BluePrince Architectural


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Nova Scotia
Canada 
About me:
Trained as an architectural technician, Matthew is a draftsman at an engineering firm. He's always on the lookout for nifty ideas to incorporate into the house he plans to build one day. 
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Houzz Tour: Meet a Home Made With Minivan Parts

Sawn-off car roofs for the siding, windows popped out of van doors ... this California home is as resourceful as it is beautiful Full Story
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BluePrince Architectural
Smart, small, and stylish! It's amazing what people can do when they put a lot of care into their work-
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shyr94
Brilliant!
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Kim McCoy Brumfiel Snively
Beautiful house! Very inspiring.
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Houzz Tour: A Wee Home Grows in a Scottish Garden

This compact house became a prototype with grand designs: showing that affordable and efficient can actually be stylish Full Story
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On the Wee House website, it lists the place as being about 40m² which would be roughly 430sqft. There's a floorplan there, too.

What a brilliant place!
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vjg6727
How many square feet is this house? If it's under 1,000 then it's way too expensive!
Yesterday at 9:37am   
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wrightwr
I drew it up... about 432 sq ft.
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Dish-Drying Racks That Don’t Hog Counter Space

Cleverly concealed in cabinets or mounted in or above the sink, these racks cut kitchen cleanup time without creating clutter Full Story
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My family has a doorless plate rack, similar to the one in the first picture. It's ideal for easy access to the dishes, and adds a lot of visual interest to the room. We never put dishes into it wet, though- They get dried off in our sinkside rack like everything else. Consequently, we have no mildew problems. Another advantage is that ours does not need to be over the sink, so we have room there for a large window.
last Wednesday at 8:37am     
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marsia
kjziebell, Thank you so much for both ideas!!! Both are on my wish list and are getting ordered next Amazon order.
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Houzz Tour: Asian Elegance With an Industrial Edge

Once a grocery warehouse, this Denver loft is now stocked with a mix of dramatic, raw and refined pieces Full Story
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What a gorgeous place! I love all the character-pieces, especially the vent hood, chandelier, and cherry-blossom tiles
last Wednesday at 6:46am     
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Helen Allen
I'd cry real tears if some one designed this for me. A big quarrel of design elements e.g. Entrance railings, uninspired furniture and uninspired artwork. Too bad.
Yesterday at 3:50pm   
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shyr94
I'm a Cardinal fan, but I could live here. Very nice!
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Houzz Tour: Personal and Plaid

When it comes to interior design, Scot Meacham Wood wears his heart on his tartan sash Full Story
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There certainly is lots there to keep the eye interested! ...Possibly too much for my own tastes, but I get the impression that it's just right for him, and really, that's all that matters.

Ideally, I'd like to build myself a similar-sized house; it's nifty to see how Wood uses the space.
July 22, 2014 at 4:38am     
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VSP Interiors
What an amazing apartment! Love! The headboard is wonderful. Thanks for this great article on this very talented designer!
Yesterday at 6:27am     
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alabamagal
loniluna....I've said it before: (decorating) RULES are to be BROKEN! They are guide lines for beginners! HOUZZ is not wrong when it says that art should be hung at eye level but that's when you're talking about a single piece or a row of pieces. The fun comes when you have a LOT of art like I do, and you can layer it, hang from floor to ceiling and display it everywhere! Scot's displays should give everyone joy and the courage to do the same...it's just that many people simply do not HAVE much art! I can't get enough of looking at his home! I actually FOUND a big HORN chair yesterday at an antique show here in Fairhope, AL and was so tempted...but have room for just one more chair and it's going to be an orange Hans Wegner 'V' chair for my family room.
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Get the Look of Wood Cabinets for Less

No need to snub plastic laminate as wood’s inferior cousin. Today’s options are stylish and durable — not to mention money saving Full Story
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I think the second kitchen's over-the-top pattern is cool; I especially like how well it goes with the integrated bookshelf in the penninsula.

As far as laminate as a material choice goes; having lived with both laminate and wood, I have to say the lam really is easier to care for and generally a "cleaner" look. Personally, I'd rather put the brunt of my renovation budget into appliances and countertops than into the cabinet material, so for me, laminate is the way to go.

Thanks for the fascinating ideabook - It's neat to see how far laminates have come.
July 16, 2014 at 12:25pm     
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djkm
Great ideas.
last Wednesday at 3:02pm   
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jillybeansisme
I'm currently having a custom home built and I have to tell you, there are some gorgeous laminates available in the past 10 years. I am having solid maple cabinets (from KitchenResourcesDirect.com Deerfield collection) that are stained and glazed with Blum soft close hardware, dove-tailed joints, etc. I CHOSE laminate counter tops (this time Wilsonart Summer Carnival, Crystalline Ice, and Mystic Gemstone, but last time Formica brand) for the kitchen and bathrooms. I CHOSE 12mm thick laminate "walnut" flooring for the living room/dining room, halls with an AC-4 wear rating. I CHOSE linoleum for 2 bathrooms, the laundry room, and the kitchen/pantry work area. I CHOSE Marmoleum for the loft. I want a home that can be lived in without having to worry while my child is young. I've had formica/laminate counter tops my entire life except for one place that had tile (awful). I've never had an issue with peeling, cracking, warping or anything else and I've put hot pans on it (not for long) without an issue. Granted, I would not chop food on it, but then, I wouldn't chop food on any counter. I do not like tiled counter tops, nor am I a fan of granite. But that's just me. In 20 years I'll refurbish if it needs it (and, God willing, I'm still on this earth!).

It's not about cost, it is about preference. I don't care what brand my dishwasher is as long as it is under 50 decibels, cleans the dishes, has a delay start and is the color I want. I don't care what brand my refrigerator is as long as it has an ice maker and is not a side-by-side and does not have a "drawer" bottom freezer (swing door bottom freezer is ideal for me), but give me my 36" Capital gas convection range with my grill, 4 burners, rotisserie, self-cleaning, 3 racks in ruby red!

@prepekka Marmoleum is a hard surface and requires a different underlayment than other linoleums. There are also two different thicknesses of the "tiles" and the tiles do not come in all colors/patterns. It also comes in roll form. You can also get designs as borders, etc. that the manufacturer laser prints in somehow. Amazing stuff they've come out with; however, I would definitely request samples of anything you are considering (they'll send 6 at a time) because computer screens are not accurate.
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Room of the Day: A New Family Room’s Natural Connection

Stone and wood plus earthy colors link a family room to its woodsy site and create a comfy gathering spot Full Story
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Nice fireplace! I really like how the countertops of the built-ins match the hearth-
July 15, 2014 at 4:52am     
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carsten1959jack
Like wher the wood is!
July 16, 2014 at 3:57pm   
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artisticgurl44
love the green sofas i love the space period
July 17, 2014 at 8:48pm   
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Kitchen of the Week: Orange Splashes Add Personality in Kansas

Bursts of color and a better layout make cookie baking and everything else more fun for a Midwestern family Full Story
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BluePrince Architectural
I really like the metal-mesh cabinet front
July 11, 2014 at 4:59am     
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chenbuck the color of the range is called Traffic Orange and it is one of Blue Stars many color choices. Thank you for your question!
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halper
Very unique and cool! Not the colour combination I'd use in my own kitchen, but I like that it looks white at first glance but has a little twist. I love things that make you look twice! And not that it matters, I guess, but I'm not surprised that saying the TV was 60" was a mistake. If you look proportionately at it, those are probably 36" uppers (not including the moulding) and the TV is about as wide as those cabinets are tall. I'd guess that it's more like 40" or so.
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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 Full Story
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Having all that rusty-looking metal filling the view from the main house would drive me batty if I were the owner, but it looks great from the lake. I adore the moss in the landscaping, too-
July 9, 2014 at 9:00am     
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David Ruud
For those wondering what the guest house looks like from the main house I'd be willing to bet you wouldn't even see it. I doubt you'd see it before getting to the top of the stairs. So...you wouldn't have worry about going "batty" looking at all that "rusting metal between the main house and the lake".
July 14, 2014 at 5:37pm   
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mk58
Perhaps most of the host's guests arrive by boat since it's located on Lake Washington.
July 15, 2014 at 7:37am     
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Houzz Tour: Thrifty TLC Transforms a Beach Bungalow

A California architect finds ‘the perfect mix of potential and a dump,’ and gets right to work Full Story
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Wow! I really like it-
July 9, 2014 at 5:56am     
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A. S. K.
Really great remodel... Love how the space spills outside. We have dreams of a similar remodel for our small California ranch. Thanks for sharing.
July 19, 2014 at 11:23am   
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Carlita B • Christian
I love this! Makes want to move to California...
July 21, 2014 at 6:47am   
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Casual Coastal Style Done 6 Ways

Give your beachy style a British accent, a Southern twang or a crisp New England tone — whatever coastal style speaks to you, this can help Full Story
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BluePrince Architectural
Fun ideabook!

The look of Canada's Maritime Provinces is also an option. It's similar to County Classic and New England, but with lots and lots of bright primary colours and a wildflower boquet on the table.
July 8, 2014 at 11:59am     
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alibonelli
This inland, New York girl is New England prep done sparingly. Except for one HUGE painting of my beloved outer banks.
July 12, 2014 at 8:23pm   
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josh wynne construction
Thanks for sharing! Those are some really fun projects. I have done a few varieties of Coastal myself. It is fun to see how different client expectations can be when the words Casual Coastal are tossed around....
July 14, 2014 at 3:20pm   
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Kicking Back in a Relaxing Lowcountry Boathouse

The hardworking nature of this multipurpose Georgia outbuilding is hidden by its laid-back vibe Full Story
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What a lovely nest-
July 2, 2014 at 9:59am     
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Laurie
Very nice. I'd like to see the main house too.
July 14, 2014 at 1:02pm   
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Houzz Tour: Charming, Rustic Lakefront Cabin in Minnesota

Vintage furnishings, reclaimed materials and a stone fireplace give a rebuilt weekend house a cozy, collected-over-time feel Full Story
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woondogger
Amazing, simply amazing! I have spent many wonderful times with friends on Woman Lake! Thanks so much for sharing this. I love log cabin homes!!!!!
June 29, 2014 at 9:33am     
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BluePrince Architectural
Beautiful place! I adore those sleeping nooks-
June 30, 2014 at 4:04am     
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