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3 Home Design Solutions to Challenging Building Lots
You don't need to throw in the towel on an irregular homesite; today's designers are finding innovative ways to rise to the challenge
"today's designers are finding innovative ways to rise to the challenge... must use designers to reconceive stock house plans or come up with custom designs to... of the designer in the projects illustrated above, is at it's best, inspite of increasing... nicer design if there were fewer, bigger rooms. I am also intrigued by house #1... Custom design. Finally, creative architects who understand the local building and..."
Staircase Backs Rise to the Challenge
How to make the back of a staircase as fetching as the front? Try architectural embellishments, creative colors and design-savvy materials
"special design challenge: What's the view from behind? Instead of leaving the rear... clever to design the back as beautifully as the front! I agree, very nice perspective... crisscrossed design helps this staircase to feel as polished from behind as it does from... ooked Design Opportunity: Stair RisersHow to Get Your Stair Runners Right..."
8 Challenges of Cottage Living
‘Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind,’ Leonardo da Vinci once said. Just how much discipline can you handle?
"discuss the challenges that cottage dwellers encounter. Are these realities blessings... of your design challenges with us. You have done a magnificent job! Teeny tiny... biggest challenge in designing my new 836 sq ft cottage was carving out space for utilities... has its challenges living in a small space, but not sure that 1200 sq ft is so confining... bookcase. Challenges? yes, and especially for families or guests. But charm and quick..."
Stand-Up Desks Rise to Health Challenges
"bodies are designed to stand for long periods of time. And we automatically shift our... often designed around the assumption that we want to sit all the time. Comfy couches... aren't designed to stand for long periods of time (nor sit, as you correctly state)... they're designed to move (think about the cavemen -- hunt, gather, migrate, etc).... graphic designer and need a smooth surface for writing/drawing. http://www.ikea.c..."
My Houzz: Rising to the Renovation Challenge in Toronto
An eye for potential and substantial remodeling lead to a chic and comfortable home for a Canadian family
"especially challenging about this particular property. It had sat on the market for a... whimsical design element. There are laws regarding safety,none of which I see addressed... Very nice design aesthetic. Would have liked seeing more of the "before". To Itrimit:... the design offers nothing new from the hundreds of other 'current' renos almost... cookie-cutter design. seems like all homes whether renovated or refurbished since 2000 all..."
Houzz Tour: A Lakeside Guesthouse Rises to the Challenge
To keep flat ground for entertaining, the architects of this Mercer Island cabin on a hillside looked upward
"looking design, great concept. When space is a premium, elevation makes all the difference... Beautiful design and the end result is amazing. It would be tough to leave... Bravo!... The design of how it is wrapped is so wonderful. I would add a bouquet of flowers... dictate the design. Take this guesthouse, designed by architects Robert Hutchison and Tom... architect to design whatever he or she wants, it’s never truly free rein. A number of factors..."
Art Rises to Staircase Challenge
It can be tricky to make the most of a staircase's wall space, but these ideas for using art will have you stepping up in style
Got a Design Dilemma? Talk Amongst Yourselves
Solve challenges by getting feedback from the Houzz community of design lovers and professionals around the world. Here's how
"Solve challenges by getting feedback from the Houzz community of design lovers and... commenter on design dilemmas. She found a post about a beach home in Rhode Island whose... post by design-builder Joseph Yencho caught Marusa’s eye. Yencho had commented that... much with design as with finding a reliable contractor to work with consistently. I"ve... interior designers, landscape designers and more to discuss business strategies and..."
How to Design Anything
"Design might seem difficult, mainly because it is, but with the right approach, you... synopsis of a designers life! I love reading your stuff. haha Big smile, just what I needed... suspect that designers put people up to these things. "Oh, you could totally have a home... from the designer's point of view. You guys must regularly get requests that are WACKED... we, as designers actually do for them. So well put, i am currently experiencing no..."
Great Space: Unique Wood Wall Warms Up an Entryway
Designer Shari Misturak solves an interior design challenge with a walnut wall installation inspired by cityscapes
14 Tips for Decorating an Attic — Awkward Spots and All
Turn design challenges into opportunities with our decorating ideas for attics with steep slopes, dim light and more
"Turn design challenges into opportunities with our decorating ideas for attics with... a few challenges particular to attics — from steeply sloped ceilings and awkward... t out design elements, like built-ins... I've been puzzling design ideas in my head... they are challenging. Like many Chicago bungalows ours came with one finished small... started designing the other room as a "kids' room". We don't have kids yet, but I..."
Room of the Day: Addressing the Green Piano in the Room
A homeowner’s favorite furniture item presents an interesting design challenge and reveals a fascinating history
"interesting design challenge and reveals a fascinating history... interior designer Charmean Neithart thought she’d heard her clients wrong when they... have to design around the green piano in the room. “When I started on the living room... room and designed around it accordingly.... a room designed around this fabulous piano. What talent in creating such an eclectic... of the design. Were they left over from the room before the redesign? Amazing piano..."
Basement of the Week: High-End Problem Solving for a Show House
Dark and dated? Naturally. But this '70s-style basement had myriad other design issues too. See how the designer rose to the challenge
"other design issues too. See how the designer rose to the challenge... biggest challenge of my career," says interior designer Sheila Rich. This show-house... eternal challenge of design! This is absolutely WOW! Always though to make an instant... Rich, the designer, custom designed the ottoman. I love stone wall too, but think designer... designer brilliantly covered up a bit with cabinetry (who doesn't need some storage..."
Design Dilemmas: 5 Questions for Design Stars
Narrow Trees for Tight Garden Spaces
Boost interest in a side yard or another space-challenged area with the fragrance and color of these columnar trees
"space-challenged area with the fragrance and color of these columnar trees... can be a challenge to design, because once the path is in place, there appears to be... I love designing these spaces and have found that with a little ingenuity and careful... these challenging spaces. Since the term “narrow” can be somewhat subjective, I have... in my design. I'm told they can be pruned to keep their slender shape and size...."