Rabbit Brush Residence is a rustic home with contemporary interiors, designed in 2012 by Carney Logan Burke Architects, located in Jackson, Wyoming. We have written about this architecture firms work in the past, including this striking modern home and artist studio in the sensational mountains of Wyoming, have a look.
The work of the office spans a wide variety of project types in Wyoming and the greater west. Community facilities, commercial buildings, resorts, and mixed-use complexes make up the public side of the practice, while affordable housing and residential architecture allows the firm to apply a broad range of materials and technologies. In both institutional and residential projects the firm’s commitment to sustainable design and sense of place has resulted in numerous awards and publications including the American Institute of Architects Western Mountain Region Firm of the Year in 2009. — Carney Logan Burke Architects
Photos: Paul Warchol Photography
Ellis Residence is a new single family home designed in a warm contemporary style in 2014 by McClean Design, located in Laguna Beach, California. The clients wanted to move to a smaller home now that their children had moved out and chose a street to street lot high on a hill overlooking Laguna Beach and its famous beaches. The beauty of this sensational 3,500 square foot property is that views are available from both levels.
A key issue was trying to decide where to locate parking and entry. There was early opposition from the local review board which led to a split solution where parking is taken from the street below with guests entering from above. The garage can be reached by staircase or elevator ensuring that the house will continue to work for our clients as they grow older.
Removing the garage from the upper street allowed us to create an attractive garden for the kitchen to look out on. The entryway is reached by a staircase that traverses a water feature before the view is revealed. The house is designed for the couple to live mainly on one level which has the master bedroom sharing the top floor with the primary living spaces while guest rooms, an office, and storage are created below.
Photos: Jim Bartsch Photographer
We just received another fabulous project from Jordan Mcnab, who worked with handy friends and family to create this double height vintage modern loft in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The loft is located in the Mecca loft building of Mt Pleasant’s up and coming Brewery Creek district. Showcasing 1,350 square feet of living space, the loft includes; two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a roof top patio, a secret door to a hidden office, and a stunning view of Grouse Mountain. Having been pregnant with their first child, Katie and Jordan Macnab, had to think about the future when designing the functionality of the space without losing any cool factor. That being said, they definitely still wanted to keep it industrial and lofty and worry about baby proofing later. With only six to renovate their newly bought Vancouver loft as they prepared to welcome their son, Gray, into the world, Jordan took on a lot of the work himself. But he also turned to friends and family to help with new lighting, cabinets, plumbing and more.
Check out Jordan and Katie’s first loft they designed together, here.
The main living area in the loft was previously one large, open space. Jordan framed off a portion of it with a reclaimed-wood wall to create a home office, then built a new bedroom for baby Gray above it, which is accessed through the sliding barn door. (Jordan’s uncle is a building inspector in a nearby city and came over to check on his structural work.)
To paint the 18-foot ceiling, he lay down on scaffolding with a spray gun while a friend pushed him around.
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the north shore of Vancouver and nearby mountains. Another friend of the couple’s made the living wall at the end of the stairs.
He warmed up the white and grays with reclaimed barn wood that he got from a friend who owns a reclaimed-wood company. He built the dining table top from the same wood. He had another friend build the sprinkler pipe legs. And yet another friend invented the Stact modular wine rack to the right.
The light fixtures are from Ikea; Jordan’s in-laws helped rewire them so they could hang from the high ceiling.
Jordan installed the wood wall himself, gluing and nailing the various slats to the wall that he framed. A secret door, seen here opened slightly, leads to the home office and a Murphy bed for guests.
Because they worked with friends and family and did much of the work themselves, the couple says they were able to complete the renovation for $50,000.
The kitchen cabinets are a matte gray woodgrain with pure white Quartz countertops from Canadian Countertops. Backsplash is a simple flat white subway tile. All appliances are KitchenAid
Jordan tore out the original retro architectural walls and built a new wall with an inset for the bed, which showcases a piece of art (a wedding gift) from Linzy Arnott. Behind the wall is a closet and a new en suite bathroom. The window to the left of the bed connects to the shower. The frame on the bed pops up to reveal storage underneath. “In a loft you’ve got to get creative with storage,” he says.
The old window frames on the wall show the seating chart for the Macnabs’ wedding. “We haven’t erased it yet. We’re still holding on to it a bit,” Jordan says.
The baby barn was positioned beside the master loft to keep baby Gray close but not too close. The barn door track was sourced through the states at Rustica Hardware.
For Gray’s room Jordan made the light fixture from the same reclaimed barn board as seen previously and had his in-laws wire it up with jam jar light fixtures.
His mom created the reverse painting of a tree on the wall in the baby’s room. She taped off the design, Jordan painted the wall gray, and then they removed the tape. See video below for details on how this was done!
Photos: Dan Stone
Lake Tahoe Residence was designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop as a gathering place for an extended family of four adult sisters and their parents, located on the eastern side of Lake Tahoe, California. The family once shared a unique lakefront compound designed by William Wurster and they wanted the new house to recall their fond summer memories and incorporate their knowledge of the Tahoe microclimate.
Sited on the footprint of a 1950s house and garage, the main house and guest house nestle in among existing pine and fir trees and form a wind-protected courtyard that opens up to the forested hill beyond. Both houses look out across a meadow to views of Lake Tahoe through a stand of mature trees that flows up through the site. The interior features many sustainable materials, including reclaimed oak floors and recycled glass counter tops. The natural materials on the exterior – log columns, cedar shingles and a zinc roof – help the houses merge into the landscape of the high Sierra.
We believe architecture is primarily concerned with establishing a “sense of place,” inspired by the uniqueness of each site and each client. Since the concept for each of our buildings is rooted in its environment, we are particularly attentive to topography, microclimate, vegetation and solar orientation. We listen carefully to the aspirations and requirements of our clients. — Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
Photos: Courtesy of Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
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
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