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Delightful Birdhouses Modeled After Historic Architecture

Image via E. Spencer Toy/Sunset Publishing

Image via E. Spencer Toy/Sunset Publishing

Who says that our avian friends don’t deserve the same stylish accommodations as humans? These delightful birdhouses, modeled after historic architecture, give birds plenty of space to play, rest, and frolic while adding an architectural touch to the outdoors. The stylish, compact quarters are the brainchild of Douglas Barnhard, a successful cabinetmaker, who founded the home decor firm Sourgrassbuilt.

Crafted from wood scraps and succulent tiles, Barnhard lets his imagination run wild—combining the architectural styles of Frank Lloyd Wright and Joseph Eichler, and mimicking the clean lines of the Bauhaus school. Many of the birdhouses incorporate succulents, which provide a pop of color and an alluring element for birds. Walnut, bamboo, teak, and mahogany are just some of the types of rich materials that give the houses their character.

The above Eichler-inspired shelter has a movable roof with a succulent planter and a viewing window that will have our feathered friends wanting to move in permanently. Sourgrassbuilt currently has models available on Etsy that vary in pricing, depending on the size and structure.

The Mixed Media House combines elements of Eichler, Frank Lloyd Wright, and The Bauhaus Image via E. Spencer Toy/Sunset Publishing

The Mixed Media House combines elements of Eichler, Frank Lloyd Wright, and The Bauhaus.
Image via E. Spencer Toy/Sunset Publishing

The Bauhaus inspired house includes a living wall. Image via E. Spencer Toy/Sunset Publishing

The Bauhaus inspired house includes a living wall.
Image via E. Spencer Toy/Sunset Publishing

This modal was inspired by the sixties style Eichler homes in Sunnyvale, CA and includes a metal birdseed container. Image via Sourgrassbuilt

This model was inspired by the sixties style Eichler homes in Sunnyvale, CA and includes a metal birdseed container.
Image via Sourgrassbuilt

This atrium-style shelter is an homage to Eichler's vision of California Modern architecture. Image via Sourgrassbuilt

This atrium-style shelter is an homage to Eichler’s vision of California Modern architecture.
Image via Sourgrassbuilt

The Tea Garden House takes inspiration from San Francisco's Japanese Tea Garden inside Golden Gate Park. Image via Sourgrassbuilt

The Tea Garden House takes inspiration from San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden inside Golden Gate Park.
Image via Sourgrassbuilt

The Kauai House was inspired by Bernhard's trips to Kauai, where he became enamored with Hawaiian architecture. Image via Sourgrassbuilt

The Kauai House was inspired by Bernhard’s trips to Kauai, where he became enamored with Hawaiian architecture.
Image via Sourgrassbuilt

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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