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enjoy the views from the canyon house retreat

enjoy the views from the canyon house retreat | @meccinteriors | design bites

Tucked into the side of a ravine 300 feet above the Clearwater River, “The Canyon House” is a year-round retreat designed by Paul Hirzel. Situated on 40 acres of land on the southern side of the canyon, the owners hoped the retreat would “cultivate the spiritual aspects in the trinity of human, fish, and river.” Rather …

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#tuesdaytrending: green building in 2018

#tuesdaytrending: green building in 2018 | @meccinteriors | design bites

When we think of design trends, we often focus on interiors, but the exterior is equally important, especially when it comes to health, wellness, and environmental impact. Paladino and Company is a sustainability and green building consulting firm. Here are a few of the big shifts they’re seeing in green building. While Paladino focuses more …

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escape tiny homes focus on livability and sustainability

escape tiny homes focus on livability and sustainability | @meccinteriors | design bites

There are many who still think livability and sustainability can’t go hand-in-hand. But they very much can be complementary objectives. And you don’t need huge spaces to accomplish both. Tiny homes (or condos) typically have a footprint of less than 500-square-feet. As such, they’re not for everyone. But if you’re looking for a livable, sustainable, …

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a small home that feels surprisingly spacious

a small home that feels surprisingly spacious | @meccinteriors | design bites

Even with the tiny house movement, a standalone house that’s less than 100 square metres (about 1,076 square feet) is rare in many regions. But as a hundred-year-old renovated worker’s cottage in Melbourne demonstrates, a small home can feel surprisingly spacious. The historic property was renovated by Altereco Design. Since the home is owned by …

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putting the spotlight on the circle at cirqua

putting the spotlight on the circle at cirqua | @meccinteriors | design bites

Most architecture relies on straight lines. Houses and buildings are generally square or rectangular. Walls, windows, and doorways tend to be straight. But you can shift the focus from straight lines by putting the spotlight on the circle. Case in point: the Cirqua Apartments in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe by BKK Architects. Exterior Six …

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a thoughtful and private mountaintop getaway in whistler

a thoughtful and private mountaintop getaway is whistler | @meccinteriors | design bites

What makes an ideal vacation spot for one may be completely opposite for another. For an athletic British family, their perfect retreat was a private mountaintop getaway in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Despite its reputation as a ski mecca, they wanted to be able to enjoy all four distinct seasons. The family was already with …

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#tuesdaytrending: watch for shifts in 2018 urban design

#tuesdaytrending: watch for shifts in 2018 urban design | @meccinteriors | design bites

Unlike the seemingly endless traffic jams and construction activities, cities and urban design don’t remain static. They’re ever-evolving and adapting to new challenges, pressures, and changes. Gensler has compiled a list of 6 urban design trends for 2018. 1 | Experience, Not Just Place  “Place-making,” once the watchword of every urban designer, is no longer enough. …

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the making of a bright and spacious tiny house

the making of a bright and spacious tiny house | @meccinteriors | design bites

A spacious tiny house may seem like an oxymoron or impossibility, but Atelier 142 is just that. Formerly the Parisian studio of artist Pierre Lemaire, the derelict building was transformed by Atelier Wilda for a young family of three. At only 45-square-metres (484-square-feet), the studio had been unused since Lemaire’s death in 2007. The new …

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#tuesdaytrending: the best roofing options for your home

#tuesdaytrending: the best roofing options for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

Roofing is definitely not the most exciting or prettiest part of a home, but it plays a huge role in protecting your home, its contents, and its residents from natural elements like sun, wind, and rain. What are some qualities you should look for that the best roofing options provide? Regionality Don’t underestimate where you …

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sophisticated glamour in a raw hamburg bunker

sophisticated glamour in a raw hamburg bunker | @meccinteriors | design bites

Built in 1939 in Bülowstrasse, Hamburg at the onset of World War II, the Bunker was originally intended as a shelter to protect women and children from a hospital across the street via an access tunnel. With a Red Cross flag painted on its roof to clearly mark the purpose of the building, it and the hospital …

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