Most renovation projects start with a vision. When Debbie and her husband purchased a 1960s-era factory and warehouse building in Plainfield, Illinois, they rehabbed and rented out space to a brewery, a distillery, an agility dog training academy, and a large workout gym.
The couple decided to keep the last unit for themselves envisioning a place to store their collection of antique motorcycles and cars. Their oldest daughter, Corinne, is an architect and was planning her wedding at the time and decided the space would be perfect for the reception.
“Our first intention was to create a space for my dad’s collection,” Corinne says. “But we also... Read More
When Lori and Nick decided to build a new Craftsman-style home just south of Los Angeles, they chose an architect with a love for the style. Jeff Jeannette and his wife Roberta are both licensed architects who stumbled onto the Long Beach, California area back in 1996 where there are countless early 1900’s Craftsman-style homes.
“Our first home was a 1922,” Jeff says. “It was a 2-bedroom, one bath, 800-square-foot bungalow that we thoroughly enjoyed renovating.” The couple converted the one-car garage into an architectural studio and opened their doors for business in 2000.
“I’ve loved the Craftsman style since then and... Read More
With the explosion of craft breweries all over the country, more and more people are enjoying the never-ending menus of full-flavored brews and are seeking out new venues where they can enjoy them. When Brian Smith, partner at Studio Tack, a design firm in Brooklyn, heard that master brewer Sam Calagione wanted to open a beer-themed getaway, he jumped at the opportunity to be part of its creation. We talked with Brian about the recent opening of the Dogfish Inn located just off Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.
Q: This was a complete overhaul of an old motel. What was it like before the renovation?
A: It had that old, nostalgic American motel vibe. Maybe too much... Read More
Many stout-hearted homeowners tackle major renovations with big dreams. But sometimes, even with the deep pockets that big dreams require, some renovations are doomed from the start. When Jeff and his wife Stephanie, of Columbus, Ohio, purchased a cottage at Indian Lake, they initially planned a major remodel of the structure. But when they discovered the foundation was severely deteriorated, they decided to tear it down and start over.
“We built a 1,000-square-foot, cottage-style lake house that has some vintage, barn-style characteristics,” says Jeff, president of Chester A. Smith Marble & Granite Company, an 86-year-old marble and granite fabricator... Read More
While barns were once relegated to being nothing more than a home for cattle, horses, and perhaps the chickens, barns of today have become true multipurpose buildings with heated space for storage or even living space for homeowners and guests.
Our friends at DC Building, who specialize in custom barn homes and equestrian facilities, shared some photos recently of a project out in Sherwood, Oregon. This 60′ x 72′ gable-style barn features a 2,000-square-foot workshop, two horse stalls and a 32-foot cattle run.
When it came to choosing lighting for this new space, the owners opted for the classic look of gooseneck lighting.
“The client wanted... Read More