Smee Schoff House is a contemporary single family home with industrial features designed by Sam Crawford Architects in Petersham, New South Wales, Australia. The project is a great example of how dedicated and engaged clients together with a challenging set of site constraints make for a rich and unique design outcome. Having considered several alternate and distinct design solutions it is now clear that this particular response to the site and design brief is the right one for our clients. Key constraints were: inconsistent council requirements for street-scape and heritage, the need to maintain the privacy and solar access of neighboring properties, multiple poorly devised and implemented alterations to the existing cottage, access to winter sun to the necessarily south facing living areas and views to the park and access to the winter sun available only to the existing bedrooms. The brief also included an atypical requirement for an eat-in kitchen and an melded dining/ lounge/ music room.
Our clients have a wonderful art collection, and their own unique style, which contributed to the industrial/ craft aesthetic of the new work.
Recycled bricks are used extensively for environmental and aesthetic reasons, on both internal (painted) and external (bare-faced) walls. Black painted, lightweight steel framed windows and doors accentuate the very tall brick walls of the central court and dining room. Exposed, over-sized recycled timber beams scale the 4.5m high ceiling of the dining space. Timbers recycled from demolished portions of the building and our client’s cherished Scandinavian hand-painted ceramic tiles are incorporated into new joinery work.
The design sits on a clear continuum in our work; of pushing for maximum thermal comfort with minimal ongoing energy use. This involves a relatively large upfront cost; in the provision of substantial thermal mass via exposed concrete slab floors and brick and reverse brick veneer wall construction, coupled with solar powered/ gas boosted hydronic underfloor heating, contributing to ongoing and long term energy savings. A central courtyard, between the old and new, provides winter sun to otherwise south facing living areas.
The construction team from Buildability, led by foreman Matt Raap, were a major factor in the success of the project.
Photos: Brett Boardman Photography
Ski Slope Residence is a sensational rustic mountain retreat that just underwent an extensive and exquisite remodel designed by High Camp Home in Truckee, California. The home is comprised of 3,606 square feet of living space, with three bedrooms and three baths plus a bunk loft above the pool table room. This custom home is full of reclaimed barnwood, custom iron work, iron fixtures and stacked stone fireplaces, all with breathtaking and panoramic views of Donner Lake. The residence was featured in the February 2009 cover of Tahoe Quarterly as the Award Winning remodel of the year.
Photos: Courtesy of High Camp Home
Casa no Banzão ll is a contemporary property that has been designed by Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos completed in 2007 in Pinhal do Banzão, Colares, Portugal. The house is siutated in the pine forest Banzão in Sintra, overlooking the mountains and represents the desire of the house designed for rest after many years living in the bustle of the city. There was a pre-existing structure with which the clients had a great connection, so the architects preserved a few of the materials in order to reuse them. In this case the place was already established, it is projected on the basis of some key elements in conjunction with the program.
The living room also had to be a ‘music box’ has been studied as such, becomes the core of the house where everything happens: the entryway, the view of mountains, the pergola, garden, patio with olive trees, the change to the area of rooms or technical areas. The experience of the house focuses on contemplation.
The suite is privileged with a view of the mountains while the remaining quarters live around the pool and its seating area and have direct access to the outside.
Photos: © Courtesy of Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos
This rustic modern home is owned by builder Erin Wright of Wright-Built, situated in a lakeside community in Hawkins, Texas. The 2,157 square foot, three bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home sits under a 60-foot by 80-foot metal roof canopy that more than doubles the amount of living space. Windows, doors and a garage door open the interior to an outdoor bar, a kitchen, a billiards table, a fire pit and poolside lounging. The home integrates many unique details, from egg basket light fixtures to a master bathroom perched atop a teak deck. Reclaimed materials in this home came from a barn, historic buildings, a hacienda in Mexico, a railroad car, pallets and vintage soda crates.
To the left is the other side of the bottle wall, and to the right is an outdoor kitchen, complete with a vintage Coca-Cola machine that Wright keeps fully stocked. Gooseneck barn lights add to the modern rustic style. She can pull her car right up into this covered area. The metal to the right leads to an outdoor bathroom, and the door on the far right leads to an office that is separate from the rest of the interior spaces.
In the kitchen Wright combined concrete floors and countertops, a copper bar top and sink, egg basket light fixtures and a rusted-tin-roof ceiling. The result is a wide-open contemporary space that’s full of farm materials.
Metal surfaces continue into the kitchen. This bar top and the sinks are copper; the rusty ceiling is reclaimed barn tin. A window between the upper cabinets and the counter lets in more natural light. The window on the right is the pass-through to the outdoor bar.
Wright fashioned the pendant lights from old egg baskets. The alder wood cabinets and shelves are custom, and the countertops are concrete. Stained concrete floors continue from indoors to out. The top of the wood island used to be the floor of a railroad car. Some drawers by the microwave drawer were fashioned from vintage wood soda crates. Wright hand-selected crates with the names of local towns on them.
Wright built the barrel-vault ceiling in the great room from wood reclaimed from a historic building. Look to the left; the garage door that opens to the pool table patio disappears above the ceiling’s wooden planks. The wood-burning Oklahoma stone fireplace can heat up to 3,000 square feet. “Out here in the country, we lose our electricity a lot,” Wright says. The mesquite mantel is an old header from a hacienda. The cowhide-covered window seats hold the electronics for the outdoor speakers. Wright’s boyfriend is an audiophile; serious subwoofers are involved.
The pool table survives outdoors just fine: The top is an outdoor felt, there’s a cover, and the legs rest on rubber spacers. Wright used creosote lumber outdoors because it holds its color and stands up to the elements. Why did she choose red for the window and door trim? “Because it looks so good!” she says.
“As a builder, I see how much we waste with high-pitched roofs with attics underneath,” says Wright. “This way there is a cross flow of air between the roofs over the rooms and the large roof canopy.”
Hydraulic activators make the bar’s pass-through window easy to flip open and closed. “The house opens up to the outdoors in many ways, but when it’s buggy or too hot, it’s easy for me to close off parts of the house to keep them cool,” says Wright. This wall is made of Cor-Ten steel; Wright sprayed it with salt water to speed the rusting process.
This is Barley, Wright’s dog. “Canton Trades Days is about an hour from me, and I get a lot of items there for my houses,” she says.”The doors are from Mexico; I get them from a man at Canton Trades Days. He also made the pantry doors and shipped them to me from Mexico.” She bought the mantel and the guest bathroom vanity from him, too.
In the master bath, the counter is black walnut and the sinks are stainless steel. “I used corner sinks to leave room in the middle for my hair dryer,” Wright says. “In my last house I was always leaving it in one of the sinks, which is not a good idea.”
Compartments in the top drawer keep her jewelry organized. She fashioned the light fixture from an old wooden yoke and Edison bulbs. The window above the mirror makes the most of the natural light.
Wright fashioned almost all the interior doors from wood pallets. Some of the doors slide on barn door tracks, while others are on hinges.
The round cedar bathtub is from Snorkel Hot Tubs. Wright made the faucet from an old-fashioned water pump. The tub is 3 feet deep; the teak deck hides the bottom half. In the shower, water goes through the deck and drains below.
The bottle wall was quite a labor of love: Bottles were cut in half and then secured to another half bottle with duct tape, or the long neck of a beer bottle was stuffed into a mason jar and then the two were joined with duct tape. This way, both sides of the wall have a bottle bottom sticking out, and light can travel through. Unseen beer can spacers cut down on the amount of mortar required.
This bathroom, which serves two bedrooms, is full of reclaimed items. “The tile in the shower is a ceramic, digitally imprinted to look like barn wood. The sink is a wooden bowl that I bought for $30, and the brick is from a house demo we did in Hawkins at a hunting and fishing club that was built in the 1900s,” says Wright. It is a rare brick called Whiteselle Cherry Reds Corsicana Brick. “The brick in the guest bath, on the mantel, and the reclaimed wood in the ceiling of the great room are all over 100 years old,” she adds.
This sensational property was a former industrial building transformed into a beautiful loft in TriBeca, New York by Threshold Interiors. The designers used many re-claimed and salvaged items to complement the architecture and original purpose of the building.
The designers used reclaimed industrial windows used to provide light to an interior room. The dining table is custom from Olde Good Things in NYC.
The countertop is a reclaimed marble.
The living room is reclaimed barn wood nailed to drywall. The column is original to the home.
The bathroom tile can be found at Casale Tile in Ocean Township, New Jersey.
The master bathroom features custom-made shower doors and a reclaimed sink. The flooring is silver travertine from Casale Tile in Ocean, New Jersey.
The wall paneling are poplar boards the designers bought from their local lumber yard, they are inexpensive and they fit together by using a tongue and groove process. The poplar was stained using Minwax MWB 37. The sink is reclaimed from the Tastycake factory in Philadelphia.
Photos: Courtesy of Threshold Interiors
This striking old timber frame rustic-modern barn is built from the reclaimed wood of older structures by RMT Architecture near the Swan Mountain Range in Montana. The barn was only built a year and a half ago and incorporates state-of-the-art mechanical features, but it was built almost entirely out of reclaimed wood from barns, sawmills and other buildings in rural Montana, all of it decades old. The family was building a primary residence nearby, but wished to build a separate structure for entertaining and recreational activities down by the spring-fed lake. It’s only 850 square feet inside and has no bedrooms, but the simple design has room for a small kitchen, a bar, a gathering area centered around a majestic fireplace, a pool and foosball table, and, in the loft, a long shuffleboard table. The finishing result of the project was a family friendly modern barn that’s true to Montana’s history and heritage.
The sliding doors on both sides of Roger Martin’s 850-square-foot “rec barn” allow a view through the entire structure, adding to the illusion it was once a working barn.
The architects designed the building with the classic proportions of an old barn, a screened-in porch cleverly substituting for one of the wings.
Photos: Courtesy of RMT Architects
This contemporary penthouse apartment mixes cool, clean interiors and reclaimed pieces in this city work space located in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. The space was too bare and the detailing boring, so the homeowner’s called on the designers at Groundswell Design Group to add character to the home. The designer’s specialize in reclaiming and re-purposing, which came into play on the walls and through the furnishings. To meet the needs of the client, one of the two bedrooms was opened up and turned into an office and lounge. The contemporary style of the home was mixed with rustic and salvaged pieces. The main living area features galvanized metal from a chicken coop roof which adds horizontal bands, rusty patina and an industrial edge to one end of the apartment. The furnishings throughout the apartment function as art.
Interesting facts about the project: The cost of the reclaimed barnwood call, 12 by 20 feet: $13 per square foot; $3,120 total. The cost of the galvanized tin wall, 11 by 18 feet: $7.50 per square foot; $1,485 total.
The team designed the mural and had it executed by graffiti expert Sean Gallagher.
The horizontal lines of the painting on the window wall inspired the design throughout the house, as did the horizontal movement of the Delaware river outside.
The computer desk was made by the design team of reclaimed metal and has a glass top. The construction of the Eiffel Tower was inspiration for the desk.
The high-top desk serves as a unique conference table for client meetings.
Groundswell designed the shelves, which are made of metal and reclaimed joists.
The bar and the live-edge shelves above it are reclaimed poplar wood. The bars between the shelves are supports from old school locker room benches.
The designers composed the half wall and another wall with wood reclaimed from barns in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The silvery gray wood is hemlock, and the brown wood is mushroom wood.
The designers knocked down the wall separating what was the second bedroom from the foyer, opening the whole space up as an office and lounge.
The reclaimed hemlock and mushroom wood combination carries into the bedroom on a large headboard. It’s 8 inches from the wall, allowing room for backlighting.
Photos: Top Kat Photo
Casa Zinc has been designed by Antique dealer Aaron Hojman, nestled on Uruguay’s coastal village of La Barra, which is at the head of stretches of golden beaches and low headlands. The six-room, two-storey hotel is a “posada bohemia” with five-meters high factory gates and a facade clad in vintage railway bricks, reclaimed windows and corrugated zinc siding. Like staying at a private home of someone with exquisite design taste, Casa Zinc has a welcoming, lived-in ambiance with its shabby-chic interiors and eclectic mix of vintage furniture.
Hojman has designed the interiors with bookshelves stacked with apothecary jars, valve radios and soda bottles, framed windows with wood lifted from a long-shuttered Montevideo railway station, and scattered distressed leather-and-wood sofas in the dining room and sitting room. The bedrooms have been named for the objects that lay within, Esudio Arquitecto, Estudio Diseno, Mirador, Back to School, Biblioteca and Patio. Hojman has a penchant for the unadorned and untreated, so prevalent that mortise joints still bear the carpenter’s penciled notations. Bathrooms offers porcelain sinks, long-levered taps and free-standing tubs that give the austerity of a glammed-up hospice.
To stay at Casa Zinc, rates range from $140 – $740, from here.
This stunning modern beach house was built in 1969 in Amagansett, The Hamptons, New York State. The one-storey property showcases a central living/dining area, kitchen, media room, master suite, three further bedrooms and two bathrooms. The home is designed with a modernist vibe while feeling incredibly raw and rustic. The living room is flanked by modern artwork and period photographs and curious, the storage alcove for the logs creates an eye-catching focal point. The Manila rope ceiling helps to conceal mounted speakers. Wood cladding gives the living room a cozy, cabin-like feel. Via
The heavy, rustic-style farmhouse table has been custom-made from white oak salvaged from a barn. A period chandelier gives the room a medieval feel, while modern artwork and tribal patterns provide a mix-and-match eclectic element.
A linen sofa and driftwood accessories gives the media room a relaxed look.
This timber and glass kitchen has a classic Mediterranean feel. Designed to keep the modernist vibe, while still feeling incredibly raw and rustic. This textured stone-and-wood palette with a few mid-century pieces thrown in is a delightful mix of old and new.
This subtle modern bedroom scheme was inspired by the artwork on the wall. The room features a silk turquoise rug and walls painted in pale mint green.
The rope used to create the blind adds a nautical feel to the contemporary bathroom scheme.The antique pine vanity unit features leather strap handles and a soapstone countertop.
Photos: Matthew Williams
This stunning off the grid cabin in the woods is owned and designed by fashion stylist and interior designer Scott Newkirk as a weekend summer getaway in Yulan, New York. The 300 square foot house has no electricity or running water, no TV, no computer. Here he can slow down, sleep late, and take his daily bath in the nearby brook. The designer had been already living close to the land on the property in a wood-frame tent but it burned down. Not long after he across a book on handmade houses that are constructed out of recovered and scavenged materials. He then decided to build a house on his property based on the same principal.
Although the main cabin is only fourteen feet by fourteen feet, it took two years and three different builders to complete; Newkirk had a hard time finding builders who got his idea for a simple, rough-hewn look. “I finally found a talented and dependable local guy, Craig Petrasek, to complete construction with reclaimed wood, extend the deck area, and build the stone patio,” he says. The traditional post-and-beam frame of the house uses old square-head nails on the exterior siding and floor, with a few modern ones for the roof. The smaller side windows are handmade, and the glass-paneled fronts both upstairs and downstairs are standard aluminum frames clad in wood. The completed complex (including an outhouse, guest house, and outdoor shower) sits on about three acres of Newkirk’s 50-acre property.
The downstairs panels slide open, and an upstairs panel pivots. To complete the indoor-outdoor feel, there is a twelve-foot strip of window across the rear with an eye-level view of the backyard.
The painting is by Diane Wiencke, who lives on Peaks Island off the coast of Maine; the wrought-iron horse came from a nearby shop.
Newkirk’s builder used aged hickory planks to fashion the ladderlike steps that lead up to his bedroom.
Newkirk uses this to heat up water for an occasional outdoor shower.
As in Newkirk’s main house, this guest cottage has no insulation in the walls and the windows are simply screens; it’s furnished only with two cots and a vintage George Nelson bench.
From June to September, Newkirk bathes in the same spot every day (he uses biodegradable soap).
Photo Source: New York Magazine