Turning an old barn that was intended for horses into a state-of-the-art family home is no easy feat. Doing so in an environmentally responsible manner with an impressive aesthetic to match, poses an even greater challenge. Yet, all of these goals were met during this incredibly remarkable project. The objective was to transform a 1920s concrete barn that had been in the client’s family for eighty years into a custom home, while keeping the exterior similar to the original structure and incorporating as many existing elements as possible. Clearly, Mike Serrao, general manager and owner of Malbec Homes & Renovations in Calgary, Alberta, who was responsible for the design and construction, was up to the task of the complex transformation that resulted in a 3,600-square-foot residence on over two acres of land.
How to start your dream business for less! When you’re thinking of starting your own business, one of the biggest fears you’ll face is the seemingly insurmountable cost of getting your company off the ground. After all, new businesses require ample cash flow to cover costs ranging from licensing fees to office space to advertising campaigns. It’s no wonder that so many potential entrepreneurs assume a new business is out of their budgetary reach before they even begin.
When interior designer Zach Azpeitia is first approached by a client, especially one building a new home, he generally knows that the plans are going to inevitably change. Which is exactly what happened when the designer with Atlanta-based Pineapple House was enlisted to transform one couple’s dream home into a comfortable and sophisticated place to relax, live, and host their growing family and grandchildren.
This time of year, farmers work overtime to bring their wares to our dinner table. The flavors of the autumn harvest are unlike any other, and they beg to be enjoyed. But instead of rushing to create a meal, take your time in the kitchen and appreciate all it has to offer.
The kitchen is our haven. It expresses our very being and sometimes who we aspire to be—maybe a gourmet chef or a foodie on a mission to find the next delicious recipe. It’s also a place of comfort. A place to find a hearty and creamy kale and potato gratin sitting on the stovetop, just waiting to be enjoyed after a long day at school.