Taking a calculated turn from tradition, two Czech architects designed a modern rendition of a classic Bohemian home, powered by solar panels and a geothermal heat pump that draws energy from the ground itself, 300 feet underground. Photo by: Andrea Lhotakova Read more: http://www.dwell.com/slideshows/hot-rocks.html?slide=1=y=true##ixzz27WffeRhL
In "Go With the Flow," we featured a residence sited on a lavaflow on Hawaii's big island. The Craig Steely–designed house features an interior clad with blonde wood and a mix of design classics and contemporary pieces. View our slideshow in the Lavaflow 2 house here. Photo by Linny Morris. This originally appeared in Go With the Flow.
“It lends itself to massive relaxing,” says architect Cary Tamarkin of his 2,800-square-foot cottage on Shelter Island overlooking Long Island Sound. “There's lots of napping, and big dinners on the teak tables out on the porch.” See more of the project here. Photo by Bart Michiels. This originally appeared in Shelter Island Retreat.
Resident Tom Givone likens the renovation of his 18th-century farmhouse to “an archeological dig: messy but rewarding.” The long porch is cantilevered over a stream that runs through the property. View 11 more photos of the project here. Photo by Mark Mahaney. This originally appeared in Hope Floats.
Casa Cuatro is sited on a cliff that rises 180 feet above the Pacific ocean. The green-minded house in Chile was built atop piers to minimize environmental impact, features locally sourced stone in its walls, is surrounded by drought-tolerant landscaping, and derives much of its electricity from rooftop solar panels. See more photos of the house here. Photo by Cristóbal Palma. This originally appeared in Tunquen Treasure.
This Georgian Bay home shared by two families was an architectural experiment in communal living. Two-year-old Annika and five-year-old Soren make music on the "nap swing," a popular hangout spot for kids and adults alike. View 13 more photos of the home here. Photo by Lorne Bridgman. This originally appeared in Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario.
Talk about the ideal place to get away from technology and just replenish those burnt brain cells. Shed(i) masters, Kekkilä Garden, can build you this very same shed, so hit them up if you feel you need one of these zen sheds in your life.