Don’t dismiss segmental vault houses as just Quonset huts or airplane hangars. The Quonset hut, developed and used during World War I and II, is a long half-circle of corrugated tin with a lightweight metal structure. Airplane hangars are considerably larger. These houses are different from the primitive wartime huts and deserve attention as a style for several reasons. First, Virginia Savage McAlester designates them as their own class of 21st-century modern style in the revised 2013 edition of her book, A Field Guide to American Houses. Second, many segmental vault houses can be found around California, including in Palm Springs. Lastly, these houses have a distinct character, derived from the arched roof shape, that clearly sets them apart from other contemporary structures.
Don’t be afraid of choosing the warmest, most versatile material for your bathing space — it can work wonders
Laying a wooden floor or covering surfaces in wood used to be a decor no-no in the bathroom. But modern sealants and paints and superefficient ventilation systems mean you can now embrace your inner Scandi by welcoming the tones and textures of wood. Check out these schemes for inspiration.
When you’re investing in a home remodeling project, you want to make sure that the results not only please you but add value to your home and save you money. Never is that more true than in a kitchen remodel, where costs can added up so quickly that your budget can all of a sudden seem like pennies in a jar. To avoid that and keep costs in line, and yet still get the kitchen of your dreams, here are a few of my favorite ways of getting the most out of a tight budget.
Passive solar design makes use of this element. Here’s how it works and how you can get it in your home
It’s been around since Roman times, so it’s not exactly new, but we hear the term “thermal mass” bandied around these days when we talk about passive solar design and sustainable homes. So what exactly does it mean? If you want to maintain a comfortable temperature all year round in your home with minimal use of heating or air conditioning, read on for a clear breakdown.
The Hardworking Home: Put that area under your window to work as a mini library, a crash pad, a workspace, storage and more
The short space under a window can be tricky to furnish and decorate, especially when it hosts a bulky radiator. It doesn’t have to be that way! See what happens when you fit the area with a knee-high library, a sleek storage bench, bedroom dresser drawers or a cozy curl-up zone.