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5 Favorites: The Benefits of Investing in Good Design

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5 Favorites: The Benefits of Investing in Good Design

January 30, 2013

Whether you are embarking on a minor remodel or building a new house, being sure to get a second opion and investing in good design is paramount. We know from experience (at Remodelista, we’ve completed more than a dozen projects among us) that consulting an expert in the field of architecture or interior design will save you time, money, energy, and will even introduce you to a world of new ideas.

Each of these five architects below offer a compelling reason to invest wisely; the homes they have created marry personality and function and will endure for the long haul.

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Above: The principal behind Front Studio Architects is to design flexible spaces that offer clients room to evolve. With offices in New York and Pittsburgh, the firm is experienced in urban design, maximizing smaller dwellings. For this New York City apartment, the main focus is on the bright kitchen, where the designers included white lacquer cabinets and replaced the windows to create a spacious and light-filled home. Photo by Maggie Soladay.

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Above: Commute Home is a shop and design studio based in Toronto that creates custom pieces and environments for retail, restaurant, and residential spaces. The designers cater toward a raw, industrial aesthetic mixed with modern accents. For Madras Pantry, a restaurant in Toronto, they kept the integrity of the building’s original features, such as the brick wall, and incorporated streamlined furniture. The result is an inviting dining space that exudes warmth and character.

bates masi genius loci bath

Above: Located in Long Island, Bates Masi + Architects has built a portfolio of finely detailed beach side, rural and urban houses throughout the United States and beyond that respond to the environment and needs of the clients. Principals Harry Bates and Paul Masi take a hands-on approach with each project, working to design homes that capture a true sense of place. Situated atop one of the highest elevations in Montauk, New York, this home illustrates their ability to build a continual landscape of house and home. Throughout each room, including this bath, there are ample views of the land. Photo by Michael Moran.

700 venice loft curated los angeles

Above: While a home needs to be functional, it also needs to exude the essence of those who live there. This is the goal of Curated. co-founders Delta Wright and Elena Frampton (now Delta Wright and Frampton Co.). Based in New York and Los Angeles, the interior design team creates “artful, unique” spaces that take on the style of the client while also lending a well-composed structure that has longevity. For this loft in Venice Beach, California, they complemented the existing red architectural steel with cool tones and various textures and patterns. Photo courtesy of Curated.

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Above: San Francisco-based architect Nick Noyes has lived around the world and taught various architectural classes, thus giving him a collective design wisdom. Known for creating within tight budgets, he and his team at Nick Noyes Architecture build homes that marry the clients’ visions with sustainability. For this Northern California home, Noyes incorporated yellow pine from the client’s family lumber mill to build the walls and flooring. Photo by Cesar Rubio.

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