This stunning terrace house creates a seamless boundary between indoors and out, designed by Elaine Richardson Architect, located in Alexandria, a suburb of Sydney, Australia. Owned and designed by the architect as a family home with her husband are three children, the home was originally an old cottage that was beyond repair and had to be torn down. Sited on a narrow lot, the interior living space is comprised of 1,776 square feet (165 square meters), with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a central courtyard for privacy. Since the lot was so narrow, light needed to be unfiltered into the spaces as much as possible to create the feeling of spaciousness. The living spaces were designed to be open and airy and clutter-free. The design concept was to create a place that was a tranquil oasis, a place to unwind from the chaotic city life. The exterior facade features natural bluestone, selected for its gorgeous finish and color. The wood elements are comprised of spotted gum timber. Glass bifold doors opens to the interior courtyard, which brings lots of light into the interiors and can be left open to bring fresh in. A small backyard space from the living area features an outdoor kitchen with a bbq and dining area, perfect for extra sitting space when entertaining family and friends.
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Polished concrete was selected for the first floor living spaces, for easy, low-maintanence living and cool on your feet in the warm summer months.
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This is an additional TV room, which is situated just behind the kitchen area. The architect designed her family home to be very flexible, to meet the changing needs of both the adults and kids alike.
A color palette of soothing hues was selected for the upstairs bedrooms, with linen curtains, lots of built-ins for functionality and wood flooring.
The architect designed separate bedrooms for each of her three boys, yet since they prefer sleeping in the same room, she turned this spare bedroom into a playroom. A loft bedroom is used as a playhouse but can also play host for when guests come to visit.
Louvered and bifold doors helps to bring lots of natural light into the upstairs bedrooms, but can also be closed off for privacy.
Photos: Florian Grohen
Aspen Creek Residence is a stunning two story modern property that was completed in 2011 by Carney Logan Burke Architects, located in Park City, Utah. The home is comprised of 3,700 square feet of sumptuous living space and a 600 square foot garage. The interior flooring is comprised of concrete throughout, which is cool underfoot in the hot summer months. Wood is used on the staircase and clad on the ceiling on the upstairs level, adding warmth to the home. Wood is also repeated to the exterior of the home, as well as Corten steel, creating a very inviting place to call home.
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This stunning kitchen offers a beautiful island with causal seating for four. The countertops are a premium honed black granite, which contrasts nicely with the light wood cabinets and the lovely backsplash made by Heath Ceramics, with the color shade name of “olive gloss”.
The open plan living and kitchen area features a double height ceiling with an open mezzanine level above that hosts a home office. This helps to diffuse light into the space from above, especially with the white walls reflecting the light. A comfortable seating arrangement features leather chairs from Crate & Barrel and a Noguchi glass coffee table from Herman Miller.
The dining room is bright and airy with floor to ceiling picture windows that feels like your are immersed in nature. The furnishings are comprised of a custom table and bench designed by the architect and made by a carpenter out of a clear vertical grain fir and plywood. Fabricated steel pieces have been incorporated into the furniture pieces. The chairs that compliment the table and bench were picked up from Design Within Reach, the “Salt” chair.
This stunning staircase leading up to the more private areas of the home features a warm wood with varying striations of color and steel stringers.
The cozy sleeper sofa from CB2 in the office area is dual purpose, when lying flat it can be used for overnight guests, but not too comfortable that they will stay too long!
The master bedroom retreat is a tranquil oasis decorated in a soft color palette with bedding from CB2. A door leads to an outside terrace to enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscape of trees and mountains in the distance.
The roofing material is comprised of corrugated cold-rolled steel. A cozy patio space is a perfect area to sit and enjoy nature and enjoy the stunning landscape that surrounds the home.
Photos: Matthew Millman Photography
OVD 919 is spectacular residential project completed in 2014 by SAOTA architects, located on a mountain ridge below Lions Heads, in Cape Town, South Africa. The home is nestled on a steep site, featuring unparallel 360 degree views of Robben Island to the North and Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles to the South. Although attaining these views was paramount to the project, they also had to be carefully balanced to achieve the necessary privacy that the homeowners required for their lifestyle. The living spaces were designed as an open concept, with a seamless indoor-outdoor connection to enhance everyday living. “The architecture needed focus on creating a contemporary, uncluttered and sculptural building,” said Tamaryn Fourie, senior associate and project team member. Building the residence on a steep slope, the architects considered a sensitive design approach, limiting excavation. Secondary spaces are situated on lower levels and two stories are positioned above the ridge, which hosts the main living spaces, pool terrace and garden and the private spaces (bedrooms) on the upper level. The carefully considered interiors portion of the project was carried out by Studio Parkington Design Consult.
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“On arrival at a mid-level one is lured through the main garage with its double volume and graffiti walls towards the shaft of light and splash of landscaping emanating from the glazed Entrance Area beyond. Sculptural timber clad stairs wrap themselves around a centrally positioned glass lift and take one to the upper levels of the house,” says Philip Olmesdahl, SAOTA director and project team member. The spaces take on a gallery feel, emphasizing the draw to this fascinating property with its jaw-dropping backdrop of mountains and sea.
“Throughout this level boundaries are blurred and there’s a wonderful continuity between internal and external living – it’s a house for all seasons and plays off the mood of the climate and surrounding landscape,” said Tamaryn Fourie.
With polished concrete flooring running throughout the home and extending to the outdoors, there is the sense of a seamless flow. The bedrooms showcase timeless oak flooring for warmth and character. The master bedroom retreat is located on the top level and set back from the southern boundary to which the home shares with a national park for enhanced privacy. “An expansive planter off the main bedroom reiterates the importance of the natural surroundings and their connection with the sea views beyond,” noted Philip Olmesdahl.
Photos: Adam Letch / This project was submitted to 1 Kindesign courtesy of SAOTA
Casa Planalto is a magnificent modern house demonstrating seamless integration of indoor-outdoor living, completed in 2013 by FC Studio in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Designed as an urban house for a family, the interiors are comprised of 6,458 square feet (600 square meters) of living space. The home has been oriented so that the homeowners can enjoy the open space in the summer and winter but be protected from the elements by being under cover. Two large volumes run perpendicular to each other to demarcate territory as well as determining functions and usage of the spaces of the residence. “A rectangular prism perpendicular to the street contains private functions of the house, which occupies half the ground and releases other half for leisure and landscaping. another rectangular prism, but in different proportions, it contains functions and social service of the house “, states the architects. The upper volume seems to rest on the lower volume, generating a series of projections which reinforces the concept of this project. “The vertical movement is the point of contact between them”. All spaces seem to link together through doors and walls that move, which makes the home feel completely open to nature. This makes the home feel light and airy, showcasing crisp and clean interiors.
Earthy colors, textures and the transparency of materials were purposefully selected. “While transparency integrates concrete separates. The concrete walls divide the space, while the large sliding glass doors bring the landscape into the house. The materials are sincere. The concrete, glass, wood and steel are shown in its essence, without intermediaries,” explains the architects.
The home serves as a wonderful example of contemporary Brazilian architecture, where concrete and modernity go hand in hand, but connected with the environment, with the trees and the amazing natural surroundings.
Photos: Nelson Kon
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An extensive home renovation creating a feeling of spaciousness was carried out by Egue y Seta, located in the town of Benicassim on the coast of Valencia, Spain. The reform of this 3,229 square foot (300 square meters) house involved removing unnecessary partitions and creating a strong visual connection to the outside. The journey begins as one enters the home through the main main entrance surrounded by gardens. Outdoor spaces were given a complete overhaul with a pool and terrace, including new landscaping and improved circulation, which can all be viewed from indoors through expanded windows. An open plan sunroom, kitchen and living space all look directly into a lush garden. Spread out over three levels, the only divisions left in the home are those that are structural. Delineation of spaces is achieved only through the change of flooring, wall coverings and ceiling heights. Versatile and functional furnishings are showcased throughout, with a mixed design aesthetic that makes the spaces feel balanced, timeless and universal.
A cozy living area is dominated by warmth of wood on the surrounding walls, embracing clean lines and color. The spaces offers plenty of function with built-in bookshelves and storage for audio-visual equipment. With concrete flooring continues the continuity of this level, leading to a dining room without having to through doorways. The kitchen island is comprised of oak on an iron support structure, creating an expansive space surrounded by garden. The kitchen breaks the continuity of concrete flooring, showcasing a daring combination of traditional ceramic finishes. The lowered ceiling also defines the space, and the finishes features bright stainless steel and stylish decorative items. What do you think of this fabulous home renovation, we would love to hear your thoughts!
The upper floor area is devoted to rest and relaxation, an internal garden was installed as an axis of movement and visual embellishment which can be enjoyed by all bedrooms through transparent glass partitions. All bedrooms enjoy views over the gardens of the house perimeter and interior garden.The same oak flooring runs throughout the private areas of the house, except for the bathrooms which have tile.
Photos: Vicugo Foto
Concrete is a beautiful and very durable material, super customizable with an incredibly long lifespan, concrete countertops are the perfect application for any kitchen. With a minimalist and sleek appearance, concrete fits perfectly into any home or loft, giving a contemporary or industrial feel. A little more edgy than other countertop materials, it can be very ideal thanks to its inherent properties of being easy to clean and very durable. The best thing about concrete is that you can DIY your own countertops, there are plenty of websites out there that will give you step-by-step instructions. Concrete looks amazing in a modern, open plan interior, integrating well with other materials from wood to silestone. If the look of raw concrete is too clinical looking for you, you can apply an acid wash or any color you wish to add more warmth to your kitchen. The average cost for concrete to be installed as your countertop material is $65-$135 (for standard 1.5 inch thick countertop). Have a look at some pros and cons to using concrete as your countertop material selection.
Pros: Concrete is a porous material and can be stained easily, which is why it needs to be sealed. Color options for concrete is endless, which makes it ideal if you are trying to match it with your interior design scheme. It can be cast in any shape or size and with custom edge details. They can be uniquely personalized by embedding items such as seashells, recycled glass and even pebbles. Its appearance enhances with age, developing a warm patina. Although concrete is heat resistant, if it is sealed, anything hot should not be placed directly on the surface, as it may damage the sealer.
Cons: If you have a large concrete countertop, there will be seams, but you can minimize this with the use of a filler that is color-matched. It needs to be frequently sealed to avoid staining. Small cracks may develop with time and settling. Concrete is a heavy material, so it will need extra support beneath. If you do any custom options such as edge detailing and inlays, the price tag can be greatly increased.
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Trama Apartment was recently designed for a young couple in a natural and neutral color scheme by Semerene Interior Architecture, located in Brasilia, Brazil. The apartment is comprised of 753 square feet of living space with contemporary interiors and a unique design plan that meets the needs of its owners.
Description from the architect:
The apartment of 70 square meters (753 square feet), located in a newly built building in a new district of Brasilia, was designed for a young couple. Originally, the property was distributed into well-defined environments, including living room, kitchen, laundry area, two bedrooms and a toilet in the social area.
The new design should address the residents’ needs for fluid multipurpose spaces and at the same time, should translate into the lifestyle and emotional references of the couple. Thus, priority was given to free areas, integrated and multi-functional, adaptable to different scenarios of everyday life.
Upon entering the apartment, the barriers between TV room, dining room, kitchen and service area, dissolve from a permeable central layout. The metal frame unfolds in different roles: bookshelf partition, desk, and dinner table. An element that embraces the kitchen island and becomes the heart of the project.
The kitchen and the service area had their functions reduced to the essentials and brought together in one volume arranged linearly. The service area is easily camouflaged and converted into a background panel to the dining room.
The desk acts as a reversible environment through sliding panels, and can open up to the living room to fuse with other environments, or remain closed for more privacy.
We chose neutral and natural materials such as concrete and wood. The central metallic element brings an industrial character, typical of large cities, which contrasts with the vibrant colors present in objects, furniture and walls of the living room. The result is the freshness of an urban beach, so present in the memory of the residents.
Photos: Joana França
ALD House is a contemporary weekend retreat designed by Juan Carlos Baumgartner from architecture studio SPACE, located in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. The home is projected on a land of little over 1,000 square meters and it is articulated in two main volumes: a prism into which another rectangular wooden prism is embedded.
Description from the architect: Since the very beginning, the purpose of this project was clear: to create a house in which a balance between modernity and coziness was struck. Therefore, we chose to use few materials in order to achieve a quick reading of the volumes.
The first prism consists of a black metal structure that ends on an exposed concrete staple. The two fronts of this volume are made of glass, which helps create a transparency to the interior area and gives a feeling of permanently being in touch with nature.
The second volume is a cantilevered wooden cube, under which a terrace is generated. Requirements for the design of this project included a swimming pool, and we fulfilled them by creating one and covering it with black venetian glass tiles. In this way, the swimming pool was turned into a water mirror that reflects the house.
For this project, we decided to integrate art into architecture so that the selected works became a part of the design instead of functioning as mere decorative items. With this principle in mind, we commissioned a hyper-realistic 2 x 6 m painting of a Porsche 78; which was placed in a double-height space. In addition to the painting, Juan Carlos Baumgartner designed a mural that works both as the visual end of the swimming pool and as the vestibule of the house entrance.
The house has four bedrooms, a double-height living room and an open plan kitchen that is integrated into the space. In the living area, a modern cast glass sphere chandelier hangs from the ceiling. By using few but carefully selected materials, we created delightful areas that met our clients’ expectations.
As in all the projects of SPACE, we followed sustainable design guidelines when designing Casa ALD. We used recycled content materials low in VOC levels and wood from certified forests. Furthermore, the lighting is almost entirely LED-based.
Photos: Luis Gordoa
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