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
Boooox Heritage Barn project is an old barn re-designed into an elegant and functional living space by architecture studio OOOOX, located in Liberec, Czech Republic. The structure was preserved to respect its history and surroundings, with plenty of imagination, attention to detail and a design that meets the needs of the client which produced a spectacular end result. The main concept of the project is the division of the color black applied to the exterior of the home, while white is used in the interiors. Both the inside and outside are dominated by the use of wood, with the flooring on the interior is comprised of brick, painted white. The interior living spaces reflect the original structure of the barn, including the framing through a large picture window. The wooden exterior facade has been restored to the original style, with windows on the ground floor fitted into where the original barn door opening once was. The windows are also covered with wooden shutters that, when closed, are in the same expression as the exterior facade. The main objective to preserve the open spaces on both levels up to the roofline. Interior railings, whether solid or mesh, were selected for the safety of both children and family pets. The selection of airy materials opens and closes visually different spaces. The designers created a podium for the staircase landings that runs dual-purposed as extra storage space to keep the modern interiors clean and tidy.
In keeping with the black and white theme, furnishings and materials selections were kept in the same color palette. A black and white cow hide area rug adds pattern and visual interest to the white interiors. The black staircase leading up to the second level breaks up the white walls. The whole interior on both levels has been designed as an open concept without any doors to close off spaces. What do you think, are you a fan of the black and white interiors? Love converted barn homes? Have a look at some others featured here on 1 Kindesign with, Four Barns weekend retreat in the rolling hills of Hudson Valley and Reclaimed post and beam barn transformed to family retreat in Idaho.
Glen Iris residence is a gorgeous two story Hamptons style home designed by Canny Architecture, located in Glen Iris, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The home showcases spacious open plan living, kitchen and dining spaces, which functions well for entertaining family and friends. The kitchen offers a great work flow with a well planned island with seating for four, which is perfect for casual dining or socializing while the homeowners are cooking. The kitchen comes complete with a glass backsplash that allows natural light to filter through the space allowing for ambient lighting during the day as well as views out onto the well manicured property. The residence also features a luxurious wine cellar, another amazing and functional feature for hosting dinner parties. A lovely outdoor entertaining space overlooks a generous sized sparkling pool that was designed and built by Integrated Pools.
Directly off the living room, sliding glass doors opens up to allow fresh breezes and natural light into the space. Walking outside, cozy outdoor seating arrangements awaits on a backyard terrace. Head down the steps to a well-manicured lawn and patio with sun loungers and swimming pool. Here on 1 Kindesign we have featured several homes by Canny Architects, if you would like to see more of their work, check them out here. We would love to hear your thoughts on this wonderful project, please leave us a comment below. Enjoy the photos of this spectacular home tour!
Photos: Canny Architecture
Fulton Studio is a beautifully decorated one bedroom, one bathroom vacation rental property that is ideally located in the historic downtown district of New York. The studio space features white washed walls and ceilings and polished alabaster flooring, making the space feel bright and airy. Eclectic art decorates the space punctuated with rustic touches such as antlers perched amongst collections of white porcelain, rough-hewn wooden tables and silky white cowhide rugs. When you enter the studio, the kitchen is the first thing you see, with black granite countertops and obsidian cabinetry. Just beyond is the dining area, opening to a luminous living space and continuing on from there is the sleeping quarters. A cozy wooden dining table is perfect for entertaining, seating eight. An elegant sofa in the the living area sits in a perfect seating arrangement opposite two comfortable beige armchairs. There is also a flat screen television tucked adjacent to the coffee table for your viewing pleasure. A simple writing desk can serve as a space for working on your laptop or planning your vacation sight seeing adventures. Behind the sofa is a woven rug that delineates the living area from the sleeping area, where a queen bed and antique furnishings decorate the space. A beautiful bathroom completes the studio space, with everything you could possibly need to complete your vacation.
Beautiful interior styling, cozy and chic all rolled into one…what do you think? We would love to hear your thoughts, is this a vacation home that you could spend some time in?
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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.”
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V9 House is a bright and airy residence that caters to the lifestyle of the homeowners, designed by VGZ Arquitectura, located in Mexico City, Mexico. The volumes of the 10,333 square foot (960 square meters) home were oriented to maximize the sunshine and views. The residence offers sustainable features such as rainwater harvesting and use of solar energy.
Description from the architect: The house is built on a fan-shaped 800 square meters plot, open to the northeast. After volumetric studies, we decided on an H scheme, rotating the north body to get the most sunlight and south aperture, and tilting the roofs to the north.
The objective was open spaces and low footprint, creating a house surrounded by gardens, where every space has natural light and fresh air during the day, opening up to the south and making the most of the views.
The program responds to client needs on three levels: basement for parking and services, first floor for social life and second floor for family life. The gardens, with an exterior kitchen and dinning space on one side and a sunset terrace with a fireplace on the other, become an important part of this family´s life.
The steel structure allowed us to have longer spans of open space and continuity on transparency, integrating the interior and exterior, while the rotated volumes result in interesting angle intersections of stone and glass with steel frames.
For the material palette, we concentrated on stone for the vertical planes and wood for the horizontal ones, creating a warm environment that sets a canvas for eclectic decoration.
Landscape and natural light were essential design instruments, while lighting plays an important role in the design intention. We used a siphon system to collect rainwater and purify it so that during rainy season there is no need for municipal water. The garden and parking use only treated water.
Electricity and hot water are generated by solar energy and the entire facade is double insulated glass with UV protection for maximum energy conservation.
Photos: Rafael Gamo
The Williamsburg loft is a 3,500 square foot live / work space designed in an industrial style by Ensemble Architecture, located in Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. This stunningly designed artist’s loft is inhabited by a creatively talented married couple, he is a chef and food writer and she is a sculptor. The couple discovered this spacious ground floor industrial space after spending years looking for an industrial space to renovate. They wanted the space to not only function as a comfortable home to relax and enjoy when not working, but also to be used as workspaces for both of their disciplines. Almost half the space has been divided into a sculpture studio, while the other half encompasses daily living and includes a spacious chef’s kitchen that is used for TV productions and events. On office situated just off the kitchen to be conveniently accessed while cooking for writing and to take care of other business that is related to cooking.
The work zones can be found on one side, the kitchen, living area, and bedroom on the other. Pocket doors create sometimes- there walls between her studio and the living room; his office, just off the kitchen, can similarly be concealed. The doors weigh about 150 pounds each but are designed to support up to 200 pounds of art.
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Monumental, ten-foot by fifteen-foot sliding partitions function to open or close the work spaces from the living spaces creating a flexible balance between live and work.
They used the least expensive marble they could find for the central island and the glossiest Ikea cabinets available. “Everything we put in was very clean—new and crisply detailed, to contrast with the industrial materials,” states the architect. “The best features of the existing space were the unpainted wood ceiling and columns.”
Photos: Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
This loft apartment designed by Cloud Studios offers industrial style open plan living infused with natural light, located in an old factory near Edgware Road, London, England. The loft was completely renovated in 2014 and featured in Elle Decoration’s 25th Anniversary Issue, October 2014.
Description from the designers: The apartment, which is in a converted industrial space, was completely reconfigured by Cloud to create two bedrooms and a large open plan living space.
The architectural details have an industrial feel (concrete ceilings, Critail windows and exposed pipes).
The clean lines and high ceilings were enhanced with a pale Douglas fir wide-planked floor and a contemporary kitchen.
Cloud, set up by Nia Morris and Louise Holt, has an established reputation for creating elegant, contemporary interiors for a wide range of residential and commercial projects, from prestigious London and country houses to apartments, offices and hotels. Characterized by creativity balanced by practicality and a highly personal service, we provide innovative design solutions in all the services we offer, from complete refurbishment to interior decoration of individual rooms, space planning, lighting design, bespoke furniture and bathroom and kitchen design.
Photos: Courtesy of Cloud Studios
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