2546 exterior Ideabooks

Renovation Detail: The Casement Window
Every night as I wash dishes at my kitchen sink I stare out the double-hung window, dreaming of the day that I will throw it into a Dumpster and replace it with a French casement window. Attached to their frame by side hinges, casement windows are installed...
Terraces Beckon the High Life
Terracing is a formal technique often applied to landscapes to deal with steep slopes. But terraces can also be used in architecture, to deal with challenging topography or just to provide additional outdoor space. The examples below illustrate the unique...
Architect's Toolbox: Bridges That Unite Home and Land
What is it about bridges that fascinates us? Maybe it's their ability to connect two points. Or maybe it's their strength (Brooklyn Bridge), majesty (Golden...
Remember the Rooftop
It seems we never quite have enough space in our homes, especially if we’re living in the tightly packed quarters of a city. However, there may be one prime space that you’ve overlooked: your rooftop. Could you convert it into an entertaining space...
Guest Picks: 20 Products to Pretty Up Your Front Porch
With spring just around the corner, I'm already starting to think about ways to spruce up the outside of my home. The front porch seems like the obvious place to start. It's really the first impression of your home, and it can look fabulous, even if...
Modern Canadian Homes Showcase Clever Entryways
Previously, I've discussed different ways of creating a sense of entry in modern designs, through entrance canopies and elevated...
Sculptor Susan Wallace Turns Screen Doors Into Art
A few weeks ago we were taken with an amazing sculptural door we saw on a Houzz tour had to know more about the artist who designed it. This led us to Austin sculptor Susan Wallace, who specializes in working with aluminum and creates beautiful,...
Architect's Toolbox: Roofs that Connect Earth and Sky
There are so many important functions for a roof. Though its primary purposes may be to shed water and protect us from the elements, a well thought-out roof does so much more. It can tether us to the landscape or let us soar up and away. And the best...
Great Compositions: The Language of Walls
What is the language of a wall? A wall can tell a story about the nature of the space it bounds. In the Japanese Tea House, the wall is additive: a layering of wood frames and sliding screens. In the ancient ruins of Mesa Verde, the cliff is carved into...
7 Ways to Make the Front Entry Matter Again
The front entry of a home used to be the first impression people see when they come and visit. However, as today's garages get bigger with 3 to 4 car bays, the garage door is slowly dominating the front of a house, and it is getting harder for visitors...
Adding On: 10 Ways to Expand Your House Out and Up
So you want more space. A little extra room because the family is growing, children or parents are moving back home, you've started a home based business, you've always wanted that conservatory, or any of the thousand other reasons why your existing...
Outlooks: Walk Into the View
Balconies are fairly common in residential architecture, especially in urban conditions where a yard may not be available, and in areas of natural beauty where a view is prized. Yet what I'm calling overlooks are less common: More deep than wide, these...
Bridges Home: A Sense of Entry
Seen simply, houses are private domains, and streets are public thoroughfares that connect them and other buildings and places. But in between the street and the house is a transitional zone, a threshold between public and private that offers the opportunity...
High Design With Solar Panels
Living off the grid may not be as easy as slapping some solar panels on a roof or side of a building, but it definitely helps reduce those electricity bills. But if one decides to add solar panels to a house, how to do it? While the panels have slimmed...
7 Striking Contemporary Additions
My last ideabook looked at the difference between Modern and Contemporary, two similar and often confused styles of architecture. When either a modern or contemporary structure is added to an old building of whatever style, the distinction is much more...
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