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June 2014 - Novell Design Build

12

Jun

Dragon Boat Festival 26th Anniversary Gala Fundraising Event

  • By Tudor

Next Thursday, June 19th 2014, Concord Pacific will host the Dragon Boat Festival 26th Anniversary Gala Fundraising Event.

We’re happy to take part in this fundraising event, in support of our client who sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society. Find out more about the event and how you can lend your support here.

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12

Jun

Living Small in Metro Vancouver

  • By Tudor

Living Small and Design for Small Spaces

Living small can be a challenge in Metro Vancouver. Here are some tips and tricks.

As part of the GVHBA Spring Home Renovation Seminar, Laurel, director and principal designer at Novell, conducted a presentation on living small and how to thoughtfully design a small space. We’ve dissected our presentation and compiled some of the juicy details for your perusing pleasure. You can view the entire Prezi presentation here. For more information on the projects featured, click on the thumbnails.

Create a beautiful path to a beautiful home

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A shipping container becomes an eye-catching home that demonstrates excellent landscape design. Source: Architizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Organize your desired experiences

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Colour is used to delineate the entryway and storage spaces in this home in Mexico. This design characteristic also separates the living and dining areas from the bedrooms. Source: Dezeen. 
 

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The floor plan of this 581sf home cleverly separates areas meant for entertaining and dining from private spaces. Source: Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects.

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This home’s design creates a psychological separation between areas used to entertain company and areas private to the homeowner. The plan also segregates the kitchen so as so facilitate undisturbed preparation of meals. Source: Slade Architects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Design with flexibility

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A 420sf apartment makes the most of its available space using convertible features and flexible living solutions. Source: Architizer

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Using tracks, the far wall of this apartment slides to reveal extra sleeping space. A murphy bed in the living area adds a third sleeping area. Source: Architizer

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Convertible space allows this small home to accommodate large parties, so entertaining is a breeze. Source: Architizer

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When you think of convertible features, outdoor spaces might not immediately come to mind. In this photo, a home in Australia uses a movable roof to create additional living space. Source: ArchDaily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Be clever with storage

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A staircase is a great way to put unused space to work. In this 600sf London home, the space underneath the stairs acts as its main storage space. Source: Dwell

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This London home is a great example of how a small space doesn’t mean compromising on lifestyle. The owners’ bikes are neatly stored beneath the stairs. Source: Dwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Hide what you don’t want to see

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Believe it or not, this is a fully equipped kitchen. But what’s missing here? Source: Contemporist

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Built-ins are a clever way to hide visual clutter. In this photo, movable panels hide shelves and appliances and instantly convert this minimal space into a functional kitchen. Source: Contemporist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Use height for more storage solutions

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In this small apartment, vertical space as well as a staircase is doing double duty as storage space. Source: Architizer

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Our very own laneway house uses a 12-foot tall space as storage for our clients CD collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Go big or go home

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Less space means your dollar goes further. Have fun with your home using bold accents and fixtures. Source: Dwell

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A smaller kitchen means choosing high quality finishes like marble won’t break the bank. Source: Canadian House and Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For more small space inspiration, check out our newly completed (and very first) laneway house! You can also vote for it as part of Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Contest 2014.

 

06

Jun

Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Contest 2014

  • By Tudor

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Our little laneway home was chosen as one of the entries in Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Contest 2014. Our client, Patricia, is vying for the top prize.

Help her out by voting here.

Update: Voting is now closed. Thanks to all who participated!

 

 

02

Jun

The Urban Garden: Tomato, Tomahto

  • By Tudor

You like potato and I like potahto
You like tomato and I like tomahto
Potato, potahto, Tomato, tomahto.

 

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Tomatoes grow in an urban farm atop a roof in New York City. Source: National Geographic

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Tomatoes growing a vertical garden. Source: Chez Co

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Ripe tomatoes harvested on a rooftop. Source: 66 Square Feet

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Locally sourced tomatoes in an urban context. Source: Lufa Farms

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A colourful collection of grape tomatoes. Source: New City Neighbors