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Passage of Landscape creates a Transparent Connection to Fields Beyond

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Architecture firm ihrmk created this intriguingly transparent view-through home in the Japanese countryside after a summertime visit to the site.

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The house is made transparent from south to north on the first floor – but from east to west on the second floor.

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The east west windows bring in the beginning and the end of the day to meet the client’s brief  “we want to awake in the morning sunlight”, “we want to doze in the comfortable breeze”

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Sited right at the edge of the suburbs of Toyota, it maximises the connection with the paddy fields to the south and the west.

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To participate in the flow of the surrounding natural environment, windows pop up in surprising places.

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An induction cooktop is suspend right in the window of the kitchen.

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The suburb-facing side is translucent.

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“Bright green and reflection of water of the rice field just after the rice-planting, natural sounds of breeze rusting the leaves of lemon trees and Magnolia figo slightly and sound of running water from the waterway had created comfortable scenery there,” says the architect of his first site visit.

“It was calm place and there was nothing to cutting off my view from the site.”

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Drawing on that summertime visit, the architects have made a relaxed haven that exudes peacefulness.

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Indoor-Outdoor Living for House by Prado in Chile

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Swett House is a private home designed by Prado Arquitectos in Chiguayante.

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The site is at the bottom of a narrow valley surrounded by hills, and gets only short periods of sun exposure.

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So the conceptual idea of the project was to gain height to maximise the sun exposure into the home.

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A second story allows the brief exposure to the sun to warm the home for the maximum possible hours.

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The idea was to support the second story on a series of steel columns inside a glass enclosure.

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The horizontal fenestration, with continuous transparent planes is framed by the steel plates.

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This contains the social areas; living room, dining room, barbecue and kitchen on the first level, maintaining a close relationship between the exterior and interior space.

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Outdoor living prevails on the ground under the house.

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The indoor-outdoor flow is accentuated by interior treatments like the ceiling of this outdoor room panelled in wooden beams.

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The steel structure supports the second floor with minimal materiality (just steel and glass) containing the upper level housing the private living room and bedrooms.

 

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5 Tips for Adding a Bathroom to Your Home

Adding a bathroom to your home is one of the better home improvement projects you can tackle. Not only does it decrease traffic in your other bathrooms, but it raises the value of your home at the same time. Raising the value of a home should be a top priority for any homeowner and adding a bathroom is an excellent way to do this. However, adding a bathroom is also a complicated process with a lot of steps. To help make it a little easier, here are 5 tips you can use.

Plan Out the Layout Early

First, you should start thinking about the layout. Where in your home is the bathroom going to go and what is it going to look like? For example, against which wall will you install the toilet or the sink or the shower? It’s important to think about this early on because the more plumbing and electrical work you have to do, the more expensive it will be. If you can find a layout that makes use of existing fixtures, you’ll save a lot.

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Design Before You Start

Once you have the rough layout down, you should then think about the design. The design of the bathroom includes things like the paint color, the light fixtures, and the type of tile. You may think you can figure this out after the bathroom is built, but it’s better to plan it out as early as you can.

The reason why is that you may need to account for the décor you want to do. For example, if you want a certain type of showerhead, you’ll want to install the shower faucet at a certain height. Or if you want a medicine cabinet with lights on the side, you’ll need to ensure the cabinet is installed far enough away from the corner of a room. You don’t have to pick out every single little detail now – like the paint color or the doorknobs – but the more you plan, the better.

Maximize Space

A lot of homeowners don’t build an additional bathroom because they believe they don’t have space for it. However, you can fit a lot into a tiny bathroom area. In just a 5×5 room you could fit a toilet and a sink. Make it a little bigger and you can even add a shower to make it a full bathroom.

In a tiny area like this, you’ll want to maximize space. Some ways to do this are shelving along the walls, a deep medicine cabinet for storage, and getting longer pieces of furniture. If you can, also find a sleeker, smaller sink to save even more room.

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Find a Good Local Plumber

Chances are you won’t be able to add this new bathroom in by yourself. Unless you are a professional contractor or very handy, you’ll need the help of some experts. One such expert you’ll definitely need is a plumber. A plumber will be able to add the lines in you need for your sink, toilet, and bath while also ensuring everything is waterproof.

There are a few things you should look for in your plumber. First, try to find someone local. Then, check online reviews to see what kind of feedback they have gotten. Finally, make sure you are hiring the right type of plumber. You’ll want one with experience in residential homes. To learn more about the benefits of working with local plumbers, check out Fix It Right Plumbing (www.fixitrightplumbing.com.au/).

Look for Ways to Reduce Costs

If you aren’t careful when adding in another bathroom the costs can quickly add up. Throughout the process, you should look for ways to save money, but without sacrificing quality. Spend plenty of time shopping around for products to ensure you are getting the best deal. For each step, you take in your bathroom development, see if there is a more affordable option that will still allow you to get a bathroom you’re happy with.

Start Planning Your New Bathroom

Once you add in a new bathroom to your home, you’ll be glad you did. Don’t put this project off anymore because you think you don’t have the room or money. An additional bathroom is a great investment for your home, and it might not cost as much as you think. It’s just a matter of taking your time through each step and conducting thorough research to ensure you’re making the best possible decision. If you can do that, your new bathroom will soon be increasing the value of your home and the happiness of everyone living in it.