Sunday, November 27, 2011

Zen Garden

 Planting a garden in Japanese style is becoming more popular way to style a garden. History and the elements of a Zen garden are fascinating.
The Zen Garden originated in the Far East in the country of Japan. The first Zen gardens were perfected and landscaped by Japanese Samurai warriors who were Zen Buddhists.
Their faith dictated that the way to enlightenment was through a simple and humble life.
The gardens were developed by Zen Buddhist priests, who are trying to demonstrate the form of landscaping, an example of humility, while demonstrating the power of nature.

An essential factor in any Zen garden is the concept of "yin and yang."

Buddhists see them as complementary forces and any Zen garden always contains an element of yin and yang, although crucial to achieve a balance between the two.

In any Zen garden landscape most important elements are natural stones, sand, water and plants.

Stones form the most important element in any Zen garden. They are part of Young and has strict rules for their size and shape.

They are also representative of the islands and mountains, and they are characterized by age and size. Stones, which are vertical or horizontal are used in the design of the Zen garden and is usually between three and five are used.

Contrasting with Ian Stone, sand is Yin. Gravel can be used as an alternative to sand. And it can be light or dark, yin and yang represent elements gravel.

The use of plants adds air aestheticity Zen garden. Pine trees are easily grown and are an integral part of many Zen gardens. Although invasive bamboo trees also fit in perfectly with any garden design.

Humid climate also allows for the use of moss. And the plant used to represent the circle of life in Zen Garden Design is a Japanese maple.

Water is believed to create an atmosphere of positive energy in Zen gardens, so it is always included in the design. This is often seen flowing waterfalls and a garden Yin aspect.

There are plenty of open space free of clutter, in the Zen garden, since it is designed to encourage the flow of positive energy.

Zen gardens have become a "must have" acquisition in the western world. They fit into the current Western thinking as environmentally friendly, healthy places to visit and are easy to maintain.

They are also great places to relax physically, mentally and spiritually. A miniature version of Zen gardens - small garden Zen - can be created in a box and placed in high stress environments such as offices.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

How to design a Zen home

 Zen design elements used by the Buddhist philosophy in the interior and exterior. Zen philosophy focuses on introspect - and the same is true when designing Zen house. Must be considered each element in the rooms and to know its purpose. It's soothing decor, which must be able to bring peace to our hectic lives.

Some tips for achieving Zen at home:

clean lines and natural colors
        1.Pick objects with clean lines and natural colors. Paint the room in white or other fresh natural colors. Select furniture in earth tones such as cream, brown and tan. Avoid patterns and bright, contrasting colors of the decor.
Select purpose of each room
         2.Select purpose of each room. In Zen temples, each room is dedicated to one goal. The same is true in your home. Even if you have shared use of space, kitchen, furniture Group for its intended purpose or use movable screens to divide space into separate areas.
Avoid clutter
         3.Avoid clutter. It promotes chaos, not at all very Zen. Make sure there is room for everything you need and get rid of things that you need not to be used or not. The disorder is not comforting, and Zen design must maintain a relaxed atmosphere.

Choose natural products to decorate your home
        4.Choose natural products to decorate your home. Avoid man-made and brightly colored objects as an accent. Instead, focus on natural elements like plants and rocks. A bright flower in a simple but impeccably made vase is more appropriate than engaging several flower arrangements.

Bringing natural light into your home
          5.Bringing natural light into your home. Avoid blocking windows with heavy curtains, or open them during the day. Arrange furniture so that light can pass from one room to the next. The large windows are better than small, but you can enlarge the windows, which have by avoiding ornate window frames or walls occupied by pictures along the windows.

Choose low maintenance positions
          6.Choose low maintenance positions, whether furniture or accent pieces. Avoid items that take much time and effort to clean and require special care to maintain. Choose quality items that will last a lifetime, no fuss.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Modern design of the house with Zen garden and green roof

This modern house was designed by architect Max Brunner. Impressive are the Zen gardens and green roof.  The rooms are comfortable and each one can be both indoor and outdoor. There are several patios and terraces, which are related to different rooms. Natural light fills the house through the ceiling and sliding windows and doors. Although the ceiling height is only 2.45 meters, these windows and bright white walls ensure that the house is comfortable. This modern house design provides easy access to open spaces and minimalist pool.
The dining room is located in the middle of the house and is connected with two courtyard and covered terrace once. All rooms and outdoor areas are designed in a minimalist style. There's another very interesting feature of the project. Green roof operates a small plot of land as much as possible.

Modern House Design With Zen Garden and Green Roof

Sliding doors and windows provide easy access to outdoor

The comfortable living room is located between two yard
Modern studio and garden

Dining is in the middle of the house

Modern bright kitchen

Elegant bedroom with sliding doors  

Modern House Design with garden behind the wall

green garden and unique living room  

Modern House Design With minimalist swimming pool

Unique green roof