Design Ideas - Special Fireplace


I ran across this sculpture installation that really caught my eye.  A really simple fireplace wall composition with one spectacular piece of art.  The glass wheat sculpture is designed by Canlis Glass out of Seattle, Washington.  Check it out.


Simple composition of the fireplace wall.  A contemporary fire box and open display niche sit side by side.  Wheat sculpture centered above.
Lighting is important here as it really emphasizes the overall texture of the glass.
The stems of glass are set into the base of the sculpture; which in this case also serves as the fireplace mantel.
I don't want to know how much this costs.I would imagine that this unique glass sculpture is cost prohibitive.  But the idea of the fireplace wall can be borrowed.  Keep the composition very simple.  No need for a fancy fireplace surround with expensive stone and and an ornate mantel.  Instead just place one interesting piece of art above.  Beautiful idea.

Larson Brenner Design to be Featured in New Book


An In-Law Apartment I designed a few years ago is to be featured in an upcoming book by Michael Litchfield.  The book is called in-laws, outlaws and granny flats; and is slated to be available in bookstores and online by late February / early March.
the book can be pre-ordered at the taunton store - in-laws-outlaws-and-granny-flats
The book features a number of case studies that illustrate ways in which homeowners are creating in-law suites.  In our case study - called "Billys Place" we converted an existing garage attic space into a beautiful live able one room studio for Grandpa.
We used the volumes created by the shape of the roof and dormers to zone distinct spaces within.
The living, sitting and entry zones lie underneath the main gable.
The kitchen zone is carved into the northern dormer.The bed zone lies within the southern dormer.We at Simply Elegant Home Designs have created a couple of Garage / Studio Apartment designs inspired by "Billys Place".  If interested you can check them out with the links below:Minnetonka Garage ApartmentMarine Garage Apartment



New House Plan Offering - The Excelsior Cottage


Simply Elegant Home Designs is very proud to offer an amazing new house plan - the Excelsior Farmhouse Cottage; designed by Ron Brenner of Larson Brenner Architects.  The design combines elements from traditional farmhouse and contemporary cottage home styles.    

Excelsior Farmhouse Cottage - Front
Excelsior Farmhouse Cottage - Side / Rear
Excelsior Farmhouse Cottage - Living RoomThis home plan’s exterior is characterized by this designer’s exquisite attention to scale, proportion, window patterns, materials and all of the details. A beautifully proportioned second story front gable and graceful columns provide a striking entry to the home.  Subtle overhangs with delicate brackets provide interesting shadow lines and help to protect the windows below.
The main floor accommodates kitchen, living and dining areas within its elegant open floor plan. Upstairs the three bedrooms, including the master suite, are neatly placed beneath an interesting roof line.  An above garage bonus room provides ample space for an additional bedroom and family flex areas.
You can visit Excelsior Farmhouse Cottage to learn more about this home design.


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