Sunday, May 22, 2016

great update on the PA Plat House

The owner of the PA Plat House has been at it for over a year, building the house himself as time allows. The house is occupied now, so he's turned his efforts to the interior where he is fitting out in order to make life more comfortable. He's doing some great work on the interior and shared a bunch of photos this week.

The strategy in the kitchen has been Ikea cabinet boxes, custom self-made cabinet fronts, and self-cast concrete countertops. These countertops have turned out beautifully, giving the worktops that heavy substantial feeling that would cost a fortune in stone. The thick edges of the top surfaces give it a substantial feeling.

Leaping off his newly gained experience with self-casting, he's made a tile mold and is casting bathroom tile as well. Outside he's taken up the welding torch to fabricate his handrail posts and is installing cable guards for a great custom cable-rail look.

There are so many great ideas coming together in this house and all very gratifying to see. Check out all the recent photos in the Flickr album. And check out the Plat House in our catalog. Continue reading "great update on the PA Plat House"

Friday, May 06, 2016

0738 Palo Alto living room

Next stop on the tour of the Palo Alto is the living room. Just on the other side of the wood screen from the entry is the living room with large windows and doors to the backyard, and a high ceiling. A strip of narrow windows on the opposite side lets light come from both directions as does the courtyard. Its at once right at the front door, and at the back of the house intimately connected to the rear yard. Which in a nutshell is a snapshot of the unique organization of this great plan. Continue reading "0738 Palo Alto living room"

Thursday, May 05, 2016

0367 Porch House on the lake

If you are lucky enough to have a cabin site overlooking a nice view, a lake, a river, a shoreline where you can play, there is nothing like a house that is aware of your precious commodity, and anticipating your enjoyment of it. The worst thing that could happen to you is a cabin with little windows that you have to strain to look through at your beautiful view. Sleep well knowing that won't happen to you with the Porch House! Continue reading "0367 Porch House on the lake"

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

0970 Lagom House backyard is just right

The Lagom House has a deep rear overhang that provides shelter for a wide patio, the perfect place to oversee your domain. A nice grassy area to enjoy, beds for nurturing plants, a fenced garden for a small farm, a laundry yard to keep the kids and critters out of your clean sheets, all in a tidy little lot. Thats good living! Continue reading "0970 Lagom House backyard is just right"

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

XHouse1 living the dream.

Here it is, the living room level of the XHouse1 - a dream like image created by come clever software. But rest assured, the real thing looks even better. So what you have to do is click the link on the right margin for the LamiDesign Plan Catalog, and from there the link for the catalog's home page. Are you still with me? Good, now on the right below the text are a series of links to social media sites - the last one on the right with the red and blue circle will take you to our Flickr albums. In that grid of albums you'll see one for the Indiana XHouse1. Go take a look at the real thing, no less remarkable than these dreamy images from the clever software! Continue reading "XHouse1 living the dream."

Monday, May 02, 2016

0242 Plat House master bedroom deck

We've been looking at the interior of the Plat House, so I thought for this post we would go back outside. One of the nice features of the Plat House is the deck on the end off the master bedroom. A place to be outside separate from the rest of the deck space on the house, if a hot tub is your thing, this is the perfect place for it. Some have elected to extend the roof here and screen in this porch - a great modification to make the most of this deck space. Continue reading "0242 Plat House master bedroom deck"

Friday, April 29, 2016

1204 RoHouse the plan with a plan

So we spent some time reviewing the three configurations for the RoHouse family of house designs: the Twin Home, the Urban Infill, and the Suburban Townhouse. Now we need to go inside and look at the two floor plan configurations. For all three RoHouse configurations there are two floor plan options - the Transverse Stair which goes side to side, and the Longitudinal Stair which hugs the side wall. This is the view from the entry of the Transverse Stair plan, which includes a split level between the front living room and the back kitchen and dining area. We are able to make this bi-level plan because the Transverse Stair plan includes a front stoop that takes you up a few steps, all the better to get your front window a little above the sidewalk right outside. Continue reading "1204 RoHouse the plan with a plan"

Thursday, April 28, 2016

0385 Tray House in the backyard

What's in a backyard, what do you need here. Well with the Tray House first you get a nice spot for a deck off the living area. This is your outdoor living spot, social place, extension of your living area in your own great outdoors. But you also get a nice patio between the carport and the living spaces, and a door straight in to the mud room. For what? Well, all I can tell you is that's where I'm putting my grill, and when friends are over the cooler with the beverages is going here too. So me and my pals can mind the grill and stay hydrated. And the car port is not bad next time you want to work on your car without standing out in the sun! Continue reading "0385 Tray House in the backyard"

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

1201 XHouse5 entry foyer

We'll get back to the yard in a moment, but right now lets step in the front door of the XHouse5. We're greeted with a bright entry hall/stair hall - the hinge point for the whole house. There is a coat closet right there under the stair, and a powder room a discrete distance from the living and kitchen spaces. Light comes in from the transom and sidelight at the front door, and from on high at the stair. Continue reading "1201 XHouse5 entry foyer"

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

1192 Lagom House 2 Story is the story of your life with a back porch

Do I really have to twist anybody's arm to convince you that a back porch is the perfect gateway to your own backyard? I know we've been ranting and raving about back porches lately, but here it is again. The awesome back porch world of the Lagom House 2 Story. You're welcome. Continue reading "1192 Lagom House 2 Story is the story of your life with a back porch"

Monday, April 25, 2016

0967 XHouse3 have not had enough back porch

If you are like me, you've got the fever and the only medicine is More Back Porch! Its Monday morning, you are back to work, and all you can think about is sitting on your XHouse3 back porch watching Spring roll into your back yard. I've got a nice table here - I could put my laptop up right there and get lots of work done. Totally. Thats the plan. As soon as I get plans and build my XHouse3... Continue reading "0967 XHouse3 have not had enough back porch"

Friday, April 22, 2016

0357 Steel Case House metal edition, as in all steel

One of the interesting things about the Steel Case House is that its available in several version. The logic here is that a steel house remains unusual, and as such difficult to get built. Either home builders have no experience in steel, or large commercial fabricators have no interest in doing a structure that is small like a house. By offering a range of configurations for the rest of the construction it makes it easier to find a combination that is workable with the trades you have easy access to. So the original uses a combination of masonry and wood frame to finish out. The SIPs version trades the masonry for insulated panels, better for cold climates. And the metal version trades carpentry for all steel trades, good if you have a light commercial builder to tackle the whole thing. And last the Timber Case version trades all steel for wood construction. Continue reading "0357 Steel Case House metal edition, as in all steel"

Thursday, April 21, 2016

0965 XHouse2 little big house

We can't emphasize enough how the XHouse2 delivers on big living in a small footprint. From the kitchen, a big kitchen at that, the living room and dining area, smartly divided up by the stair, and note that there is a part of the kitchen hidden from view. Ok - someplace you can hide a mess if you need to! Continue reading "0965 XHouse2 little big house"

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

0380 Cube House open plan in an L shape

The question is how do you have open plan living when your house is a cube with a square plan with a stair in the middle of it? The Cube House does it by wrapping your open plan around the stair! So the Kitchen and dining are are on one leg, and the living room makes up the entire rest of the other leg. How about the rest of the donut? Home office, laundry and bathroom. Its very practical, really! Continue reading "0380 Cube House open plan in an L shape"

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

0518 U House - the Over View

Whats all this talk about at the U House courtyard and bedroom wings, and what does that look like? Even more descriptive than a floor plan in this case is a birds-eye view. The living/dining/kitchen wing of the U House is a bar with a raked roof - think of it like a one story Steel Case House if you will. The bedroom wings are simple bars, each bedroom equipped with an angled bay window to get great views even when they are not located on the end of the bar. Thats how it works - see for yourself! Continue reading "0518 U House - the Over View"