Monthly Archives: October 2012

Farmhouse/Barnhouse Modern

Dreams of Fields

While in Chicago last week at the Reinvention Design Conference — a stimulating confab of architects who specialize in residential work — I toured a remarkable house with lessons for anyone interested in home design. Designed by Vinci/Hamp Architects, it’s a recent addition to the

historic Crab Tree Farm (a dairy farm) built in 1911. The crisp white gabled Continue reading

Furniture News: Reworking the Desk

Stand and Deliver

According to The Wall Street Journal, the stand-up desk is becoming popular at places like Google and Facebook. It’s not a new idea: Jefferson, Dickens,  Hemingway, and Churchill all used one at various times. (And I thought Winston did all his writing in the bathtub!) It turns out they were on to something, because this piece of furniture is better for you, ergonomically speaking. Too much sitting is generally unhealthy — it’s important to get that blood circulating! Industrial designer Martin Keen has developed a cool new version at Focal Continue reading

What Will It Cost To Build Your House Plan?

The Devil is in the Details

First, add ten or twenty percent to your budget! Seriously: How do you figure out what it will cost to build the house of your dreams? It’s an age-old question, with many variables and many answers, though the assumption is that the building

Windsor Castle Please credit the photographer: Peter Packer

process will not take longer than a thousand years, like, say, Windsor Castle, shown above — built, rebuilt, and successively expanded since the late 11th century (photo by Peter Packer courtesy royal.gov.uk). Cost estimating is an inexact science and actually more of a “liberal art.” It involves balancing quality Continue reading

New Departures for the Airplane Bungalow

Now Arriving: the Libertyville Not So Big® Showhouse

OK. The term “airplane bungalow” could refer to an airborne dwelling, like Dorothy’s tornado-twisting home in the The Wizard of Oz, or to something more

literal (grounded, maybe?), like this crazy/wonderful example from Costa Rica (photo courtesy Youlivewhere.com). But the term is actually historical and refers Continue reading