This Courtyard House is Designed to Connect with Nature While Keeping Elk Out

first_img How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Sleep With the Wolves in Canada’s Parc Omega Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Editors’ Recommendations Previous For many, a small cabin in the woods makes for the ideal retreat. Quiet, surrounded by nature, and hopefully near the water for some fishing or boating — a simple space to unwind on the weekends is the dream. Courtyard House on a River delivers all of that, but there’s nothing simple about this small home.Designed by Robert Hutchison Architecture, this home on the White River, a short drive from Mt. Rainier, Washington, provides everything a place in the forest should: plenty of outdoor space to enjoy nice weather, a wide open family room with a fireplace for gathering in the evenings, and a strong connection to nature.Of course, you can’t create too strong of a connection to nature, especially when your home is smack in the middle of elk country. For Hutchison, this meant designing an entry courtyard that allowed the family to be outside while keeping the elk herd at bay. The wall of the courtyard is enough of a visual barrier to let the animals know they can’t walk through there. This allowed Hutchison to put in a full wall of windows on either side of the family room. Had he not included this barrier wall of the courtyard, the elk may have mistook the glass for a pathway and barreled straight into it. A clever solution to a very unique problem. 1 of 12 Next Stepping inside the home, Hutchison did a masterful job making a small space feel roomy. Double-height ceilings with exposed beams, light wood finishes, white walls, and plenty of windows to let in natural light all make the home appear larger than it is. The family room is outfitted with simple furnishings, allowing the black stone clad fireplace to become a focal point of the space. The office was designed with a wall mounted desk and storage shelves allowing enough room for two people to work in the tight space. The master suite features a spa-like bathroom with frosted glass partitions that keep the space feeling open yet private.But the star of the home is the outdoor living room, complete with fireplace. This space created that deep connection to nature the owners were seeking. Another double-height ceiling and cutouts in the walls keep the room open, while the warmth of the fireplace adds a cozy touch. The concrete floor extends out to an open air patio providing more space for relaxing and taking in the sounds of the forest.By today’s bloated “McMansion” standards, a 1,900 square-foot floor plan seems tiny. However, Courtyard House on a River proves you can pack maximum usability, and style, into such a “small” space.We’re no strangers to Robert Hutchison’s work. We went nuts over his Copper Guest House on Lake Washington. The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Nowlast_img read more

UN emergency teams on the ground in the Caribbean to help respond

Help respond to Hurricane Matthew In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean region Brazilian Marines with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) clearing the roads is Haiti ‹ › Further, in the statement from his office, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his solidarity with the people and Governments of Haiti, Cuba and other countries in the hurricane affected region. It added said that the UN chief lauded the preparedness efforts of the Cuban authorities, media, and civil society to protect people’s lives and economic assets. In Cuba, more than 377,000 people were evacuated, 1,640 metric tonnes of food was pre-positioned in safe areas, and measures were taken to protect communities and infrastructure threatened by strong winds, rains, storm surge and floods. In a separate statement today, President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson also expressed deep concern for the people of Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and other countries in the Caribbean as they struggle to cope with the effects of the hurricane and offered his condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives as a result of the storm. “As a Fijian who has witnessed first hand the power and devastation of such destructive tropical cyclones, I fully empathise with those facing up to the damage,” he said, adding: “The world must stand with the victims at this time as people of goodwill everywhere recognise their suffering and stand ready to offer a helping hand.” According to a statement issued by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson, though the full extent of the impact remains unclear, the Haitian Government has reported that a number of lives have been lost and at least 350,000 people need immediate assistance. The statement also noted that the UN is in contact with the authorities across the region and stands ready to assist with response and recovery if required. Also today at a regular briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, a UN spokesperson told journalists that the entire southern part of the country, including capital Port-au-Prince have been affected and the south-east tip of the island suffered the brunt of the hurricane. A main bridge connecting the capital to the south was also swept away this afternoon cutting off access. The teams have been deployed from the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC), which is managed by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). On the ground, they are logistically supported by the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). UNDAC is part of the international emergency response system for acute emergencies. It was created in 1993 to help the UN and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. read more

Foundation Suits Up in Price Once Again

SEUALG Press ReleaseLast fall, the non-profit Utah Woolen Mills Foundation came to Carbon County to work with people on its Suited For Good program and out of it came 12 suits of clothes for a dozen people who received them later in the year.In July, they came to the area again, this time working with 10 individuals to do the same for them.“We enjoyed coming here and working with the people who helped set the program up and those who benefited from it,” said Bart Stringham as he was setting up clothes racks and getting everything together for the session. “This place feels a lot like home to us.”Home for Stringham and the others involved in the program may be the Wasatch Front, but they are taking pleasure in helping people in rural areas, many of whom have never owned a real suit of clothes.For the next three hours, Stringham, his wife Sue and Mike Ford, one of those who contributes to and makes the program possible, measured, fitted and talked with people in the atrium at the Business Technical Assistance Center on South Carbon Avenue. The local sponsor for bringing the program to the area was the Southeastern Utah Association of Local Government’s (SEUALG) Circles Initiative, a program organized to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Other local people involved included Karl Kraync, Carbon County Sheriff Jeff Wood and former resident Dr. Max Morgan.“Since we started this program with our foundation a little less than three years ago, we have given out just about 600 suits to date,” said Stringham. “More than half the people that we have given suits to have gotten jobs or better jobs. We, as a family, have been very blessed, so by doing this for others, we get to spread that around.”According to Sue Stringham, the idea emanated from their son, who is now part of the for-profit company. He told his parents that they had been lucky over the years to work in such a great business and he thought that they should share in some way. Thus, Suited For Good came into existence.Utah Woolen Mills itself started in 1905 and has been owned and run by the Stringham family ever since. It is now in its fifth generation as a company.“When they came here and did this a few months ago, it was a very moving experience,” said Julie Rosier, Community Services Program Manager for SEUALG and the person who is over the Circles Initiative. “A lot of the individuals who got the suits last year are trying to rebuild their lives, many with little faith in themselves and they were struggling. This opportunity brought so much confidence to them. It’s the idea that someone believes in them and isn’t judging them makes it an unbelievable experience.”Recipients of the service are nominated for the fitting by either an employer or someone who knows of their struggles. One of the individuals who was fitted on this trip said that the suit will really help her with the job she already has.“We go to a lot of conferences and meetings like that where I can use a nice suit,” she said. “So, it was really special to me that I was nominated and I am excited to see them when they are finished.”Based on time estimates, those that were fitted by the foundation in July should be receiving their clothes before Sept. 1.A video about the visit to Carbon County can be found at Bart and Sue Stringham and Mike Ford came in July to measure people for suits through the program. Bart Stringham takes a moment to discuss clothing and what it can mean to a person when they are applying for a job or attending a function with Christina Lake. Bart Stringham selects a suit to try on one of the people who were nominated. Bart Stringham tries out a size on Kade Lyons. read more