A derelict 250-year-old stone farmhouse has been transformed by a couple who gets enjoyment out of fixing up abandoned spaces, located in the Gers region of southwest France. No one had lived in this home, which includes a few outbuildings on the property, for 50 years prior to the homeowners purchasing it in 1998 for $125,000. Now, 16 years later, the home is now complete, after spending an additional $400,000 in improvements to the interior and exteriors of the home. Historically, the home was preserved as much as possible. The owners lived in Paris during the restoration process, as two professionals, they visited the property as time allowed. The home is surrounded by a beautiful landscape, including mature olive and fig trees; the outskirts is all farmland. When friends and family come to visit, the homeowners move into what they term “the pigeon house”, which is a simple three-story tower on the property.
The above image is the three-story tower which the homeowners have aptly named the “pigeon house.” A guest home on the property which has a brand new swimming pool gracing the front of it.
The tiles on the kitchen flooring are original to the home. A steel and concrete dining table was crafted by a friend of the family.
This makeshift bookshelf was creatively put together by the homeowner.
The master bedroom features an antique sofa passed down from the homeowner’s grandmother, with a history of traveling with her from Hungary to Canada during WWII.
The kitchen is a stunning mix of old and new, crafted with just enough space for one of the owner’s who loves to cook. The tile backsplash was picked up from Tunisia.
The ground floor of the tower features a beautiful antique bathtub, a colorful Tunisian area rug and a pretty pendant light fixture the couple picked up from a bazaar in Turkey.
The homeowner’s enjoy their lunches under this magnolia tree, offering panoramic vistas.
Photos: NY Times
Windsor Residence is the restoration and addition of a Spanish Colonial Revival house by Clayton & Little Architects, perched on a steep site in West Austin, Texas. From its privileged location, the home offers amazing city views from every level. In keeping with the historical references of the old home, the architects honored the structure’s past and gave it a facelift. The new owners had exquisite taste and style, driving the project to excellence. The roofline features a “sweeping eyebrow, delineating old from new and opens the attic room toward Austin.” Lush landscaping envelopes the home with potted plants, cozy seating areas and a stunning cliffside pool. The interiors of this inviting residence received a complete overhaul, defined by smooth plaster walls, warm, dark wood planked flooring and wood trim around the windows and doorways. There a many beautiful details showcased throughout, including stained glass in the master bathroom shower, graceful arches in the kitchen, lovely wrought iron fixtures, lighting, handrails and fireplace covers.
A beautifully designed open concept is featured in the above picture, with the kitchen, dining area and living space conveniently connected to each other. With its lovely interest and beautifully landscaped property, this is the perfect home to invite family and friends to spend the day or have a fun dinner party. What do you think of this gracefully re-designed Spanish Colonial home?
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Photos: Courtesy of Clayton & Little Architects
This Williamsburg townhouse is an extension and renovation project by architecture firm Agencie Group, located near the Domino Sugar refinery in Brooklyn, New York. The interior of the 1860’s masonry townhouse was extensively gutted and refurbished after suffering severe fire damage. Together with the client, the architects worked to actively recreate some of the historic features that were original to the structure while at the same time modernizing a two story addition in the backyard. The architects main objective was to pay homage to the history of the building, whilst infusing modern ideas of living. With the mix of old and new injected into the architecture, the outcome was a stylish home that offers both functionality and usability.
The interiors involves an open concept plan with the kitchen, dining room and living room visually connected and pleasantly designed with contemporary furnishings. The living room is delineated from the space with a step up and features a wall of floor to ceiling windows that drenches the space with sunlight. From here, one can exit to the rear yard and enjoy the green landscaped back property perfect for overflow entertaining. Wooden flooring helps to add warmth to the space while area rugs adds color and texture.
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An exposed brick wall breaks up the monotony of white walls and adds to the historical character of the home.
White subway tile backsplash is a beautiful contrast with the warm wood. Low hanging Tom Dixon pendant lights creates wonderful task lighting for food prep.
Exposed brick gets repeated in this master bedroom retreat. An old fireplace gets repurposed into bookshelves, a novel idea!
Photos: Dwell and James Ransom
This beautiful four bedroom converted church showcases unique preserved features, situated in the heart of Kenmont Gardens, North Kensington, London, England. The 6,167 square foot residence is distinguished by jaw-dropping open plan interiors with soaring ceilings that encompasses a kitchen, dining area and living spaces. Arched windows flood the home with light, imposing white walls helps to reflect light, and original structural columns helps to add character into the home. There is also a private patio with a waterfall, original stained glass windows and parquet flooring throughout all the public spaces. The fabulous chefs kitchen offers a beautiful island with bar style seating and New York and Corian Concrete work surfaces. All of the four sumptuous bedrooms include en-suite bathrooms, three of them have wonderful walk-in closets.
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Once inside this architectural wonder, you are amazed by its volume and meticulous transformation into a modern home. The ceiling height over the living room is lowered, which makes this space feel cozy and comfortable, with the addition of an area rug for not only division of space but to add texture and color. Furniture arrangements help to keep spaces separate, yet the open interiors helps to keep a nice flow throughout the lower level. This is an incredible transformation with some spiritual enlightenment preserved in the structural details. What are your thoughts on this conversion project, could you find yourself living here?
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Originally built in 1954 on a gently upsloping lot bordered by a creek, its most distinctive site feature is an old wooden bridge over the creek and the rock walls which carve paths through the site.
The client was interested in maintaining the residence’s historic character while updating it for today’s living standards and code requirements. This required adding more natural light with larger windows and skylights as well as adding a partial second story for a master suite.
Maintaining the wood exterior and mullion patterns of the existing windows settles the addition into the landscape as an example of a very light effect to a sensitive site.
Photos: Jeff Zaruba
Maison V is a major renovation project including an annex pavilion with a swimming pool by Olivier Chabaud Architecte, located in the city of Villennes-sur-Seine, France. Additional additions to the residence includes new furnishings and interior design, a gym, and major overhaul to the gardens. The architect respected the origin of the building with a global mission.
The heavy restructuring allowed a reconquest of the existing, to adapt this old building to contemporary lifestyles. Flow management, light, link to the garden, but also intimate relationship between spaces, as all kitchen / lounge / TV room, organized around the glazed staircase and matching sliding doors.
The annex pavilion houses the gym whose canopy can cover a portion of the heated pool for winter use.
The garden ends with a slight side Seine accommodation, a port terrace shack on false metalling and the pontoon.
Kitchen, storage, furniture, office, billiards, occasional furniture, consistency of the house is given by the volume management, parts distribution, distilled by the measured punctuation design.
In this typical part of the Anglo-Norman houses, the intervention was punctuated by the careful selection of materials and finishes.
Burgundy stone confronts Indian stone, oak kitchen with tiles ‘underground’ and Zimbaoué black marble, the interior woodwork painted steel meets the bancheur of frames.
The bathrooms, with varied identity, Tadelakt varnish wooden lath set on black concrete tiles. The gym, overlooking the pool gray concrete, is also in smoothed gray concrete.
Mixtures subtly give the residence a contemporary feel, yet distilled in this context classic belonging.
Photos: Courtesy of Olivier Chabaud
This traditional historic home with an eclectic interior was substantially repaired in 2011 by architect and owner Chris Dyson Architects, located in the heart of London, England. The house was bought from a leather coat manufacturer in 1997. The aim at the outset was to concentrate on the building’s history and place in Spitalfields a unique quarter of Georgian London, with respect for the immediate context. A number of found and reclaimed items have been incorporated into the interior and exterior to provide the authentic detailing of the period.
From the architect: The roof of the house was in serious need of repair and was replaced with a new mansard roof construction; this room forms the master bedroom suite. The façade of the house has been returned to a design of 1725 with timber sashes windows and decorative brickwork to reveals. The interior of the house had lost its’ original features in the 1930’s when the house had been extensively remodeled to create workshops. Substantial changes were carried out to make this into a family home in keeping with the domestic character of Princelet Street.
Panelled rooms have been restored to the ground and first floor reception rooms returning character, scale and proportion to this family home. A fern garden at the rear provides a pleasant filigree pattern of light and shade and privacy from the surrounding properties.
The primary aim has been to flood the lower rooms of the house with daylight, particularly at the rear of the property, creating a connection with the outside garden and the reception rooms within. A deep sense of calm and stillness pervades this house; an oasis in such close proximity to the financial heart of the city of London.
The rear section of the ground-floor reception room functions as a more formal dining area. The table is a gate-legged design from Dyson’s father-in-law; it can be folded to make a multifunctional space. Dyson occasionally hosts art shows in the house, inviting artists to display their work.
The corridor outside the reception room leads to a staircase down to the kitchen area.
The holes in the staircase are vents for the storage below and are interesting visual details that draw the eye upward.
The basement, formerly a storage area and boiler room, was converted into a kitchen over about four months. Dyson designed it with the aim of creating a space that felt welcoming and warm. To keep the room as light as possible, given it’s on the basement level, Dyson used gloss paint to enhance the light and bounce it around the room. The flooring is hard-wearing rubber.
For the dining area next to the kitchen, Dyson designed custom shelving to house the family’s collection of plates from Holland and China. Its function and aesthetic are similar to those of a Welsh dresser, but it has a less fussy feel. Dyson also designed the American black walnut table. It was made by Matthew Hilton, who designed the dining chairs.
The living room on this floor is more spacious than the reception room on the ground floor. Dyson found the two columns on either side of the fireplace at an architectural antiques and salvage store in Oxfordshire. The fireplace is made of wood painted to have a marble effect. Paneling, wooden shutters and cast iron heritage radiators complete the historic feel of the room. The space above the fireplace holds a secret bookcase.
The rear half of the room is a quiet nook that can be used for studying or relaxing. It leads out to a balcony, which allows light to flood the space. The Crittall door provides an interesting industrial twist on the classical feel of the rest of the room.
The home has access to outdoor space on three levels; a fern garden occupies two levels, and the first floor has a balcony.
On the second floor are two bedrooms and a family bathroom, and a staircase leads to the master suite on the third floor. Dyson replaced all of the banisters in the house; the new ones are softwood with a mahogany finish. The clock is a 17th-century French piece with a hand-painted wood effect.
Photos: Alex James
An old and abandoned textile factory gained a new life after several months of extensive renovations by Grzegorz Layer Architekt, located in Katowice, Poland. One part of the building was adopted to became a tailor’s workshop and a showroom of Poszetka – men’s fashion producer. The brand’s philosophy assumes providing hand-crafted issues of unique men apparel accessories, i.e. ties, pocket handkerchiefs and foulards.
The refurbished textile factory is located in an engaging street that attempts to prove its cultural aspirations and design potential. Historic building’s interior was arranged to combine both the production functions and the sales area. The entire property has approximately 1,076 square feet (100 square meters) and is partitioned into two zones. The part employed as the sales area and the office preserves the historic character of the textile industry’s interiors with remarkable mezzanine and examples of production residues, i.e. hooks, hangers and lamps. The other partition is a tailor’s workshop filled with machinery and storage racks.
The design’s idea was to tidy-up the insides after previous reconstructions. Originally there were five separate rooms, whereas currently it is only one open space. The interior is lit with sunlight through large shop windows placed either in the building’s facade and in its back. These are ideal conditions for a proper product display and work atmosphere in general. Most of the business’ activities happen indoors. Interestingly the non-sales’ workplace is not isolated whatsoever. Thus, clients do have contact with the production process and may literally see the products’ development stages to learn about the company from the inside.
The interior is kept in light colors that emphasize the location’s spaciousness and capacity. Moreover, the building’s restored original elements, i.e. old bricks, natural woodwork and steel constructions, as well as the concrete flooring with irregular texture prove its industrial character. Additionally a juxtaposition of showroom owner’s antique furniture and modern, minimalistic forms complement the comprehensive design.
Photos: Dorota Zyguła-Siemieńska
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