Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Home Design Ideas - Split the Garage!

At Ron Brenner Architects, I am currently working with a client on a new home design to be constructed in Rochester, MN.  Here we have run into a very common dilemma.  What to do with 3 1/2 cars worth of garage?   

If you put all of that garage to the side of the house you get one very wide plan.  If you put all of that garage forward of the house you get one very deep plan.  Many lots cannot accommodate either one of those plan arrangements.  So what I have proposed to do here is to split the garages into two separate structures.  The main two car garage is directly connected to the house via the mudroom zone.  The additional 1 1/2 car garage is placed on the opposite side of the lot; resulting in a nifty little entry court.  See sketches below.

Here you can see a birds eye view of the layout.  Notice the roof between the garage and house is low.  This helps to reduce the mass of the house.  Pulling the garages a bit forward of the front porch creates a nifty little courtyard.

view from street

view approaching courtyard

nice little composition

So when you develop your next house plan - please think about the impact of that garage and look for creative solutions.

Saturday, September 11, 2010 is a fun site that combines vintage images and artwork with modern fashion ideas. I love their montages! Enjoy...
Byzantine Style with Louboutin

Monday, September 6, 2010


"Clasp my love around your neck,
wear my heart on your finger.
My soul will be your pendant:
I live to adorn you -
you're the precious one."

~Grey Livingston

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Dragonfly Dreams

This piece is a bit of a departure from my usual vintage designs, but it really is stunning. While roaming around Gemstar in Enfield, NH (if you love stones, you really must check out this place!), I came across these amazing snakeskin agate stones and had to make something with them. I already had the dragonfly at home and knew the combination would make a great nature-themed necklace. Then the search was on to find a pendant for the dragonfly to rest on...and this gorgeous green leaf jumped out at me at a local bead shop. Perfect. I "test drive" all of my pieces before I sell them to ensure they're comfortable and secure, and I got a LOT of compliments while wearing this piece. It makes a statement! Available for sale on my website.