Studhorse Residence was designed as a four season family retreat by Olson Kundig Architects, situated in the remote Methow Valley, in Winthrop, Washington. Nestled in the North Cascades, the home is comprised of steel and reclaimed barn wood. The home was built with the client’s desire to experience and interact with the surrounding landscape. The compound consists of four separate and detached structures that encircles a central courtyard that houses a swimming pool. Each of the buildings is angled to take advantage of 360 degrees views and soak in dramatic features encompassing the home, such as the nearby Studhorse Ridge and Pearrygin Lake. Interior public spaces are comprised of a family room, kitchen and bar area, which are conglomerated into the main structure. In an adjacent structure are the private areas, comprised of the master bedroom suite, kids’ bedroom and den. A separate building houses the guest room, isolated from the rest of the buildings to allow for independent usage. There is a fourth building that frames a stunning view over the valley below, which houses a sauna.
This sensational home is a recipient of the 2015 housing awards, noted for its modest use of materials, such as “concrete flooring, concrete fireplace and OSB on the ceiling”. The jury liked that the home did not use historical references and was so different from the architecture that they have seen before. With the site plan being the center force, “the complex relations between the three parts is exciting but the courtyard locks it into place.”
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This Sun Valley family lodge is a reclaimed post and beam barn transformed into a family home by Miller Architects, located in Sun Valley, Idaho. The structure began its roots in Vermont, and was given new life by the architects for a couple from the Chicago area. The clients were wanting to have a home that they could enjoy and reconnect with their extended family for fishing and skiing. The barn was given an extension with a new master suite, garage and artist’s studio, which are surrounded by a beautiful outdoor patio complete with a fireplace, perfect for family gatherings. With plenty of space for entertaining, this four bedroom home features reclaimed board siding and stone and metal roofing.
These entryway doors were custom designed with slated wood that is on a sliding track, perfect for opening the main doors to let natural breezes travel through the home.
The kitchen countertops are Caesarstone quartz Lagos Azul.
Photos: Courtesy of Miller Architects
B95 residential project is a beautifully designed modern urban infill designed by Beyond Homes together with BBLOC, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The design illustrates a fresh approach to design that reflects the distinctive culture of the region, drawing inspiration from around the world with a focus on natural/reclaimed components.
Description from Beyond Homes: Unique materials, such as hickory, quartz counter tops, raw metal, Moroccan inspired architectural tile, customized finishes and resource-efficient, designer fixtures are utilized with culturally diverse inspiration in an open concept, modern space.
The two semi-detached units provide 2,800 square feet of living space, differentiated through the use of contrasting dark and light exterior finishes – black and white stucco and corrugated metal siding.
The exterior facades are tied together through the application of reclaimed barn wood siding. This project is designed for modern families in the inner city wanting a home that reflects their design lifestyle.
The main floor features a 10-foot ceiling, maximized windows and reclaimed elm flooring; the materiality of the wood permeates through the main floor as it is also used to finish the kitchen cabinetry and fireplace wall detailing.
A raw metal stair guard wall was custom designed with a jali-inspired pattern to provide graphic interest and transparency to the stair wall. The raw metal material is also used in the facing of the fireplace and media centre in the main floor living room.
In the bed niche of the second floor bedroom a commissioned mural that wraps up onto the ceiling is harmonized with Japanese designer pendant light fixtures. Custom cantilevered oak butchers blocks in the powder room and kitchen offer a clean dynamic element to the style of the house along with custom, local-made concrete lighting on the main floor.
Moroccan-inspired architectural tile is complemented by the addition of a reclaimed barn door for the entranceway of the Master Ensuite bathroom, and by the strategic placement of the second floor exterior cedar screen that provides both exterior architectural interest as well as privacy screening for the stand-alone tub.
Photos: Ted Knude Photography
Stone Respect is a house rehabilitation project designed by Dom Arquitectura, located close to the river in the village of Noutigos, in Carnota, Spain. The goal was to respect the current volumes of this old 2,174 square foot (202 square meters) house, maintaining the stone facade, and replacing the original windows in chestnut wood.
The architects proposed only two new small and strategic openings in the south wall for their views and the natural light needed for specific locations. The new openings with iron frame and fixed glass contrast with the existing ones and which are treated with a chestnut wood.
Part of the south facade formed with very small stones has had to repair due to continuous moisture, so we propose a mortar render. We have maintained the large stones around the windows, and have continued to finish smoothing existing lines almost the entire first and second floor. The entrance garden has been treated with a great old reclaimed flagstones, wood benches, albizias, ivy and lavender, give us a simple but hearty welcome.
The recovered stone forms the interior finished walls. In the ground floor they combined with ocher mortar, it generates a game as a baseboard with different heights, covering damaged stone areas and adapting to the interior space distribution. The result is a balanced interior finish where dominates the mortar ocher and stones colors.
The ground floor is a open space with a continuous pavement, where we place the dining room, the kitchen and the living area. On the first floor we located three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The slabs are made with clay vault painted with a gray glaze.
The second floor under the cover is a space originally used as clothesline, now has become a completely open space, flooded with natural light through skylights and a cut in the cover that originates a small terrace with beautiful views to Finisterre and the Carnota bay. Respect the stone, recover the existing elements and combine them with an open and new distribution, actual lighting and furniture, creates a new charming spaces.
Prior to Renovation
Photos: Victor Solis
In Plein Air project is a modern country home designed by Ken Linsteadt Architects, located in the the Sonoma wine country landscape, California. Turning an eye to the outdoors, this metamorphosis of a traditional Tuscan villa into a modern country home frames the oak-studded beauty of the surrounding landscape from every window.
The owner’s reclaimed timber business set the earthy natural palette: recycled oak, steel windows, hand-troweled plaster walls, and concrete floors and counters.
The reconfigured floor plan of the main house includes a rough-hewn timber catwalk around the double height living room, juxtaposed with steel supports and glass railings.
The kitchen, which was moved to the north side of the house, opens onto the pool terrace with a large steel and glass tilt-up window that does double duty as a canopy over the outdoor bar.
Photos: Courtesy of Ken Linsteadt Architects
The industrial eclectic home of actor Gustavo Salmerón has been designed with reclaimed materials and plenty of imagination, located in Madrid, Spain. The actor came in and reinvented the home, which had been left unfinished by the previous owner. He invented the kitchen from scratch, improvised a second level and finished the frame with walls and floors of polished concrete. Below is the living area, and up the staircase you will find two bedrooms and the office.
The actor invented a polished concrete space where everything moves. It’s a great open and transparent space with permeable natural light that extends throughout the home. What happens in its 1,937 square feet (180 square meters) is controllable from any angle. With peculiar objects that inhabit and move to and fro with small wheels, as a prop, and lead to an interchangeable, chameleon stage, like a mechanical toy. It has an anachronistic point, fantastic story of Jules Verne, in which the recovered metals, old and rusty, the gleaming copper and a massive glazed abound. Nod to some prefab ago, lots of wood and lots of second hand customized waste in fireplaces, stoves, panels, faucets and other craft items. It is designed as a living theater, of regular warehouses, junkyards and salvage yards. They fed the creativity that has resulted in this home: futuristic, industrial and retro.
I had very clear ideas explains Salmeron. A New York loft, industrial, a decadent Berlin and leave a squatter point, and the third-a tropical Brazilian air with vegetation everywhere. I took the work like running a movie where the premise is fundamental. In this case it was to observe beams, columns, piping, or other structural elements. If they are there its because they are needed. We were like a film crew. When we were lost, each builder, plumber, electrician, blacksmith … all we had to follow was the premise: nothing should be ornamental. No plasterboard, ceilings, baseboards, paint, trim or anything that serves to cover another. That does not mean that later, if you want, you put a vase of flowers. The aim was to achieve “gritty”. Therefore, the concrete walls are vain in their nakedness. I want my house to be a sculpture in itself, says the artist, always ready to go onstage.
This Gatineau Hills home has been designed by Christopher Simmonds Architect, finding a beautiful balance between modern and natural in Cantley, Québec, Canada. The floor to ceiling windows invite the ever changing landscape of trees and mountains indoors, where a warm wood ceiling overhead and rustic hand-scraped wood floor underfoot wrap you in nature’s best. The facade of natural reclaimed wood on the upper level, white cement board lining the lower, and large expanses of glass throughout are the perfect package for this chic forest home.
The open ground floor, with its interconnected spaces, allows sunlight to flow through uninterrupted, showcasing the beauty of the natural light as it varies throughout the day and by season. The bright white walls (not that there’s much wall with all these windows!), ceilings, kitchen island and furniture lends the home its contemporary edge. A modern fireplace feature warms up the space – both in looks, and in temperature.
While the top of the kitchen island is finished in a white surface, its face echoes the weathered country wood aesthetic visible in the ceiling, floor and views outside. With dinner cooked, there’s no nicer place to serve it than the dining area, complete with a fireplace feature front and center. The floor comes level with the grassy ground just on the other side of the glass walls, giving the interiors that indoor-outdoor feel.
Outdoors, a sunken concrete pool nestles into the slope, finishing this perfect picture of modern living in the Canadian woods.
Photos: Peter Fritz Photography
Smee Schoff House is a contemporary single family home with industrial features designed by Sam Crawford Architects in Petersham, New South Wales, Australia. The project is a great example of how dedicated and engaged clients together with a challenging set of site constraints make for a rich and unique design outcome. Having considered several alternate and distinct design solutions it is now clear that this particular response to the site and design brief is the right one for our clients. Key constraints were: inconsistent council requirements for street-scape and heritage, the need to maintain the privacy and solar access of neighboring properties, multiple poorly devised and implemented alterations to the existing cottage, access to winter sun to the necessarily south facing living areas and views to the park and access to the winter sun available only to the existing bedrooms. The brief also included an atypical requirement for an eat-in kitchen and an melded dining/ lounge/ music room.
Our clients have a wonderful art collection, and their own unique style, which contributed to the industrial/ craft aesthetic of the new work.
Recycled bricks are used extensively for environmental and aesthetic reasons, on both internal (painted) and external (bare-faced) walls. Black painted, lightweight steel framed windows and doors accentuate the very tall brick walls of the central court and dining room. Exposed, over-sized recycled timber beams scale the 4.5m high ceiling of the dining space. Timbers recycled from demolished portions of the building and our client’s cherished Scandinavian hand-painted ceramic tiles are incorporated into new joinery work.
The design sits on a clear continuum in our work; of pushing for maximum thermal comfort with minimal ongoing energy use. This involves a relatively large upfront cost; in the provision of substantial thermal mass via exposed concrete slab floors and brick and reverse brick veneer wall construction, coupled with solar powered/ gas boosted hydronic underfloor heating, contributing to ongoing and long term energy savings. A central courtyard, between the old and new, provides winter sun to otherwise south facing living areas.
The construction team from Buildability, led by foreman Matt Raap, were a major factor in the success of the project.
Photos: Brett Boardman Photography
Ski Slope Residence is a sensational rustic mountain retreat that just underwent an extensive and exquisite remodel designed by High Camp Home in Truckee, California. The home is comprised of 3,606 square feet of living space, with three bedrooms and three baths plus a bunk loft above the pool table room. This custom home is full of reclaimed barnwood, custom iron work, iron fixtures and stacked stone fireplaces, all with breathtaking and panoramic views of Donner Lake. The residence was featured in the February 2009 cover of Tahoe Quarterly as the Award Winning remodel of the year.
Photos: Courtesy of High Camp Home
Casa no Banzão ll is a contemporary property that has been designed by Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos completed in 2007 in Pinhal do Banzão, Colares, Portugal. The house is siutated in the pine forest Banzão in Sintra, overlooking the mountains and represents the desire of the house designed for rest after many years living in the bustle of the city. There was a pre-existing structure with which the clients had a great connection, so the architects preserved a few of the materials in order to reuse them. In this case the place was already established, it is projected on the basis of some key elements in conjunction with the program.
The living room also had to be a ‘music box’ has been studied as such, becomes the core of the house where everything happens: the entryway, the view of mountains, the pergola, garden, patio with olive trees, the change to the area of rooms or technical areas. The experience of the house focuses on contemplation.
The suite is privileged with a view of the mountains while the remaining quarters live around the pool and its seating area and have direct access to the outside.
Photos: © Courtesy of Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos
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