This elegant two-story home is a family’s dream house, with its multi-level design and classy gray exterior. The interior boasts 4 bedrooms, enough for a large family or a growing one. With the beautiful siding and gray brick accessorizing the exterior, the home is only made more elegant by the multitude of windows that surround this classic looking two-story home.
The beautiful foliage and lovely walkway only add to the home’s ambiance. There is a small porch at the front door for sitting in a comfy chair in the evenings with a book, or just to stand and look at the stars. There is also a screened porch for company, outside the laundry room area, for just a small get-togther. With 4 bedrooms, you have room for a family of 6 if you choose. The master bedroom is quite a plus and will provide the privacy parents need. This is truly a family home, though couples can transform one bedroom into a home office.
Morton Buildings has done it again by creating something rare, what we call, a barndominium. This very modern, yet traditional and stylish home and barn combined, is quite special. For those who desire to live outside the busy environment of the city, this special living and working space is ideal.
Great for family living and socializing with 5000 Sq.ft. of storage space, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Large families will have plenty of room to make a part of this home something special for them. The fact that it sits near a gorgeous lake adds to the appeal of this barndominium. Whether you are a serious farmer or cattleman, or simply a family man who loves to be with family and friends for gatherings, this home will satisfy your needs. The scenery alone makes this home worth its price and then some, and anyone who lives here will get the best of a luxurious and spacious interior and a magnificent outdoor scene.
Stats: total 6640 sq. ft (5000 sq.ft. storage space), 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.
Goforth Gill Architects has created this exquisite rustic style home great for couples or singles who want to live in luxury without too much extra space. This company is on trend with some of the largest European architectural companies by designing a modern home with a traditional accents, such as timber. What an unusual, but beautiful combination. A modern home with a rustic feel is what this company has offered buyers.
With a beautiful scenery, this home could be an oasis for a lifetime. The timber pillars are simply grand and add such beauty and warmth to this metal home. This has a great open space inside with a minimal look, perfect for those who love to entertain and gather with family and friends.
Ask your contractor for better options; that is, building a house like this using steel framed and metal sidings.
Stats: around 1,600 sq.ft., great room, bedroom, bath and mudroom/laundry on main floor with open loft above.
Just short of a mansion, this expansive and luxurious home is a home buyer’s dream. A farmhouse with every room that a family can desire; from a big country kitchen to an in-law suite, and everything in between. This beautiful home boasts a family room for socializing and spending quality time together, plus a living room/parlor. There is also a Great room where the family can enjoy solace with a book or laughs over a movie.
The formal dining room is quite special because many homes don’t have that feature anymore. The fireplace is just the perfect accent to a space like this one. It is traditional and cozy and ready for a cool winter and Spring evening. This is a home that encourages you to spend time with family and even extended family, such as parents and grandparents. There is room for everyone in this super stylish and grand farmhouse.
Some more information about this farmhouse:
Dimensions: LIVING AREA:5,466 sq. ft. WIDTH/DEPTH:85′ x 85′ 6″
Formal Dining Room
Formal Living Room/Parlor
A cabin the beautiful state of Missouri is the place for a family seeking a great view of nature and a bit of solace away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This Metal cabin not only sits in the midst of perfect scenery, but also has everything a small to mid- sized family needs. It’s simple and minimalist on the outside but full of space within the interior.
This cabin is basically move-in ready. With two bedrooms, one being a large master bedroom and the other room for one or two small children, the layout is versatile. For singles or a couple, the extra bedroom can be used as an office, storage, guest room or nursery. This metal cabin also comes equipped with a laundry room/mudroom which is extremely convenient whether for a family or couple, especially living outside of the city.
If you are looking for a practical and comfortable home to live in, coupled with a touch of nature in the surroundings, then this metal cabin located in Missouri is definitely a top choice.
Some more information about this metal cabin:
Dimensions: 14′ x 60′
This home was built for Michael J. of Missouri
Thinking outside of the traditionally built home may be difficult for some home seekers but for others having alternatives is a an appealing idea. The steel framed home is an option many families are taking a liking to, and are moving forward with plans to live in an alternatively-built home. There are many reasons to be drawn to the steel kit home and we’ll explore a couple of those reasons below.
The proud owner of this home has the option of having porches on two levels. This not only enhances the design and look of the home but also gives the homeowner more outside space. Today, homebuyers are seeking to live in and outside the home, and this design offers that option.
The master bedroom suite is another big draw because everyone loves an en suite bathroom design. It can lend the illusion of a larger master bedroom and also offer the homeowner privacy, especially if they have children. The media room is another draw, particularly for a family that loves to live the social life.
This is a house which can easily be built using wooden or steel frames. We recommend to get it built on steel frames for durability and longevity.
Heated/living area:2,296 sq. ft.
Total area:2,875 sq. ft.
Framing Wood – 2×4
First Floor:1396 sq ft/ height 10
Second Floor:900 sq ft/ height 10
Porch:579 sq ft
Stats: total area 2,875 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 stories, 2 garage bays.
Bedroom with Private Bath
Bedroom with Walk-In Closet
Built-In Cabinets, Shelves, Desks
Formal Dining Room
Laundry Room-Main Floor
Master Suite – Shower
Master Suite-Main Floor
Open Floor Plan
Soaking Tub + Shower
You have to see this house! We can all learn something from this unique mastery of simplicity when it comes to building.
This vacation house, set in the middle of nature, is an attractive design in a nice setting, but there’s something else to it. While on this site we’ve featured a number of prefab homes, tiny houses, modular construction projects, metal building home options, and a ton of other things, I’ve never seen a building style like this. I’m interested.
We’re always seeking for simple building styles, because that’s part of our ‘mission’ on the site — to try to find enough options for everybody to find something that suits them and move towards a goal where everybody has their own home, whether a prefab, modular, tiny house, house boat, park model, cabin, house on wheels, whatever. So check out this building style.
It’s a building called the “Rio Bonito” and it’s by architect Carla Juacaba (of Brazil). She’s simply constructed two stone walls (although in my conception of making this simple I’m picturing cinder blocks or even concrete perhaps). Then she’s embedded the flat metal frame of the floor and ceiling into these two walls.
This sets the house up off the ground. Then she’s just slid stairs in front of the patio that is part of the entire floor.
There’s also a stone stairway on one of the walls, which leads the “cabin” (can you call it that?) up onto the roof.
She set a few walls in the center of the building to have a private bathroom, and for walls she just glazed them with large glass panels / sliding doors.
Heat? She left part of the stone wall hallow, so it can serve as a fireplace. It has a grate in front of it. The decor is minimalist. It has lights, but I suspect the kitchen stove might be wood burning, set in an adobe or other clay constructed cooking “desk”. There’s also a propane-style cookstove set up there.
For floors, she used plain long wooden floor boards with a shiny finish.
The furniture is minimal.
While this construction is an example of how simplicity can lend itself to style, you can tell this project was undertaken by a real stylish architect because of how she harmonized the shapes and sizes, the various materials, and even the colors (look at the colors of the patio, for example). What do you think?
As for lights, they have some set up. I’m not sure whether they power these with solar panels or a generator or what. I’m not sure how they get water to the cabin, either, for showers and cooking / washing. There are off-the-grid options for these things though that could be implemented.
These images and the one above are big, so they’ll look best on a large computer screen. They might also take a minute to load.For more work by Carla Juacaba, find her in our directory, where you can also find a bunch of other listings depending on your style interests, from prefabs to tiny homes. You can also check out some cabins here, tiny homes here, prefabs here, and metal buildings elsewhere on our site.
Bringing the outside in with plants, especially during months when your outside garden is dormant, not only freshens the air in your home, it also reduces stress and lifts the spirits. If you don’t get a lot of natural light, you can still brighten darker rooms with house plants. There are many house plants that do quite well in dark rooms and require little maintenance. Here are five of some of the most popular low-light plants that can help bring Nature back into your home.
Image Fernlea Flowers
The Boston Fern is a popular indoor plant that does well in shady areas. It’s arching leaves have delicate fronds that gives this lush plant its beauty. It needs to be positioned away from drafts and heat ducts, and to be misted during winter. They can be placed in regular pots or hanging baskets and give any room in your home a natural feel. Only water when the soil feels dry.
Image from Pinterest
Also called the Chinese Evergreen, the Aglaomena is one of the most trending house plats world-wide. It is perfect for the erratic gardener or someone without a green thumb, as it does well in dry soil. It can brighten the darkest of corners.
Image Evergreen Interiors Inc.
The Dracaena tricolor, is a sophisticated and elegant plant that can be kept as a tree or clumped together with other dracaenas for a more foresty look. Of all the dracaenas on the market today this is the most colorful. Water only when the soil feels dry to the touch, and pick out any leaves that have faded.
Image from Pinterest
The prodigious spider plant comes in a variety of colors, and sends out offshoots which can be planted as new single plants. It is beautiful as a hanging house plant or, as in the picture above, can trail down a pedestal or stool. It does well in shady areas of your home, but needs regular, misting to keep the leaf tips from turning brown. Water when the soil is dry.
Image from Flickr
Columnea’s yellow and orange blooms do better in bright locations, but its leaves which are still beautiful, cascading, shiny green and lush, add a natural decor to darker corners. Also called the “goldfish plant”, these lovelies should be watered only when the soil feels dry.
Tired of clunky furniture? So was Kickstarter Creator, Chris Eng, when he sought out to rethink the nightstand. He’s creating a minimalist, eco-friendly nightstand, called the BedShelfie. It installs without tools using a sturdy clamp and can hold up to 15 pounds of your most important bedside items within an arm’s reach.
The BedShelfie is handcrafted out of bamboo, which grows exponentially faster than wood (it’s technically a grass) – so it’s a renewable, eco-friendly resource. The BedShelfie currently comes in Natural Bamboo or Oil Stained Black and you can pre-order for $35 at this link.
The BedShelfie features:
A clean and minimal design profile for versatility
A wire slot for easy device charging
Rounded edges for safety
A versatile clamp design that accommodates bedframe edges up to 2.25 inches wide
A sturdy hold – it can hold up to 15 pounds
Thick felt padding on clamp touch points to prevent scratching
2 Colors: Natural Bamboo + Black Oil Stained Bamboo
Surface Area: ~12.75 x 8.5 inches (think 13 inch Macbook)
How many of you have looked into these Quonset building kit homes? First thing you might notice is that there are a couple of standard types, based mostly on the roof. These are P and S styles. According to SteelMaster, “Quonset homes are becoming more and more popular with the DIY crowd; they can be […]
Here’s a DIY tiny house unlike any you might have seen before. These fellows did it with just a bit of lumber and that piece of corrugated metal. Interested in trying something like this yourself? They’re a couple of Californians, named Matt & Margo, and they built this one over a dry creek bed (usually dry, anyway). […]
All of us, I think it would be fair to say, want to own a house of some sort, and some of us want a small or even a tiny home. Well, here is a nice smaller-sized house (with plans) we recently came across, and thought we’d share. It’s one that comes in several models, […]
The idea of living on a houseboat year-round sounds like being on a permanent vacation, but if you’ve never done it, there will be things that will come up that can be quite costly. But is it necessarily expensive to live year-round on a houseboat. Let’s explore what it takes to live this dream and […]
Many people are finally letting go of what we sometimes call “The American Dream”: A marriage, two and a half kids, a dog, a good paying job, and a nice big house. And the accumulation of “stuff” has been at the forefront of this myth. For these folks a more minimal, manageable life holds a […]