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Modern attic playroom by the window

A Look at Cork Floors in Modern Homes

While it's been used since the 19th century in flooring, cork has recently been gaining broader recognition: cork is eco-friendly (careful harvesting of cork bark keeps the tree alive, potentially for centuries), comfortable (it stays at room temperature, so no more cold floors), durable (potentially lasting decades), noise-attenuating, and it comes in multiple colors. However, cork is soft, so heavy furniture, sharp objects, and animal claws can damage it. Prices can vary compared to other flooring options but humble cork is always worth a look.
October 20, 2015
Modern Brooklyn backyard studio with plexiglass skylight, green roof, and cedar cladding facade

An Architect Builds His Own Studio Retreat to Escape the City

In a Brooklyn backyard, an off-duty architect builds a structure that tests his attention to the little things.
October 18, 2015
bog house living room

6 Double-Height Rooms

These rooms illustrate how high ceilings are the secret to maximizing interior space.
October 15, 2015
Living room with large windows, sofa, and a skylight

5 Modern Homes with Exposed Timbers

From rustic retreats to sleek contemporary abodes, timbers add a dash of ruggedness to any space. However, "timbers" aren't just any wooden rafter or beam: they're thicker and heavier than average dimensional lumber (like the ubiquitous 2-by-4) and more akin to what you find in buildings 100 years old or more.
October 13, 2015
Norwegian kitchen with floor-to-ceiling windows and custom-built cabinets.

6 Cozy Weekend Cabins

Let these secluded retreats inspire your next venture into the wilderness.
October 12, 2015
Dining room with Tam Tam light by Marset in Montreal renovation by Blouin Tardif.

A Montreal Duplex Is Transformed Into An Elegantly Simple Light-Filled Home

A home’s historic façade gives way to a uniformed design.
October 11, 2015
Modern bathroom with bathtub and cedar window

7 Minimalist Bathrooms

These bathrooms are perfectly clean and simple.
October 9, 2015
Beyond the kitchen is a secondary room that is a pantry, prep area, utility room, and entrance hall all in one. The standard beech-top counters from Howdens Joinery Co. are doubled up to achieve a three-inch thickness, with the rounded edges cut off.

5 Ways to Use Beech Wood at Home

Similar in appearance to maple and relatively inexpensive, beech brings a rustic look to these modern homes.
October 1, 2015
Modern home in Finland with sauna has custom birch cabinets and island in kitchen and a lofted family room

Take Me to Birch: 8 Houses that Make Use of Birch Wood

Affordable, durable birch wood makes an eye-catching addition to these homes.
September 30, 2015