This striking farmhouse renovation project was designed for the 2012 Southern Living Idea House by Historical Concepts, located in the tiny town of Senoia, Georgia. The project was Southern Living Magazines first ever historical renovation project. Over a period of seven months, a tired 19th century home located in this historic town south of Atlanta was transformed into a charming and up-to-date farmhouse. Multiple renovations had masked much of the historic character, so the restoration began by peeling back generations of changes to uncover the essence of the 1830s home. The design team then set out to salvage what remained of the home’s original materials, retaining heart pine floors and hand planed wall boards. Additions sympathetic to the style and massing provided room for porches, a laundry room, mud room, office and carriage house, accommodating modern living while staying true to the home’s architectural heritage and rural roots.
Photos: Laurey W. Glenn (Courtesy of Southern Living)
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 incredible two storey industrial style loft apartment is situated in New York’s NoHo district, designed by Wettling Architects. The owner is Bradley Darryl Wong, who is best known for his role as Dr. George Huang in the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. His 12-year-old son lives with him on weekends. The bedroom with en-suite and dressing room and a laundry room are at basement level. On the ground floor, there is a large living space, kitchen, guest bedroom/office, and another bedroom and bathroom. It was important for the homeowner to show the history of the former commercial building, so plaster was removed to reveal brick walls and the air-conditioning pipes were exposed.
The architect added a wall of windows and a massive steel skylight to replace the original wooden one and brighten the back of the buildings. Layers of plaster were chipped away to reveal vaulted brick ceilings. Then reclaimed wooden flooring and salvaged pieces were brought in, including a pair of century-old bronze doors for the entrance. Complementing the polished wood and warm brick are walls painted in rich green and purple, with furnishings in acid yellow and fuchsia. The downstairs space is oxblood red to match a lacquered box that belonged to the homeowner’s grandfather.
The stainless-steel kitchen is a mix of existing units and new cabinetry. Bright-shaped tiles echo the original exposed brick in the rest of the apartment and contrast with the cool steel units.
The view down the wide hallway showcases the theatrical elements of the homeowner’s apartment, with stage lights spotlighting the kitchen and living room ‘sets.’ The layout is adaptable, so the space can be divided into intimate areas or opened up when friends come to visit.
The glazed doors were sourced from the basement of the historic Puck Building. They conceal shallow cupboards where the homeowner hangs his favorite hats.
Photos: Courtesy of Wettling Architects
Caruth Home is a beautiful rustic family home situated in the University Park area of Dallas, Texas, designed by general contractor Kevin Key of Key Residential. The homeowners asked the contractor to re-create a century old design aesthetic to a 1980s spacious 4,500 square foot, five bedroom, four bathroom home. The homeowner’s wished to have a collected look, wanting a comfortable home to enjoy with their extended family, three adult children and two grandchildren. After searching everywhere for the perfect antique accents, salvaged materials and unique color treatments, the contractor managed to create a harmonious environment full of warmth and luxury. The home’s interiors appear to have been put together over decades. Many of the decorative items were found by the homeowner who worked with Becci Meier Design to achieve the desired design aesthetic.
The entire landscape, including the custom fountain, made with a Louisiana sugar kettle (used in traditional sugar production), revolves around the existing red oak tree in front of the house. The tree also marks the start of a dry creek bed, which Key turned into a walkway from the street to the home’s front door.
Key lightened up the home with plaster walls in warm creams and beiges. A blue pine ceiling in the living room draws the eyes up. The faux beams are made of wood; they’re hollow, which made them easier to install. Most of the furnishings is from the clients’ previous home.
Most of the oak cabinetry has the same scraped, hand-painted finish. The painters used several layers of paint, scraped off each layer for just the right effect and added umber pigment for an aged look.
One wooden door hides the refrigerator; the other hides a freezer. The custom table and wired antique chandelier reinforce the home’s style.
The pitched ceiling’s beams in this room are authentic and part of the roof’s construction. Key had them distressed and a thickening agent applied after painting to intensify the rough, worn look.
Salvaged flea market doors lead from the bedroom into the en-suite bathroom.
The same scraped painting effect was applied to the custom vanity, this time in periwinkle and white. A custom soapstone vanity top complements the farmhouse sink’s rustic feel.
One of the homeowners found the refinished antique tub at a local reclaimed-fixture shop. A salvaged stained glass window next to the tub was distressed, framed and mounted for one-of-a-kind art.
Key enclosed the previous patio in big sliding windows and added a multi-fold door, the same wavy cedar from the cabana and a custom dining table.
The designer turned a third of the home’s attached garage into a poolside cabana out back. Wavy cedar siding gave the cabana the lived-in look the homeowner wanted.
A new outdoor kitchen has sturdy concrete counters and a gas grill. Scraped cabinetry, a retro refrigerator and a freestanding sink basin with vintage metal legs make the space feel warm and worn.
Just past the grill, shutters made from flea market doors hide a flat-screen television. Wall planters next to the garden gate hold herbs.
This former auto garage has been converted into an industrial chic pad for first time homeowner’s Spencer Steed and his fiancé, Alex Toveyin in Salt Lake City, Utah. The couple wanted to make this gritty-cool space into a comfortable home. Comprised of 2,000 square feet of living space, the one bedroom, one bathroom home is in keeping with the existing raw style, where mechanic shop-inspired décor, rustic salvaged pieces and unfinished surfaces create an industrial vibe that still feels like home. In the picture above, two school bus seats were welded together to form a bench in the mudroom, given to Steed from his grandfather. Steed and Tovey give the previous owner credit for a big portion of the space’s incredibly unique design aesthetic.
The shoe rack is a re-purposed set of utility shelves the previous owner left behind.
A large dining table given to the couple dominates the former garage area. Slide-up doors open to a patio. Steed works on his motorcycles in this space, a great distraction from college homework.
Most of the design elements and furnishings have been salvaged, refinished and re-purposed from military surplus stores and scrap yards.
Steed made the coffee table from reclaimed wood, which he then painted.
This metal Tanker desk came from an online local classifieds site for only $17.
The bedroom maintains a gritty appeal, with gray cinderblock walls, concrete floors and exposed fixtures. The American Oil sign had been left outside the apartment when the couple moved in.
Corrugated fiberglass panels attached to plywood on steel framing make up the bedroom walls. The closet door is weathered steel and slides on a track attached to the ceiling.
The couple sanded old military boxes found at Smith and Edwards, coated them with polyurethane, stacked them up and added simple baskets to create a dresser.
The commercial sink and prep counter came from a restaurant supply store next door.
The previous owner installed the dentist’s lights above the kitchen island.
Raw and unfinished surface’s define the style of this apartment, walls were patched and primed and left exposed.
A steel surgical sink is the main focal point in the bathroom.
Photos: Lucy Call
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
The Wheeler Residence was built for a couple in their 30s with three small children in Menlo Park, California. Designed by William Duff Architects this new house makes use of an existing foundation to create dramatic living spaces that flow into the landscape. The original home and an adjacent guest cottage totaled 2,500 square feet but they felt it was not large enough for the five of them. Wheeler planned a similar but larger floor plan of 5,000 square feet with more indoor-outdoor areas, similar to the ones he grew up with in Colorado. It was also a way for the family to have a modernist space with the times, visually warm and eco-friendly with solar radiant heating, cross ventilation and recycled materials. Wheeler’s son built a Lego model of what they wanted and most of it ended up in the final plan.
The basic plan shared a lot of the features with the former house and guest house that were on the lot, but with a central family room that has foldaway corner doors which open to the back garden to connect the two wings. The two houses were demolished, with their foundations saved and additional materials salvaged to incorporate into the new building or used as landscape material. Old chimney bricks were used for the paving pattern around a new pool and guest pavilion. The new foundation and the stained concrete floors use fly-ash, which is a recycled product. Recycled denim in the walls and low-VOC paints were also used. Flat roofs at varying heights, wide overhangs, clerestory windows and interplay of wood and stucco cladding mimic the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The modular configuration of the rooms and proportions of doors and windows are borrowed from Le Corbusier. All doors and windows are made of mahogany for a warm look and because it is a long-lasting material.
The material palette includes Cor-Ten steel, glossy prefinished Fin-Play panels and integrally colored stucco was used because they can be maintenance free.
The interior is a series of open spaces on each side of the central spine with varied ceiling heights giving the illusion of discrete rooms, and storage cabinets double as short walls to divide dining areas from living spaces, the kitchen and other public rooms.
The higher ceilings in the center also draw warm air upwards, dissipating it through operable clerestory windows.
The flat roofs hide the solar panels; one set is photovoltaic for electricity, another for heating water and the third to heat the 14-by-28-foot pool.
The goal for the design of this 1950’s beach house interior was to create a refuge from the all-too-predictable Northwest coast rainy weather of Seaview, Washington. This is Portland designer Garrison Hullinger’s own playful getaway which is drenched with warmth to forget about the outdoor elements. Taking this home out of the 1950′s meant removing almost every surface in the house, except for the original wood paneling. The wood was painted a soft hue of blue that is a great contrast to the new coffee stained bamboo floors.
Guests are made to feel welcome at this beach house. The designer used the natural hues of the surrounding environment for inspiration in decor: nature-inspired tones infused with splashes of welcome color. This cheerful palette, when combined with unique choices of furnishings that showcase natural materials, helps create a perfect weekend getaway, whether rain or shine. The warmth of the dark bamboo flooring helps ground the space and hides a multitude of dirt, sand and dog hair. The fireplace was previously an old yellow brick with mauve-tinted mortar, but the designer switched all that out for simple and modern porcelain tiles on the bottom half, while the top half is smooth, hand-sanded plaster.
In the master bedroom, 100-year-old tongue-and-groove plank wood wall boards were discovered under the old chipboard of the walls during the remodel of the 1957 Ranch. Previous owners reported that the boards were salvaged from the old Victorian house that originally sat on the property. The designer used a soy based wood conditioner to clean and seal the wood boards, while leaving the paint and stain as they were originally found. Since the wall was a bold statement, the furnishings in this room were kept simple, the bed did not need a headboard, and the red side tables were clean and minimal.
Hullinger chose a soft white trim throughout, knowing it would work perfectly with Seaview’s often-cloudy and muted light.
The upper cabinets have been removed and stainless steel shelves hold the glassware.
The existing cabinetry was sanded down and repainted with a gray paint in a satin finish.
One of the only bright colors in the home is a brilliant turquoise wall that extends from the dining room into the kitchen.
The living room and family room have a very neutral palette, inspired by colors you’d find collecting seashells and driftwood.
A guest bedroom plays off of the beachy turquoise wall in the dining room and kitchen.
Carved basalt tile echoes the look of Seaview’s persistently rainy weather.
The stacked wood back wall in this family room is designed by hand from salvaged materials found on site from the remodel and other projects in the area.
Photos: Blackstone Edge Studio
This incredible straw bale house is located two blocks from the ocean in Santa Cruz, California, designed by Arkin Tilt Architects. Their clients are avid surfers and professors of Biology and Environmental Studies, who wished to push the ecological envelope while providing a fun, comfortable house for their family of six, along with a second unit for rental or aging parents. The exuberant south facade and generous terraces play off the lively public space while taking advantage of the western shading of the creek-side sycamore trees. The street-side presence is more subdued with smaller glimpses of the lively spaces within through a thick, insulating straw-bale wall.
Combining cutting-edge mechanical technology with natural building techniques, passive solar strategies, and locally sourced elements, this house is designed for net-zero energy and minimal carbon footprint. Straw-bale walls wrap the north and west, while the wood framed south wall opens up to the sun, bringing daylight deep into the living space via extensive glazing. The spacious, naturally ventilated 2-story space is accentuated with the natural branching of a madrone tree, and counter-balanced by an intimate living space with a bay rotated towards the park.
Each space serves several functions, shifting and changing with the seasons as light and shadow play through it. To add a touch of wit, the exposed framing in the stairwell becomes a bookcase display, and a built-in bench off the upper hall marks the entry below. The building’s impact is reduced through the use of recycled and salvaged doors, interior windows, flooring and driftwood pickets, as well as a driftwood column at the entry. Open and intimate, flexible and efficient, budget-conscious, and playful in overall form and detail, this house speaks to the specificity of its place, reflecting the consciousness and vibe of its urban Santa Cruz site.
The spacious, naturally ventilated 2-story dining space is accentuated with the natural branching of a madrone tree.
Ground floor bay window provides seating and storage.
Straw-bale walls wrap the north and west, while the wood framed south wall opens up to the sun, bringing daylight deep into the living space via extensive glazing.
The exposed framing at the top of the stairs provides ample storage & display space.
A built-in bench off the upper hall marks the entry below. Exposed framing maximizes the storage and display possibilities.
Playful upstairs bathroom with recycled glass Vetrazzo countertop.
Internal bridge leads to master bedroom & overlooks dining area
The entry features a driftwood column.
Photos: Ed Caldwell Photography
This beautiful stone house is located in the district of Jose Ignacio, Uruguay on 2 km of coastline of fine sandy beaches, secluded lagoons and creeks. This three-year-old house was constructed from local fieldstones and materials that had been salvaged from older houses nearby. The structure was designed Argentine-based architect Guillermo Alonso Reyes, so that every room including the kitchen has an ocean view. Polished concrete floors run throughout the spaces.
The home is on a two-and-a-half-acre property with a swimming pool, a rock garden and landscaping dotted with native plants. The great room feature dramatic 20-foot high ceilings and a wall of French doors that spills out onto the terrace. The beautiful gourmet island kitchen features a hand-made 100-year-old pinewood cutting board. The cabinetry is custom antique pine wood, and the 80-year-old English porcelain farm sink was discovered in a local antique shop. The countertop material is Carrara marble. The home also features maidÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s quarters located just off the kitchen. The home contains four bedrooms, two on each side of the great room, designed with exposed stone walls, French doors and en-suite bathrooms.
The stone arches in the great room are held together by compression, not masonry.
An island in the kitchen is topped with Carrara marble. The cabinets are pine. There are polished concrete floors throughout the house.
The kitchen sink is porcelain. It is 80 years old and was found in a nearby antique shop.
The bedrooms are laid out with two on each side of the great room. Windows brighten the hallway leading to one pair of bedrooms.
The bedrooms all have exposed stone walls, French doors and en-suite bathrooms.
The bathtub, right, is fashioned from a depression in the concrete floor of the room. Each bathroom also has a stall shower.
The house is a long, narrow rectangle, laid out so that every room faces water.
An antique tub in one of the bathrooms. Lavender grows outside the window.
This gallery is an informal outdoor dining area off the kitchen. The wooden beams that shade the patio were reclaimed from an older house in the area.
Lavender seen in silhouette through the curtains.
A view out to the pool. Light is abundant with skylights and windows throughout and the interiors are decorated in earthy tones and with exquisite taste.
A terrace on the roof gives a view of the surrounding countryside.
The home has 100-year-old roof tiles and ceilings with exposed aged wood beams, giving the house an antique charm but with modern comforts.
The property features a very large deck complete with barbecue that opens out onto the lawn and swimming pool with hydro-massage and solarium.
The front door is made from reclaimed pine and antique iron hinges.
The lighthouse. Jose Ignacio is a resort town with upscale restaurants and a spa. It’s about a mile from the house.
Photos: Horacio Paone