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THE AIA’S SMALL PROJECTS AWARD RECOGNIZES GREAT ARCHITECTURE ON A SMALL SCALE.
The American Institute of Architects has just announced the winners of its 2014 Small Projects Award, a prize recognizing some of the country's best design and construction on a small scale. This year’s crop of winners features a handful of stunning residential designs that will make you want to pack up and move immediately.
The design of the apartment is inspired by a melting snowfield in spring, when nature slowly revives from winter and offers a contrast of cold and warm, white and colored. This atmosphere was translated into architecture by hand-plastered, white shells, which cover walls and the ceiling and create a seamless space, which guides visitors naturally through the apartment. The curves of the interior responds in a very direct way to the outside landscape of mountains and valleys.
Plywood, the manufactured wood panel from the family of manufactured boards, which includes medium-density fiber board, particle board and chipboard, has recently been making appearances as a material for interior space. Made from thin sheets of wood veneer, Plywood used as an interior cladding, adds a modern look, which is both warm and clean. Below, we share 12 examples of how the historically inexpensive, rough material, can create a beautiful space with a finished look.
This new law requires that all owners of one to four-unit residences that use oil heat must install a safety oil valve or a protective sleeve on their heating equipment. The typical cost for this installation ranges from $150 to $350. The benefits of this installation greatly outweigh the expense; an oil leak can cost thousands to clean up.
Read more about this new law that effects all homeowners at http://www.marealtor.com/content/bsr_law_ethics.htm?inCtx13pg=0&page_id=942&inCtx13news=18&inCtx13view=42&site_id=1&minor=1&major=1&inCtx13order_by=S:%5bstart_date%5d%20desc&inCtx13news_id=1654.