Acqua Liana is a house which showed that not only small houses could be green and LEED certificated. This house is an incredible 15,071 square foot mansion that sits on 1.6 acres of oceanfront property near Palm Beach in Manalapan, Florida. Besides having 7 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms it has a lot of other features of luxury home design. Some of these features are: an oversized garage with windows to the pool above, fitness studio, swimmable water gardens, glass office, glass wine cellar, glass staircase, glass elevators, 2,000 gallon aquarium bar, waterfall spa with fireplace, yacht dockage and so on. LEED certificate became possible because the house utilizes enough solar power to run two average-sized homes, energy efficient appliances and air-conditioning, roof design that collects runoff water and several pools and ponds which reduce site’s temperature. Of course the price for such luxury is also amazing – $29,000,000.
This year Bolzan has enlarged its range of modern sofas by several cool models. They have a nice red and white colour scheme which should be in a perfect harmony with modern interior design. All of them could be used as elegant small sofas as a comfortable single beds. Their practical construction allows to organize an excellent sleeping place and accommodate a bedding and other stuff. Mostly all of them have a very useful storage space under the bed with drawers or without them. Although the most surprising model is a bed with an additional hidden folding bed. Such functional sofa could become a compact solution if you guests will decide to spend the night in your house. Besides these modern single beds with pretty cushions could fit to any bright kids room. For more information you could visit Bolzan site where you could find all these models and more previous ones, which also have quite attractive look.
A collection of the finest bars and bar furniture from across the globe is what is shown to you in an endeavor to help you construct a well-stocked and a functional bar. Follow these tricks, spice it up with your unique touch and build yourself a great bar.
Considering the establishment your bar is in, equipments can be altered or added. For example, if you run a sports bar, you need not place a wine cooler there. Similarly, if it is a high-volume serving bar, then you may need to have more than one or two beer dispensers.
Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid, designed this ‘car-bar’ which has set eyes rolling and countless tongues wagging.
I posted an article the other day on gaining inspiration from old houses. Below is another great example - a bungalow that I stumbled upon near Forestville, California. It is so simple yet so well done. Why aren't builders and designers creating more homes like this anymore? Has the idea of doing a modest, simple and well detailed home escaped them? There must be a niche for this kind of house plan, but perhaps it's a lost art.
So here is the brilliant idea:
keep the overall form and roof line very simple - this costs less to build
use nice deep overhangs - this protects the walls, windows and doors from the elements
create a good composition of windows - here picture windows are combined with double hungs and centered between the porch columns and the wall surfaces
use minimal ornamentation - the window grid patterns and the exposed rafter tails are pretty much the extent of it here
create a focal point - the simple shed dormer with louvers and the stair that is "captured" with side walls helps to create a center line and create focus on the entry
give the house a base - the white clapboard siding provides a platform for the house to sit on and it contrasts nicely with the red shingle siding.