Have a look at this home located at the base of Squak Mountainin, Washington, combining sustainable materials and features with the ultimate in modern living! Envisioned by Steve Moe Design, the modern cottage accommodates three bedrooms and three bathrooms, a home office and a media room. Its exterior finishes in stone and wood make the building integrate well in its unspoiled surroundings, while the glass piercings and generously-sized deck blur indoor-outdoor boundaries.
The expansive deck offers spectacular views of Mt. Rainier and is a neat extension for the main living space. Wooden stairs, pillars and exposed beams give the interiors a genuine mountain cottage feel. According to the architects, radiant heated concrete floors can be found throughout the lower level. Stone is a key element indoors as well, highlighted through an accent wall behind the sofa. The furniture and decorations were reduced to a minimum, as if to direct focus towards the outdoors.
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts