A Modern Apartment in São Paulo for Two Brothers Looking to Entertain

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/modern-apartment-sao-paulo-two-brothers-looking-entertain/vila-olimpia-apartment-fcstudio-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Vila-Olimpia-Apartment-FCStudio-1-810x810.jpg" alt="A Modern Apartment in São Paulo for Two Brothers Looking to Entertain" /></a>
                                Flavio Castro, of <a href="http://www.fcstudio.com.br/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FCstudio</a>, took the reins of the renovation of this 60-square-meter (approx. 645-square-feet) apartment in São Paulo, Brazil, with the first order of business being to open up the sectioned off interior. The layout had to be restructured to fit the lifestyles of two young brothers to include a living room, TV room, dining room, kitchen, laundry, balcony, and office in one single space. The result is the <a href="http://www.fcstudio.com.br/memorial/107"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Vila Olimpia Apartment</a> complete with modular pieces that can be rearranged to accommodate their needs and adapt with them over time.
The apartment is designed to easily transition as needed to make way for working, cooking, eating, washing clothes, etc., without any disruption. Now that the walls have come down, the open space makes it easier to entertain family and friends without separation. The wall of turquoise cabinetry houses storage, laundry, and the kitchen for a uniform and
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A Mid-Century Hillside Home In LA Is Renovated by ras-a

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/mid-century-hillside-home-la-renovated-ras/house-under-a-bridge-ras-a-studio-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/House-Under-a-Bridge-ras-a-studio-1-810x532.jpg" alt="A Mid-Century Hillside Home In LA Is Renovated by ras-a" /></a>
                                Situated on a steep hill just under the Shakespeare Bridge in Los Angeles, this mid-century home was renovated and given a small addition by <a href="https://ras-a.studio/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">ras-a, inc</a>. The bones of the house, now named House under a Bridge, were good but it was cramped and dated. The homeowner chose to live in the house for a time to get the feel of it and to decide what things he&#8217;d like to change. With strict building rules, they weren&#8217;t allowed to extend the home&#8217;s footprint and instead found more square footage in the original crawl space just under the upper level.
The residence is a split into three levels which allowed an extension of the lower level to make way for a laundry room and guest bathroom without adding to the footprint. The existing post and beam roof had no insulation so they sprayed a rigid foam insulation on from the roof
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A Mid-Century Hillside Home In LA Is Renovated by ras-a

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/mid-century-hillside-home-la-renovated-ras/house-under-a-bridge-ras-a-studio-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/House-Under-a-Bridge-ras-a-studio-1-810x532.jpg" alt="A Mid-Century Hillside Home In LA Is Renovated by ras-a" /></a>
                                Situated on a steep hill just under the Shakespeare Bridge in Los Angeles, this mid-century home was renovated and given a small addition by <a href="https://ras-a.studio/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">ras-a, inc</a>. The bones of the house, now named House under a Bridge, were good but it was cramped and dated. The homeowner chose to live in the house for a time to get the feel of it and to decide what things he&#8217;d like to change. With strict building rules, they weren&#8217;t allowed to extend the home&#8217;s footprint and instead found more square footage in the original crawl space just under the upper level.
The residence is a split into three levels which allowed an extension of the lower level to make way for a laundry room and guest bathroom without adding to the footprint. The existing post and beam roof had no insulation so they sprayed a rigid foam insulation on from the roof
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A Taiwanese Apartment That Merges Modern and Natural Elements by KC design studio

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-taiwanese-apartment-that-merges-modern-and-natural-elements-by-kc-design-studio/residence-w-kc-studio-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Residence-W-KC-Studio-1-810x495.jpg" alt="A Taiwanese Apartment That Merges Modern and Natural Elements by KC design studio" /></a>
                                A young couple with a child commissioned Taiwanese design firm <a href="http://www.kcstudio.com.tw/main.php"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">KC design studio</a> to renovate a 125-square-meters <a href="http://www.kcstudio.com.tw/work_inside.php?wid=1&amp;w_id=71"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">residence</a> they wanted to call home after living in another country for many years. The owner had lived in the Xindian River neighborhood as a child and now wanted to raise his own child in the same district. The results are a combination of the couple&#8217;s styles – modern elements for the husband and natural details for the wife – that harmoniously come together to form a warm and elegant space.
In order to disguise the steel girders and pipes on the ceilings, they deconstructed it to create arched panels leaving room in between for them. They’re able to bring together the styles by using different materials for the floors, walls, and ceilings. For instance, they’ve paired polished concrete floors with a more natural wall color with a textured finish and brick on
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A Cottage Becomes the Light-Filled, Two-Story Screen House in Balmain

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-cottage-becomes-the-light-filled-two-story-screen-house-in-balmain/carter-williamson-screen-house-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Carter-Williamson-Screen-House-1-810x540.jpg" alt="A Cottage Becomes the Light-Filled, Two-Story Screen House in Balmain" /></a>
                                Located in Sydney&#8217;s Balmain suburb, the <a href="https://www.carterwilliamson.com/architecture/screen-house-balmain/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Screen House</a> is a single story cottage that has been renovated and extended by <a href="https://www.carterwilliamson.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Carterwilliamson Architects</a> to increase square footage and to bring more daylight inside. The existing house was dark and had too many level changes to make sense, so the architects created a single floor that was level to the garden.
The transition between the old and new house features a garden courtyard that’s accessed by large sliding glass doors that allow both light and air into the first floor. The home gets its name from the custom perforated black screens that were designed from one of the clients’ photographs. The screens create a degree of separation while also allowing a new way for light to filter in. Throughout the house, warm wood tones are paired with black surfaces and accents for a clean and cozy aesthetic. The open living space faces
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5 Ways to Add Character to a New Builder-Grade Home

There are plenty of reasons you might opt for a new home with a production home builder. And, like most owner-builders, you probably had the chance to choose some of your home’s options. Still, from carpet to paint color, cabinet finish to lighting fixtures, production builders keep costs consistent by offering only a few choices for each detail of your new home. Even after choosing your favorite options, your brand-new home may still lack the charm and character of an older home, our the uniqueness of a truly custom one. The last thing your brand-new home needs is a total renovation. Instead, here are a few details and easier upgrades that let you add your own personality and character to your builder-grade home.

Try a ceiling treatment

Look up! Most builder-grade homes don’t do much with the ceilings. Usually, they’re simply painted white, leaving more budget for
Trimmed mirrors
Feature lighting
Feature lighting
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A Neutral Color Palette and Glass Elements Transform a Compact 35m2 Apartment

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-neutral-color-palette-and-glass-elements-transform-a-compact-35m2-apartment/estudio-ela-35m2-apartment-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Estudio-Ela-35m2-apartment-1-810x540.jpg" alt="A Neutral Color Palette and Glass Elements Transform a Compact 35m2 Apartment" /></a>
                                While this <a href="https://www.estudioela.com.br/cosmopolitan-santa-cecilia"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">apartment</a> located in São Paulo&#8217;s Santa Cecilia neighborhood may only be 35-square-meters (approx. 376-square-feet), it&#8217;s outfitted with everything one could need without it feeling like too much. The apartment is a collaboration between <a href="https://www.estudioela.com.br/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Estúdio Ela Arquitetura&#8217;s</a> Juliana Matalon and Carol Dantas, who designed it for a young couple that were looking for a beautiful yet functional space.

The apartment was gutted and completely remodeled to accommodate the social couple with space to invite friends over to entertain. While small, the interior is super functional with multiple places to sit and hang out.

Since the apartment is on the small side, the architects used glass elements for separation without closing spaces off. The glass allows natural to fill the space so it feels bright and airy.

Storage was incorporated up high making use of often neglected vertical space.

To give the apartment a cohesive feel, they utilized a neutral

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A Neutral Color Palette and Glass Elements Transform a Compact 35m2 Apartment

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-neutral-color-palette-and-glass-elements-transform-a-compact-35m2-apartment/estudio-ela-35m2-apartment-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Estudio-Ela-35m2-apartment-1-810x540.jpg" alt="A Neutral Color Palette and Glass Elements Transform a Compact 35m2 Apartment" /></a>
                                While this <a href="https://www.estudioela.com.br/cosmopolitan-santa-cecilia"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">apartment</a> located in São Paulo&#8217;s Santa Cecilia neighborhood may only be 35-square-meters (approx. 376-square-feet), it&#8217;s outfitted with everything one could need without it feeling like too much. The apartment is a collaboration between <a href="https://www.estudioela.com.br/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Estúdio Ela Arquitetura&#8217;s</a> Juliana Matalon and Carol Dantas, who designed it for a young couple that were looking for a beautiful yet functional space.

The apartment was gutted and completely remodeled to accommodate the social couple with space to invite friends over to entertain. While small, the interior is super functional with multiple places to sit and hang out.

Since the apartment is on the small side, the architects used glass elements for separation without closing spaces off. The glass allows natural to fill the space so it feels bright and airy.

Storage was incorporated up high making use of often neglected vertical space.

To give the apartment a cohesive feel, they utilized a neutral

Continue reading “A Neutral Color Palette and Glass Elements Transform a Compact 35m2 Apartment”