Strelein WarehouseIndustrial Garage, Sydney
Photographer: Iain D. MacKenzie
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Figure Out Your TransportationTraffic and public transportation mishaps are classic excuses for lateness. There are only so many times you can use them before someone tells you to simply leave the house earlier. Always have in your mind that you will need 15 minutes more than you actually do.If you use public transportation, consider the many apps available to help you in each city. They can even tell you exactly how far away your bus is from your stop. Make sure you also check public transportation websites to see if any delays have occurred. Always remember to top up your transportation pass before your trip. You can also register some cards and have them top up automatically when your balance is low. If you drive, check the traffic conditions on your phone as soon as you wake up. Google Maps shows high-traffic zones to avoid. It also may be worth investing in a parking space. Another option could be carpooling. Find a colleague who lives near you or join a community site. You’ll save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Tell us: What makes you late in the morning? Have you come up with any tricks to make sure you’re on time? Tell us in the Comments.More: To-Dos: Your February Home Checklist
Brick + SteelViewed from the exterior, the black and white home displays yet another material marriage that works both aesthetically and functionally. A recycled, weathered brick facade contrasts the highly machined steel insertion and allows the salient qualities of each material to be revealed.Brick is often seen paired with steel because it can span window and door openings. The steel lintel, which makes this possible, in this case sits above the door and window and distributes loads from the wall above to the foundation. Brick’s mottled tones contrast steel’s crisp lines, precise machining and solid tones — the imperfect viewed against the perfect.Why this marriage works: Brick’s washed, mottled tones and imperfections contrast the chiseled, perfect lines of steel. Saturated, strong colors act as the shadow in a field of color.
I know, there’s a car in there and the focus is garage doors in rooms that don’t contain cars, but this one’s just so well done. The rows and columns of glass panels work beautifully with the tall and narrow opening. Find a garage door dealer near youMore: A New Look for the Overlooked Garage DoorMore inspiration for your windows and doors
This home in Australia features Ian Moore's conversion of a late 19th century grocery warehouse. The building fronts on two streets; pictured is the garage entry into the narrow house. The opposite side is the main entry, a full half-level above the garage. Moore painted new elements black, like the steel infill of the window and garage. It sensitively fits with the existing while extending its use into the 21st century. More: Let's Hear It for Duplexes and Townhomes 6 Tips from Great Urban Gardens 5 Great City Homes