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Shed Roof

Shed Roof

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A shed roof is a sloping roof set at a steep pitch. Also referred to as a skillion roof or even a pent roof, it eliminates corners and low things on the walls, creating abundant usable space inside. Joseph B Lanza Layout + Building Shed roofs are simple roof structures, but they nevertheless need fascia […]

Renovation Detail: The Crossbuck Door

Renovation Detail: The Crossbuck Door

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They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but this girl much prefers crossbuck doors. This spring my husband and I took on the task of sprucing up our garage, and although it is not my domain at all, I begged for new crossbuck doors. The crossbuck design features diagonal braces operating from opposite directions, […]

Tiny Vintage Los Angeles Apartment

Tiny Vintage Los Angeles Apartment

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Little spaces leave little space for unnecessary items — the best accessories do double duty. While decorating her 410-square-foot Los Angeles apartment, jessica Lundby kept that in mind. Her vibrant classic style flows from room to room, but no space goes to waste. “I’m inspired by practicality,” Lundby says. “Everything should be functional and need […]

Rooftop Retreat Addition in Toronto

Rooftop Retreat Addition in Toronto

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With two children and a need for more living space, architect Wanda Ely and her husband, John, needed to go out or build up. The choice was easy. They loved their home and desired to stay steps from Toronto’s brilliant Queen West and Dundas West neighborhoods, therefore Wanda put about designing a thoughtful and contemporary […]

Renovation Detail: The Built-In Room Divider

Renovation Detail: The Built-In Room Divider

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Developing a traditional Arts and Crafts built-in room divider is on our list of must-do renovations. The conventional design combines form and function to define at least two spaces . These dividers help organize large spaces while keeping an open floor plan and keeping rooms bright and airy. Most have square, tapered columns and storage, […]

Afternoon Job: Declutter Your Bookshelves

Afternoon Job: Declutter Your Bookshelves

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I am all about maximizing distance, but in regards to your bookshelves, leaving a little breathing space can go quite a distance. Not merely is open space pleasant to check at, but your built-ins will feel more relaxed and give you the chance to show off not just your books but your bookshelves themselves. I […]

Find Your Minimalist

Find Your Minimalist

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I’ll let you in on a little secret: All of architects enjoy minimalism — all of those. We firmly believe that good design comes from taking away the unnecessary elements and stripping the forms down to the barest essentials. Michelangelo once said, “Carving is simple. You simply go down to the skin and stop.” He […]

Place a Narrow Hallway to Work

Place a Narrow Hallway to Work

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If you’ve got a narrow hallway, are you wondering how to make it visually appealing or more useful? Following are some wonderful examples of how to use your hallway to make an effect. Chang + Sylligardos Architects Get Practical If your hallway is not too skinny, use the room to incorporate a bookcase. This bookcase […]

Tongue and Groove Wall Paneling Joins the Comeback Club

Flat tongue and groove wall paneling is all of the rage. While the technique has existed for what seems like eons, the resulting compact look has made a recent comeback. Tongue and groove joints let horizontal pieces of wood to be combined together to make one level surface. Famous for their rich texture, striped pattern […]

Renovation Detail: Arabesque Tile

Renovation Detail: Arabesque Tile

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Whether you’re on the hunt for a new backsplash, shower or fireplace tile, then consider the arabesque pattern sweeping the design universe. Its unique and traditional shape is equally curvy and sharp, making it universally appealing and excitingly geometric. The arabesque shape allows you to break away from criteria like subway tile, while embracing the […]