Steel Life's Shannon Lester is a landscape designer in Bend, Oregon. Shannon designed commercial and urban residential landscapes in the greater Portland area for 5 years before settling in Bend and starting her own landscape design-build company in 2004 with her husband, Drew Lester. Shannon has discovered a need for modern and architecturally interesting planters and home decor over the past two years, which has led to her new product line, Steel Life.
A-Frame creates outstanding images of contemporary architecture and design, providing high quality photographic services to architects, designers, developers, engineers, and other clients who require images of the constructed environment. Based in Toronto and New York, our work is regularly featured in design publications.
At A-Frame, a small, highly skilled team works closely with clients to provide exceptional service and support throughout the entire photographic process, from planning a shoot, through post-production and beyond.
Our in-house post-production facilities allow us to maintain superior quality control and provide the best final images possible. As well, our relationships with various magazines and periodicals help get our clients' projects published.
The A-frame is an aalstyle that needs little explanation, aptly named for its high peak and steep angles. A-frame popularity can be attributed to a convergence of factors. The post-war housing boom led to the creation of inexpensive and quick-to-build homes. A-frames were popular in the late fifties and sixties when the middle class had enough money for recreational properties, often next to lakes or as ski cabins. (The style is commonly attributed to the latter, as snow slides down the side instead of weighing heavily on top.) They are an efficient use of materials as they’re almost all roof. They were often built from kits and tended to be small, as the surrounding land acts as additional living space.
We first laid eyes on the A-frame in Union Bay when we moved there in 2006. Both the structure and property looked dilapidated and lonely. The land was overgrown, ragged, and in need of serious TLC. Our friend and realtor, who lived on the same street, showed us the A-frame only in passing. “Too much work, too small, no way…” we agreed. Needless to say, we did not have the vision of our friends Christine Boyer and Anthonie Scholtz.
We met the couple for the first time at one of our neighbourhood gatherings. While visiting the Valley from Ontario, they admired the community vibe of Kilmarnock. They too drove past the A-frame with our realtor friend, but it stopped them in their tracks. “The structure seems to stand proudly from the ground,” explains Christine, “yet nestle into its surroundings. It offers shelter without overtaking the landscape. It’s a little slice of architectural history, with its mid-century modern vacation vibes.” The property also showcases a spectacular view, including Gilles Bay on Texada Island, the very spot where Anthonie grew up.
They sold their home in the Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto, resigned from their jobs, and moved across the country. They oversaw major renovations to restore what became known as Kyst Hus (taking its name from the Danish for coastal house), a home of simple beauty and modern design. It also exemplifies the Danish concept of Hygge: a moment that feels especially cozy, charming or special. The couple worked with Kai Lawrance of Standing Bear Construction to realize their dream for the space.
“We were in renovations for five years,” says Christine. “It was slow going and we did what we could while raising our babies and keeping an eye on our budget. That’s not for everyone! But the nice thing about it was the flexibility of adjusting our plans. Living in the renovations allowed us to be responsive to our needs and space as we changed as a family.”
Any gardener knows that transforming a one-acre property into manageable gardens is a momentous task. We watched the evolution of the land each time we passed. Christine could often be seen raking, digging, lifting, and planting while the kids played.
My family moved out of the neighbourhood years ago, but we’re still close with the Scholtz family. We visit the A-frame for dinners and picnics, the kids run wild, and we take in additional updates. It’s a warm and welcoming home of earth tones and modern design that naturally merges with the property. They also transformed the garage into the Kyst Hus Studio, where Christine works on large-format acrylic art inspired by her surroundings. Her work has grown in popularity over the years and is on display all over the Comox Valley.
Kyst Hus went from being a diamond in the rough to a jewel of the west coast. It’s amazing what patience, diligence, and vision can produce. A labour of love, but love nonetheless, and a treasure of memories for themselves and their family. “The best part,” says Christine, “is waking up and feeling like we’re always on vacation.”
Relaxing. Working. Cooking. Sharing. “I begin every project by studying the way my client lives, works, plays…the things that are the fabric of our daily lives,” says CP Drewett, AIA, NCARB, founder and president of Drewett Works. "Then, listening to their needs and discovering their affinities, we seek to weave beautiful architectural designs that make everyday living spectacular.”
Utilizing hand-drawn renderings, 3D computer modeling, and virtual reality, the DW team brings centuries-old techniques of architectural design-by-hand together with modern technology to present design concepts in an engaging and frame-worthy presentation. Adept at navigating the design review process in even the most demanding communities and municipalities, the DW team expediently moves projects from dreams to reality.
Founded in 2001, this award-winning architecture firm is located in downtown Scottsdale and specializes in architecture for luxury residential and boutique commercial spaces.
Scratchless Glass Australia are the leaders in Glass Scratch Removal and have been operating for over 10 years. We cover Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and North Brisbane but may be appointed to travel elsewhere.
Our staff are among the most experienced and devoted scratch removal professionals in the industry and in this particular profession, experience matters most.
We have a long-term team of employees, not subbies, who have been fully trained to implement our unrivaled service offerings and we are fully insured.
Our primary services include Removal of Scratches from Glass by Glass Polishing, and Buffing, Restoration and Protective Coatings for Glass, Tiles & Grout, Stone and Stainless Steel Restoration and Protection.
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Our method does not weaken the glass, which is something we are often asked. We actually restore the glass to its full structural integrity, if we didn't glaziers and insurance companies wouldn't utilize our services. Our method is not untidy and we always leave a site cleaner than we found it.
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dontDIY is an architecture and design studio founded in 2012 in Sofia by Svetoslav Michev, Stefan Minkov and Hristo Stankushev. Antonina Ilieva joined the partnership in late 2014.
Over the first five years of the studio’s development, dontDIY has accumulated a considerable portfolio of realized interior design projects. dontDIY won first prize in the 2012 Passive House International Design Competition, and third prize in the competition to design the interior of Bulgarian National Television’s Studio 5, also in 2012. Other notable accolades for the studio’s projects are the 2017 Dibla Shop/Exhibition Area Award and the 2015 Velux Prize. dontDIY was the curator of the seventh edition of One Architecture Week festival in 2014. Our projects have been featured in a number of international publications such as A10, Bravacasa, Abitare, Frame, dezeen.
Both architectural and interior design to us are a way to situate people in the world of objects, systems and concepts both larger and smaller than themselves. Our project work is a reflection on phenomena and processes in the environment we inhabit. Our focus is to observe, to discuss with each other, and to understand these processes, then to try to extract the positive and the specific. In this way, we hope, our projects are a constructive commentary to the present that we project back into the environment.
Predominant topics in our work are: historicity of spaces and design-objects and its place in the life of contemporary people (worldwide and in our country); ways to manifest modernity in design and architecture; plants and the built environment; visualization of processes – of building, of dwelling, of work, of interaction.