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October 6, 2015
Long used in Asian architecture—skyscraper scaffolding in Hong Kong are still built with it—bamboo became popular in North American during the 1990s with the introduction of laminated bamboo flooring. As with any responsibly cultivated and harvested wood, especially one that grows this quickly, bamboo can have a positive environmental impact by acting as a carbon sink.
The floors, walls, and ceilings are coated in FSC-Certified laminated bleached bamboo.

Bathroom surfacing: 

What happens when the guest house becomes home? Retired couple Suzanne and Brooks Kelley found out when a pair of brainy New Haven architects breathed new architectural life into the property they’ve inhabited for over thirty years. Their bathroom's floors, walls, and ceilings are coated in FSC-Certified laminated bleached bamboo.

 

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Indoor staircase with bamboo treads and handrail

Stair Treads:

With a sleek prototype in Emeryville, California, under its belt, Simpatico Homes sets out to redefine prefab's cost—and footprint. Two-inch-thick bamboo treads and a bamboo handrail on the stairs lead the way to the second floor.

 

 

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Ceiling Treatment:

When architect Brett Nave and his partner, architect Kelley Bishiop, began developing the Heron Park neighborhood in the coastal town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, they managed to lay 1,200 feet of road through a forest and pecan orchard while only removing six trees. And when he set out the floor plan for A3, the home he and his wife, Kelley, and two kids now live in, instead of following the common practice of clearing the lot, completing the structure and landscaping after completing construction, he sited A3 to fit snugly into the lot in order to remove only three additional trees. Nave even pre-designed each of his 21 lots in the same way to minimize tree loss and maximize shading and breezes. These sustainability minded decisions to conserve trees and use narrower roads cost more money and take more time, but the added expense is worth it, Nave says.

Adding to this visual effect are the rich woods of the FSC walnut cabinets and Engineered Bamboo Nave used throughout the house in the flooring, as well as in a striking feature connecting the lower and upper floors. To help separate the kitchen from the dining and living areas, Nave used the bamboo on the kitchen ceiling. At the edge of the kitchen, the bamboo wraps the vertical wall leading to the stairs before turning horizontal again as the upstairs hallway ceiling and ending in the ceiling of an extra bedroom.

 

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modern design prefab kitchen living room zero steps bamboo flooring glass door

Flooring:

Thanks to a prefab in-law unit, 
an octogenarian modernist lives 
independently on a peaceful, 
verdant site in Northern California. Architects Jared Levy and Gordon Stott used Teragren bamboo flooring and Milgard sliding glass doors. “Universal design isn’t just for older people,” the daughter says about the single-story layout and zero-step entries. “If you don’t need steps, don’t have them.”

 

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MDF bookshelf clad in bamboo veneer

Veneer

On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered creative ways to build on a budget. This is a close-up of her bookshelves made of MDF clad in bamboo veneer.

 

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In the kitchen, the architects contrasted the oak floor, bamboo cabinetry, and birch walls and ceiling with what architect Jonathan Knowles calls “a family of grays”: granite floor tiles, limestone countertops, and the steel stairway. The birch wall behin

Cabinetry:

With their renovation of a turn-of-the-century Harlem townhouse for a couple with roots in the neighborhood’s past, and a commitment to its future, architects Laura Briggs and Jonathan Knowles forged a connection to the past.

In the kitchen, the architects contrasted the oak floor, bamboo cabinetry, and birch walls and ceiling with what architect Jonathan Knowles calls “a family of grays”: granite floor tiles, limestone countertops, and the steel stairway. The birch wall behind Yvette is actually the sliding door to the pantry closet.

 

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The floors, walls, and ceilings are coated in FSC-Certified laminated bleached bamboo.

Bathroom surfacing: 

What happens when the guest house becomes home? Retired couple Suzanne and Brooks Kelley found out when a pair of brainy New Haven architects breathed new architectural life into the property they’ve inhabited for over thirty years. Their bathroom's floors, walls, and ceilings are coated in FSC-Certified laminated bleached bamboo.

 

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