Here Comes the “She Shed" – You Can Keep Your Man Cave
Definitely not a rowdy Man Cave or a tree house, the “She” Shed is a retreat like no other. It is a haven in the backyard where women can spend some peaceful “alone” time, take a respite from their hectic schedules at home and at work, or immerse themselves in creative activities.
Houses are getting larger, and homes north of 3000 square feet are not unusual. But they’re not the poorly designed McMansions of the past. Detailed trimwork, expansive kitchens, grand staircases, multiple suites, and 3- or 4-car garages are only some of the features you’ll find in 4000 to 4500 square foot houses.
From the basic classics to infinity pools, hot tubs, and indoor structures with relaxing spas, swimming pools are beautiful additions to a dream home that give it an even more attractive look. And, pools that are appropriately designed and situated connect indoor and outdoor designs better than other features can.
From traditional to modern and contemporary homes, quaint cottages, and bungalows, there are architectural styles for everyone’s wish list. But there’s nothing like the L-shaped house when you want to combine functionality, flexibility, and style. Here’s a look at plans designed in an L-shape – and they’re not necessarily Ranch homes.
Whether in a farm country setting or a sophisticated urban environment, barn style architecture is emerging as an exciting residential design option. The rustic look of a barn, with its open spaces, is fascinating and capturing the fancy of Americans who are looking for a different aesthetic for their family homes.
The fireplace used to be the heart of the home. It was the gathering spot for the family and a necessity to life. Without one, you wouldn’t be able to cook, bake, or survive harsh winters. This isn’t the case today. What’s keeping the fireplace trend alive is nostalgia. But even that’s on the decline.
In the mood to go bold with your kitchen but need a little extra nudge to do it? A new trend in kitchens is going dark: fixtures, appliances, and (of course!) cabinets! Here are our top five reasons why dark kitchen cabinets may make sense for you.
Magazines and television often inspire people to create their dream oasis, relaxing retreat, or perfect poolside barbecue for entertaining friends and family, so homeowners place importance on having decks, patios, and porches to expand their living space. The data we’ve looked at clearly indicates that outdoor living trends continue to be on the rise.
As a new wave of activism permeates the architectural field, the profession’s women are breaking new ground – and spearheading daring, innovative projects. Poised to shatter cultural barriers, there is no stopping women architects who are focused and determined to create a lasting impact and, as a result, transform the industry.
If presidents are defined by their homes, Rancho del Cielo – a 688-acre ranch nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountains – truly represented Ronald Reagan, who was a Westerner at heart. In this rural property about 30 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, the 40th President of the United States found peace, beauty, and serenity.
Whether restoring and renovating a historic theatre and hotel or designing a memorial park or residences, Michael Marshall, Gabrielle Bullock, and Frank Christopher Lee have created a lasting impression in modern architecture. Their effort to drive positive changes in urban communities is an inspiration for the next generation of African-American architects.