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
If you draw inspiration from the visual and aural appeal of nature in your home, trying immersing the natural landscape into your bathroom design scheme. Creating your own private sanctuary with a natural concept in mind is all about adding texture, lots of glass, and the right bathroom fixtures. A part of designing next to nature, is to also bring nature into your design, by applying elements that simulate what you would see outside in nature. These items can include rich woods, pebbles, rocks, water, earthy stones and plenty of textures. Todays modern luxury bathroom encompass steam showers, soaking tubs, TVs and even surround sound, all outfitted with beautiful fixtures and furnishings. In order to have this personal spa oasis, drawing in nature will complete the ambiance. This can be done by adding glass walls, which can be fixed or sliding into a wall cavity so that you blur the lines between the indoors and the exterior.
A glass enclosed shower can also help (it also makes the shower feel more spacious), especially if you bring lots of plants into your bathroom. A freestanding tub, or one that is inset into the floor, can be either right in the visual line of the outdoors or even on a deck or on its own covered veranda in the garden. Part of the experience is being able to see the sights and sounds of nature and breath the in fresh air. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere warm all year round, this experience can be truly magical. So lets enjoy the visual experience, even if it is just a daydream, and have a look at these 39 bright and airy bathrooms here on 1 Kindesign, all of which invite nature to be a part of the journey!
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The bath walls open to reveal an outdoor bath, blurring the boundaries between indoors and out. With a stone wall surround, the space is very private and zen feeling.
With the walls opening on a track system and disappearing into a wall cavity, taking a bath in this copper soaking tub will make you feel completely immersed in nature; especially with the lush, tropical vegetation on this Hawaiian property.
How cool is this bathroom? The bathtub feels more like a hot tub on a deck that rises above a heavily wooded forest. It does not get much better than this!
This home feels like a part of nature with a private courtyard of plants outside of the bathroom.
Nestled on a its own platform, this custom Indonesian river rock tub features uplighting so that you can take a heavenly bath after sunset. A tumbled stone wall covered with pebble tiles behind the tub houses a water spout to fill up the tub with soothing warm water. Surrounded by lush vegetation, this is the perfect spot to enjoy fresh air and relaxation.
The colors and materials used in this heavenly glass enclosed shower are reminiscent of the outdoors. With the wall tiles taking on a white sandy beach, the black tile is obsidian lava and a flooring of beach pebbles, all that’s missing is the ocean! Flagstone steps takes you to an outdoor shower that is in complete privacy.
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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.
If you are looking for more inspiration here on 1 Kindesign of successful townhouse renovations, have a look at some of our past articles on Charming oasis in New York City: Warren Mews Townhouse and Bright and colorful Greenwich Street townhouse with fresh interiors.
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 mountain modern home has been designed by Walton Architecture is located in the private luxury community of Martis Camp, Lake Tahoe, California. Situated in an idyllic landscape with pine trees and mountains, this beautiful family vacation home has all the amenities one could possibly want in a retreat. The residence is a four season home, which allows the homeowners to take advantage of what the area has to offer throughout the year. The interior features a beautiful and spacious open concept plan with the living room, dining and kitchen sharing the same space. High ceilings clad in wood and wooden flooring creates a warm and inviting feel. Large expanses of windows and a tall disappearing glass door leading to outside allows natural light to diffuse in the spaces. The living room features a perfect seating arrangement around the fireplace, which is the main focal point of the room. The kitchen island has plenty of seating and with the dining space adjacent to it, it makes dinner parties very easy to cater to. From the living area, one can walk directly out onto an outdoor deck with cozy seating around a fire pit and a lovely cascading water feature. There is also a separate space with a covered (so the fun won’t stop if it rains) outdoor kitchen complete with a grill and another seating area for dining al fresco. Overall this is the perfect home for entertaining family and friends.
Beautiful hand blown glass pendant lights hang at varying lengths adding interest over the living room and illuminating the space. Lounging on the sofa, one has a perfect framed view of the stunning forested landscape beyond. When the glass disappears into the wall, it helps connect the interiors with the exterior and bring fresh air into the home. What do you think? Do you love mountain homes? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
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The kitchen island features Caeserstone quartz counters. The pendant lights above the counter creates wonderful task lighting, perfect for cooking. The stainless steel appliances and handles contrast beautifully with the dark wood.
What is not to love about this master bedroom retreat? With a heavenly fireplace, a window seat for curling up and reading a book and a private deck for relaxing and enjoying some fresh mountain air. The large expanse of windows makes the space feel bigger, brighter and dissolves the interior into the exterior, almost like you are sleeping in nature!
Photos: Vance Fox
This Lubelso built residence is a contemporary home infused with natural light, designed by Canny Architecture, located in Malvern, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Ideally positioned near a primary school and beautiful park, the homeowners wanted the house to match the area. The 5,920 square foot (550 square meters) four bedroom home features an easy flow between living areas and a dissolved separation of the interior and exterior. The backyard of the property offers a cantilevered roof that overlooks a meticulous landscaping and a swimming pool as well as an outdoor entertaining space. The design of the home features distinctive elegant lines and a strong modern facade, adapted and refined to fit into the neighborhood. The homeowner’s top priority was to have a home they could entertain in, “with adaptable living spaces, generous transitions and a natural synergy between indoor and outdoor spaces.” This two story residence is luxury family living at its finest, with a clean, minimalist design aesthetic and close attention to detail.
This spectacular residence was winner of the 2012 HIA Victorian Project Home of the Year and 2013 HIA Australian Project Home of the Year.
The interiors of the spacious home is brimming with natural light and elegant lines, with high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass walls and doors that adds to the sense of space, light and luxurious feel of the home. The lower level offers three spacious living zones with an open plan concept and great flow. The living areas also spill out onto the sumptous outdoor spaces, which includes a beautiful pond oasis draped in lush greenery and outdoor entertaining spaces that leads to the sparkling pool. “Creating a sense of space and tranquillity was an important factor in this home and one that influenced the design direction.”
“Contrasting black and white in simple linear styles, with timber tones for warmth, adds to the calm, elegant atmosphere.” The fabulous gas fireplace is the main focal point to the open plan living room. With a concrete hearth extended across the room, it is the perfect spot for entertaining guests to kick back, relax and enjoy the warmth with a glass of wine.
” The American oak flooring’s rich tones warm the home and in the main bathroom, the Basaltina slabs lining the walls are full height, crisply contrasting with the white bathtub.”
Photo Source: This project was submitted to 1 Kindesign as an original feature courtesy of Canny Architecture
Tree House is a residence comprised of three pavilions positioned around a live oak tree, completed in 2014 by Matt Fajkus Architecture, located in Austin, Texas. The oak tree serves as the focal point to the exterior of the u-shaped home, helping to create a division between the public and private areas, at the same time offering views of the tree and natural surroundings. The three wings offers 2,766 square feet (257 square meters) of living space, while their positioning around the oak tree creates an outdoor living space for the homeowners and guests to congregate.
Description from the architects: Balanced shade, dappled sunlight, and tree canopy views are the basis of the 518 Sacramento Drive house design. The entry is on center with the lot’s primary Live Oak tree, and each interior space has a unique relationship to this central element.
Composed of crisply-detailed, considered materials, surfaces and finishes, the home is a balance of sophistication and restraint. The two-story massing is designed to allow for a bold yet humble street presence, while each single-story wing extends through the site, forming intimate outdoor and indoor spaces.
In plan, the home is organized into clear zones of public and private function, allowing the center courtyard with the primary tree to negotiate the connection between either realm. The layout is arranged to optimize function and experience, where each daily behavior is considered in connection with the next, resulting in a holistic and flowing composition, rather than just a collection of rooms.
The upper story is clad in stucco, articulated as a floating white box to pronounce a street presence and act as a veritable “tree house” for the children’s bedroom zone.
An integrated board formed concrete planter denotes a spatial separation between the living room and the kitchen/dining space, while still allowing connection between the overlapping realms. The skylight allows natural light to penetrate deep into the space.
The master suite is as much about its opening to the small yard as it is about the enclosed space it captures. The tongue-and-groove wood ceiling is an accent which continues to the exterior soffit, blurring the lines between inside and outside.
The courtyard around the tree terraces down to the yard, acting as a natural amphitheater for gatherings and performances within the wings of the house.
This design is carefully calibrated to allow internal views on the small lot and various amounts of direct and indirect natural light. Each space has more than one type of opening to allow for various connections to the outside and thus nature.
Massing is composed as two single-story wings which wrap the primary existing Live Oak tree on the site. The 2-story “window wall” maximizes the use of inexpensive windows which frame various views to the tree while creating a rich elevation and allowing for the harvesting of daylight to the entry zone. The upper portion of the wall tapers and folds back to allow the tree canopy to extend and grow.
Composed as a functional container for life and experience, the circulation space is intended for passage and informal activities, rather than corridors.
The courtyard design capitalizes on the dappled light from the preserved Live Oak tree, which animates exterior and interior spaces at different times through the day. Each space in the house has a special intended relationship with the tree and its perceived space.
The windows act as playful apertures which activate the courtyard space at night, showcasing the preserved Live Oak.
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