Thursday, April 17, 2014

House Boat Holiday Home

The Benson Ford was originally a cargo ship for the Ford motor company, but has been converted into a holiday home hanging above Lake Erie

The Benson Ford was originally a cargo ship for the Ford Motor Company, but has been converted into a holiday home hanging above Lake Erie.


Looking over the bow, which dangles 18 foot above the Lake, it still looks as if the boat is sailing


Looking over the bow, which dangles 18 foot above the Lake, it still looks as if the boat is sailing.



Don't look down: Tourists may need a head for heights if they take a tour out onto the bow of the boat


Don't look down: Tourists may need a head for heights if they take a tour out onto the bow.




The ship still contains wood paneled state rooms, dining room and lounge designed by Henry Ford



The ship still contains wood paneled state rooms, dining room and lounge designed by Henry Ford.



The boat was used by Ford himself to travel across the American Lakes and Thomas Edison also took a ride


The boat was used by Ford himself to travel across the American Lakes and Thomas Edison also to a ride.



The four-storey, 7,000sq ft home has kept the historic interior and updated it with some modern technology


The four-story, 7,000 sq ft home has kept the historic interior and updated it with modern technology.


Along with the original features the ship's forecastle now has a garage, kitchen, bar and games room


Along with the original features the ship's forecastle now has a garage, kitchen, bar and game room.





Frank J Sullivan, who first converted the vessel, tried to turn it into a hotel in 1992 but was denied permission


Frank J. Sullivan who first converted the vessel, tried to turn it into a hotel in 1992 but was denied permission.


Sullivan sold it to father and son Jerry and Bryan Kaspar in 1999 who now allow guided tours around the house


Sullivan sold it to father and son Jerry and Bryan Kaspar in 1999 who now allow guided tours around the home.


The impressive getaway includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a captain's office and living room with panoramic views out across the Lake


The impressive getaway includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a captain's office and living room with panoramic views out across the Lake
'I love the deck on the fourth floor - It's a great place to enjoy a cocktail overlooking the lake and the nearby cliffs and watching the sunset is amazing from there.'
Videographer Nick James, who conducts tours of the hotel, said: 'The most incredible part is standing at the helm and the way the boat hangs over the cliff it actually feels like you are out on the open water.
'I love the history that is still all around in the Benson Ford. In the parlour you can just imagine Thomas Edison and Henry Ford sitting smoking their cigars.
'When you're there it feels as though you step back in time and they could appear at any moment.'


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lakefront Home

Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design



Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design



Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design



Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design



Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design



Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design



Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design



Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design



Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design


Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design




Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design



Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design



Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design



Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design



Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design



Waterfront Hideway by Sarah Gallop Design



Description by Turkel Design

The first TD3 2490 to be completed in North America recently received two Gold Awards and one Silver Award for design and green-build features from the NAHB in its Waterfront Hideaway categories. Known as Gambier Island House, it is perched above the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia’s Gulf Islands. The unique conditions of this steep, remote site required a building system that could be delivered by barge; the Lindal Cedar Homes (LCH) kit-of-parts approach was the ideal solution.
The house, an original design created by Turkel Design for Lindal as part of the Dwell Homes Collection, is adaptable to multiple site conditions and opens to views simultaneously in several directions. Turkel Design collaborated with a local independent LCH dealer, My House Design/Build, and positioned the house to open into a stand of old-growth cedars and out through the treetops to the opposite shoreline. The TD3 2490 collects its own rainwater, uses passive methods to self-ventilate, and can be delivered and constructed in almost any location worldwide.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Integrating Water Elements Into a Home


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Water is used as inspiration for the design of this home and through the use of well-defined volumes are
habitable spaces, with high ceilings and intermediate court yards, which through ventilation and lighting of walkways, will be achieved, effect of light and spaciousness to the interior, making the most of natural light. sustainable features were also used in this project to respond to the needs of the client, giving comfort, savings and efficiency of resources.


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Modern Mountain Retreat

Modern mountain retreat: Morning Star Residence designed by Slifer Designs



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Morning Star Residence is a luxurious modern mountain retreat in Mountain Star, Colorado. The home is nestled on top of a mountain offering fabulous views toward the surround mountaintops.



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The residence offers a cozy escape from the cold winters and warm fireplaces and plenty of seating area to lounge and entertain friends and family. The interiors are decorated with plenty of textures and a offers a wide variety of finishes and material in a soft color palette so as not to detract from the beautiful landscape that pervades the home.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Modern Meets Medieval


















Description by Uxus

UXUS designed a private residence located in a historic building on one of Amsterdam’s famous canals. The home is located in a 250m2 18th century warehouse with a panoramic view over the city. The interior of the loft, situated in an old sugar warehouse built in 1763, had remained in its original state for almost 250 years and the owners wanted to keep as much intact with as little intervention to the space as possible. 




















In keeping the original open-plan layout, UXUS created a series of dramatic curtain walls that could be opened and closed according to the needs of use. Made of luxurious Italian linen, the curtain walls are opaque when lit from the front yet transparent from behind. At night, the space becomes a series of glowing tents, creating the effect of a surreal interior landscape.
All of the decorative interior elements were selected to reflect the eclectic tastes of the owners.