It is amazing with you can do with some scraps from a nearby construction site and a little imagination. This outdoor fireplace designed by architecture firm Haugen/Zohar is beautiful, even more so when it gets dark and the firelight creates a warm inviting glow. The whimsical form, based on traditional Norwegian turf huts, is intended to be a place to enjoy a fire, tell some stories, and play. I love the organic shape of the door and the way the top tips to one side. We need a place for smores making on the property, so I guess I better start saving our wood scraps. via
These structures by TYIN tegnestue, a non-profit organization run by five architecture students from NTNU, are just beautiful. Simple with their butterfly roofs, built to be open and airy with natural material using traditional methods, lain out in such a way that promotes community while giving a bit of privacy. It feels selfish to want one or three on my own property when the inhabitants of these delightful little buildings are orphaned Karen refugees. via
A little more about TYIN tegnestue from the company’s website:
TYIN tegnestue is a non-profit organization working humanitarian through architecture. TYIN is run by five architect students from NTNU and the projects are financed by more than 60 Norwegian companies, as well as private contributions.
Through the course of the last year TYIN has worked with planning and constructing small scale projects in Thailand. We aim to build strategic projects that can improve the lives for people in difficult situations. Through extensive collaboration with locals, and mutual learning, we hope that our projects can have an impact beyond the physical structures.
If you have read my about page then you know it is a dream of mine to build a home on our 18 acres of property and relax. I am not sure about the relaxing part but I am one step closer to the house! M&I are working with Chris of FORMan design to design a house. One day, half joking I used my facebook status to ask if any of the architects I went to school with wanted to design a house for me and Chris answered the call. We are in the dreaming (we need four shop buildings, a two bedroom main house, a tea house, and a two car garage with a drawing studio/guest house), siting (where the heck do we really want to put this house?!) and programming (what do you want to put in these buildings?) phase. At the moment the house is not what I would call tiny, but who knows where we will end up.
There are days (truth be told, days like today) that I wish I could cash in and buy a place at beach. It wouldn’t have to be a big place but right on the ocean would be nice. I could get a job that allowed me to be outside all day, M could get something that would keep him in the shade. The reality is, we will probably not have a beach house. But I suppose that doesn’t mean I can’t have a sandy place next to water to call my own. Sunset has a DIY beach for your backyard. It won’t be the same without the the ocean, but my iPhone has an app to help with that.
I live in NYC and I am not one of the lucky few to have a yard, balcony, patio or roof deck. On the opposite end of the spectrum, my weekend place is all outdoors with very little inside space (for now) so I am looking for inspiration on how to make it a fabulous place to spend my time relaxing. It just so happens that Apartment Therapy has the call out to readers to send their little slices of outdoor heaven. I am not quite ready to submit mine, but I certainly appreciate all the creative ideas. I especially like this deck with LED lights. Apparetly LEDs don’t attract mosquitoes like other lights, and I need all the help I can get in mosquito avoidance. If I am out for more than 30 seconds without Deet, I will be lucky to get away with only a handful of bites. String lights are one of my favorite ways to light a space at night. They are just the right glow without being overpowering.
We have been working very hard at making our upstate wilderness a little more tame. I love this outdoor living room featured in Elle Decor. The sunken firepit is wonderful and the curve of the bench is very inviting. I may want a few more cushions though…
One day I dream my “pond” will look like this. Yes, this is from Sunset, what can I say, they have a lot of great ideas!
In the spring and early summer we have some major water moving through parts of the property which can make areas so muddy you risk losing your shoes if you don’t watch your step. We have already talked about drainage options and how we can bury a french drain to encourage the water to move along a certain path, but what fun is that? I think it would be cool to have a river of rocks to show us when the water is flowing and of course we will want a way to get across this rock river and what better than stepping stones. For some reason I haven’t been able to get this across to anyone yet but luckily Sunset has a picture of almost exactly the thing I am envisioning.
While out little house in the big woods is coming along, I feel like we are still missing a comfortable outdoor hang out space. We just recently finished the deck which is a big step forward and we have another deck under our gazebo roof started (and it is about time!) but we still need some outdoor furniture. Sunset Magazine is a long time favorite of mine and while I don’t get the print version I do like to poke around online and see what is cooking. I found instructions for this outdoor lounge made of PVC pipe and curtains, but to me the framework is not the most wonderful part. The chairs pictured here are fantastic! Low to the ground with pillows as back cushions they seem like just the think to sink into at the end of a day of work. I can’t see the couch in this view, but I imagine it to be a longer version of the chairs. And the coffee table is so simple but fits in perfectly! I have no idea where to purchase these beauties, but I am already figuring out how I can make them on my own.
This past weekend was a big one up at the property. I feel like I am going to be saying that a lot this summer… Anyway, this weekend Grandpa, Dad and Uncle Joe came up to help M & me and boy did we get a lot done. We built three 4′ x 8′ decks to extend our civilized area. We still have to paint the cabin (we are thinking red because we have a ton of red paint) and stain the deck but we now can go up, have a clean place to sleep and relax! We have a little fridge inside and this weekend we are going to be moving the grill to this area so we can cook out. My next project is to give the alum bench pictured here a little TLC. It is in fairly good shape, but it needs a good cleaning and some cushions. Our little homestead may not be huge (boy is that an understatement) but for now it is wonderful! Who knows, maybe this summer we can even have guests.