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Small spaces: A bridge house

If ever you have a difficult building site, or just an extra special landscape you don’t want to mar… the bridge house could be your thing.

Besides “touching the earth lightly” this one by Max Pritchard Architects is packed with eco features such as a black concrete floor for thermal mass, huge north facing and double-glazed windows, steel louvres for summer shade and solar water heating.

Gorgeous innit?!

PS. Anyone know that ol’ railway bridge on the left just at the southern edge of Ohakune village? The property it is on was for sale a while back and I reeeeeeeally wanted to buy it and create a house on the bridge. Big old arches and all. How fun would that have been? And it looked straight up to Mt Ruapehu. Amazing… but not to be.

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Living in a lolly factory

I’m more of a chocolate than lollies girl but you wouldn’t have to ask me twice about having a poke around this Sydney lolly factory.

Converted to a texture-filled and edgy urban space by comedian Merrick Watts and his young family, it’s a dream home for those who have a fondness for raw materials and industrial style.

Not surprising, it was this photo of the outdoor space that got me. I do so love those exposed roof trusses, the hanging baskets, brick wall and the above ground pool. Oh and those chairs – how cool are they?! No home should be without a pop of mid century amazingness.

I’m hoping our own under-construction backyard pulls together its crazy mix of texture and material into something nearly as fabulous as this!

While the colour palette is rather moody and mysterious, the raw materials and combined textures add warmth and homeliness. Artfully stuffed flowers in vases help too.

One more, then I’ll leave you to see the rest for yourself over at Real Living. Big giant bookshelf – always a good idea!

Spotted this one via Studio Home – the go to place for Kiwi and Aussie creativeness.