March 26, 2013



Oh Muriel this water's sooo cold....
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Oh Brad, this water's sooooooo HOT....
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There's something sensual and alluring about bathing in the outdoors; maybe it's an Adam and Eve moment when we feel at one with nature, or perhaps how good we feel when we abandon our Victorian  modesty about our bodies... 
Regardless, it's a great sensation.

I've designed several of these over the years and clients always comment on how much they continue to enjoy them
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(Source: Viceroy)
 The walled area outside eliminates any privacy issues and abates the animistic noises which are bound to happen with such a sexy bathing place. 

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(Source: Mencke and Vagnby)
This outdoor "bathing room" accommodates a large stone tub and separate waterfall shower, how sexy is that? 

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(Source: Architectural Review)
This bath has French doors opening out to a small private shower. Notice the water source outside - a bamboo branch.

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(Source: Murdock-Solon Arch.)
This contemporary bath with long-distance views opens to a balcony fitted with a shower so bathers can step through the indoor shower to take one outside - weather permitting.

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Kelly Klein, Calvin's beard for a while just built a new home in Palm Beach; her bathroom is partially outside and partially inside which is sexy and brilliant. Limited to tropical climates though

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This modern cement-walled shower has insulated doors which open to another outdoor shower to use in fair weather. The detail of the wooden flooring aligning with the outdoor decking is a nice detail.

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This ocean front shower-porch is feekin' awesome!

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A contemporary home tucked into the woods utilizes a large side deck as their natural shower area just outside the master bedroom. I'm imagining all the local fauna lined up each morning for the show...

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(Source: Town and Country)
A stone residence has an intimate shower immediately outside the master suite for quick rinse-off's when needed... 
Notice the projecting stone ledges for the products and the teak wall piece holding the plumbing.

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(Source: Casa Diseno)
A modern home located their outdoor shower convenient to the pool, beach and the main house. The sand washes back to the ground instead of into a drain.

Away from the house, but equally interesting 
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(Source: Freshome)
Set into the side of the pool deck this wooden structure feels natural and private. Next time your four-year-old asks "where do babies come from" show them this photo...  

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(Source:  Coastal Living)
Simple and successful!  An anti-room to hang your clothes to keep them dry and a large showering area with room for more than one person...

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(Source: Katherine Fields Landscapes)
OMG - how awesome is this??? 
I love the large Moroccan entrance doors.

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(Source: Coastal Living)
Adjacent to the pool area a small "shower house" doubles as a changing room for guests; its architectural, well-designed and practical.

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(Source: West Coast Design Illustrated)
Imagine being elevated on a cantilevered deck over the rustic landscape whilst taking a warm shower...
Somehow, I would always have to lean against the railing and sing out loud "My heart will go on"  (the theme song from Titanic by Celine Dion) 

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(Source: This Old House)
Some things don't need zhuzhing up, they're perfect just as they have been for decades...

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(Source: Coastal Living)
Simple, easy to build and out of the way.

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From outside it looks like a charming stone garden wall; from inside it's a steamy, sexy, sun-soaked ablution garden...

Portable showers aren't so bad, especially in hard-freeze zones
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This teak freestanding shower offers no privacy, but it's perfect for rinsing off the salt or chlorinated water

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(Source: Jane Hamley Wells)
This well-designed free-standing shower has a stainless-steel frame and teak accents which hide the internal plumbing. This can be used by a pool or behind a huge-ass rock as shown here...

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(Source: New England Home)
Out on a dock or by your beach access a shower is brilliant to wash all the crud off after a day (or night - wink-wink) on the beach.

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(Source: Pinterest)
Cowabunga duuude!
After you've spent the day stoked up from the anklebusters you can get your bathymetry on with this rad short-board shower, dude.

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(Source: Designrulz)
Perfectly disguised as a wall garden this simple wall shower is all one needs to get yo freshie-fresh on

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(Source: Loop Shower, Diego Granese)
A+ for Design
E- for a residential shower
Really, you're going to have an awesome contemporary house and use a PVC shower/sculpture by your pool?
This is something that people who aren't original, or cant design use to garner ooh's and ahhh's...

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(Source: Cottage Living)
The basic old-fashioned shower; it works perfectly and anything elaborate would look pretentious with this old shabby-chic style home.

Soaking tubs have gone to new levels!
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(Source: Tahoe Design House)
Soaking in a warm teak tub with a fireplace on one side and the great outdoors all around....GTFO!

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(Source: Elias Rizo Arch.)
I'd be all prune'y from this tub 'cause I'd never get out of it....
It's bliss in stone!

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(Source: LeModerne)
The loggia of of this bedroom offers an amazingly discreet spot to soak your booty whilst soaking in the view-hoo-hoo

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(Source: St Barths Monthly)
Who wouldn't switch from showers to baths if you had this outside your bathroom, riiiight?

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(Source: Emma's Bog)
As I always say ... Less is more!

You Can Do It, I'm Here To Help!

March 16, 2013



Of Course You Would!

New technologies and materials now allow you to literally open an all-glass wall with the touch of a finger - or a button.

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(Source: Fearon Hay Architects)

MOVABLE GLASS DOOR CONSTRUCTION is a quantum leap from 10 years ago. New, better-quality windows and doors have a very low "u-factor" which means they're almost equivalent to a solid wall when it comes to insulation and their easy-to-use hardware is mind-blowing.


Nanawall is an excellent manufacturer of folding doors, offering many ways for doors to fold and open.  

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(Source: Nanawall)
This small cottage doubles in size when the wall of doors are opened and the deck becomes part of the living area.
The greatest luxury of folding doors is that they're totally out of the way when opened; no broken noses from people walking into glass sliders or blocked views through layers of stacked sliders. 

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(Source: Paul Burnham Architect)
A large home becomes an open air pavilion when all of its folding doors are opened on both sides of the home. 

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(Source: Pinterest)
A small country kitchen feels much more connected to nature when the wall of windows are opened.

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(Source: Pinterest)
This "glass porch" in winter becomes an open porch when the seasons change and the doors are folded back. The space is now roomier and the deck is wide-open, more easily accessible.

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(Source: Malibu Colony)
This small ocean-front cottage feels like it drops right into sea with the doors and glass balcony railing.  It would feel entirely claustrophobic with French doors or windows.

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(Source: Houzz)
This casual suburban home is integral to the garden when its doors are opened. If it had glass walls or sliders to look through the effect would be totally lost.

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(Source: NANAWALL )


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(Source: twentyfourseven)
This is what we all were used to up to the late 70's, which gave way in the 80's to French doors. BUT, this does make you feel part of the adjacent courtyard - which French doors can't do.

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(Source: Juancarlos Fernand)
When using sliding doors its best to accommodate them with a "pocket" to hide them when you have the doors open - as above. 

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(Source: Pinterest)
Even in old rustic-style homes the views are still important. Most old homes have small windows - which reduces most of the natural light. These wooden-laminated doors look rustic and blend perfectly with the structure and allow awesome views.

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(Source: Winkelvoss Brothers Residence)
Now you know this is just plain sexy!
A view over LA like this can't be done with French doors or Picture windows...jus sayin'

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(Source: Balance Associates, Architecture)
The large sliding panels of this mountain home are fantastic picture windows during the winter, and in summer they slide wide-open to enjoy the mountain air.

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(Source: Steven Harris Arch.)
It doesn't have to be glass that's moved; a modest weekend cottage uses barn-door apparatuses, giving the small rooms a sense of being outside with sweeping dramatic views.

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(Source: Architectos)
Instead of a costly renovation, this older home had its fixed windows removed and large sliding glass doors installed on the inside of the exterior walls which avoided any major re-construction.

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(Source: Designrulz)
This house don't talk no smack, it's the bomb because it feels like a covered loggia when the walls of sliding glass are opened and hidden inside their wall pockets.

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(Source: Freshome)
Thinking all these glass walls are too modern for your style? 
Think again! Having this great room open completely to the outside makes entertaining easy; no traffic bottlenecks or bloody-noses from guests walking into the sliders - the doors are tucked away in their wall pockets!

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(Source: H&G Great Britain)
This small room has two wooden sliding doors which slide fully away to the left on a track mounted onto the outside wall, making the garden an extension of the room.


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This small urban kitchen feels larger because the deck is visually a part of the kitchen - thanks to the glass wall. As there is no place for a door to disappear to, the solid glass hinged door swings out and out of the way.

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(Source: KAA Design)
These extra-wide French-style doors latch into each other when open so they don't blow around. They can also be adjusted to catch and direct or divert the breeze.

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(Source: Lai, Thailand)
Here there's nowhere for the door to 'disappear' to within this structure, so this super-wide steel-framed door is hinged and swings out of the way - against the fixed glass wall.

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(Source: Houzz)
When there's no stacking space for sliders, and the budget doesn't allow for Nanawall, pivot-doors can work quite well. They offer a more architectural look than French doors and allow the most ventilation possible. 
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They can direct the breezes, and they're aesthetically compatible with wooden structures.


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(Source: Kim Hersovell)
If you have a narrow room with no stack-back space or swing space for doors consider having the glass go "up"!

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(Source: Will Smith and Jada Pinketts home)
With the simple flip of a switch the entire glass wall of this living room lifts up and out of the way 

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(Source: Marie Claire Maison)
They're not just for garages anymore! 
As industrial design gains favor the use of many here-to-fore forbidden options are now acceptable; they're inexpensive and easy to use.


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These electrically operated glass balconies are perfect for city homes, or renovations where you can't structurally cantilever the bracing to hold a deck. These offer one-piece installation, and come with either glass(above) or solid floors(below)
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(Source: FAKRO )
Leave it to the Europeans to design something so simple and yet so sophisticated as a skylight which can morph into a balcony.

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A conservatory 'bay' would physically add more space, while the glass roof and folding Nanawall would visually add unlimited space  - year round!


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