We are house-hunting at the moment in Sydney, Australia. I keep falling in love with federation-style houses. For example, my current obsession is this 101-year-old beauty but I also love this one and a variety of similar places. My husband thinks that houses of this sort of age are likely to be a total money-pit, especially if wooden, and even if renovated. Is this true? [more inside]
I want to know more about the material culture of a large English country house or great house in the Victorian era. [more inside]
Where can I find more pictures of houses "without" walls like the ones in this link? Also, it would be awesome if I could get some names of architects that share a similar style.
I've recently become fascinated by (a) long-forgotten "hidden" rooms in houses and other buildings and (b) "dead space" in houses, e.g., large unfinished areas behind walls that are only perhaps discovered years later. Help me find more examples of this sort of thing -- preferably examples with pictures! [more inside]
I keep having dreams about fantastic, labyrinthine houses. What video games have similar qualities? [more inside]
What's with the INTERNAL bedroom windows? [more inside]
We're looking to purchase a house with a not so great exterior shape. Where do we start to help visualize exterior renovation possibilities and building costs? Some pics inside for those who want to give their thoughts... [more inside]
Where can I find a lot of easily browsable pictures of both the inside and outside of houses? [more inside]
Ok, I saw a post here in the past year or so about some strange house a guy built. I believe it was in Florida and has something to do with mystery spots or the like. What I remember is that to this day no one can understand how he built it as some of the doors are 5 ton boulders that swing open with the slightest touch. Google search is coming up blank. Anybody remember the post?
I am working on a house project and feel it would benefit from the quietness and openness I've seen in traditional japanese houses. I understand that their proportions were based on the size of tatamis, both in plan and in section. Does anybody know where I can see a graphic explanation / example of this? A good online collection of traditional japanese interiors and gardens would be much welcome as well. [more inside]