houses

in my fantasies i have more than one house

may i introduce you to my new winter… and summer homes? they are in norway. at least i’m pretty sure they’re in norway, as the architect’s website is in norwegian (i’m guessing) and my google translate won’t activate.

my winter home is pretty rad because it has reindeer antlers on the pitch of the roof (i put them there)

my summer home is awesome because of all the windows, so i can let the light in until 10pm. or whenever it sets in norway. does the sun even set in norway in summer? i’ll soon find out.

you can come visit, i’ll try to find some scandanavian style pull out couches.

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must be heaven

i’m going to have to set aside some time to browse through UGArdener‘s almost 8000 photos on flickr, because they are literally what i imagine heaven to be like – beautiful houses, amazing gardens, huge old trees – ranging from towns in the southern states of the US through to country gardens in england. his own garden is incredible, too.

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the garden house

the garden house by tham & videgård architects

the client wanted a garden, the actual reason why they decided to move from their duplex apartment in central stockholm to this country side location at lake mälaren. consequently we proposed a house conceived as an integrated vertical addition to the garden, where indoor and outdoor spaces gradually blend and interact.

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victoriana

david taylor has a great photo collection of victorian houses in the united states, along with an incredible knowledge of the history behind the different styles. aaaaah dream houses, i tell you.

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all i need

i know i usually feature fancy looking wood & glass masterpieces, but i’d really just like a pretty little house, possibly with a garden (or a courtyard, or a verandah – or all three) that’s close to town so that i can walk everywhere.

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gertha

i’d like to introduce you to gertha – she’s one of my favourite houses in stellenbosch. all weird angles & low walls, just like the day she was first built. there are many other houses like gertha in town, but unfortunately they are being knocked down one by one to be replaced with tuscan-african monstrosities.

note: pic taken with my phone this morning, so very bad quality unfortunately. i will make an effort to go around and photograph all my favourite houses with a proper camera before they are ruined, promise.

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trees please

i’m pretty much sold on any and all houses that have trees incorporated into their design – there’s nothing nicer to me than a huge tree in the middle of a courtyard. or better yet, a tree in the middle of a house.

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arthur erickson

i am positively salivating over these houses by late architect arthur erickson, all designed in the late fifties / early sixties.

catton house, 1967:

filberg house, 1958:

smith house, 1964:

graham house, 1962:

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