This is an exclusive design category that includes the homes we designed for “Extreme Makeover” Home Edition as well as designs that we consider worthy of the title. In addition to the well documented and popular Extreme Makeover plans you will find here some of our most “out of the box” attempts to transition to new styles, experimental designs and the like…Enjoy
Steeply pitched hipped roofs, facades that are one or two stories and most commonly asymmetrical. Doors and windows are often round or segmentally arched. Eaves are commonly flared at the roof-wall junction. Brick, stone and/or stucco wall siding are most often seen with decorative half-timbering. The French Country home style is one both elegant and everyday easy to live in. This is one of those rare styles that you can dress up for formal occasions , or dress down for a casual weekend.
The Hamptons, situated north of New York is where the wealthy escape to the beach for summer. Hamptons style is defined by casual, relaxed beach living but done in a classic and very sophisticated way. The look is bright and breezy, plenty of natural daylight with discreet window treatments to really let the light pour in. Mark Stewart Home Design began working in this style in the mid 2000’s, and predicated the now very use of this style in new construction. The early Mark Stewart Hamptons designs featured fully detailed gable roofs with return eaves, shingled siding and neat trim white exterior accents. More recent works include hipped roof versions, and in the custom design category, some wonderful shabby chic versions. Timber floors throughout are all part of the look, either in a very dark chocolate brown or pale and bleached. Keep this look fresh and interesting by mixing old with new. Go antiquing for a few rustic items like old timber dining chairs and pair them with a new plain oak table. Retro kitchen canisters, old shop signs and bottles add charm and fun while contemporary art, lamps and furniture pieces keep things very young and very now.
Strong meaningful elements that share structural and aesthetic responsibilities” These are the things that separate today’s popular lodge style from the rest. This along with strong gable roofs and large scale trim and use of strong heavy natural materials and accents identify the Lodge Style Home Design Elements of the lodge style hold a special place of inner peace for many of us.
Long walks, sunsets, a beautiful body of water and graceful elegance. Homes with graceful low pitched hipped roof lines, arched windows, light color palette and bright open spaces. This is what Mediterranean style design feels like. This style is comfortable on any coast in any country.
Is this style modern or contemporary? Many use these two style terms interchangeably, making it confusing on where to draw the line. We have concluded that , “modern” is a style of its own, while “contemporary” can encompass many different styles that are current or en vogue. IWe view modern design as timeless and iconic, like the work of Eames and Saarinen. Historically speaking, modern was “form follows function” of the Bauhaus, open floor plans and clean lines. Modern is always forward thinking and innovative as it started as a radical opposition to popular decorative movements of the early 19th century. Mark Stewart Modern Design will include crisp, sharp geometry and almost always will be accompanied by warm material use that creates a dynamic tension and contrast that is always energetic and comfortable at the same time. We have produced unique, Modern Home plans that share all these characteristics and are affordable to build at the same time.
When we talk about Northwest Modern Home Design we are including homes with either low sloping hipped roofs, in conjunction with flat roofed porches and accents. We also recognize the many residential design styles that include shed roofs, open beams with large glass surfaces and generous use of stone and brick. The thing that separates Northwest Modern for us is the consistent use of organic materials and colors. The generous and creative use of natural materials and earth tones in conjunction with otherwise Modern, Contemporary or Prairie Styles begins to define the Northwest Modern Style for us.
The Old World style is loosely based on a variety of English and French prototypes, ranging from cottages to large manor houses. Pitched roofs, bay windows, small porticos or stoops and arched entrances to the home are common characteristics. This style including all manner of European influenced designs have enjoyed a surge of popularity in recent years.
The Mark Stewart Prairie Style almost single handedly revived this beautiful and logical architectural style in the early 1990’s. The first client we proposed this style for wept tears of joy when he saw the preliminary renderings. Mark Stewart went on to to develop and modernize the Prairie Style Home that has again been growing in popularity all over the world. Mark showcased 12 fully developed and decorated homes in 1994 in the Mark Stewart Designers showcase of Homes.In addition to the Elegance and Drama of this style, cost savings have been reported by many Mark Stewart Prairie Style Clients. Mark Stewart has been the leader in the inception and revival of many styles and movements in Home Design with none more powerful and long lasting then the Prairie Style These homes came to me in a vision… It was right after a two week meditation retreat… I didn’t ask for them, they were just given. They have been a gift I am happy to pass on to you. Finally, a beautiful sense of logic returns to Home Design. Prairie School style architecture is usually marked by its integration with the surrounding landscape, horizontal lines, flat or hipped roofs with broad eaves, windows assembled in horizontal bands, solid construction, craftsmanship, and restraint in the use of decoration. Horizontal lines were intended to unify the structure with the native prairie landscape of the Midwest. The emergence of the Prairie School style was nourished by a small group of dedicated individuals obsessed with the idea of creating a new American architecture. They wanted to develop an architecture style suitable to the American Midwest and independent of historical and revivalist influence. The movement attracted young designers, the best known among them being Louis H. Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. The term “Prairie School” was not used by the architects to describe themselves, it was actually coined by one of the first historians to write comprehensively about these architects and their work, H. Allen Brooks