Mountain Modern Home Design Trend Spotlights JLF Architects for Bringing Contemporary Style to Rustic and Reclaimed Materials

Incorporating a soothing water feature, this JLF Architects-designed Mountain Modern legacy home combines industrial steel and glass with rustic timber and stone craftsmanship (photo by Audrey Hall).

We believe that the most sustainable thing we can do as architects and builders is to construct houses that last a century or more.

With its wide open spaces and restorative connection to nature, the Rocky Mountain West’s appeal is growing with city dwellers interested in staking their claim on the stunning landscape in what one Aspen realtor has called “the great urban exodus.” That influx of interest has turned national design attention to a style known as Mountain Modern – and to top practitioners JLF Architects. While the Bozeman, Montana-based firm resists being pigeon-holed, JLF is an acknowledged pioneer – with over 40 years of experience – of the art

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Naples Art & Design Expo opens Nov. 19

The delayed Naples Art & Design Expo opens Thursday, Nov. 19, a double-hinged door to the importance of its L-shaped neighborhood behind Naples Boulevard: 

  • There is a vendor or manufacturer for nearly every aspect of home design — upholstery, stone,  furniture, draperies and cabinetry — inside the busy buildings in the boxy district behind Naples Boulevard.  
  • Similarly, the art studios that nestle against the design trade businesses hold everything from glass sculpture to classical portraits to small ceramics, dyed fabrics and wall-gulping abstracts.

With the same ingenuity that married peanut butter and chocolate into a candy bar, commerce and art have collaborated for three days of open houses and demonstrations. Their mission: To bring people a sense of the entire aesthetic of home design. Two specific workshops on Friday, Nov. 20, demonstrate ways of pairing art and furnishings (see information box for times locations and free registration instructions). 

Small art

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unbelievable (and hilarious) home fails


These ridiculous design fails will have you doing a double-take. Whether down to bad planning or terrible execution, these houses have been struck down by shoddy fittings, low standards and inexplicable additions to rooms. So, take a deep breath before you click or scroll through our roundup of the world’s worst home design fails…



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Important Points You Need to Learn About Your Floor Insulation

Floor insulation can help you keep your home warm, cut back on draughts, and cut your energy bills. This article can help you choose the best floor insulation for your floor and find the right floor insulation service provider.

Floors at ground level can feel pretty cold and should be insulated if possible. The upstairs rooms’ floors do not usually need to be insulated if the room or space underneath is heated. But if your room is above an unheated space, such as a garage, you could benefit from floor insulation.

Hiring Professional Floor Insulation Service

If a floor is being excavated and replaced, this is a perfect opportunity to hire professional floor insulation New Orleans, LA to improve the standard of your floor insulation. A U-value of 0.2W/m2K can be achieved for a typical semi-detached dwelling using around 100mm of air-based insulation and careful detailing. Better U-values could be … Read More