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Moloney Architects recently completed a modern extension on a century-old Victorian weatherboard house in Ballarat, Australia. The original house was no longer working for the family of five, so the architects devised a plan to give the house a more open feel by adding a “wooden box” on the back. A hallway joins the two structures into one home, which is now called the Wooden Box House. The extension design allowed for keeping the original roof structure so you’d ne




Most architects would probably run from a tiny, triangular site like this one in Melbourne, Australia, but not OOF! Architecture, who turned a rundown Victorian weatherboard cottage into a compact home, named the Acute House, for a modern family. Wanting to blend in with the neighborhood, they reused much of the original materials, including warped weatherboards, fence palings, door knobs, vents, and street numbers. Each piece was removed, labeled, put in storage, and then re-installe




Whether it’s to save money or to simplify a lifestyle, more and more people are going small. Luckily there’s been a rise in tiny home design to meet the demand for it, which has resulted in some really cool and compact living situations that might just make you give up some square footage. ESCAPE Homes had a “prairie style” cottage that we liked before and now they’ve unveiled one that’s a little more scaled back than its predecessor but it’s




Vertical gardens have become much more popular as it seems that horizontal space has been growing smaller and smaller. Living walls can exist both indoors and out making them a great yet unconventional design option for your walls. They not only bring a natural element to a space, but they can easily become works of art in their own right. Plus, they help purify the air we breathe, so it seems like a win-win, right? Take a look at ten walls that have been turned into live vertical gar




The following post is brought to you by A’ Design Award and Competition. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design. Another A’ Design Award and Competition wraps up, and the winners of this year’s competition are now live! The competition highlights some of the best global designs, concepts, buildings, interiors, and products in all creative disciplines and industries. Submissions are reviewed by an esteemed




Created as a family retreat as well as a rental for other seeking a vacation spot, The Bear Stand is a 3,300 square foot house that’s nestled on the shores of Contau Lake, which is just three hours northeast of Toronto. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed the two-story residence within 100 acres of woodlands with a private trail, courtesy of the homeowners, for visitors to explore. The house sits parallel to the lake with the main living spaces fashioned at ground level putting




With offices in London, Beijing, and New York City, PENSON has risen to the top of the crop of architecture and interior design firms thanks to the company’s innovative founder and CEO, Lee Penson. He’s clearly got a sharp eye and an adventurous nature that lends itself to that kind of jaw-dropping creativity people are drawn to and businesses want to tap into. His roster of of clients include the likes of Jay Z, Google, PlayStation, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotte World Tower,




Valley Villa is a residence located in Vilnius, Lithuania just off of a main city street, but looking at the house you’d never know. Designed by arches, the house is surrounded by a lush forest of trees making for a peaceful existence. The design process began with building regulations and the clients’ desire to construct a modern house, which resulted in a house being built into an existing slope. They were able to preserve all of the trees by working with the open land




We’re excited to partner with Brick & Wonder to give away a 2-night stay at the fabulous Hudson Woods house in Upstate New York. Located 2 hours from New York City, in the midst of the Hudson River Valley, Hudson Woods is a serene mountain retreat that brings together architecture and nature. It is an ideal escape for any design lover. Included in the package is a flight voucher, the use of a Tesla Model S for the weekend and more. >>>ENTER HERE




Rarely do houses that look straight out of a magazine also look livable and cozy, but Blaze Makoid manages to make that happen in this East Hampton residence. The Old Orchard Project began when a family purchased this 10,000 square foot house and after living in it for a year, they decided to hire Makoid to completely renovate it to work better for longevity of their family. The result is a drop dead, jaw-dropping makeover that will have you forwarding your mail there ASAP. The origi




Long gone are the days when skyscrapers, offices, hotels, and residences had to be plain and boring on the outside just to fit into the neighborhood. These days, architects are taking risks by thinking outside the basic square box and designing exteriors that are literally works of art. When that happens, these structures can change the neighborhood, and sometimes the skyline, making passersby stop and take notice. Take a peek at 10 buildings with unique facades that have us pause and take a se




De Rosee Sa Architects were hired when a client bought land across the street from where they were living in order to prevent the property from becoming overdeveloped. A storage shed that was already on the land, which had been a wood yard, is what drove the housing restrictions for the new project – the new home’s perimeter had to match that of the shed’s outline. They also had a vertical height limit they had to stay under, which led the architects to design a new



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