Olive Tree Lane Contemporary Exterior by Mark English Architects AIA, San Francisco, CA

Today we’re kicking off Design Week – or probably what will become the first of several recurring ‘design weeks’ as a project like ours just has so many different phases of the design process. This week we’ll be focusing on the architectural design.

When we decided to chase the dream, our goal was to create a home that embodied the feel of the open-concept, urban contemporary loft, while satisfying our need for the larger living space generally only found at affordable prices outside of the city.

To get started, we took to the web to figure out our likes and dislikes in terms of style and quickly found Houzz to be a fantastic resource for all things home.

Here’s a look at some of the houses that were the jumping off point of inspiration for us:

Check out our full set of ideabooks on Houzz!

houzz interior design ideas

  • January 15, 2013

    Pickering, Ontario can’t handle any of these houses! You may be a tourist attraction after this house is built. I’d be more then happy to submit my resume to be a tour guide.

  • January 16, 2013

    They all look great to me! I haven’t been to Ontario yet but maybe it will be a tourist attraction by the time I get there. 😉

  • Jen
    January 18, 2013

    Came across some more [affordable] inspiration for you… http://imgur.com/a/ny4uA#ePCDg

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