Renovated Farm Compound in Northern Spain – the Spanish Pyrenees

This property consists of three traditional Pyrenean farm buildings — “bordas,” in the local Aranese language — that were renovated and reconfigured in 2000 to create a “coto,” or compound, with a total of six bedrooms. Where possible, the original stone and wood were retained or refinished in the renovation, said Keith Kirwen, aproperty consultant in the Val d’Aran who is brokering the sale on behalf of the owner. Exteriors are native stone, the roofs slate. The interior walls are lime plaster, and the wooden beams and trimwork are cherry, oak and fir. An oil furnace powers a radiant-heat system throughout the compound. – nytimes

This property in the Val d’Aran is on the market for 3 million Euros ($4.1 million).It consists of three traditional Pyrenean farm buildings. The main house, center, was connected to an outbuilding when the compound was renovated starting in 2000.The barn and the house on the property have been joined by a passageway, creating a total of about 5,100 square feet of interior space. The first floor of the main house is configured as a great room, housing a double-height living area with a fireplace and mountain views, a dining area, and an eat-in kitchen. The kitchen counters are stainless steel, and top-of-the-line appliances include a Lacanche gas range. – nytimes Continue reading

Fascinating architecture – Heddal Stave Church in Telemark, Norway

Fascinating architecture - Heddal Stave Church in Telemark, NorwayHeddal stave church (Heddal stavkirke) is a stave church located at Heddal in Notodden municipality, Norway. The church is a triple nave stave church and is Norway’s largest stave church. It was constructed at the beginning of the 13th century. After the reformation, the church was in a very poor condition, and a restoration took place during 1849 – 1851.                     photo source

Chiesa di Santa Maria dell’Isola

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) is a basilica church on the island of Torcello, Venice, northern Italy. It is a notable example of Venetian-Byzantine architecture, one of the most ancient religious edifices in the Veneto, and containing the earliest mosaics in the area of Venice.Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'IsolaAccording to an ancient inscription, it was founded by the exarch Isaac of Ravenna in 639, when Torcello was still a rival to the young nearby settlement at Venice. The original church is believed to have had a nave with one aisle on each side and a single apse on the eastern wall of the cathedral. It’s difficult to tell what the original church was like because very little of it survived the subsequent renovations. Much of the plan of the original church survives as its present form is very similar to the original but the only physical parts that survive are the central apse wall and part of the baptistery that survives as part of the façade of the current church.

It may look like a cabin, but this is actually an RV

It looks like a quaint cabin (in almost every way) but thanks to some sneaky architecture that’s just a disguise. Kelly Davis, the architect who created this faux-cabin at Canoe Bay Escape, is a visual trickster tiny-house 1

This “cabin” is only 400 square feet, which doesn’t sound like muchtiny-house2

But it’s actually bigger than some 1 bedroom apartmentstiny-house3

The ESCAPE cabin was originally conceived as a high quality cabin, NOT an RV.tiny-house4

Now, ESCAPE is part of the tiny house movement. This movement, which is growing in popularity, has focuses on living with a smaller financial, environmental and physical footprint.tiny-house5

It doesn’t look like most other RVs, but it fits the standard of the Park Model RV, which can be up to 400 square feet.tiny-house6

Not only is the cabin made of extremely high quality materials (featuring cedar lap siding, LED lighting, Energy Star appliances and much more), but you never know how small it is thanks to the brilliant design.tiny-house7

Compromises must be made when creating a tiny home. There’s no room for a full kitchen or bathroom, but one look at ESCAPE and I would completely forget about that.tiny-house8

The cabin/RV is settled at Canoe Bay Escape, surrounded by gorgeous views on all sides.tiny-house9

More and more people will follow in the footsteps of these incredible tiny homes, both saving their own money and the environment.tiny-house10

Although, ESCAPE in particular would actually run a person around $79,000, which is quite pricey for an RV.tiny-house11

But if you could live in this beautiful and small home, it would be worth it.tiny-house13

Sources: Tree Hugger

Eco House – Architect Macy Miller Builds Her Tiny Dream House After Divorce

Source / Macy’s Blog

Macy Miller is an architect from Idaho that had a BIG dream about a tiny house. She had always wanted a place of her own, but the thought of a mortgage sickened her after she lost her home to foreclosure after getting divorced. So, her dream revolved around building a compact, but beautiful home. For two years, Macy worked on the 196 square-foot home, dedicating her free time to building the small paradise. Finally, construction has finished on her little hideaway… and it’s hard not to be jealous of this place, no matter how small it looks on the outside. After all, it only cost about $11,000.

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Macy Miller didn’t have a lot of experience with construction, but she was willing to learn.

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