Grassmayr Bell Foundry

by Dora Dmitriev

Since 1599 the Grassmayr Bell Foundry in Innsbruck, Austria has been casting bronze bells ranging from small concert bells to iconic church bells weighing several tons. The Grassmayr family has carried on the bell making craft for 14 generations. This year the foundry set another record with the 25-ton bell nicknamed "B... Read More

06/21/17

Garret Room

by Molly Denver

At Christmas this year, my husband and I found ourselves hosting 10 family members in our small house, so we had to create more bedrooms in a hurry.  We decided to take on the attic.  I couldn’t find a proper “before” picture, but this is it in its early stages.First, we put down plywood over the floor j... Read More

06/14/17

Wood and Canvas Canoe DIYWH (with help)

by Margie Lavender

My husband, Morgen, and I bought a country house in Northwestern Connecticut. I wanted to get a canoe, specifically a basic plastic or Kevlar one that we didn’t have to be precious about – my husband is also an architect and is meticulous and I didn’t want canoeing to be a stressful experience. He asked aroun... Read More

06/06/17

Home Conservatories

by Andrew Dolan

Today, clients look for a very diverse range of amenities in their homes; fitness centers, wine cellars, home theatres, spas and even golf simulators. Of all the things that clients tend to look for, a conservatory is rarely on the top of the list, let alone on the list at all. Perhaps the idea of a home conservatory, o... Read More

05/31/17

Art of the In-Between

by Dora Dmitriev

On view at The Met until September 4th is the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” exhibit. Although best to avoid on rainy weekends, this exhibit is worth a visit for its architectural design and most notably its fashion. Past/Present/Future (above)    Birth/Marriage/Death (Below)The ... Read More

05/23/17

Linen!

by Elizabeth Sesser and Patricia Cassidy

Finally, we can feel summer in the air here in NYC. It’s going to be 90 degrees today and although it’s a welcomed change, we immediately start to think about how to stay cool. Winter wool sweaters are sent to storage, because of course who has room for all seasons in their apartment, and out comes… Linen!Linen is... Read More

05/18/17

Lakeberry Retreat

by Jennifer Overton

Wild blueberries on the property inspired the name for our cabin in the woods.This past winterIn 2012 my husband and I were looking for a place to getaway on weekends and bring our two boys to connect with nature.  We found this quaint cabin in the Pocono Mountains about two hours from our home in New York.  Sit... Read More

05/11/17

Chicken Coops

by Molly Denver

Spring is here and I’ve added a new task to my already rather long To-Do list. I need to build a chicken coop. I have some good friends who run Snowdance Farm in Livingston Manor, NY, and they told us that they rent out chickens for the summer to people who want to raise chickens but not to commit to dealing ... Read More

05/03/17

More than a Reading Room

by Rachel C.

With the Industrial Revolution (literally) gaining speed throughout the US and Europe, the mid-1800s ushered in a new era of architectural expectation, design, and construction. French architect Henri Labrouste embraced the technical and architectural questions of this era and essentially redefined modern architecture ... Read More

04/27/17

Diamond in the Rough

by Ken Avery

Moving to Portland, Oregon in 2007 was the beginning of a new life rich with opportunities for discovery and growth. St. Johns suspension bridgePeninsula Park, Portland’s original rose gardenOn east side of the river in Portland lies a vast network of very pedestrian friendly, tree lined residential streets. Throug... Read More

04/19/17

Cedar, that's a wrap!

by Joe Carline

In our office, we get excited about cedar. There is no better material to blend a building into its landscape. Whether for a grand estate or humble barn, cedar can adapt to the occasion. Not only are cedar shingles beautiful and versatile, they are simple to produce, naturally rot and insect resistant, requir... Read More

04/13/17

Pike Place

by Mia Jung

On a recent visit to a Seattle job site, I found a few spare hours to explore the city. Per numerous suggestions, I went downtown, to the Pike Place Market. Historic photo, North on Pike Place Historic photo The Pike Place Market is one of the oldest continuously operating farmers’ markets in the countr... Read More

04/05/17