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!
By Courtney • Dec 17, 2018
The Woodsy Farmhouse Cabin by Wade Design Architects is a beautifully sprawling structure located in St. Helena, California. This project blends stone foundations and supports with smooth wooden interiors in a way that looks sleek and stylish but still entirely influenced by a down home, woodsy rustic feel.
Built on a breathtaking wine country property, the Woodsy Farmhouse Cabin was originally built as a guesthouse to the main building nestled into the trees and fields there. The primary homeowners intended to live in the main house when they vacationed in California at length, but they built the lovely Farmhouse Cabin in order to share their lovely wine country summers and experiences with friends, family, and guests in equal comfort.
The longer the original homeowners spent time in the vacation home, however, the more they realized that they actually preferred living in the stunning Farmhouse inspired guest house themselves! Something about the slightly smaller but much more efficient design of the building appealed to them and made them feel more comfortable and at home.
Boasting a comfortable 1,200 square feet, the Farmhouse Cabin greets guests with a warm aesthetic that feels just as comforting and welcoming as coming home after a long time away might. The primary goal in both designing and decorating the cabin as to make it appear as though it was built directly from the land it sits on. They also wanted to prioritize the stunning views their particular land plot offers; the working vineyard and mountain range in the distance are not to be missed!
In combination with those goals, designers also strove to achieve a relatively open-concept structure for the cabin. They wanted it to feel quite large despite its average size. Between this and the emphasis on large windows that frame the gorgeous outdoor view, the Farmhouse Cabin is flooded with lovely natural light and plenty of sun, without getting too hot during the day.
High ceilings inside the cabin help those feelings of spaciousness as well. The main living room, for example, features 24 foot vaulted ceilings supported with wooden pillars that add to the farmhouse aesthetic. This atmosphere is bolstered by a simple, clean decor scheme that sticks to woodsy, neutral tones and natural, clean material palettes. Reclaimed wood on the siding, walls, and ceilings pairs with naturally coloured concrete flooring to create a space that’s both durable and low-maintenance.
In contrast to the wood and stone, several steel elements can be seen dotted throughout the house. The most noticeable of these is, of course, the impressive fireplace in the middle of the living room. Besides drawing the eye and keeping the space warm on chilly evenings, this piece creates visual texture in comparison to the wooden walls and vaults around it.
Sticking with the spacious, open-concept theme, the living and dining rooms and the kitchen are all blended as a central space, allowing free movement between the three. The dark neutral colour scheme that’s predominant here was chosen specifically to make the rooms feel as though they blend with and come directly from the surrounding landscape, making the whole house feel cohesive with the beautiful scenery it’s nestled into.
As is the inside of the Farmhouse Cabin wasn’t appealing enough, it also features a wrapping verandah with a lovely, surprisingly comfortable seating area. This entices dwellers and guests out into the fresh air to listen to the soothing sounds of nature around them whenever the weather allows, which is often thanks to its fantastic Californian location.
Photographs by Paul Dyer Photography
Located in the hear of Sofia, Bulgaria, a wonderfully stylish and sensually dark dwelling called Villa 29 offers guests and owners a calmly modern experience in every room. Innovative architectural studio STUDIO LTD designed and decorated the space using “nothing absolutely new”, making the villa a unique combination of sleek aesthetics and vintage appreciation.
The villa was designed with the intention of creating endless connections between artistic shapes, natural or upcycled materials, and cutting edge technologies. The goal was to use elements that have been seen and experiences previously in new blends, ultimately creating something entirely unique and never before seen.
The villa was created specifically for a young professional couple and their two children, both under the age of ten. Because the villa is located within a city centre, in the heart of a residential complex, the goal was to make it at once stand out and blend in; the structure of the apartment must make sense with the needs of someone living a cosmopolitan lifestyle and yet also give them a place to retreat to at the end of a busy urban day.
Designers hoped to help the family blend various styles and experiences in one place; they wanted spaces for comfort but elements of high-tech living. They wanted sophistication for guest hosting but also elements of being close to nature in order to benefit their children.
Perhaps the most interesting feature of the house is that behind its vintage inspired and rather mod looking facade, it’s actually also a “smart-house”. This means that just about everything in the home can be controlled from a cell phone. This gives homeowners ultimate customizability within each room and ultimately saves physical and electronic energy alike. It also makes the home very accessible for those with varying physical needs or abilities.
Working with a unique blend of the designer’s visions and the homeowners wants and needs, the overall team established a space that’s unique in its physical construction as well, before you even consider its decor or how it functions. Asymmetrical ceilings opened up many possibilities for playing with symmetry, for example, so the team extended from that idea and built a space that features unique shapes and visual textures all throughout.
Once shapes and space definitions were established, material blends were chosen. The young couple owning the villa wanted a modern overall atmosphere but were intent on using a blend of soft, natural materials. This is why a combination of wood and stone offsets the sleek black colour schemes and mod shapes seen throughout the rooms.
Despite the strong presence of black in the decor scheme, designers and owners alike agreed that the darkness anchored the spaces in a comfortable way that was balanced by the lighter, natural materials and the impressively unique lighting choices. They also made sure to lighten the scheme in areas meant specifically for the children, instead building airy spaces that let the children physically enjoy the room by getting active on climbing structures and stairs built right into the walls and construction.
Overall, each party was pleased with the way the finished villa offsets itself in innumerable ways; a sense of calm and quiet is easy to find in rooms that are at once elusive and coherent, visually stimulating and technologically practical. The formulation of the villa’s aesthetic in itself was practically an artistic feat!
Photographs by Dian Stanchev
Sunny Teph Inlet House by Omar Gandhi Architect Gives Family Perfect Holiday Escape in Eastern Canada
By Courtney • Dec 14, 2018
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.
Spacious Modern Home La Serena Blends Textures and Lines Thanks to David James Architects & Partners
By Courtney • Dec 14, 2018
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
Ultra Modern Swiss Mountain Hut by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes Provides Winter Haven on a Rocky Ridge
By Courtney • 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
By Courtney • 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
By Courtney • 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
By Courtney • 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.
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
By Courtney • 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.
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.
By Courtney • 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
By Magaly • 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.