the Wall
One of the downsides of modern architecture is that expression is often relegated to manufacturers’ products. Choices of glass, metal panel, brick, whatever the case may be, determine a modern house’s character to a large degree. Still, architects...
Design Workshop: Connecting Our Built and Unbuilt Worlds
At a basic level, our homes are little more than pragmatic containers for our everyday lives, charged with holding the assortment of objects that define who we are and the specifics of how we interact with the world. This is because home design often...
10 Cool Ideas for Backyard Retreats and Playhouses
Summer is around the corner, and the outdoor world is beckoning. What better way to enhance outdoor living than with a cool new structure in the backyard? Whether you dream of lounging in a hammock in...
Off the Grid: Siting and Building to Conserve Energy
The last time you decided to plant something in your garden, where did you begin? Maybe you looked at the particular plant and analyzed its characteristics and what it needed to thrive. How much sun did it require? Was it hardy enough to survive in your...
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