Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Project: Villa Slow
Architects: Laura Alvarez Architecture
Location: Valle del Miera, Cantabria, Spain
Area: 1,722 sqft
Photographs by: David Montero

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Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture

Villa Slow is a contemporary holiday rental retreat in Spain’s Cantabria community. It was designed by Laura Alvarez Architecture with its design typology based on the traditional construction of the ‘peasant cabin’ in the area.
Unlike the traditional cabins, Villa Slow has a contemporary twist and is placed on top of a little south-facing hill that grants its inhabitants with impressive views towards the valley and mountain.

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

“I grew up in the North of Spain not so far away from Villa Slow. I have really good memories of me and my family enjoying nature. This region of Spain has many of the things I always look for when I go on holidays: Mountains, sea, natural parks, hiking, quietness, culture and rich gastronomy. But I always felt I missed here a nice place to stay… a place where you can be warm when it is cold outside and be fully connected to the outside when the sun shines. So I thought: If I cannot find it, there will also be many people not able to find it too….Let’s design and build a beautiful place and share it with more people!… Being myself an architect, it was an opportunity I could just not let go…And this is how it all started.”
– Laura Alvarez

Villa Slow is designed and built with extreme mindfulness and care for detail. The house is very respectful with the environment. Its design is based on the traditional typology of a Pasiego House (Cabana Pasiega) but with a contemporary twist. The rough exterior stone walls and roofs contrast with the delicate interior wooden structure and details. Two big panoramic windows in the living room facing opposite directions create a beautiful scenography of mountains, clouds, and trees. The two rooms with their generous height are designed to allow different arrangements: just a couple, couple with children, friends, etc. Each room has its own bathroom fully equipped, barrier-free.

THE WATER

Villa Slow is situated in a very special natural area well known for its spring water formation. The water of Villa Slow comes from its own spring.

A PASSIVE HOME

Villa Slow pays extreme attention to sustainability. Villa Slow is a passive house. It is provided with a heat pump, under floor heating and high quality insulation and windows for a minimum heat loss. All electronic appliances are A+++ and all lightning based on LED technology. The high performance glass warms up the interior in the winter and the big wooden shutters protect the summer from heat gain. All materials used to build Villa Slow are reused from the old stone shed or come from the area of Cantabria.

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Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

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Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

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Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Project: Casa Almare
Architects: Elias Rizo Arquitectos
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Area: 9,296 sqft
Photographs by: Marcos García

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Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos

Elias Rizo Arquitectos have designed the Casa Almare that we are going to be featuring today, but they have also appeared on our site with their GG House and Casa RO projects.
Casa Almare is placed on a cliff in Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco, Mexico. Its location overlooks Bahia de Banderas and it is this extraordinary view that the plot has access to that inspired the architects for the design of the home. Its contemporary architecture makes the most out of the location and the views that it provides.

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Located in one of the most beautiful beaches in Jalisco, this residence is designed in a contemporary mexican style. The house perches over a cliff next to the ocean, which influences the particular shape allowing for amazing views to Bahía de Banderas.

The house has 4 and a half floors which contain all the bedrooms and public areas. All areas in the house have visual contact with the ocean, giving it a unique and sophisticated style.

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Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

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Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

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Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Project: Bicton Home
Architects: Residential Attitudes
Location: Bicton, Perth, Australia
Area: 5,995 sqft (lot)
Photographs by: Courtesy of Residential Attitudes

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Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes

The Australian practice Residential Attitudes have designed the Bicton Home in Bicton, Perth, Australia.
This contemporary single family home is placed on a narrow, 5,995 square feet plot where it takes advantage of the location by opening a stunning view through its two-floor layout.
The design features a functional layout with a beautiful, bright interior designed in open plan.

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

This custom designed home is on a 557sqm narrow block measuring just 11.8m across and with a slope of 2.5m from front to rear. Yet again, our team has exceeded expectations with a design that is not only refined for the individual, but makes the most of its setting, resulting in a distinctively unique home that capitalises on views whilst accomplishing that vital blend of flair and functionality.

On entering the expansive foyer, you’ll immediately be impressed by the volume of space, light and luxury, featuring full height windows surrounding a central zen court with water feature. Upstairs are expansive river views from the open plan living area. A beautifully appointed kitchen includes stone waterfall edge island bench and white gloss soft closing cabinetry and glass splashback.

A large balcony with alfresco kitchen is accessed via bi-fold doors. Double doors lead off the living room into a cosy home theatre, while to the front of the home is the luxurious master suite and beautifully appointed hotel style ensuite, both boasting direct access to a private balcony.

Downstairs, you’ll discover the home office, luxuriously appointed laundry and entertaining room or home gymnasium. Sliding doors lead to the lower level cedar-lined alfresco area, overlooking the impossibly perfect pool. Two double size bedrooms, one with pool views, share another luxury ensuite, completing the home’s perfect mix of grandeur, flair and impressive functionality.

Residential Attitudes

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

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Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

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Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

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North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

Project: North Vancouver House
Architects: Scott & Scott Architects
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Area: 1,614 sqft
Photographs by: Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects

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North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects

The North Vancouver House is a complete refurbishment of a mid-century modern house located just below Grouse Mountain in northern Vancouver, Canada. The renovation was carried out by the Canadian studio Scott & Scott Architects who agreed with the owners’ interest in respecting the original details of the house, while at the same time, complementing it with traditional features and materials.

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

Working with the architects to locate a suitable property for a new home the clients purchased a 1950s post and beam house located near the base of Grouse Mountain. The house, while extensively renovated over the years, had a modest scale, well proportioned rooms and a strong connection to the wooded and mature yard.

The project consists of the design and construction of the restoration and renovation of the 150 sq. m house. The living space was stripped of embellishments, services rationalized and the enclosed stair was replaced with a new open stair of steel and fir which allows for the light from the second floor hall window to connect with the ground floor.

The project draws from the architects and clients (two history professors) shared interest in traditional materials and respect for the original details of the house.

To brighten the spaces the douglas fir beams were lye washed and the structural decking was finished with a cloth applied pigmented oil. The living spaces were reduced to the structural shell, the walls were repaired and finished in a natural lime based whitewash and the floors ground and troweled.

The materials used were selected for their contrasting strengths and minimally finished using traditional methods that are maintainable and acquire visible signs of use over time. The steel stair and fireplace frame were finished with wood stove paste and bowling alley wax and the cabinetry was lye washed and sealed with soap.

With minimal change to the configuration of the spaces, the functional storage was consolidated into two douglas fir plywood cabinet blocks to maximize the open spaces while providing concealed storage for the living, entry and kitchen.

The kitchen was crafted of solid ash and designed for the open storage of the owners collection of studio pottery. While open and light in section, the joinery was detailed to structurally bear the weight of the 800kg marble counter monolith which was milled from a block the architects selected from the Hisnet Inlet quarry located on Vancouver Island near their own alpine cabin.

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North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

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North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

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R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

Project: R+P House
Architects: ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior
Location: Aguascalientes City, Mexico
Area: 3,767 sqft
Photographs by: Oscar Hernandez

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R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior

The R+P House is a stunning contemporary residence designed by the Mexico-based studio ADI Arquitectura y Diseño InteriorThis two-story residence is located in the city of Aguascalientes in Mexico and it boasts 3,767 square feet of living space for its residents. It is designed for a 5-member family where 3 members are beloved pets.
The exterior design is dictated by the irregular fan-shaped land, oriented south to north. Its minimalist, contemporary look sets it apart from the rest of the homes in the area.

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

Located in a residential area in the northern part of Aguascalientes city, R+P house is developed for a family of 5, where 3 of them are pets.

In an irregular fan shaped land and with a south-north orientation. The architectonic program is resolved in two floors.

Given the land characteristics and based on the customer’s requirements of having ortogonal spaces, this project is conceptualized as two prismatic volumes aligned with the colindancias laterales and connected by the vestibule that resolves the circulaciones.

On the first floor we can find the social areas: garage, kitchen, living room, dining room and Talita, Hanna and Job’s bedroom that has a direct access to the garden terrace.

On the first level, the master bedroom, studio, laundry room and TV room.

The master bedroom and terrace have a view of the back garden, opening a space between the garage’s volume to give it a south orientation.

The main vestibule is the articulator axis of the whole project, connecting both prismas, all the rooms are connected through a double height space and a bridge that unites the upper floor.

The material selection was determined by its practicality and ease of cleaning, in a house where pets are a member of the family.

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R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

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R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

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House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

Project: House in Ranzo
Architects: Wespi de Meuron
Location: Ranzo, Switzerland
Area: 1,367 sqft
Photographs by: Hannes Henz

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House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron

Wespi de Meuron is an architecture studio that we’ve stumbled upon before. In particular, we’ve featured their Concrete House and House in Brissago projects on our site.
Today, we’ve got another one of their contemporary homes to feature on our site. The House in Ranzo is a minimal interpretation of local, historical references into a contemporary dwelling. It is a compact 1,367 square foot home covered in traditional natural gray plaster with a pergola and courtyard walls that form a Mediterranean character.

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

The project works with references to the historical architectural culture of the place and interprets them anew.

The traditional natural grey plaster of the façade associated with the simple cube of the modern house detracts itself from a precise temporal assignment.

This house is closely linked to the historical paths from the lake to the village. The terrace with a mountainside courtyard wall, a long bench and natural stone paving has Mediterranean character. The pergola place on the old barn is directly connected with a steep staircase to the house and forms a counterpoint to the new building

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House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

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House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

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Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Project: Owl Creek Residence
Architects: Skylab Architecture
Location: Snowmass, Colorado, USA
Area: 4,200 sqft
Photographs by: Courtesy of Skylab Architecture

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Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture

Skylab Architecture of Portland has designed the spectacular 4,200 square feet Owl Creek Residence in Snowmass, Colorado. It has a very unusual, triangular floor plan which is made to respond to the constraints of the site on which the residence is built.
The strict constraints presented a challenge for the architects who, instead of allowing themselves to be limited by them, they used them as an advantage. The structure has been anchored into the surrounding environment and it opens up to create strong visual connections to the idyllic landscape.

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Anchored in a hillside with panoramic Snowmass Mountain views, the Owl Creek Residence was built as a shared family retreat. Site constraints were central in the design response, informing the spatial concept to triangulate to work with the existing sloping terrain.

The project vision was to create a collection of lodge-like communal spaces surrounded by naturally weathered and local materials providing an abundance of access to natural light, and minimizing visual separation from the outdoors. This all weather mountain retreat is about enhancing and recharging social relations and maximizing connections to the native environment. The shared residence was designed around the idea that a place can deepen the connections between people, families and the landscape they love.

Finishes and interior relationships were carefully crafted to draw the scenic landscape inward and extending the outdoor deck living experience. A central spiraling split-level arrangement allows for the living room, fireplace, bar and lounge to feel like intimate spaces with a communal energy. Terracing theater seating maximizes space within the stairwell working with the topography.

The strict height limitation and slope constraints of the site turned into an advantage by anchoring the structure into the landforms. The structure frames powerful views through two principal façades, maximizing the visual connection to the landscape at every angle. Strategic decisions in the frame and form allowed for efficiencies and functional benefits, including a triangular structural steel frame with car decking to minimize costs through prefabrication, and a roof slope to move water and snow downslope.

Compact and efficient private sleeping wings open up to expansive outdoor views at the lower level. Exterior spaces open interior activity to the outdoors including a triangular spa with an elevated deck and an expansive outdoor terrace right off of the kitchen. The Owl Creek residence provides a platform to gather in a shared living environment connected to their surroundings with purpose, deepening family connections.

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Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

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Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

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Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

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Common Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A House

Very low interest rates on property –and the fear that such rates will increase in future –push many people to make a rushed decision when acquiring a home.

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Common Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A House

Buying property is a great bargain and a large investment that you cannot afford to risk. There are so many ways that you can trip in your journey to own property. But, if you avoid the following 5 mistakes, you can get your dream property without incurring losses on your efforts, time, and money.

  1. Moving out after buying a house

The best time to buy a house is when you are sure that you do not have any intentions to move in the future. After all, what would be the use of a house if you cannot stay in it as your home? It is advisable to review how your future is likely to be before buying any property. There are some people who buy a home with the knowledge that they will move in some years to come, and hope to rent or sell it when that time comes. However, such an arrangement is likely to hold your money for a while before you get the right person.

  1. Busting your budget

It is possible to become quite giddy about shopping for a house. The fact that different houses are built differently might make you want to change your vision for a house. For example, you may want to buy a house that has granite countertops and an office nook even though these amenities were not the things you intended to have in your house. Getting additional amenities other than what you had planned for can strain your budget. You should ensure that you stick to your upper limits.

  1. Overlooking added costs

Buying a house means more than just replacing rental payments with a mortgage. You have other costs to also worry about such as property taxes, utilities, and maintenance costs. People usually forget about insurance and property taxes as they plan to purchase a house. With Shearwater homes, you will get clear information of all the involved costs before buying any house.

  1. Documentation

A home has so many sections that need to be right. Before, you sign that cheque you need to have all documents available and ensure they are correct. You do not want to enter the house only to find that some parts of the house are not as you had expected. It is important to ensure that you read and understand the contractor and ask questions about any issues that need clarification.

  1. Inspection

Make sure you get a professional to inspect the house repeatedly. The inspection process is important in that it ascertains that all items, and components of the house are operational and in good shape.

Buying a house is an involving venture that has gotten many first-time buyers into a lot of problems. However, if you avoid the aforementioned five mistakes, you will be smiling all the way to your new house.

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The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

Project: Cubes House
Architects: Nestor Sandbank
Location: Ramot HaShavim, Israel
Area: 32,291 sqft
Photographs by: Itai Sikolsky

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The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank

The Cubes House is a luxurious residence designed by Nestor SandbankThe project is located in Ramot HaShavim, Israel. Its distinct exterior design is immediately recognizable thanks to the three distinct cubes that provide private spaces for the family members. They are more like mini-apartments within the house, each of them complete with a private living room, bedroom and a bathroom.

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

Designed by Nestor Sandbank, this modernist mansion is organized on the ​​3000 square meters site in a unique way. While the house as a whole is centered around a large lawn in the back, its construction actually consists of four separate modules linked by transit areas on the first floor.

Built in Ramot Hashavim, the project features a main wing that contains all the main public rooms with a master suite above it, then extends to its other three bedrooms in an entirely separate wing. The firm Nestor Architecture is one of the busiest offices in Israel, it specializes in apartment complexes and other multi-residential properties, high-level villas, and “Boutique” buildings with very special design.

The family living in “The Cubes House” had a fantasy: to build a house that wasn’t a normal house, in which all functions and rooms are part of a mega volume contained in a rectangular box. Nestor Sandbank offered a very special design in which each child’s bedroom is a two story unit occupying an independent quasi-autonomous structure.

Joined by a single corridor, surrounded by water features, the rooms of the three older children: 17, 15, and 11 years old, are built in a row perpendicular to the main house, with space for individual life in the first floors and the bedrooms upstairs. Each room has its own terrace overlooking the garden, as well as a large balcony off the master bedroom on the main wing. The courtyard is carefully designed with contemporary design furniture that is integrated with the design of the residence, keeping it an essential part of living and comfortable space.

Nestor Sandbank

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

Inside, the white walls in most of the house are accented by great works of art and the “bridge” that connects the parents’ bedroom with the bedroom of the smallest child 6 years old. Each public area is generally aligned with a similar outdoor space on the pool deck, allowing outdoor life in good weather. Each child’s room has its own decor items and unique views, giving them an individualized personality.

Along one edge of the property, a long concrete bar offers a dining and drinking place for more than half a dozen residents and visitors, while further back on the floor consisting of concrete geometric elements is a more formal outdoor dining area that provides an alternative. The house consists of two floors above ground and one below, with individualized services for each occupant.

On the waterfront, the courtyard is dotted with ultramodern chairs and matching tables that display the same color as the house as a whole. Near the children’s bedrooms, a large ​​stainless steel sphere with mirror finish is an additional sculptural feature on the lawn. Every facet of outdoor space of the residence is designed to broaden the stylish and modern building outwards.

The pool, like many features of the contemporary landscape, has been designed so that the water is parallel to the level of the terrace and the garden around it, drawing in small crevices of 2 cm along each edge. On the side near the bedrooms of children, an additional modern sculpture (white and irregularly shaped) functions as a bench.

Nestor Sandbank

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

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Towards the end of the pool, the grass falls abruptly, and the concrete structure of water stops, creating an infinite edge and a smaller pool 20cm deep, to sunbathe on loungers in the water, and as an extension of the swimming space. During the day, the vertically operated blinds can be used in all windows of the house to keep the afternoon sun and the eyes of the neighbors out.

Despite its focus on the lawn, the house should function by itself and on the days that outdoor access is not available. Inside, wide circulation areas have been created to connect the main part of the house with its three semi-independent satellite structures.

In addition to every child’s room having its own balcony, the master bedroom has its own spacious terrace on the corner of the main wing, built with a strategic view of all the smaller bedrooms of the house and the living spaces on the lower level.

Under the master bedroom balcony, the more formal outdoor dining area of the house has eight seats on contemporary furniture without being impractical. Further, an elegant outdoor seating area is shaded between two wings of the house and under a retractable canvas awning.

Despite having only one facade on the first floor extending through them to provide interior circulation between each space, the three children’s bedrooms are separate structures, each architecturally identical, but open to the personality of each individual in its decoration. If the circulation was deleted, each could stand as a compact personal tower, holding children’s bedrooms, recreational and storage space.

Nestor Sandbank

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

A number of large window areas of the house include wide sliding glass doors, allowing the main rooms to be opened and combined with the lawn for larger entertainment spaces integrated into the same plane.

The living room of the house is dominated by two elements: a vast arsenal of open shelves 6 feet tall and the main entrance door to the house with spectacular dimensions: 1.50 x 6.00 m that opens completely.

The main living room is distinguished from the rest of the long space it occupies by a large rectangular rug, which gives it a more comfortable environment than the hardwood floors around it. Its furniture combines mid century sculpture with contemporary design, which is very comfortable but undeniably modern.

At the edge of the room, the metallic shades of the balcony extend down as a bold staircase with blank wall space covered by intriguing contemporary art. At the opposite end, a kitchen designed by Giorgio Armani and the dining room starts from the living room due to its location in an area ​​limited to a single height.

This main staircase extends downwards to the basement. It has the same wooden floor as the rest of the house. On the ground floor of one of the children’s independent structures, an area of ​​elegant and energetic life is furnished and decorated with the personality of an individual in mind. An elegant spiral staircase built in metal 2 cm thick and cut by a computer-based laser leads to the upstairs bedroom

Not all outdoor recreation areas in the house are on the lawn. Between the two wings is a terrace divided by a concrete suspension bridge that is also the entrance bridge to the house. The main entrance on the ground for cars and people is very wide and consists of concrete rectangular floors separated by lawn. The parking is covered by a white metal construction with an opaque glass ceiling to allow natural light. At night, the ceiling lights with LEDs and becomes a giant lamp seen from everywhere.

Nestor Sandbank

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank in Israel

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Improving The Appearance Of Your Home On A Budget

The front of your home is the most visible and can be seen by every passerby. This is why it is crucial to keep this area of your home presentable and beautiful at all times. If you are like most homeowners, you want your home to stand out and leave a lasting impression on everyone who sees it. Of course, this is a continuous process that requires a lot of dedication, time and research. Contrary to believe, it is possible to ensure your home is beautiful and upgraded without breaking the bank. Below, you will discover tips to help you improve the front of your home on a budget.

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Improving The Appearance Of Your Home On A Budget

Keep Shrubs And Plants Groomed

When buying shrubs and plants for your front lawn, you should only consider those that will only grow up to three feet in height. These shrubs will be so much easier to manage, since they should not need to be groomed more than twice a year. Once the shrubs and flowers are planted, you will need to spend time keeping them groomed. This will require routine weeding, pruning and watering. When the flowers and leaves wilt, you will need to remove them immediately. If you do not, your garden will look drab and unkempt.

Improving The Appearance Of Your Home On A Budget

Keep Lawn Mowed

If you desire curb appeal, you will need to spend time mowing your lawn. If you do not have the time to spare, you may want to hire a teenager who lives in the community or a professional lawn service company. This way your front lawn will look beautiful all year long, without you needing to invest a lot of time into the process. Most lawn companies will also offer fertilizing, garden weeding and pruning, so be sure to inquire about these services, as well.

Improving The Appearance Of Your Home On A Budget

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Open The Blinds

A lot of homeowners prefer their privacy. This is entirely acceptable, but it is vital to realize that there is a time and place for everything. Leaving your windows closed at all times is going to make your home appear dark and depressing. In return, the darkness can make you feel pretty down in the dumps. You’ll want to avoid this at all costs. Do not be afraid to open up those windows and let the sun beam inside. Artificial light can help, but nothing can beat the natural light from the sun. Make sure that you add more light to your rooms to ensure that your home is comfortable and relaxing. Making this quick fix is basically totally free and incredibly convenient.

Improving The Appearance Of Your Home On A Budget

Light Up your Outdoors

There is no doubt that your home’s exterior is just as important as the interior. In fact, the outside might be even more important. With that being said, you will want to do everything possible to ensure that your home’s exterior is gorgeous and jaw dropping at all times. All homes need two things outside. They need a good outdoor living space. They also need outdoor lighting to ensure that youare able toenjoy your outdoor living space when the sun goes down. Tru-Posts and Tru-Scapes Landscape Lights are great for this specific purpose. Tru-Posts are a unique fence and deck post cap that can be used to hold various accessories, including LED lights, tiki torches and planters!

Improving The Appearance Of Your Home On A Budget

A Quick Paint Job

When you’ve first moved into a home, you’re most likely going to paint the walls. Eventually, your color choices may grow tiresome. When that happens, it is time for a change. The good news is that adding new paint to your home couldn’t be easier. Not only can you paint your walls in a few hours, but this will also be one of the cheapest home improvements ever! Just make sure that you make the right color choices. Remember to avoid using complementary colors too close today, as this will create a chaotic environment. Also, you should never use bright and bold colors in your bedroom.

Avoid these simple mistakes and your colors will make your home comfortable and relaxing!

Improving The Appearance Of Your Home On A Budget

Add New Pillows

Pillows truly serve many purposes. Most people realize that it would be nearly impossible to sleep without a good pillow. It is also important to realize that pillows can be used to enhance your home’s aesthetics. Pillows can be used to add more colors and beauty to your home. With the right pillows, you’ll be able to add more life to your home. Adding pillows to your bed and couch is very important. This is a great way to make your home look a little livelier and a little less empty. Make sure that your pillows perfectly match your home’s color scheme.

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