Home Design Find - Interior Design, Architecture, Modern Furniture - Part 3
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Elegant Minimalism on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island

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Glossy citified black contrasts with wind-bleached timber and polished concrete for a holiday getaway from Auckland’s Fearon Hay Architects.

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The elegant escape is on Great Barrier Island, a short boat trip away from the mainland in the Hauraki Gulf.

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It is sited near several older rural farm buildings on the very isolated island.

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A polished concrete pad is set within the wooden deck like a rug.

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The open central pavilion recalls a camping tradition in which two enclosed spaces are linked by a tarpaulin stretched between them.

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An outdoor fireplace makes an aesthetic statement while meeting a super-safe building code – you are on your own if fires start.

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Bedroom wings to each side can be closed up completely when not in use.

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Black metal screens that are permeable open or close the sleeping ‘sheds’ to each side of the pavilion.

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Matching modules cut from band-sawn plywood cladding and stained black echo the elegant elongated screens.

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The architects have created an understated holiday retreat with a casual yet elegant minimalism despite its economical materials.

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Design Dilemma: Double-Duty Rooms

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Are you downsizing from a very large home into a very small one? If so, you’re probably feeling pretty overwhelmed. What to do with all that stuff? The answer, painful as it may be, is that you will sell, donate or recycle most of it. What remains, better be stuff that you really love, and that can be used in multiple ways. In fact, you’ll quickly discover in your new downsized place that all furniture has to work double-duty. In a smaller place with less square footage, every stick of furniture really counts. This is especially true of living rooms which must act as family rooms, studies, dining rooms and sometimes even guest rooms.

How do you do that? Let’s take a look!

In the living room above and below, just about all activities can be conducted in an apartment that is only 500 square feet. The tiny living room includes a sectional that allows three or more people to stretch out. There is a TV for television watching and a desk, which functions as a home office. A storage ottoman acts as a coffee table. The couch is large enough to easily accommodate sleep-over guests. Now that’s maximum efficiency.

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In smaller homes, it’s a waste of square feet to devote any room to just one activity. Hence, dining rooms quickly become converted to libraries and home offices as well.

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And this:

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Don’t have a dining room at all? Below the homeowners opted for a long narrow table that can serve as a console or desk during the day, but that can be pulled away from the wall at night for dinner guests.

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Here a home office doubles as a guest room. The bed is actually a Murphy bed that gets tucked away when the guests have gone:

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In the bedroom below, a nightstand functions as a desk.

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There are a gazillion ideas to get the maximum functionality out of every single room in your home. As you sift through furniture to decide what to keep and what to take, use the idea of multi-funcitonality as your guiding beacon to help make your new home comfortable and beautiful too!

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San Juan Cliffside – a Pleasing Island Home in Washington

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Prentiss Architects have designed a pleasing woodsy retreat on Washington’s San Juan Island.

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Solid quality is denoted by rugged deep-paned window construction and a dark granite tub overlooking the water.

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Washington state has a recognizable design signature in which complexity and heft are key.

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A double height front door is latched with an unique crafted wood slat design overlay.

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Two different wood cladding treatments are contrasted with each other, providing unique graphic interest.

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Often this style involves lots of detailing and offset angles.

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A smaller guest house in the garden is constructed in the same sturdy way, reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement.

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The serene view out to sea makes it seem like you are cooking in nature.

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A sense of the closeness of water is present in every solidly constructed room.

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The setting sun sends warm rays in to the family living room.

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A statue of Buddha shares your contemplation of the view.

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The result is a pleasant family home to be treasured for generations.