Thursday, May 19, 2016

Renovation of summerhouse

  This small brick summerhouse is located 500 meters from the beach, on the dune of a small pine and oak forest. The design is inspired by the surrounding countryside, representing a continuation and extension of landscape architecture, while the structure of the landscape and the footprints of the ruins are key to its design.
  The main characteristics of the site for this house were its flatness, its location 100 meters above sea level and the magnificent views to the surrounding valleys and mountains. The existing part of the house was partially devastated by earthquake, therefore it was condemned as unfit for people to live in.
  The project was designed with enlargement of building by additions to the structure on the left side. The layout of the house is simple, being divided into two zones. On one side are the dining room and study, including the kitchen and also the storage areas. On the other side, an open space flows through the two levels from the entrance and through the stairwell to the second floor where the bedrooms are located.
Ground floor
2nd floor
  The house is organized on two floors. Living spaces and the great room are on the entrance level, oriented towards the south and the beach view.  The ground floor contains the kitchen and study, with natural light entering from the screen porch and the great room.  The bedrooms are placed on the upper level shares with individual baths and balconies. 

  Timber was choosen as the main construction material for roof because it allowed for the greatest flexibility in relation to planning and structure, given the limitations of the location and building regulations.  
  Currently under construction.
Bedrooms: 4
Baths:         6
Living Area: 2,790 sq.ft.
Width: 49'
Depth: 45'

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Foursquare style house

  The recent project was designed in 2015. The hallmarks of the building include an elements of Prairie home designs and Craftsman style therefore it also could subsumed to Foursquare house style.
  The American Foursquare is an American house style popular from the mid-1890s to the late 1930s. By using the most popular elements of Prairie school style and Craftsman design, these one, two and three story plans offer the advantage of being instantly at home in most any setting.  It is common knowledge that  Prairie home designs are characterized by strong horizontal lines with wide porches and low-pitched hipped roofs.
  The basement  contained a large natural convection furnace. There also laundry, storage rooms and utility rooms equipped with appliances for washing and other domestic work.The main floor showcases an open layout in which the dining room and kitchen open to one another. On the opposite side, great room and wide porch with a view of the forest. The upper level has an amenity filled owners’ suite has a deep walk-in closet and large bathroom. There are also 3 more bedrooms and balconies on this level.
  Foursquare houses may be built with a variety of materials, including bricks and wood frames. Later models include built-in shelves and other amenities. Large tracts of these homes exist in older urban neighborhoods, particularly streetcar suburbs, but the design was used everywhere.
  Preformed concrete piles were constructed on the site by reason of landslide soils which may be subject to plastic failure. Construction consist of three levels, also included a concrete retaining walls for strengthen the slope.The house was projected as the combination of monolithic concrete columns and masonry walls. Construction of the building began in 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 2
Living Area: 2,030 sq.ft. 
Width: 50'
Depth: 44'

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Alfresco cafe

  There are several sketches of cafe located near shopping center. The first structural version was designed with wood frame construction and wood decks. Decks shape and size should be consistent with the general lines of the building and should be positioned to function as part of the total structure. Also orientation for sun exposure and shade is particularly important in location of the deck. Roof framing was designed as light trusses and supposed to installed as complete units. In addition, use of roof trusses eliminates the need for interior bearing partitions and frequently results in more rapid installation of roof and ceiling framing. Also carved wood decor was used in exterior elevations.
  The next edition was designed with steel framing, glass, aluminium composite panels and gypsum wallboard is placed over metal studs. It stands to reason that gypsum board is a less expensive alternative to plaster, because it requires less labor, time and skill to install, but it still provides excellent fire-resistance and sound control.
  So far as is known, where space is not sufficient for a straight-line or parallel arrangement, the L-shape kitchen design is well suited to access several groups of equipment, and is adaptable for table service restaurants. It gives the ability to place more equipment in a smaller space. This aspect is of fundamental importance for design of interior and kitchen configuration.

 The first alternate design is becоme with a cost effective option and currently under construction.