Quiet Spaces and Places

When the floor panels are open, the fiberglass support bands can be removed to serve as benches.

residential architect, September/October 2008  Under the Lotus Yoga Studio, Clarke County, Va. Architect: Carter Burton Architecture, Berryville, Va.; Builder/Woodworker: Charles H. Snead Co., Boyce, Va. Inspired by the main house's ultra-efficient plan, the clients came up with the idea of embedding sleeping berths into the yoga studio's floor. To accomplish this, architect Jim Burton designed three boxes measuring just more than 6 feet, 8 inches in length to fit beneath the floorboards above the plywood subfloor. He slipped them between the floor joists. Custom mattresses fill the boxes and are each concealed by a pair of interlocking floor panels, which fit into slots flanking each bed. When the floor panels are open, the fiberglass bands that protect the custom mattresses and support the yoga floor can be removed to serve as benches.

residential architect, September/October 2008  Under the Lotus Yoga Studio, Clarke County, Va. Architect: Carter Burton Architecture, Berryville, Va.; Builder/Woodworker: Charles H. Snead Co., Boyce, Va. Inspired by the main house's ultra-efficient plan, the clients came up with the idea of embedding sleeping berths into the yoga studio's floor. To accomplish this, architect Jim Burton designed three boxes measuring just more than 6 feet, 8 inches in length to fit beneath the floorboards above the plywood subfloor. He slipped them between the floor joists. Custom mattresses fill the boxes and are each concealed by a pair of interlocking floor panels, which fit into slots flanking each bed. When the floor panels are open, the fiberglass bands that protect the custom mattresses and support the yoga floor can be removed to serve as benches.

residential architect, September/October 2008  Under the Lotus Yoga Studio, Clarke County, Va. Architect: Carter Burton Architecture, Berryville, Va.; Builder/Woodworker: Charles H. Snead Co., Boyce, Va. Inspired by the main house's ultra-efficient plan, the clients came up with the idea of embedding sleeping berths into the yoga studio's floor. To accomplish this, architect Jim Burton designed three boxes measuring just more than 6 feet, 8 inches in length to fit beneath the floorboards above the plywood subfloor. He slipped them between the floor joists. Custom mattresses fill the boxes and are each concealed by a pair of interlocking floor panels, which fit into slots flanking each bed. When the floor panels are open, the fiberglass bands that protect the custom mattresses and support the yoga floor can be removed to serve as benches.

residential architect, September/October 2008  Under the Lotus Yoga Studio, Clarke County, Va. Architect: Carter Burton Architecture, Berryville, Va.; Builder/Woodworker: Charles H. Snead Co., Boyce, Va. Inspired by the main house's ultra-efficient plan, the clients came up with the idea of embedding sleeping berths into the yoga studio's floor. To accomplish this, architect Jim Burton designed three boxes measuring just more than 6 feet, 8 inches in length to fit beneath the floorboards above the plywood subfloor. He slipped them between the floor joists. Custom mattresses fill the boxes and are each concealed by a pair of interlocking floor panels, which fit into slots flanking each bed. When the floor panels are open, the fiberglass bands that protect the custom mattresses and support the yoga floor can be removed to serve as benches.

2010 RADA Pilates Studio and Carport, Dallas Merit Award/Renovation Architect/interior designer: Susan Appleton Architecture, Dallas; Builder: Hammond Remodeling, Sunnyvale, Texas Given a tight budget, Susan Appleton, AIA, LEED AP, produced an unfussy yet elegant design for this Pilates studio and carport. Even with the custom fabricated steel window wall and other metal work, Appleton kept the cost low by reusing most of the existing garage.

2010 RADA Pilates Studio and Carport, Dallas Merit Award/Renovation Architect/interior designer: Susan Appleton Architecture, Dallas; Builder: Hammond Remodeling, Sunnyvale, Texas Given a tight budget, Susan Appleton, AIA, LEED AP, produced an unfussy yet elegant design for this Pilates studio and carport. Even with the custom fabricated steel window wall and other metal work, Appleton kept the cost low by reusing most of the existing garage.

2010 RADA Pilates Studio and Carport, Dallas Merit Award/Renovation Architect/interior designer: Susan Appleton Architecture, Dallas; Builder: Hammond Remodeling, Sunnyvale, Texas Given a tight budget, Susan Appleton, AIA, LEED AP, produced an unfussy yet elegant design for this Pilates studio and carport. Even with the custom fabricated steel window wall and other metal work, Appleton kept the cost low by reusing most of the existing garage.

2010 RADA Pilates Studio and Carport, Dallas Merit Award/Renovation Architect/interior designer: Susan Appleton Architecture, Dallas; Builder: Hammond Remodeling, Sunnyvale, Texas Given a tight budget, Susan Appleton, AIA, LEED AP, produced an unfussy yet elegant design for this Pilates studio and carport. Even with the custom fabricated steel window wall and other metal work, Appleton kept the cost low by reusing most of the existing garage.

CHDA 2012 Mill Valley Cabins, Mill Valley, Calif. Outdoor Spaces  Feldman Architecture, San Francisco

Two cabins fit more easily into the steep hillside than one large addition.

Custom Home Outdoors, Fall 2004 Water World Architect: House and House, San Francisco; Builder: Innovation Builders, Emeryville, Calif.; Fountain consultant: David Goeppe, San Francisco; Landscape designer: Christine Swanson, Berkeley, Calif. This private, Japanese-inspired courtyard warps around a waterfall-fed pool. The sound of the rushing water echoes off the three walls enclosing the courtyard, evoking a “Zen feeling that's not overpowering,” says project architect Amanda Hajjar.

Custom Home Outdoors, Fall 2004 Water World Architect: House and House, San Francisco; Builder: Innovation Builders, Emeryville, Calif.; Fountain consultant: David Goeppe, San Francisco; Landscape designer: Christine Swanson, Berkeley, Calif. This private, Japanese-inspired courtyard warps around a waterfall-fed pool. The sound of the rushing water echoes off the three walls enclosing the courtyard, evoking a “Zen feeling that's not overpowering,” says project architect Amanda Hajjar.

Custom Home Outdoors, Fall 2004 Reflective Study Architect/owner: Craig Mason, Seattle; Builder: Mike Fisher Construction, Bainbridge Island, Wash. The study/nap niche in architect Craig Mason’s house looks out over a still reflection pool that abuts the window. Mason made sure the pool lined up squarely with a cedar-framed view of Puget Sound so that to someone lying on the fold-down guest bed, the pool appears to merge directly with the Sound below.

Custom Home, September/October 2010 Between a Rock and a Hardscape Architect: Jones Studio, Phoenix; Builder: Reliance Build, Chandler, Ariz. Asked to design a private meditative space in this Phoenix house, Jones came up with an enigmatic structure that looks, from the pool terrace, like a beehive fireplace. The room features a conical, oculus-topped ceiling.

Custom Home, September/October 2010 Between a Rock and a Hardscape Architect: Jones Studio, Phoenix; Builder: Reliance Build, Chandler, Ariz. Asked to design a private meditative space in this Phoenix house, Jones came up with an enigmatic structure that looks, from the pool terrace, like a beehive fireplace. The room features a conical, oculus-topped ceiling.

Custom Home Outdoors, Summer 2006 Time Out Architect: Gregory Thomas Architect, Austin, Texas; Builder: Trinity Builders, Austin; Landscape contractor: Fred Strauss, Austin The clients worked with architect Gregory Thomas to design a teahouse like those they saw in Japan but in a style that fit their Austin, Texas, home. The teahouse perches on the edge of the lawn, where it offers a bird's-eye view of the river below. The sound of flowing water dampens traffic noise and adds to the calm atmosphere. Several circuitous paths lead to and from the screened enclosure and are “designed to slow you down and give you permission to pause and reflect,” Thomas says.

Custom Home, November/December 2009 Last Detail: Higher Ground Architect: David Jameson, Washington, D.C.; Builder: Added Dimensions, Washington, D.C. This suspended meditation chamber forms the physical and spiritual core of a Bethesda, Md., residence. The 8-foot-by-11-foot pod hangs from a series of exposed steel rods and receives added support from the shear wall beneath. Enclosed in translucent glass and plaster and bathed in daylight from nearby clerestory windows, the refuge casts a gentle glow into the center of the home.

Custom Home, November/December 2009 Last Detail: Higher Ground Architect: David Jameson, Washington, D.C.; Builder: Added Dimensions, Washington, D.C. This suspended meditation chamber forms the physical and spiritual core of a Bethesda, Md., residence. The 8-foot-by-11-foot pod hangs from a series of exposed steel rods and receives added support from the shear wall beneath. Enclosed in translucent glass and plaster and bathed in daylight from nearby clerestory windows, the refuge casts a gentle glow into the center of the home.

Custom Home, November/December 2009 Last Detail: Higher Ground Architect: David Jameson, Washington, D.C.; Builder: Added Dimensions, Washington, D.C. This suspended meditation chamber forms the physical and spiritual core of a Bethesda, Md., residence. The 8-foot-by-11-foot pod hangs from a series of exposed steel rods and receives added support from the shear wall beneath. Enclosed in translucent glass and plaster and bathed in daylight from nearby clerestory windows, the refuge casts a gentle glow into the center of the home.

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