Seattle Box Remodel project is a full house remodel of a 1902 traditional home brought up to date by architecture studio Board and Vellum, located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Crisp white trim and dark floors along with built-in cabinetry and special details really tie the whole home together. The brightly colored 3,300 square foot, five bedroom, four bathroom home helps contrast the dark Seattle days and works well with the adjacent homes which are also bright colors. Landscaping is a future project.
Seattle “Box” homes are prized for their stately appearance and generous floor plans. What isn’t often provided though is an easy way to convert these older homes into homes with generous and open living spaces. This project keeps the formal nature of the ‘three in a row’ formal rooms and opens the back of the house and the final room to the kitchen. An operable wall of glass helps connect the house to the yard and let light pour into the home. A centrally placed fireplace is viewable from all the main rooms in the house and helps anchor the entire plan. A wide galley kitchen opens towards the back of the house with an island facing the new family room. Careful design of the casework provides a clean and contemporary look while not looking out of place in a 1902 home.
A cozy front porch allows for a spot to watch the birds at the feeder.
The cozy front porch has a built-in ceiling heater to help socializing in the cool evenings.
The house borders a commercial district, so the owners felt they had a little more leeway to do something exuberant. The exterior is now painted in Benjamin Moore’s Douglas Fir, with Benjamin Moore’s Blushing Red for trim. After seeing the exuberant colors of the house next door, the architect saw this as an opportunity to turn the row into Seattle’s own version of San Francisco’s Painted Ladies.
A dutch entry door provides the option to have fresh air without dogs or children escaping out!
The Family Room has very tall ceilings so white wainscoting was used to visually lower the height of the room when seated around the new gas fireplace. Clean white display accents provide contrast without too much visual clutter.
The Family Room opens up to the Kitchen and a folding door out to the yard.
The Dining Room offsets the table into the bay windows to allow open circulation between the three main rooms.
A mid-century inspired light and bright colors help create a soothing color palette.
A custom dog crate lives behind this door which slides up on one side and opens on the other.
A custom dog crate lives here below a pantry and open shelves to the right allowing the dogs to look out in both directions.
The kitchen has a folding wall which opens to the small backyard.
The kitchen island serves as a buffer between the open Kitchen and Family Room.
Open shelves keep cookbooks and everyday tableware close at hand.
A custom library ladder works in the Kitchen and also the Living Room.
A recess in the island provides for a handy spot for the dog’s water bowl. A tip out cabinet above stores the dog food.
A simple and clean Laundry Room efficiently everything you need in a small footprint.
A small Powder Room is brightened by wallpaper and cleanly detailed walnut sink and mirror.
The Living, Dining, and Family Rooms open into each other and are trimmed by bright white trim for a fresh and dramatic appearance.
The upstairs hallway uses clean white trim to tie everything together.
Home Office uses walnut furniture to contrast with the blue walls.
The entrance to the Master Suite is painted all in white and detailed with crisp white trim.
Two smaller bedrooms were combined to create a generous Master Suite with a dressing area and built-in closets.
A custom magazine rack allows for storage in the Master’s Toilet Room.
Custom walnut vanity sits next to a wall of white Thassos marble and a double shower.
In the children’s bedroom, two doors were tied together with a built-in dresser and mirror.
Dubbed the Lego Lounge, the basement includes a bar, a media room, laundry, storage and a guest bedroom. The basement was completely renovated with ceilings that were only 6½ feet high. What’s more, you originally had to walk through a coat closet to access the basement stairs. The architect excavated the basement another 2½ feet, ending up with 9-foot ceilings and an inviting lair where the couple can entertain friends without disturbing their son when he’s sleeping in his bedroom two stories up. Although it can be a hassle lowering a basement floor the way the architect did, he ended up with an extra floor of living space without having to expand the home’s shell.
The basement bar uses space that would otherwise be empty square footage. A custom bar aligns with the stair treads and is the same wood and finish as the floors upstairs.
The custom bar uses every square foot to maximize entertaining. In the LEGO room beyond a custom table sits below the work area which can slide out and double the work space.
This bathroom features large scale glass tile in a more traditional subway pattern.
This traditional style bathroom uses White Thassos marble in a subway pattern along with white wainscoting to create a clean and fresh look.
The basement bedroom only has color on one wall to keep the focus on the bright white walls and trim to help brighten the basement space. A large window well helps reduce the stigma of high up basement windows.
Photos: John Wilbanks Photography
Channels Ranch project is the complete renovation of an existing residence by Van Bryan Studio Architects and Carter Kay Interiors, located in Ennis, Montana. The talented design team transformed the seventies style dwelling into a sophisticated vacation home. Exposed rafter tails, rusted steel, natural stone, and wood siding are interlaced throughout the exterior and interior of the building creating a contemporary, yet warm and natural atmosphere.
With passion, experience and integrity, Van Bryan Studio Architects provides full-service residential and commercial design. Consistently demonstrating their commitment to excellence, the entire Studio Architects team has worked side-by-side with clients and builders to develop a broad range of projects that beautifully and accurately represent the people and places that bring them to life. That experience, combined with the diverse backgrounds and shared vision of all the associates, is what defines Studio Architects.
Photos: Gordon Gregory
Casa Lomas II project is a contemporary single family home completed in 2013 by Paola Calzada Arquitectos, located in Mexico City, Mexico. The 9,364 square foot (870 square meters) east west orientated home was originally built in 1976, located on the backside of the site, providing privacy from the nearby road. At the same time the house benefits of the site’s natural scenery, as it provides a great view, adequate ventilation, thermal balance and luminosity.
The aim of the renovation of the house is articulating the horizontal and vertical with the exterior in order to ease the flow between the different spaces through courtyards, gardens and terraces. These bonds create crossed views of every room in the house.
The major decision was to remove all unnecessary existing components in order to restore the original volumetric value of the house as well as to enhance the original building materials. The contrast between existing and new materials is a constant theme of the project.
All volumetric additions improve the existing structural values such as lightness, horizontality and openness. Remnants of demolished slabs, terraces and buildings of the original structure were used to create terraces and patios.
There was a constant strive to allow open views onto the surrounding environment. To both, the already existing and those introduced by the new design, like pateos, ponds and gardens. The permeability of the translucent facades plays an important role in the design of the house, as it interweaves interior and exterior spaces in social and private areas.
The first floor, including all public areas and the private second floor are joined by a helicoidal stair and a lobby which accordingly is roofed by a circular dome. All spaces in the house, bedrooms included, have two wide windows from end to end allowing a view that goes beyond the architectural volumes.
Materials: The original structure as well as the added structure is left in its bare state to emphasize the contrast between original concrete and the new steel structure. Avoiding styles and favouring a more pure and timeless canvas, old surfacing materials were removed to show up the original structure in its natural state. Mexican marble (Travertino and Santo Tomás) can be found in almost all spaces of the house, except in the main bathroom where the material has been imported (Minsk and Arabescato.
Photos: Jaime Navarro Soto
Bluff House is a contemporary three level house designed by Auhaus Architecture, for a steeply sloping site backing onto the Barwon Heads golf course, in Victoria, Australia. The house was designed as a series of stepped interior and exterior spaces meandering upward from the street towards seclusion and views at the rear of the block.
The house and landscape are fully integrated, providing a series of fluid living zones and a continuous dialogue between the internal spaces and surrounding environment. The tapered, curved studio space, landscape entry stair and roof planters evoke the local bluff landscape, drawing you up and into the heart of the house.
The first floor living sits level with the native vegetation at the rear of the site. Roof gardens and enclosed decks increase the sense of seclusion and connection to the landscape. The natural material palette of copper, timber and concrete will age and patina over time.
Bold and stylized, the building complements the lines of the sculptural Moonah trees that surround it, while a series of fluid living zones instigates a continuous dialogue between the internal spaces and surrounding environment that has been furthered by deep-set reveals that heighten awareness of the surrounding landscape while screening out the adjoining neighbors.
Chalet Gstaad is a stunning private holiday chalet in the Swiss Alps designed by Laurence Rouveure of Ardesia Design in collaboration with Amaldi Neder Architects. The objective of this weekend hideaway was to create a warm, cozy atmosphere using a natural palette of neutral colors and soft textures such as linen and wool. The drive of the design was towards pure and clean lines with a sense of lightness and neutral colors. The designer concentrated on the design of pure and clean lines of the 4,090 square feet (380 square meters) lodge and carefully selected a palette of natural materials.
The walls of this chalet are covered in Australian rough-sawn timber and the floor is made of Danish fir planks of up to 15 meters long. In the bedrooms, wool and cashmere fabric have been mounted instead of a headboard to break up the all-wood appearance. The bathrooms are plastered in marmorino (or tadelakt) to create contrast to the wood while keeping to the natural theme. The furniture is a mix of new, contemporary, furniture, traditional pieces and eclectic finds sourced from all over Europe.
Avoiding a conventional layout, Laurence divided the 5 bedroom-bathrooms suites between the basement and the ground floor and dedicated the top floor with its huge rooftop apex to socializing and entertaining.
The walls throughout the house are covered by panels of rough sawn Austrian timber that was slightly burnt, brushed, and braised. Flooring is made up of wide Danish planks from Dinesen of lye and white soap finish fir that measure up to 16 meters long.
A palette of neutral and natural colours is to be found throughout the all house, including grey tadelakt and white Turkish limestone in the bathrooms. The natural material of tadelakt, usually used in warm places, was brought to this mountain interior and mixed with the roughness of the wood.
The brushed stainless steel kitchen with its island countertop and sink in stone Pietra del Cardosa gives a cool and industrial feel, which contrasts with the timber surroundings of the chalet.
Photos: Alessandro Costa
Casa CP 78 is a project offering better quality of life through functional and contemporary design by Taller Estilo Arquitectura, located in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The design of the 5,209 square foot (484 square meters) home plays with the existing building and the built elements, where the value of the textures and details in highlights new forms of contemporary expression.
An architecture with soft limits that can react to the natural environment answering their varied elements: light, water, wind, etc. This means sensitive to the nature architecture.
Part of the original structure became the axis computer remodeling, establishing a dialogue between old and new, this provides a linear path toward providing all visual spaces and gardens of the house with the idea of achieving transparency and uniformity making possible the special features of the site.
The house consists of two floors:
Downstairs the original building which remained without major alterations houses, spaces that shape are: Garage, hallway, living room, guest bedroom and bathroom. The staircase as a sculptural element contained in a double-height space plays the role of connector, giving way to the new building open plan that enhances the contrast between the original building and the new elements where the kitchen space, living room. Curtain walls generate integrated and wider spaces.
A home to be lived outside where the double height terrace, pool and gardens is in the main service area; the end result is an open space with sophisticated finishes that give the house a unique character, where people regain a sense of being truly alive.
Upstairs the bedrooms are located, where the master bedroom has a semi-open double height terrace where architectural hierarchy is established.
Photos: Alberto Cáceres
Barton Hills Residence is a sensational contemporary property designed by A Parallel Architecture, nestled into a hilltop in Barton Hills, South Austin, Texas. This 2,700 square foot new-construction home boasts panoramic views of downtown and the surrounding valley. A half-sunken concrete garage creates a plinth for the wood and glass home to perch above, maintaining a scale and character consistent with the mid-century-modern neighborhood.
An open-plan living space enjoys the distant views as well as private courtyard views to the rear, reinforcing the indoor/outdoor character that the clients’ lifestyle demands.
A second story master suite opens onto a large roof deck that further embraces the vista and creates a flexible outdoor living space. Passive green-building strategies and energy-efficient specifications ensure a low-impact, low-maintenance structure.
Photos: Topher Ayrhart
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