The Orchard Willow Residence is a contemporary three level single family residence designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects, located in Chicago, Illinois. The clients sought a home that balanced an abundance of natural light and direct connections to nature with a need for privacy. Located adjacent to a schoolyard, the site affords an open southern side yard, unusual for Chicago. The exposure provided an opportunity to access natural light throughout the day while challenging how to achieve privacy.
A board-formed concrete wall poured just above eye level encircles the property. With the first floor set down at natural grade, the textural wall provides complete visual privacy within the garden, allowing the wooden framed interior living space to be enclosed with glass. Large sliding doors and a continuous stone floor connect the interior and exterior as a single room.
Above the wooden pavilion, a narrow, copper-clad volume floats on a clerestory band of windows, bringing light deep into the broad living space below. Within the bedrooms, deeply recessed balconies are carved out of the copper enclosure to form light courts that shade the glazing, provide privacy, and direct views away from the neighboring school to the distant Chicago skyline and sunset.
Photos: Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing
430 House is the contemporary renovation of a 1981 Vancouver Special house designed by D’Arcy Jones Architecture, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The residence was built on a 33 foot wide lot, which retained the entire foundation and structure of the house. The 2,500 square foot interior layout was flipped, moving the kitchen, dining and living areas from the upper floor down to the main floor, so the most important interior spaces could be at grade.
A new parallel-parking open carport was built off the lane, to preserve more of the back yard for a new landscaped garden and terrace. The house was wrapped in a new exterior skin with carefully placed windows, to connect all interior spaces to the front and back yards. This house that was once dark and generic is now filled with light and air.
Our studio enthusiastically approaches each new project as a chance to create something unique. Playing with materials and form to come up with unexpected results, we work tirelessly to design projects that are innovative, durable and inviting. Tweaking time-tested ways of building, we create buildings and spaces that can be built with conventional construction methods. Our clients work with a very small team and enjoy the personal involvement of D’Arcy at all stages of design and construction. We are optimists, seeing the past as a continuum to connect with and be inspired by, and seeing the future as something that can be improved incrementally.
Photos: Sama Jim Canzian
The Reserve Residence was designed as an elegant country vacation home for a family of five by Summerour & Associates, with a gorgeous lakefront location in Sunset, South Carolina. The goal for the design of this home was to create a palette of texture and color that would embrace the outdoors. Designer Yvonne McFadden streamlined the interior finishes and products to create a calm and peaceful vacation home for this busy family. The designer ensured that all finishes and materials selected for the interiors would not compete with the views, rather enhance them.
Open shelving in the kitchen helps maintain the simple, airy feel. McFadden used used flat-finish paint and a matte finish on cabinetry to create a softer contrast with the rough-sawn wood and other natural textures.
An open floor plan gives this home a more contemporary feel and makes family socializing and occasional entertaining easy and natural. The kitchen is in the same great room as the dining room and the living room, making it the perfect place for a party.
This home is part of a community in Sunset that overlooks Lake Keowee, visible out the windows in the main great room. McFadden refrained from detailed window treatments so the home would embrace the lake views as much as possible.
To keep the architecture looking as clean and simple as the interior design, McFadden stuck with 1-inch trim throughout the home. A dull-rub polyurethane was used on the floors, giving the wood the durability of a polyurethane finish with the appearance of a waxed floor.
McFadden used a mix of natural linens, cottons, and wools to keep the house in line with the beautiful outdoor setting.
A small sitting area with an armchair and chaise was tucked into the corner of the master bedroom — a perfect place to sit and read or enjoy a cup of tea at the end of the day.
In another guest bedroom, a utilitarian-styled wood and steel desk adds a simple, rustic element to the space. The artwork framed above the desk is a mix of antique French stencils and antique Arabian rug patterns.
Color pops out here and there, but overall the palette was purposely muted to draw attention to the exterior surroundings. “My work is very subtle. I’m not a bright, flamboyant designer in any way,” says McFadden. “I like the lines and textures to speak louder than the palette. There’s a softness to my work, and I think this home is a great reflection of that.”
This home was meant to be a vacation home not just for the family, but for friends to come and enjoy too! The clients wanted to make sure that there would be plenty of places for guests to sleep, so McFadden squeezed two rustic twin bed frames into a spare bedroom.
The elegant bathtub in the master bathroom is the ultimate symbol of this home’s peaceful, comfortable aesthetic. White limestone tile lines the floor, and a custom dark mahogany vanity adds a subtle richness to the room.
The soothing color palette and simple interior product lines continue in the home’s master bedroom. The large upholstered headboard was custom made of linen and lined with bronze nailheads. Linen and cotton bedding completes the look.
Photos: Courtesy of Yvonne McFadden
Chalet Bolton-Est is a stunning two story contemporary vacation home project designed by Atelier BOOM TOWN, located in East Bolton, Quebec, Canada. The clients vision for the design of the home was abundant light, open space, a fluid inside-outside relationship, views, framing and integration of the pavilion into the landscape. All expressed in a simple means and forms. This young couple with two young boys had just purchased a beautiful property in the East Bolton area. The home consists of 1,600 square feet of living space with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, mud room, living room, kitchen, dining room. In the basement: a bedroom, a shower room, a game room (multi-function), and mechanical room.
Undergrowth inviting to walk, two small cabins cedar shingles, relics of the previous occupation, slightly sloping topography offering Western frank perspective on a nearby hill characterized the site. It remained to design the cottage for the family follower of outdoor activities in general and especially winter sports, cherished by many ski resorts nearby. Under these conditions, the “mud room” quickly became one of the architectural program elements around which the spaces are deployed to. Central, accessible through the main entrance as the service entrance, it is integrated into the flow of the cottage.
In our approach the cabin, the view against-diving offered the path to the building, the deployment of the two large roof that characterize the project. The large terrace bordering the south and west facades participates in its integration into the landscape. Large openings allow easy switching living spaces in open area (living room, dining room, kitchen) to the terrace.
A huge garden door 16 inches wide by over 9 feet high, allows free opening 8 feet overlooking the terrace and views of the hill to the west. When the season allows, the terrace becomes an extension of the chalet, an enlargement of the same stay in the scenery! The projection of the roof to control the south and west facades intake of sun in summer and, in turn, provides shelter against the elements in the climatic situations less lenient.
Upstairs genuine observation post on the landscape, is the master bedroom with a private bathroom and an adjacent workspace. This space reserved for parents is also designed in open area. A large balcony on the west facade provides a complete view of the field and observe the pond there, the two small huts, trails and undergrowth.
Photos: Courtesy of Atelier BOOM TOWN
When Tanner Kibble Denton Architects took on the renovation and extension of an existing, heritage house located in Mosman on Sydney’s North Shore; they set out to create a spacious and contemporary family home whilst preserving the majestic charm of its original structure.
This project fully explores the relationship between indoor and outdoor. The main living space opens seamlessly to a level lawn and pool, framed with dense landscaping.
Adjacent the internal living space is the loggia, which operates beautifully as an undercover outdoor space. The room includes an outdoor fireplace and can be protected with retractable louvres and cavity sliding flyscreen panels.
The strong dark painted timber form of the upper level floats over the main living space, supported on slim steel flats, and sealed with virtually transparent sheets of frameless glass. Interiors employ stone, timber floors, timber veneer and a muted paint scheme that allows the owners art collection to add to the architecture.
Photos: Nicole England
State Street Townhouse was designed in 2012 as a typical American family house but in an urban context by Ben Hansen Architect, located in Brooklyn, New York. This stunning four-story contemporary townhouse is comprised of 3,444 square feet (320 square meters) of living space, designed with specific family needs.
In many ways, the historic New York City townhouse is not compatible with a contemporary family’s way of life. The first and most important concept was to reinterpret the classic townhouse but customize it to the client’s request of having a join family space at the parlor level, where members of the family move fluidly between the kitchen, dining and living rooms; and have a visual and program connection with the rear courtyard; another interpretation of the typical American family house but in an urban context.
The rest of the floor levels were strictly defined by their own program and vertical circulations, allowing the most efficient way of space planning; and having as much natural light and ventilation as possible, especially in the core of the floor plate, which in the majority of historic townhouses are dark and unpleasant spaces.
While the design of the building is unquestionably contemporary, it relates to its classic NYC context as an abstract reinterpretation of the classic Brownstone Townhouse, from the materiality to the alignment of the facade elements. The front facade is pushed in and out to align with the neighboring building and the used of the classic steel and brick but with a strong contemporary language, that it’s consistent throughout the entire building, stands out in its immediate context.
The design of the exterior areas of the house were as important as the interiors, as a couple with 3 kids, the client needed to have as much patio area as possible, from playground areas in the ground floor, to more private and serene balconies, to a orchard roof deck, and all these landscape program needed to be harmoniously connected with their correspondent interior spaces.
Built in 1846, this posh, newly refreshed Greenwich Village townhouse at 20 East 10th Street is listed for sale, the home of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, located in Greenwich Village, New York. At 25 feet wide and six stories tall, the 6,800 square foot single family townhouse with 7 fireplaces is the architectural and historical embodiment of pristine New York luxury living.
Spotted on Douglas Elliman, this stunning townhouse is listed at $22,000,000, from here.
The Parlor Floor introduces itself with a gray Barr flagstone entry, 12 foot ceilings, twin fireplaces, dentil molding, original mantle, and a Juliet balcony (from which one can access the beautifully landscaped Garden). Light gushes through the floor-to-ceiling double-paned mahogany windows in the formal dining room, which is connected to the living room by a gorgeously molded framed entry.
The Garden Floor is outfitted with a Boffi stainless steel and rich walnut eat-in kitchen, bookend marble wall fireplace, Boffi shelving and storage units, with off-kitchen access to the south-facing, split level Garden.
The Guest Floor features three bedrooms, the largest of which has an exquisite en suite marble bath, separate sitting / office area, and Victorian fireplace. The two smaller bedrooms are perfectly appointed as guest or child’s bedrooms, and also feature an en suite bath. A generous linen closet is also located herein.
The Master Floor is beautifully proportioned as an elegant retreat, complete with 25′ x 12′ private terrace, an imported stone fireplace, a hand-carved stone ovular tub, antique tiles, separate sinks, shower room, water closet, and windowed walk-in. The master bath also has its own fireplace.
The Family Floor is illuminated by two oversized skylights. 50′ long bookcases, a separate built-in entertainment system, small windowed office with storage closet, and limestone / mosaic half-bath.
The house comes with five-zone HVAC system, state of the art NEST thermostats, Lutron Maestro dimmers with LED displays, a modern water-based fire suppression system, air cleaning and humidification system, seven working fireplaces, and Arnold Chan designed lighting.
This Los Angeles, California ranch house was designed by Janette Mallory Interior Design, perched on a hill in Mount Olympus, a neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills. It has incredible views of the Hollywood sign, downtown Los Angeles and the ocean. The classic 1950s ranch was worn and outdated, but Mallory’s clients saw past that. It had a wonderful layout, which the clients decided they wanted updated, but left the floor plan the same.
The couple wanted the 4,000 square feet (371 square meters) four bedroom, four bathroom house to be contemporary and rustic. The vision fit with how the house already was — it had all the rustic elements of a classic ranch with a twist of midcentury style. Playing on that, the designer produced a transitional look that incorporated the owner’s love of collecting and art. The space itself is furnished with a mix of classic, colonial, rustic and midcentury pieces — a similar stylistic brew that might have been found in many ranchers in the early 1950s.
Although the layout and the indoor–outdoor nature of the home were carefully preserved, many of the tired finishes had to be replaced. The cabinet is a replica of an antique, and it houses the couple’s collection of vessels. Throughout the house, furniture and accessories are large and simple, making for a graphic decorative statement. In this cabinet, the designer included natural elements such as corals, shells and ammonites.
The living room is separated from the dining room and kitchen by a pony wall (you can just see the top of the abstract painting that hangs over the sofa peeking above it). Before the remodel, this shot would not have been possible, as the breakfast room was separated from the dining room by a floor-to-ceiling wall.
The dining room table has oversize ladder back chairs on the sides and upholstered chairs at each end. The designer thought too many wooden chairs would make it feel heavy. The upholstered chairs help to soften things up a bit.
The family room is topped by another classic ranch house feature: A wood-paneled ceiling and exposed rafters. They were dirty and in bad shape yet the designer and the owners didn’t want to paint them, choosing to sandblast and refinish them instead. The statement ceiling is balanced by a floor crafted from reclaimed walnut.
In another classic midcentury move, the family room contained a wet bar. The owners chose to preserve it, and the designer gave it a new limestone top and accessories to freshen it up. The clients like to entertain a lot, so it made sense to keep it. The designer chose to front it with incredibly comfortable chairs, making bellying up to the bar a relaxing experience. A giant antique hourglass and a vintage hotel sign advertising “dining, coffee and cocktails” decorate one end of the bar; while a new metal-and-wood shelf displays select bottles behind it.
In the master bedroom, the designer started with the bed. She wanted to keep it simple and clean-lined. The designer put a chair on either side of the bed for her current event-loving clients. Each one has a place to sit and enjoy their coffee and newspaper.
The master bedroom already had a corner glass window, designed to embrace a swoon-inducing view. The designer selected this tub because you can select your own color for the exterior. She did not want a stark white tub there.
The elegant tub is positioned perfectly to enjoy the landscape — giving new meaning to the phrase “soak in the view.”
Photos: Courtesy of Janette Mallory Interior Design
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