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Dream homes – everybody has one. From cliff-side modern marvels to majestic traditional mansions and waterside homes with enviable views, a dream house has the elements to elevate your lifestyle. Look through HomeDSGN’s collection of featured dream homes and be inspired for your next upgrade or remodel…or just fantasize about living in them!

Sunny Teph Inlet House by Omar Gandhi Architect Gives Family Perfect Holiday Escape in Eastern Canada

By • 2 days ago

Teph Inlet House is an impressively cubic, clean edges holiday home designed and built by teams at Omar Gandhi Architect. Located in Nova Scotia, Canada, it gives dwellers, guests, and passers by a fresh view from the street thanks to the way it differs in aesthetic and structure from surrounding buildings.

Originally designed as a holiday home for a young family, the Teph Inlet House sits not far from the ocean, nestled into its own little space in the village of Chester. The building is a two story main house with a nearby guest house, both impressively cuboid in their shape. These straight edges contrast agains the greenery and foliage around the border of the plot but also symmetrically complement the rectangular shape of the backyard pool and its paved outdoor space.

Rather than standing out in an unpleasant way, Teph Inlet House looks like a breath of fresh air, just like the kind guests might experience while staying there on a warm, sunny day. Thanks to an entirely glazed glass walling system on the ground floor, spanning all the way around the building, natural light and sunshine can flood the comfortable seating area for maximum relaxation.

Continuing that concept of being perfectly fit and linear, guests will notice how the garage at the front of the property lines up precisely with the pool house further back in the lot. This creates a sports area between the two buildings where the family can enjoy a whole range of activities, including (but not limited to) their very own working zipline!

After a long day of swimming in the sun, the family can enjoy warm summer evenings on the rear terrace, which provides an open view to the harbour beyond the property, with all its various docked and visiting boats. This terrace is also easily accessible to a grassy area with towering trees overhanging the edges, giving the kids some green space to enjoy when they’re not in the paved areas like the pool or the sports plot.

The way the main house, pool house, and garage are arrange on the plot establishes distinct sections of the property; a public entryway sort of area at the front and a more private, family driven area at the back. This is useful since the above mentioned glazed walls surrounding the ground floor actually slide back entirely, opening the bottom of the home into the leisure areas for a blended interior and exterior experience. This allows for very free movement from the terrace, sports plot, grass, and pool into the open-concept lounge, dining room, and kitchen area inside the glass doors.

Inside, guests will find an impressive doglegged staircase extending upward from the main living space. This is minimally furnished in a way that is clutter free rather than uncomfortable. Whitewashed marble and a pale colour scheme keeps things feeling light and airy, even when the fireplace at the end of the room is in action on chilly evenings.

Moving beyond the stairs, you’ll encounter a study, an ensuite bedroom, and a guest washroom. The way that a pocket door can be pulled from the wall, as well as a secondary entrance from the other side of the house can be accessed further down the corridor, means that this part of the house can be closed off or used as independent lodging from the rest of the house when guests stay for longer periods of time.

Traveling up the floating white oak stairs (which bolster the airy, light atmosphere), you’ll encounter an upper floor that’s equally sunny and bright thanks to continued emphasis on windows as well as several skylights. This is where you’ll see the master bedroom, complete with its walk-in closet and private bathroom. From the exterior, this section of the house is wrapped in a red cedar which looks stunning from the street.

Connecting from a long, sunny hallway, three more bedrooms and two additional bathrooms accommodate plenty of summertime guests, making Teph Inlet House the perfect social summer getaway for people of all ages. Each of these areas is perfect for taking in the surrounding landscape thanks to continued emphasis on windows and skylights, meaning no one gets ripped off of that harbour view.

Despite the minimal decor scheme and very light colour palette, Teph Inlet Home is by no means dull or monochromatic to look at. This is partially thanks to stone details and tiling that offset the copious white surfaces, as well as the herringbone pattern featured in the oak flooring all throughout the house.

Photographs by Ema Peter.

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Spacious Modern Home La Serena Blends Textures and Lines Thanks to David James Architects & Partners

By • 2 days ago

La Serena, designed and built by David James Architects & Partners, is a visually pleasing and structurally interesting home located in Canford Cliffs, United Kingdom.

Nestled into the very end of a peaceful cul-de-sac, the home offers a fantastic view of the Championship Parkstone Golf Course in the near distance, framing picturesque foliage and greens through just about any window. Designers achieved a unique goal in choosing that location because the way they framed the house all along the edges of the plot with maritime pine trees makes the course feel at once like part of the home’s experience but without sacrificing any privacy.

Despite the trees all around the house, designers ensured that sunlight still abounds on the grounds, as well as in the interior rooms. As the sun moves, it hits each point of the property at some hour, bathing that area in light for a time. Taking advantage of this in the placement and structure of the home was paramount for the owners.

Although the structure looks sparkling and new, it’s actually a restoration project that transformed a 1970s split-level house. If you think about some of the angles and waving lines in the construction and decor, this becomes less surprising to learn! The original structure had a driveway that the owners deemed two narrow and, while its two floors were a decent size, the physical design was uninspiring and bland to look at.

In their transformation, designers strove to take better advantage of the space and the stunning view it offers. They also aimed to explore how remodeling might create a house that better embraces its surroundings while simultaneously appearing to float above the landscape. In short, all parties involves wanted more visual interest that would also do the great natural setting more justice.

To do this, designers chose to work in a way that would create lines, textures, and shapes that are at once crisp and clean but also flowing. That idea of having good “flow” also translated into how they wanted the space to be used, so they aimed to create an interior layout that lets dwellers and guests flow from room to room during any point of modern living.

The goal of the house was to create a comfortable living space that was also dynamic, diverse in its function, and generally exceptional to experience. Their specific examples of how they could see the house being used ranged from a retirement home, a family getaway, or even a party house! Designers outlined four bedrooms, a number of relaxation and social areas, and several rooms specifically laid out for work or play.

Because it sits on a natural slope, designers were able to take advantage of that unique physicality by building a home that actually has three floors, despite looking like a two storey home. The house cascades gently but securely down the face of the slope, ending at the top in a stunning and rather large rear terrace.

Upon entering the home, a large foyer leads seamlessly into a formal lounge and an impressive study. From there, two staircases lead in different directions; one to the master suit on the top floor, as well as other guest bedrooms, and the other down into the primary living space and kitchen. This area is the space where the house’s layout and function really extends from and revolevs around. It features stunning floor to ceiling windows that perfectly frame the lovely golf course view.

In terms of decor, you’ll encounter a number of different materials and textures inside. Rather than looking haphazard, however, these contrasts play off the waving lines in things like walls and light fixtures, suiting the eclectic and cheerful atmosphere established all throughout the bedrooms and primary living spaces.

Outside the house, designers were intent on honouring the natural landscape by creating a garden that blends the structure into the surroundings more effectively. Here they placed a seating area from which guests can enjoy the fantastic view, but also seek some peaceful moments in green privacy. The exterior of the house is finished in basalt stone, Grespania wood ceramic tiling, and charcoal grey metal. These things help the house contrast less with the natural scene as well.

Photographs by: Tom Burn Media

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Ultra Modern Swiss Mountain Hut by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes Provides Winter Haven on a Rocky Ridge

By • Dec 10, 2018

Atop a rocky ridge in the Swiss alps, New Mountain Hut gleams in the sun, catching the eye of any adventurer willing to tackle the slopes. Designed and build by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes, this unique housing project is located in Tracuit, Switzerland and boasts incredibly unique features that you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

The New Mountain Hut sits high up, at an impressive altitude of 3256 metres. It belongs to the Chaussy sector of the Swiss Apine Club and is nestled into the rocks at the heart of the Valaisan alps. Besides affording it 360 degrees of stunning mountain views that are nothing short of utterly breathtaking, the Hut’s uniquely central spot makes it the perfect starting point for climbing expeditions up the Bishorn, the Weisshorn, and the Tete de Milon.

Originally built in its first iteration in 1929, this mountain hut has been enlarged and restructured several times throughout the years. This was largely done to cope with a constant increase in guests seeking its peaceful, unique accommodations and the surprising level of comfort it offers. Now, the hut has had to be changed in a big way once more in order to meet lodging requirements based on health and safety, staffing, facilities, and environmental protection.

Because of the drastic requirements the club had to meet, the decision was made to abolish the original structure and start again in its place with an entirely modernized and refurbished version that pays homage to its predecessor. This was actually a cheaper project than outright transformation would have been and it also gave the club a chance to hold a riveting architectural competition to choose a design and professional team.

Working at this site presented several unique challenges, since the plot of land intended for building sits between a cliff and a glacier. This defined the shape and position of the new, more modern hut, which fits perfectly along the ridge above the cliff, settled right into the natural topography there. On the south side, the upper facade of the shining new building extends further from the cliff and functions as a solar panel, collecting clean energy to power the whole building.

All around the rest of the building, the metal facade reflects the stunning landscape around and glints in the sun in a way that makes it nothing short of stunning to look at. Out front of the building, guests can stand in an area called the Refectory, a flat social space where they can enjoy an “uninterrupted and plunging view” out over the Val de Zinal.

Because the building sits at such a high altitude, constructions method had to be adapted slightly from how they’d be performed elsewhere. This was also influenced by adversely cold and occasionally harsh weather conditions during the process of transporting building materials to the site. Even so, the structure was completed flawlessly and with impressive modern style.

Many of the wooden frame pieces, floor components, wall supports and insulated beams that went into building the house were actually prefabricated and airlifted to the site by helicopter. The outer panels of shining stainless steel arrived the same way, but the protection they provide the inner structure from weather and wind was entirely worth the trouble.

Between the compact shape of the building and the efficient way it’s insulated, the Hut has a hugely reduced rate of heat loss compared to its predecessors. A special low-tech ventilation system has also been put into place, letting the building recover heat emitted by the people staying in the building. This system also makes the inner environment more comfortable and, additionally, it prevents mould growth during the annual months when the lodgings are closed for the season.

Photographs by: Thomas Jantscher

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Angular Split House by hsu-rudolphy Gives Owners Smooth, Wooded Holiday Space

By • Dec 3, 2018

The innovative and interesting Split House is a two-volume but interconnected home experience designed and built by hsu-rudolphy in the lovely countryside of Chile. Because the clients wished for the adult and children’s spaces to be as separated as possible while still residing together, a connected two-volume structure was proposed and used. The adult wing and the youth wing are connected by a gallery hall that also features a joint “main house” area where shared social spaces can be enjoyed all together, regardless of age.

The project is a vacation house on the edge of Lake Rupanco where a family of parents and young adults spends leisure time together. The main requirement put forth by the clients was that the home be formulated to at once created a place the family can retreat to together but also distinct areas where they can enjoy themselves separately on occasion while they’re there.

Once the separate spaces were planned, the owners requested that the stunning view surrounding their plot be treated as a secondary priority. Each volume, hallway, and enclosure should have a clear view of the lovely lake below the house. Because the house is situated on a very narrow strip of land that actually juts out into the lake itself, the owners were afforded a bonus view of the Osorno volcano from the main house as well, thanks to huge picturesque windows.

Guests often notice that the volumes of this house are wrapped in such a way that they face intriguing angles from the outside. Although this was beneficial to the view, it actually had a different motivation originally. This layout was intended to created a home with lots of space while also taking up as little of the natural land on the plot as possible. The wrapping layout you see is a successful attempt at space efficiency without sacrificing square footage in the home.

Because the remote location of the home’s plot is actually quite difficult to access, the project was kept very local. Crews from the immediate area were hire and locally sourced woods and steels were used to provide durability, quality, and also height in order to allow maximum light into each room in both volumes.

Here, you’ll see the cozy seating areas and light, welcoming decor schemes of the adult volume, as well as the smooth, spacious, and roomy aesthetic of the youth volume that leaves plenty of open space for activities and play.

Photography by: Gabriel Rudolphy and Ian Hsu

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Flavio Castro’s Box House Transforms With the Seasons

By • Dec 3, 2018

The innovatively built and relaxing Box House, created by Flavio Castro and teams, is located in the sunny hills of Sao Paulo, Brasil, where it gives guests a blended indoor-outdoor experience unparalleled by the homes around it.

This home, located in an average residential neighbourhood, was designed and brought to life by a young architect for himself and his loved ones. He opted to work with the size of the existing plot rather than applying for expansions, building upward and blending interior and exterior spaces in order to create a sense of spaciousness and airy, free movement.

The effect of having zenith openings (or sliding pocket doors in each wall of the house, no matter the floor) is one of blurring the lines between property and home, making indoor spaces feel like open patios and vice versa. This is a unique quality afforded by the stellar weather in the city, and Castro didn’t hesitate for a moment to take full advantage of that warm, sunny quality.

From the street, the house appears just like its name suggests; it’s a modern looking, cubic box made primarily of metal! This was intentional because the facade is slightly intimidating and very secure in the public side of the structure that faces the street. On the private side, however, you emerge from a hallway into an area that contrasts intensely from the opaque box you thought you were entering. Pops of colour and floating stairs amplify the playfully modern quality one can sense immediately upon entering.

On the private sides of the house, on both floors, the metal materials are replaced with pristine glass walls that slide open to create an entirely open-concept and blended area of the kitchen and living room. This structure is mimicked on the top floor as well, without opening the walls entirely and rendering the elevated space unsafe. The overall effect from the outside is that the house appears to float, particularly at night!

The way the living spaces are integrated with the outdoor area is particularly lovely thanks to lush greenery and abundant gardens at the back of the house. On days where the weather isn’t conducive to enjoying the open air, the glass walls and the metal facade can be closed, one at a time or together, making the space extremely customizable.

On the rooftop, an entire additional outdoor space provides a unique inner city haven where guests can lounge in the sun on uniquely shaped modern furniture (not unlike the pieces you’ll find inside the house as well). The garden on the rooftop completes the theme and establishes a distinct relationship with Box House’s surroundings. This idea is bolstered by the fact that the whole house is heated and powered using low-impact, energy efficient systems and solar panels.

Photographs by: Pedro Kok

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Butterfly House in Carmel-by-the-Sea by Feldman Architecture

By • Nov 27, 2018

As if the location name of this house (which is nestled amidst the greenery in Carmel-by-the-Sea, United States) wasn’t adorable enough, Feldman Architecture named the structure Butterfly House, rendering it perhaps the most welcoming sound home we’ve ever heard of before we even set eyes on it!

Butterfly House was designed for an aging couple who intended to use it as a retirement retreat after a lifetime of hard work, as well as a relaxing escape for their grown children to give them a break from the everyday demands of work life. The search for this spectacular piece of land took two whole years, which motivated the designers to really do the area justice. When the clients found the plot, they noted countless butterflies fluttering through the meadow, which is why architects took that concept as inspiration and namesake for the house itself.

As part of doing the landscape justice, designers and the client agreed that the house should strive to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces. They aimed to keep the aesthetic modern but simple with separate spaces for everyday living and visitors who want to rest. This is why the house was built with three distinct pavilions, each with their own impressive butterfly inspired roof.

Each pavilion of Butterfly House has its own function. The central pavilion, for example, contain the main living, dining, and cooking spaces. The other two provide everything residents and guests need for sleeping, bathing, and relaxing on their downtime. Though each pavilion is modest in size, all three feel free and sprawling thanks to the way each one opens out at the back into a lovely outdoor space set up like a room, giving visitors a stunning view of the canyon below the house and the Californian hills surrounding it in the distance.

One of our favourite facts about this house is that the butterfly inspired roofs aren’t just decorative! Although they do give the house an artsy feel that’s both modern but also cohesive with the natural landscape, they also harvest rainwater. This is an important “green” architectural feature in California, where water is an increasingly limited resource. Each roof funnels water into landscape integrated collection pools, which then funnel it into cisterns used to irrigate the natural landscape.

Particularly in the stormy season, the butterfly roofs are an innovation because they work with the natural topography of the area to carry water to parts of the land that need it. This creates what designers called a “seamless transition” between nature and building, a concept this mimicked throughout the home and each of the three pavilions. This is thanks in part to the inclusion of plants in the indoor and outdoor decor schemes, letting greenery move through the building the way water moves through the land. These elements inspire a calming sense of quiet and naturally artful awareness.

Keeping with the theme of enabling a natural flow of all things between indoor and outdoor areas, the colour scheme of the house is quite neutral as well. This is reflected in the concrete floors and walls, large glass windows and opening doors, plywood ceilings, and steel supports. These natural surfaces also keep the space cool without running systems that put a strain on the environment; concrete and glass absorb much of the sunlight and heat during the day and releasing it at night when things cool down. The house uses very little energy as a result of this and a hidden solar panel system that runs nearly everything inside.

Photography by: Joe Fletcher, Jason Liske

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Stunning Holiday Vila Ipojuca House by 23 SUL

By • Nov 23, 2018

Vila Ipojuca House, created and designs by 23 SUL, is a beautiful stacked structure located in Vilo Ipojuca, Brazil that feels simultaneously like a functional residence and a stunning holiday escape.

According to designers, this refurbishment of an old residential building was created explicitly with the needs of a couple of creative industry professionals and their young daughter in mind. Within their redesign, architects strove primarily to increase the amount of natural lighting and ventilation in the house, thereby providing all the spaces throughout with a freeing feeling of fluidity.

Rather than doing away with older spaces from the original building all together, designers chose to take advantage of their slightly more closed of structure by turning them into a music studio. The rest of the residence (i.e. rooms that had previously been used as background spaces rather than primary living spaces) were refurbished to be more functional and comfortable for dwelling in.

In order to open the spaces outside the home’s heart up and give them a feeling of free movement, multiple spaces were integrated into each other, creating a sense of multi-purpose. The kitchen, for example, was built as a space that flows into the living room, which in turn freely extends into an outside area with a small swimming pool. This lets family members and visitors flow comfortably throughout the house in a way that feels uninhibited and good for communication.

To further bright up the spaces surrounding the darker rooms at the heart of the layout, pink granite floors were installed along with light plywood panelled furniture. These contrast well with the concrete blocks and stark white walls. Several glass panels and sliding doors were also added, letting balconies open right up into the breeze, which is comfortable in the daytime or at night.

Designers also gave residents the option of opening up several rooms for fluidity or closing them off for privacy; this is achieved by sliding sets of shelving from place to place on rails installed in the ceiling. The guest room, for example, can be opened up and made into a relaxing reading nook or social place when no one is visiting and then closed off via sliding shelves to make it more of a private getaway for guests when they’re ready to sleep.

 

As if these features weren’t unique enough, designers actually used metallic reinforcements building into the existing concrete of the original house to create a whole, brand new third floor! Here, they constructed a barbecue and outdoor eating area, a laundry space that doesn’t interrupt the flow in the rest of the house, and an experimental atelier that might be used for all manner of things, making it an extremely diverse space. The effect on the outer structure is to make the stacked floors look almost like a treehouse getaway in the middle of a city.

Photography by: Pedro Kok

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Tactile split-level family home by Thomas & Spiers

By • Nov 20, 2018

Located in Dulwich in the United Kingdom, Tactile House is a lovely split-level family home that recently underwent a found floor extension, a loft conversion, and some interior sprucing up, all thanks to the visions and precision of Thomas & Spiers.

According to the designs, the ground floor of Tactile House is a veritable playground of textures. Part of their goal with this structure was to combine a variety of materials and styles in a way that would blend well with and prioritize interactive family living. This can be seen in action in the way a semi-closed playroom with a colourful set of storage drawers built right into the wall is set aside from but still visible and accessible from the kitchen and family room through a slatted wall.

Throughout the house, visitors will see all kinds of materials at play. These include but are not limited to painted steel, exposed brickwork, varying ceiling levels and textures, plywood, and rope used as curtains. The goal of using so many materials in different ways was to establish different areas of the house to be specifically (and quite obviously) for playing, resting, eating, entertainment, and so on.

On the upper floors, the bedrooms and bathrooms are quite modern. These were reconfigured to appear modern but still cozy, as evidenced in the contrast between the glass walls and the cozy reading alcove built into one wall. Everywhere you go inside the house you’ll find an emphasis on the ability of natural light to reach just about every space. This aim can be seen particularly well in the kitchen and living room where the entire wall is comprised of a collage of windows. This wall keeps up the priority on designating space without cutting anything off by making the entire stunning backyard visible from where one might relax or eat a meal.

Photographs by: James Whitaker, Billy Bolton, and Emily Seymour-Taylor

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Brick Aperture House by Kris Grennan Architecture

By • Nov 16, 2018

If you ask us, the stunning Brick Aperture house designed by Kris Grennan Architecture is aptly named! Like cameras of auld, its square shape and strategic window placement allows light to flow into the structure in a way that’s sure to brighten each day.

Located in Sydney, Australia, Aperture House is a single story dwelling that sits amidst a small row of period houses. It stands out from the others as a freestanding cottage, providing great contrast along the street since the row is bookended by large commercial buildings. Despite having been recently refurbished, several of the more classic details in the home still remain authentic, showing off historic looking features that are typical of Inner West Sydney.

The read of the house is comprised entirely of stunning glass windows, from roof to ground. This adds a more modern look to that angle of the dwelling, letting the front blend a little more into the aesthetic of the street. To ensure that the house doesn’t get too warm or bright for comfort in direct sunlight, the yard is flanked with several stunning, large trees that provide just the right amount of shade for comfort. They also improve the view out the kitchen and master bedroom windows!

In their redesign, architects worked with the primary goal of providing considerably more floor space than existed before. Though they wanted to keep the front of the house, with its more traditional rooms, largely the same, they worked to make the back of the house slightly more modernized and open concept, letting light spread throughout and making the whole place feel much bigger and more breathable. This process was helped along by the addition of several gorgeous skylights that make the ceilings feel high and free.

To balance out the modern feel inside the house, design teams stuck to a more traditional looking brick finish on the outside. Combined with the three chimneys of the original house and the very square shape, this red brick saves the structure from looking overly minimalist and adds a homey touch. They even made sure to use local recycled bricks to reduce the project’s environmental impact.

The bring theme we’ve mentioned above actually continues inside the house as well! Material continuity is achieved without detracting too much from the clean, white aesthetic of the modern looking interior redesign through simple brick painting. This lets the home feel updated while still enabling a visual dialogue between Aperture House and the other houses along its street. This was important to designs because it upheld the local tradition of masterful brick craftmanship that is so evident in the heritage structures of the surrounding neighbourhood.

To suit the painted white bricks on the inside, the updated parts of the house stick to a sleek, simple colour scheme. The white is speckled with pops of stark black and natural wood accents, just to save it from looking too overly modern compared to the outside of the house. In combination with the red brick and windows, the overall aesthetic is one of successful redesign and satisfactory upcycling, rather than replacing the old with the new entirely.

Photographs by: Michael Nicholson, Kreis Grennan Architecture ,

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Impressive Triple Stilt House Completed by Archidance in Japan

By • Nov 14, 2018

Located in Funabashi, Japan, the Triple Stilt House is a beautiful new family home, recently completed by Archidance. According to designers, the original intent of this project was to harness ideas of bodily expression in order to create a home that blends space with experience. This concept was carried out with a specific target audience in mind. Designers wanted the home to appeal to educated people who like to think about the world and structures around them but who are not architects themselves. The house was a collaborative effort, making it a fantastic blend of style thanks to the unique work and input of each architect, designer, and team member.

Within the concept of including experience in the structure, this house takes the subtropical climate it was built in into account. Designers created a semi-exterior living space with a unique shape thanks to the way certain portions of the house sit raised on stilts (hence the home’s name). Being able to pass effortlessly between outdoor and indoor areas incorporates fresh air and sunshine into the overall experience of being there.

After dark, the open layout of the home makes it resemble a Japanese lantern from the outside once the lights are turned on. The real beauty of this, however, is that the house actually takes almost no energy to run. This is thanks to a large but subtly placed solar panel and a fuel cell cogeneration system. These two features aren’t the only environmental factors designers took into account with this home, though. Despite the fact that the house isn’t located near the sea, architects noted that the stilted structure of the house reduces risks of damage or injury in the event of water based natural disasters, like hurricane flooding or tsunami.

Aesthetically, the house bears a contrast between its cleanly concrete exterior and its light, comfortable interior. The structure of the rooms is wonderfully open concept, making the whole place feel big and airy. Light woods are heavily featured, meshing well with light neutral colour schemes that keep things feeling inviting and relaxed.

From the street, this unconventional looking building brings a smile to the face of any passerby. The structure, besides simply looking interesting, bears an air of being quite welcoming and perhaps even intriguing. The exterior spaces are built such that family members might use them for all kinds of different purposes and activities, making the house look like a true home rather than just a piece of architectural art.

In every room, you’ll find a stunning abundance of light. Large windows work in partnership with the house’s semi-exterior floor plan to ensure that even the dullest weather brings a bright day to this space.

Take a look at the floor plans of Triple Stilt House:

Photographs by: Momo Kitagawa

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Comprehensive Project of Single-Family Properties that Strengthens the Sense of Community

By • Jul 20, 2018

This project, located in Tapalpa, Jalisco, Mexico, in 2017 and work of the architectural firm AE Arquitectos, is part of a comprehensive project for a community of single-family properties segmented into ranches, which share common areas and amenities, strengthening the sense of community.

Total view of the complex
Surrounded by green recreational spaces

All the development of the set, of about 915 square meters, revolves around the central patio that generates an additional space that can work for any activity. Meeting spaces were proposed for the community and areas for horse care and horse riding. With this in mind, a central courtyard was designed to put the two purposes in coexistence.

Front view with access
Diagonal view of the large set
Side view of the construction

The general intention of the formal aspect was to give a specific, unique, and strong identity to the facilities of Rancho San Francisco, generating a common and binding element that strengthens the sense of belonging.

The identity work of the building was generated around a stone of volcanic origin that was cut specifically for this purpose, giving neutral tones that contrast with the wood. The wood of the pine was used since it is very abundant in the south of the state of Jalisco where the ranch is located.

Courtyard
Internal courtyard with corridors
Internal corridor with wooden ceilings
Furnished terrace with roof
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Fabulous Mid-Century Homes With A Cool Design

By • May 11, 2018

Mid-century is one trend that seems to never be going away. The main reason being mid-century homes are fabulous not only are they cozy on the inside, but they have an undeniable elegance to them on the outside. Here are a few mid-century homes that will make you want to move immediately.

Simple Mid-Century Home

This stunning mid-century home is the perfect combination of privacy yet modern beauty. The home itself sits on less than 1000 feet, but its private location makes up for the small space. Located on a hill in Montgomery County, in Maryland, United States the home is filled with large windows that give that modern appeal that is well known and loved. There is also the mid-century simplicity that brings the entire home together.

Camel Mid-Century LEED

Located in Camel California this home has a hidden undeniable charm. The home was constructed with privacy in mind, its modern yet flows well with the decorative aspect of the space. Filled with large windows that provide each room with the right amount of natural lighting, allowing the outside to come right in.

Mid-Century Modern View House Remodel

Designed to bring the outside in this mid-century, remodeled home is one of a kind. This home was originally built in the 1960s with an industrial feel to it. However, the home is now remodeled large glass walls that have a mid-century flair with a modern twist. It consists of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms while sitting on 2,000 square feet.

Mid-Century Home

Designed by Palmer & Krisel AIA this beautiful mid-century contemporary home is located in Rancho Mirage, California. The beauty of this home lies in its architectural layout. The home is laid out in a modern format with glass windows and walls that act as its main attraction. However, once you walk in the home the classic mid-century appeal comes into full fruition. Additionally, the home’s backyard space is breathtaking with a simple pool that brings a vacation home vibe that is difficult to duplicate.

Venice Island Mid Century

Constructed as a private residence this home is the picture- perfect example of a mid-century home that has the aesthetics of a traditional home yet gives hints of modern throughout. The layout of the home is quite contemporary, yet the numerous use of wood brings a rustic touch that feels very “homie,” creating the perfect balance.

Mid-Century Modern Home by Nest Architectural Design

Located on an open field on the south side of Denver this home is one of a kind. The home, seamlessly blends traditional mid-century outdoor aesthetics with a modern twist on the inside. The idea is to bring out the beauty of the home while still using two unique formats.

Mid-Century Modern Residence by AB design studio

Originally created in the 1950s, this home was later redesigned by AB design studio in 2006 with a beautiful blend of mid-century perfectly paired with rustic farmhouse. Furthermore, the interior of the home is filled with different colored and textured wood. In order to bring the rustic appeal while the outside has a bit of a more mid-century aesthetics. However, if you love a good bathroom this home has one of the very best.

Beautiful Mid-Century Home in Pasadena

This beautiful residence takes the beauty of the outside world and perfectly brings in inside to create a mesh of accents that make the home unique. Located on 4,994 square feet the home is made up of multiple different bedrooms with an unbelievable pool. The backyard area of this home is the selling point for us. It has a calming-like effect that is charming and chic yet very mid-century couture.

La Cañada Mid-Century by Jamie Bush & Co.

Designed by the architecture firm Jamie Bush & Co. This stunning home is located in Los Angeles, California, surrounded by the beauty of foothills of Sierra Madre. Its beauty comes from the fact that it was built with minimal material. Therefore it creates a simple outline allowing the scenic appeal of the outdoors to shine right inside. Therefore, the residence was created using only stone, wood, and steel.

Remodeled Mid-Century House in Mercer Island

Sitting directly on Mercer Island, this one level home brings a cabin-like feel that is still modern and chic. The idea keeps the space fresh and put together while still being a classic mid-century home. Featuring multiple different colors and wooden hues the home pairs the classic elements with glass that provide a glimpse into the beauty of what can be expected outside.

Which of these homes is your personal favorite? Please share in the comments below.

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Elegant Living Rooms With Views Of The City

By • May 2, 2018

Whether you are looking to change up the décor of your current living room space or need some new motivation to upgrade your home to a new residence with a grander view. Here are a few elegant living rooms with views of the city that will make you want to move.

Guinness Storehouse

The most impressive aspect of this home is the beautiful 360degree view of the city from the living room space. The spacious loft is furnished strategically to allow the beauty of the city to speak for itself. Furthermore, the entire home is embossed with glass walls that bring the beauty of the great outdoors directly in.

Coppin Penthouse

Located in the city of Melbourne, Australia the Coppin Penthouse designed by JAM Architects. The narrow yet elegance of the home was created to provide the perfect view of the city. Additionally, the living room is decorated in a circular format. This allows the homeowners and guests the luxury of enjoying the city during any time of day.

Stylish Apartment in New York

New York City has always been considered one of the best cities not only to live in, but one of the best cities to enjoy at night. For this reason and many others this stylish apartment in the heart of New York City has one of the best views. Constructed by the renowned architectural firm Zaha Hadid Architects the classic apartments were designed in a format that allows the outdoor space to be the main focus of the entire home not just the living room.

Austin City View Residence by Dick Clark Architecture

A beautiful contemporary home with a minimalist appeal is the perfect way to describe this residence. Located in the gorgeous city of Austin the home itself has one of the best views in town. Surrounded by large trees and sprinkle of buildings the city can be seen perfectly from the living room space. Furthermore, the minimalist feature of the interior gives the outdoor a grandiose appeal.

The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

The Towers at Lotte New York Palace is a well-known as loved hotel in New York City due to its impeccable beauty and elegance. However, one of the best aspects the hotel has is its gorgeous view of the city. The hotel is constructed of 176 bedrooms all featuring the view of the St Patrick’s Cathedral and the spectacular skyline view from the living room space.

Steel and Glass Costa Rican home by Cañas Arquitectos

Located in the beautiful tropical country of Costa Rica, this home exudes beauty. Sitting directly on top of a hill providing the utmost view of the city of San Jose. For home offers the view from the living room and multiple different rooms in the home. Featuring thick steel walls perfectly paired with glass windows the home is contemporary yet traditional.

Contemporary Residence with Ocean views and City Lights in Los Angeles

Constructed in 2008 this 6 bedroom home sits on 2 acres of land perfectly showcasing the view of the ocean and the city all from different areas of the residence. Furthermore, the home brings forth the beauty of having two different scenarios from one location. Nevertheless, the large glass walls work perfectly in conjunction of making the home make a powerful statement all on its own.

Modern Décor Designed by Margeza Design Studio

The modern residence brings beauty in an unconventional, almost unrealistic way. The beautiful project was created by the architectural firm Margeza Design Studio. A popular firm known for thinking outside of the box. Nevertheless, the home offers an exceptional view of the city while having a modern appeal on the inside of the residence.

Sophisticated Riverside Villa Located in Kyoto

Even though it is a riverside residence the home offers great views of the city from the modernly decorated living room space. Furthermore, the home itself brings forth simplistic lines with beautiful neutral hues that work together to create that grudge aspect the home has from the inside out.

Modern and Cozy Loft designed by Marmol Radziner in Los Angeles, California

Modern is the perfect way of explaining this loft. The crisp view of the city gives it an even grander appeal that simply makes sense to the area. Furthermore, there is something very rustic yet contemporary that comes with having the exterior come together with the interior.

Which of these views from the living room is your current favorite? Please let us know in the comments below.

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Bungalow Style Homes You Must See

By • Apr 2, 2018

Bungalow style homes were once extremely popular between 1860 and 1930. Best known as the nature-inspired home with a touch of simple, bungalows have recently received a modern upgrade. The reason they were quite popular was because of their horizontal footprint, 1 ½ story, and seamless design. Here are a few bungalow style homes that are a must see.

This Princeton St. Bungalow by Ruben S. Ojeda Architects & Koning Eizenberg Architecture is not only a beautiful sight on the outside as it features a spacious deck area surrounded by trees that wrap round.  The inside of this bungalow is a bit unique. The unique aspect is its higher ceilings. This is quite unique for a bungalow style home because traditionally bungalows have a lower ceiling.  The ceiling of this home is approximately 22 feet high. It’s a simple feature, but it gives the home a modern and unique flair.

The last place you may suspect to come across a bungalow is New York. However, this Midcentury Bungalow is located in the state of New York and it is a beauty, to say the least. It offers the classic bungalow exterior and interior appearance with a lively twist.

Privacy was the number one main idea when the Marin Bungalow was created. There is a ranch feel to this home that is quite charming yet casual all at the same time. Its modern exterior and interior gives it an upscale take on a traditional bungalow. Effectively the large trees surrounding the home work in unison to create the privacy feel this home is known for.

The Bungalow in Teak and Stone is a gorgeous home located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This stunning residence offers a modern take on the Balinese-style of homes. It is contemporary and spacious while still having the classic feel of a bungalow. Even though the inside of the home is stunning the outside is even grander. It offers a breathtaking pool surrounded by nature and gorgeous trees.

If contemporary has always been your favorite style of home. This Contemporary Bungalow by ZZ Architects located in Mumbai, India is a dream come true.  As stated this home offers a contemporary feel. It is mainly due to the fact that even though it is surrounded by coconut palm trees, a waterfall, and decorative lights on the outside the interior is furnished modernly on the inside. Although these are parallel features they work beautifully together for the perfect contemporary balance.

This Hillside Bungalow is a remodeled residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The remodel of this bungalow has made it one of a kind. One characteristic that really caught our attention about this bungalow was its transformation from a 70s and 80s style home to a contemporary residence.  As a result the home is surrounded by large windows and doors that work together to reflect the light hues used throughout the home. By having this feature sunlight and ventilation can easily penetrate directly into the residence.

This 6,000 square foot modern residence is known as the Dinesh Mills Bungalow by Atelier dnD and it is located in Vadodara city, West India. Furthermore, a bungalow like this one screams modern from the moment you see it. Due to it being structured in a contemporary form this bungalows allows you to be able to remain in touch with nature. You will be able to remain in touch with nature even from the inside. Dinesh Mills Bungalow was built around the idea that nature is a very important aspect of the home.

The beauty of “La Lagartija” House and Bungalows by Alexandro Velázquez Moreno is absolutely breathtaking. In addiction an aspect that differentiates this bungalow from others is that it was constructed using different elements. Consequently the elements used were metal, stone, clay, and wood. By making use of these elements the designer was able to create unique visual appeal and texture. This makes this particular home not only one of a kind, but it also makes it a masterpiece from the inside out.

Created as a single-family home the Skyward, Inc, Designs a Single, Family Bungalow in Nanded, India. Furthermore, this bungalow offers all of the simplicity a single, family home would with all the modern abilities a contemporary home does. This home is the perfect hybrid between the two. Its sleek lines are the perfect combination between classic and contemporary.

This Spacious Compact Bungalow by INTERLINK DESIGN SOLUTIONS is better known for being one of the few bungalows created that are eco-friendly with an airy and spacious feel. Due to being created on the concept that it is a spacious home in a compact space this bungalow offers the best of both words. Especially relevant to its modern exterior is its upward levels as they can be accessible through elevators and/or stairs.

To conclude, each and everyone of these bungalows has something unique to offer. Share with us in the comments below which of these bungalows is your favorite and why.

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Penthouse Homes with a Classic Appeal

By • Mar 30, 2018

Penthouses- by definition are luxurious. Sitting on the highest floor these apartments are inevitably a statement of success with luxurious amenities. Whether you are attracted to them because of their beauty, the view they provide, or the many fancy luxurious amenities they feature, chances are you have always wanted to own one. Although penthouses are mostly decorated in modern layout some of them have a classic charm that is hard to miss. Here are breathtaking penthouses that will inspire you to own one of your own in the near future.

Coppin Penthouse

Coppin penthouse is the perfect definition of a luxurious apartment with a gorgeous view. Designed by the Richmond based Australian architectural firm JAM Architects in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This residence is decorated in a classic penthouse appeal with a few modern pieces here and there. However, even though the home offers a classic appeal the terrace and pool are the highlights of this home. The reason being the view is impeccable. You can see the entire city from the terrace especially at night.

Wonderful Penthouse in Chicago

Located In the city of Chicago this penthouse is what all dreams are made of. It is contemporary yet charming with a classic feel that exuberates throughout the home. This home is characterized by its modern appeal from head to toe. However, one space of the penthouse that really caught our attention was the bathroom. Furthermore, the bathroom is fully constructed of white vein marble. The white vein marble adds a sense of peace in the bathroom space that we haven’t seen before.

Elegant Penthouse

Categorized by being the perfect combination of classic charm and elegance, this penthouse is located in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. This private residence was constructed for a family with three children. The children were the number one focus when it came to decorating the space. Therefore, the space has a warm feel to it that screams home in a modern type of way. Its large windows give the perfect rich view of the city.

Mayfair House

Sleek and classic with hints of modern are the perfect words to describe the Mayfair house. This penthouse consisted of four apartments in one space. The large spaces are filled with modern charm, while the smaller corners are chic and sleek in design. Riddled with classic charm every space of this home has its own personality.

Penthouse Ecopark

Created with “relaxation” in mind the Penthouse Ecopark takes a contemporary space and adds traditional furniture for the perfect blend between the two. The interior of the home offers rich dark hues that perfectly work with the green shades that flow throughout the home. Furthermore, the large windows bring in the natural beauty from the outside directly in. The home also features brick walls throughout that add a classic feel in a modern way.

Penthouse 03

Penthouse 03 is located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The beautifully glass constructed penthouse is decorated in a minimalist form to allow all the windows to be the center stage of the home. Primarily the home offers a white layout with large windows throughout. Subsequently, the perfectly polished wood gave the home a classic appeal that exuberated charm and beauty in a minimalist way.

Penthouse in Palma de Mallorca

Located in Palma de Mallorca, Spain this penthouse is spectacular from the inside out. Decorated in a minimal manner that allows the structure to speak for itself this home screams contemporary with hints of classic furniture throughout. Nevertheless, the classic furniture really helps bring the entire look of this home together. However, the most impressive area of this home is the terrace. The terrace itself had a grand view that is difficult to miss.

Penthouse on the Park

Penthouse on the Park is a private residence located in Sofia, Bulgaria. This penthouse measures at about 3,600 sq ft space. Furthermore, the classic interior works in the layouts favor as every part of the home screams classic penthouse décor while still feeling chic. Furthermore, the penthouse is decorated in mostly neutral shades of white and gray with hints of color here and there. This allows the home to be charming with a hint of feminine throughout.

Penthouse by Josep Ruà Spatial Designer

This penthouse created by Josep Ruà Spatial Designer takes the luxurious feel out of the penthouse and replaced it with traditional charm. The home has almost a cabin feel it. Furthermore, its unfinished wooden aspect mixed with natural elements creates the perfect combination that elevates this home to the next level. Furthermore, the aesthetics of the home was simple, but open and direct.

Penthouse in Berlin

Sitting on 5,382 square feet this penthouse is one of a kind. It sits directly on the banks of the river Spree and surrounded by the city the view from this penthouse is unbelievable. The residence is decorated with neutral, elegant décor that emphasis the classy yet trendy aspect of this penthouse. However, with all the trendy appeal of this home, there is also a classy touch to it. Furthermore, the home is filled with elegant, classic chandeliers that brighten up the space in a sweet, traditional manner.

To conclude, these penthouses are as charming as they seem but with a little classic detail to them. Which of these penthouses is your favorite? Please let us know your thoughts below.

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Eye-Catching Homes on the Lake

By • Mar 9, 2018

Home in the Banks of Lake by Architectural Bureau A2 (44)

Owning a home on the lake is like having a home on the beach the beauty is undeniable, and the amenities are even better. There is nothing quite like waking up and listening to the serene sound of water just drifting away. Here are 10 homes that will make you want to own a home on the lake immediately.

Home in the Banks of a Lake

Located in St. Petersburg, Russia this home on the lake is a private residence with an envious view. The modern yet classic home offers panoramic views of the lake from every single room. Additionally, the windows are glazed using Reynaries Concept System® 104 (Belgium), innovative window glazing which allows the home to use less energy. Furthermore, not only does the home lead to the lake, but it is Eco-friendly. The residence was constructed to fit right into its surrounding landscape.

Lake Edge

The Lake Edge residence is located in Excelsior, Minnesota, USA. This home offers a contemporary approach to a traditional home. Furthermore, the large windows offer views to the beautiful lake that is connected to the home. This residence is connected by a walkway to the small lake house that sits at the edge of the lake.

Hog Pen Creek Residence

The Hog Pen Creek Residence is the perfect definition of a contemporary private residence. Designed by Lake Flato Architects gives this home the true modern feel Lake Flato is well known for. Additionally, the home was constructed using large windows from top to bottom to create a home that feels as if it interacts with the outdoor space simultaneously. Furthermore, the home was constructed in an L shape in order to work around the oak trees that resided in the area surrounding the home.

Lakecrest Residence

The Lakecrest Residence is the true definition of a home directly on the lake. In addition the home not only has views of the lake, but it is perched on the edge of a cliff providing an unbelievable view. Furthermore, the home offers panoramic views of the mountains as well as the forest that surround the residence. Lakecrest Residence was designed to have its residents enjoy the view of the outside directly from the windows inside.

Lake House by Mutabile Arquitetura

Located in Capitólio, Minas Gerais, Brazil directly on the edge of Lake Furnas this private residence was created to provide the feel of always being on vacation. The home sits on the lake which gives it the open feel of being always on the lake even if you are inside of the home. Nevertheless, this home combines the exterior space with the privacy of the interior in a unique manner. The home has thick walls, but with large windows for the perfect contrast. Lake Furnas can be seen from every angle of the home.

 Lakeside Retreat

The Lakeside Retreat residence is the perfect vacation home. Sitting directly in front of the lake is one amenity that is difficult to come by and even more difficult to miss. This home provides both. The beautiful lake can be seen from the large ceiling high windows that are in the window. This entire residence has large windows. However, the best view of the home can be seen from the living room.

House at a Lake by BBSC Architects

This contemporary home is a sight to be seen. The beautiful residence known as the house at the lake offers mesmerizing views that from every quarter of the home. Furthermore, very window offers a distinct view of the lake or the garden. Its large front windows provide a modern yet elegant touch to the home.

Lake Washington Shores Residence

Lake Washington Shores Residence merges the indoor with the outdoor space seamlessly to provide that effortless combination of the two. It’s a 6,800square foot home with the purpose of entertaining. This modern home offers large windows throughout that brings the brightness, from the earthy outdoors directly in. Additionally, the inside is decorated with lots of mahogany wood elements for an earthy feel that connects you to the lake.

House at the Lake by Igor Sirotov Architect

The House at the Lake was a concept created by Igor Sirvotov Architect. This home is contemporary to a T. Nevertheless, the entire home is decorated in a gray and black color scheme providing a rich feel that is modern and elegant all at the same time. The view of the lake offers a twist of tranquility in the home. Furthermore, the large windows will bring in the softness of the lake while the décor adds the classic edge the home already has.

Lakeside Home

This stunning Lakeside Home located in Balatonboglár, Hungary is a beautiful contemporary residence. The elegant interior works perfectly with the nautical exterior. It sits directly in front of the lake providing an impeccable view that can be seen from the large windows that flow throughout the entire space.

To conclude, whether you enjoy a peaceful night looking at the lake from the inside of your home or you want to sit directly on the lake these homes are beautiful from the inside out. Which of these homes is your favorite? Please let us know in the comments below.

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Barn Houses with a Modern Twist

By • Feb 22, 2018

Over the recent years, barn homes have become quite trendy and popular. When we think of cozy and comfortable your very first thought may be a traditional beautiful barn house. Preferably, in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature. However, Barn houses have received a chic upgrade and most of them now have a modern twist. The following barn homes will make you think twice before turning down these chic cozy homes.

Cielomar Residence

When you think of a dream barn house this could definitely be it. This home is everything you could imagine. Located on Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica, this home is the perfect modern barn house. This tropical project takes everything a barn house is known for and completely transforms it even the shape of the home is unique. Built from layered wooden beams the home is covered in crystal clear glass windows and doors so that the outside can be seen from all areas of the home. The home has two different pools for the ultimate vacation feel right at home.

Barn House Eelde

This private residence takes a traditional barn house structure and completely reinvents it. Featuring 1,052 square feet of living space located in the countryside south of Eelde in the Netherlands. Furthermore, the structure is modern because of the way the wooden panels give a sense that the architecture is “breathing”.

Donderen Barnhouse

This beautiful contemporary barn house located in Donderen, The Netherlands perfectly meshes together the cozy feel of a barn house with the contemporary aspect of a modern home. It seamlessly works both architectural styles from the inside out.

Loft in the Barn

This structure was created in the 17th century. However, it has newly been renovated by the architectural firm Georg Bechter Architektur + Diseño. Located on a hill of Hittisau, Austria this modern barn offers a loft-like design with gorgeous mountain views. With a traditional barn exterior, the inside is completely different with unfinished wood as the main décor statement and an open floor plan. The interior is contemporary while still having a rich barn-like feel.

Ancient Party Barn

Located in Folkestone, England this private barn residence is the perfect traditional barn house with a traditional interior except with a twist. The twist being the inside is a lot more open and spacious than a barn would be. Furthermore, the interior is created almost entirely of wood which provides the warm feel a barn is known for.

Modern Barn

Just like the name states, this barn is a modern barn located in Wilton, Connecticut, USA. The exterior offers a semi-traditional barn appeal, but with a fresher concept. The idea was to create a barn that feels like a barn, but screams contemporary once you step inside. Nevertheless, the home is decorated in a simple manner with an open floor plan for that modern appeal the home was inspired by.

Napa Barn

The idea to create a guest home that would serve as a multipurpose residence was what inspired the creation of this unique barn house. Located in St. Helena, California this residence sits at 3,500 square feet. Furthermore, this barn house takes the charm of a traditional home and opens it up. This space is full of simplicity and modern charm throughout the entire space. The home features large windows that give you views of the vineyard that surrounds the space.

The Barn by Pascal François Architects

Located in Aalst, Flanders, Belgium The Barn takes a unique outlook on what a traditional barn “would” look like. Furthermore, the exterior of this residence doesn’t appear much like a “traditional” barn instead it looks like a modern structure. This home was constructed in a minimalist format for that modern feel from the outside in. Although the outside is constructed in a minimalist format it does feature traditional woodwork throughout. The inside is completely different as it laid out in a contemporary manner.

Loughloughan Barn

Loughloughan Barn designed by McGarry-Moon Architects perfectly blends old ruins that have been rebuilt with new additions that give this home a unique appearance. The structure of this home is quite unique because it is built out of bricks and glass windows and doors. Furthermore, this adds to the modern aspect of the space while still feeling comfortable and charming. The interior is laid out in a contemporary design for that chic feel that is also enchanting and even captivating.

Brotherton Barn

Located in Pusey, Oxfordshire, England the Brotherton Barn provides all of the barn aesthetics while being modern in some ways. Furthermore, the home works around an open floor plan, but provides a secluded bedroom space. In order to pair the two together, the structure has a floating staircase with a gallery that combines the two while still being separate from the rest of the home. Instead of the designer working upwards and creating a large barn with different levels. The Anderson Orr Partnership decided to keep the home at the level it was first constructed in by working downwards instead of upwards. This gives the come a unique feel as there are two levels, but it appears as if it was only one.

Whether you have a barn house as an addition to your home or you are looking to purchase a barn house these homes are quite the beauty. Which of these would you like to own or recreate your home around? Please let us know in the comments below.

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