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David Mikhail Architects: Additions that Wow

I was recently introduced to the work of London based David Mikhail Architects through Desire to Inspire.

The examples below show how they have created a modern space by adding on to an older home. I really like the floor to ceiling windows that bring in a ton of light and create an open, contemporary living space. The windows are framed in a variety of materials ranging from wood to aluminum and in wide ranging colours as the design dictates.

Check it out …

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Even though this isn’t an addition to a home check out this Suffolk poolhouse.

I love how unique each addition is. It doesn’t necessarily blend in with the existing structure but is more like an art installation – except art you live in!

So, what do you think?

all images via David Mikhail Architects


Outdoor Living

Soaring ceilings, retractable glass doors and light, minimalist finishes come together to create a stunning Los Angeles home.

Could you live here?

all images via Architectural Digest

Office Space … with a slide!

I came across a feature of the new Microsoft offices in Vienna, Austria on Desire to Inspire and just had to share it with you.

The main areas of the office are carpeted in a pattern with a linear pattern that draws the eye down the hall and creates a sense of movement.

The bold art and freestanding lighting make an ordinary boardroom unique.

This blue conference room is anything but typical!

Another ‘board’room …

I used to get made fun of for rolling my exercise ball (that I used as a chair) down the hall to meetings … this conference room comes equipped. No chairs, only balls!

Naturally, any office space isn’t fully complete until it has a slide in it!

What do you think? Anyone going to apply for a job in Microsoft’s new Vienna office?

all images from Innocad as first seen on Desire to Inspire

A New England Barn Reinvented

I am a sucker for properties that have been reinvented and combine old with new. I love the idea of respecting history while looking to the future.

The rebuild of this New England barn fits the bill for me. Funny thing is I normally abhor the “barn shape” of houses. There was one house in our old neighbourhood that I ranted about its design almost every time I passed it. However, this barn was taken apart piece by piece and the traditional barn shape is no where to be found.

It was rebuilt leveraging the patina of the beams and rafters, the reclaimed flooring and the uneven plaster walls to create an open space that feels cosy and suits a modern family.

I love the open spaces and the steel beams. I love that the you can see the 300 year old beams of the old farmhouse in every space. This would make a good home for me.

What do you think?

all images via New England Home

A Blue Mountain View

I was exploring the online portfolio of Toronto-based architecture firm 3rd UNCLE Design Inc. today and saw this home they did in Blue Mountain.

I love the views and the way the property is integrated into its environment. It’s low profile roof, floor to ceiling windows and light airy finishings inside allow the surrounding landscape to dominate your senses.

all images from 3rd UNCLE Design Inc.

I could definitely spend time in a retreat like this. Could you?

Blending the New with the Old

I am a huge fan of modern architecture. I love the simplicity of the clean lines, the use of shape and the mix of construction materials.

This morning I flipped open the Globe & Mail’s Real Estate section and on the front page was a renovated 1890 brick farmhouse in Creemore. The house is a brilliant mix of modern design while respecting and incorporating the original design and vintage of the home.

The old farmhouse has a narrow clapboard siding while the new addition has a wider wood siding – all unified by the colour.

So many new builds or additions create homes on steroids and too few incorporate their environment and pay homage to the age of the original home or lot. I’m not a fan of driving down and country road and being able to see a giant stone and stucco house miles before I arrive at it. It’s too Donald Trump for my liking (note small size of image in relation to what I think of it) …

The architect for the Creemore house featured in the paper today is Christopher Pommer of Plant Architect. His firm was founded on the notion of designing buildings to fit within the context of their surroundings. They aren’t interested in replicating a historical style but rather taking what’s there and bringing a fresh, modern look to it. Building something new while respecting the old.

If you get a minute check out the portfolio for Plant Architect. Tons of projects – some small scale, some complete rebuilds – each one completely unique.

Here are some more photos of the Victorian farmhouse in Creemore … if it ever goes on the market I will line up to bid on it!




Do you like to blend new with old? Or, do you prefer architecture that screams “look at me!”?


images 1, 3 – 5 via here, image 2 via here