is just what is sounds like, a book that discusses turning old schools, factories, barns, and other largely abandoned buildings into livable dwellings.
If you live in a big city, you’ve probably seen this trend with turning old factories or warehouses into lofts or condos. Well, there are no rules that say you can’t have a building all to yourself, and if you watch the Home & Garden Channel’s ReZoned show, you’ll see all sorts of examples of people who have taken old public or private buildings and turned them into cool homes to live in.
Of course, if you’re remodeling a huge space, the cost is going to get expensive, but an old barn or smaller building could be an effective way to get into a great home… providing you’re willing to do the work (and there sure is a lot of work involved with something like this).
To get the lowdown on the process, check out the book shown here. Here’s the cover blurb:
"This book examines every aspect of converting types of redundant property including surveys, legislation and regulations, professional help and advice, and budgeting and insurance. It also discusses design and location of various living spaces; external features; lighting, heating, ventilation, energy conservation, and acoustics; and it guides the reader through contracts, quotations, planning the project, timetables, and on-site operations. It includes a number of case studies which demonstrate what can be achieved with different types of property."
Zecc Architecten also restored a hundred-year-old chapel located in Utrecht, Netherlands into a spacious, trendy residence. The 2,700 square foot home has all the standard living spaces, including a living room, kitchen, study, etc. But the cantilever stairway that leads up to the organ loft is truly original. Vibrant stain glass windows compliment the all white interior, and when the sun hits them at the right angle, gorgeous reflections shine onto the floor. It might be tough to get intimate with the surrounding religious undertones, but the awkward duality of trendy design and religion definitely gives this conversion character.
The team from Zecc Architecten converted this water tower in the Netherlands into a residence fit for a family. Made of concrete, glass, and steel, this eye-opening structure is divided into two parts to incorporate functional living areas. Eight rooms are stacked within cylinder tower, and a spiral stairway cuts right through the center. The top level houses the parents’ bedroom, study, and rooftop sauna while the bottom has the standard kitchen, living room, and children’s bedrooms. The echoes from yelling in this steel tower must be fantastic for the kids. This tower once delivered water but now delivers vertical living.
It’s been called the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s certain that the Christmas season has a warmth and joy all its own. You can create this special holiday spirit in your home for your family and guests with your unique expression…
There are certain themes that spring to mind immediately when Christmas comes around; Santa Claus, evergreen trees, and sparkling lights are just a few Christmas traditions that can provide inspiration for decorating ideas.
Incorporating traditional Christmas images and colors into your decorating is a great way to make your home a holiday haven.
The wreath is one of the most time-honored of Christmas decorations. The ancient Romans created wreaths out of bay laurel as a sign of victory or out of pine or holly to symbolize immortality. Early Germanic winter traditions involved the making of evergreen wreaths to symbolize the life soon to return in the spring. Wreaths were historically an element in decorating for any type of celebration, often being ornamented with food and candles. Today’s Christmas wreaths are often constructed from the same evergreens and holly that the ancients used, but their ornamentation may be much more elaborate. Hang a wreath on your front door to welcome your guests, or place wreaths inside your house as a traditional decorative touch.
As you add the traditional Christmas stockings to your mantle, you can make the sight of these stockings “hung by the chimney with care” even more touching by surrounding them with additional decorations like garlands of greenery, sparkling tinsel, or candles.
or there are so many more places you can hang stockings, get creative and hang them just about anywhere.
Creating New Decorating Traditions for Christmas ~
With the abundance of decorative elements that have developed as Christmas traditions over the years, creating new decorations with a twist on the traditional can be easy and fun. Red, green, and white are the traditional colors of Christmas, but gold, silver, and even purple appear in many modern decorations. Mixing the traditional and the new is a great way to make your Christmas decorating both nostalgic and exciting.
Christmas Centerpieces ~
Christmas centerpieces aren’t just for decorating dining room tables. A classic centerpiece can be just as much at home on a coffee table or living room side table as in the midst of a Christmas feast. Adding a festive centerpiece can be an extremely easy way to add a holiday touch to any room. As gift ideas for your holiday hosts, centerpieces offer a beautiful presentation and also continue to bring Christmas cheer to the recipients’ home after the party is over.
Christmas Flowers ~
There are quite a variety of flowers and plants intimately associated with decorating for the Christmas season. Evergreens, mistletoe, poinsettia, and holly can all evoke cherished memories of Christmases past. Arrangements of any type of flower can be perfect for creating holiday spirit as well with the addition of a festive vase or basket, or when blooms are chosen in Christmas colors like white and red. For non-traditional holiday decorating schemes and ideas, you can select any flower or color to match the mood you’re trying to create.
Warm Christmas Memories ~
Decorating your home for Christmas is one of the ways to help create special memories of the holiday season for your family and guests. The way you decorate your home will give your special touch to the holiday and help to make this year’s a Christmas to remember. No doubt your gatherings of family and friends will be special, and the decorations you choose will accentuate the enjoyment of Christmas warmth and joy.
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