Posted: 11 Jul 2013 08:52 AM PDT
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Site: Sommo (Pv) – Italy
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Posted: 11 Jul 2013 07:32 AM PDT
The 80,000-square-foot office that Studio O+A designed for Evernote, an online data storage company in Redwood City, California, makes a virtue of the start-up's tight budget and tight schedule: the construction process became part of the aesthetic. Unpainted Douglas fir plywood serves as cladding in for coffee bar and break areas, and the company's name, tagline, and logo are drawn in chalk. To encourage creative interaction among employees, those snack and coffee counters, along with other communal and recreation spaces, are scattered generously throughout—even the white ash staircase between the second and third floors doubles as a gathering spot, with wide, cushioned steps. The reception station has its own coffee bar with a donut and pastry counter.
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+ All images courtesy Studio O+A, photo by Jasper Sanidad
Posted: 11 Jul 2013 06:44 AM PDT
A new conservatory is the perfect opportunity to inject some of your own personality into a property, or to give you a space that is a little different to the rest of the property. There are plenty of reasons for building a conservatory, so we have put together a list of 5 that are definitely worth considering.
The day room
A conservatory can be the perfect day room for those looking to bring their stress levels right down. Ideally, you will want to have the area as minimal as possible, with a large day bed for relaxation. Olive greens and pale blues will help with relaxation, whilst complimenting the conservatory itself. A dimmer switch on the light will finish the conservatory off perfectly for the evening.
The dining room
Light coloured distressed furniture will often look at home in a conservatory. A dresser in the corner and a cast iron dining set will finish it off perfectly and make the room ideal for a dining area. Sunday morning breakfasts or afternoon tea will be a welcome change from sitting in the traditional dining room or kitchen.
A conservatory can be a great spot for a kitchen. The glass top will make the area a far more appealing environment for those who don't like to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. However, if this is something you are considering, then you will need less windows and more brick for the walls. Why not give it some thought, you may find it brings out the chef in you.
Blinds can be a great addition to a conservatory, as they add an element of privacy as well as being aesthetically pleasing. As such, you can transform the area into anything from an extended living area to a dining room. Floral blinds, coupled with a glass ceiling and some plants can help bring the garden into your home.
Is there anything more romantic than relaxing in a hot tub with that special someone, with the lights dimmed and the stars beaming in through the glass ceiling? A wooden surround adorned with candles, a couple of loungers and some ferns and you will have the perfect space where time will stand still and you can escape from it all.
The 3 P's
If you haven't already designed or fitted a conservatory it's probably a good idea to think through all of your long term options before undertaking the work. Planning permission, positioning and purpose are the three most important factors to bear in mind before you begin. There is plenty of good advice on offer from professional conservatory companies, such as Anglianhome.co.uk, so if you're stuff for ideas, you can always ask the experts. Once complete, your conservatory can add value and appeal to your home and make it stand out from the crowd, should the day ever come when you want to sell it, so it's worth putting a little effort into.
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