Creek House is a weekend retreat for a family from Manhattan, designed by Studio MM, situated in Ulster County, New York. The architect had purchased 38 acres in the area with plans to design and build five custom homes; this one is the first completed. The contemporary 2,600 square foot, three bedroom, three bathroom split-level home is set within 7 acres of dense woods and undulating terrain, drawing on the privacy of the surrounding landscape to provide a peaceful escape from the intensity of the city. One side of the house is nestled into the hillside, minimizing the impact of the mass of the house on the site and taking advantage of the geothermal qualities of the earth. The opposite facade opens up at the edge of a steep slope to capture the view of the rushing stream 100 feet below. The goal for the design of the house is to maintain a functional yet modest floor plan that offers an open and spacious home for its users. To accomplish this, the living room, dining room and kitchen are designed as one interactive space with expansive exterior glass walls which open up to increase the living area of the home by almost double. Essentially, the outdoors becomes the living room. Plenty of sunlight with large windows on both floors facing toward the south contributes some passive solar heating in the winter, while the trees keep the house from overheating and relying on air conditioning by blocking the high summer sun.
The narrow widths of glass and vertical frames echo the trunks of the trees beyond.
The kitchen island is the main gathering space for family and guests. The architect specified a slab of Statuarietto marble for the kitchen counters, one of the main features of the house.
The kitchen features back-painted glass on the wall behind the stove and range hood. “The reflections in the glass from the indirect lighting above and the trees from the living room windows opposite create the feeling of a window even though the kitchen is along the wall which backs up to the earth,” states the architect.
Like the cedar outside, the wood flooring is treated for protection; these floors are solid oak with linseed oil. The deck’s wood flooring lets it read like a literal continuation of the floor from inside to outside.
Given that the house has bedrooms above the living space, one enters on the top and either turns left to head up a few steps to the master bedroom and second bedroom, or descends the stairs to the living area and guest bedroom.
Natural light comes in through a narrow window, placed so somebody taking a shower can see outside without being seen.
Photos: Paul Warchol
RW House is situated on a beachfront site in Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, designed by Bernardes + Jacobsen Architects as an extensive program for a big family. The contemporary home was distributed exploring horizontality and sectoring, without any obstruction to the ocean view. The privacy is maintained by this site implantation, in a way that the house cannot be seen by the beach observer. The plan, in a shape of a big “H“, divides the three different axes of the house, which has a total built area of 41,979 square feet (3,900 square meters). In the first axis there are the en-suites intercalated with gardens which are linked to the bathrooms, taking the external site and environment to the inside of the house. In the second axis, the central one, a big circulation interconnects the privates circulations and the living room, that have double height ceiling and wood frame glass windows with a view looking at the garden and the beach . Over the side walls the shutting with glass takes the natural lighting through the wood structure to the inside of the room. The third axis prioritizes leisure. The swimming pool marks the transition between the social area and the gourmet balcony, firstly with a stone lake and then with the pool, that has shadow areas in consequence of the structure cornice mooring.
The concerning to use certificated wood created the structural concept adopted. All the structure is made of reforest eucalyptol wood laminated without any type of covering on the beams.
Since the house has rooms and corridors that are opened to the environment, it is well ventilated and illuminated. The internal gardens also help ventilate and illuminate the bathrooms.
Since the house has rooms and corridors that are opened to the environment, it is well ventilated and illuminated. The internal gardens also help ventilate and illuminate the bathrooms.
The wood panel’s concept was created to work as a protection from the sun insulation and adopted as the aesthetical concept of the house. It also works very well for the tropical weather of the region. These panels differentiate the external circulations, but also the private ones, since it protects the en-suites accesses. The wood detail, although similar, is different from the windows and doors detail.
The reduced second floor contains only the two master suites.
The uniformity of the materials connects all the ambiances of the house, which, despite its size, is visually light because it’s 50 cm elevated from the natural site level.
The landscape project has preserved all the native species from the region and created alleyways that connect all the different axes.
Photos: Leonardo Finotti
West Dry Creek Residence is situated on a 40-acre vineyard site in Healdsburg, California, designed by Nick Noyes Architecture. The wine country home is a spacious yet simple perfect getaway for a San Francisco family of four. The residence offers a design that blends natural materials with plenty of sunshine in a warm yet minimalist environment. The 2,400 square foot, three bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home is composed of two iconic copper-roofed gabled wings that are connected at the entry by an aluminum storefront system and a sunscreen made of reclaimed grape stakes from the site. Interior walls of southern yellow pine plywood and whitewashed southern yellow pine floors were handpicked from the client’s family lumber mill in the southeast.
The same yellow pine plywood runs through the home’s bedrooms, giving the upstairs spaces a warm glow. Each piece of plywood was carefully chosen from the family’s factory and treated with a clear, matte sealer for subtle protection.
Even in closets, the plywood contrasts with the high-gloss white ceiling, beams and built-ins.
Aluminum storefront doors lead to this sunscreen, which shields the hallway from harsh sunlight. This side passage also leads to the bedroom wing. The architect had the sunscreen made of reclaimed grape stakes from the vineyard.
Passive solar techniques help keep the open home comfortable during weather extremes. Overhangs and a trellis on the southern side of the house shade the living room in summer, and plenty of windows bring in the breeze.
Although the home seems relatively isolated, it was built in close proximity to a family compound on the property, so the owners can visit with other family members when they stay here.
Photos: Cesar Rubio
We have presented to you several different rustic barn interiors in the past, including a recent post on barn style bedroom ideas. Designing a trendy bathroom in your home with a rustic barn interior can create a warm and welcoming bathroom oasis. There are several different styles to decorate your bathroom in, but barn interiors seem to be a popular and current trend. Using reclaimed materials, barn doors, re-purposed and vintage objects and mixing some industrial elements can create the perfect rustic barn bathroom interior. You can clad your bathroom walls in reclaimed barn wood, use an old bucket for a sink and you are already on your way to a chic rustic bathroom. Mixing industrial elements with wood will keep your bathroom modern yet warm and inviting. If you are looking for a more country style look, try adding some folk art to the walls. With its self-sufficient, homegrown appeal, folk art can look particularly nice in a rustic style bathroom. Try using old lanterns or wire baskets for unusual lighting or go industrial, there are plenty of salvage shops that carry lighting that can create a great statement piece in your bathroom.
We have gathered together for you an assortment of 51 rustic barn style bathrooms that will give you some inspirational ideas for your next bathroom remodel. Enjoy and please let us know which one most inspired you!
Sliding barn doors borrowed from outbuildings are ultra-functional and perfectly appropriate with rustic style.
Too many mass-produced or overly tailored pieces dilute a room’s rustic style. Instead, choose furnishings and objects with strong, slightly rough profiles, such as the bread trough, and barrel waste basket shown here.
Rustic style is about using found objects, such as old pails turned into sinks and wire baskets transformed into light fixtures.
Rustic interiors tend to mix with industrial style. Feel free to take a bit of a risk with accents such as offbeat lighting, decorative displays and artwork.
A rustic bathroom is nothing without some patina. Your space shouldn’t convey a feeling of shiny newness, you want surfaces with a little age on them (or at the least, surfaces that fake it). Reclaimed wood, such as in this bath; hammered, distressed and tarnished metals; and wavy or seeded glass blend together in a distinctively layered way.
It’s nice to have a few sleek surfaces to tighten the look. Simple, clean cabinetry and shelving keep this space cohesive but allow the rustic notes to come through.
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Bay House is a contemporary family home situated in Sag Harbor, New York, designed by Roger Ferris + Partners. This residence located on the Long Island coastline has been designed to capture and frame spectacular water views. The design also maximizes transparency between interior spaces and the link between interior and exterior. The design embraces sustainability with geothermal design, daylighting, solar shading strategies and xeriscape landscaping.
Photos: Arch Photo Inc
Architect Peter Zaytsev, the partner in Za Bor Architects, designed this small apartment for his family. This small studio is located on 24th floor of newly built “Dubrovskiy” residential building in Moscow, Russia. Peter Zaytsev thinks, that architecture has to be simple in the context of decoration, but not in the context of shape, that’s why flat is finished in white color, “a simple and modest color”. Central living space connects a kitchen, a living room and a bedroom, though it may be separated with sliding partitions equally. In fully stowed position they can be hidden inside of the wall, and in fully expanded position they separate the whole bedroom space.
What’s interesting is that while the budget was not too high, architect still had to create some custom furniture. For instance, in the project there had to be a contrast black bar counter in the kitchen, but after a market research, it was obvious that it is more convenient to order a custom-built one. At the end this bar counter became one of the main interior details, made of steel sheets, and finished in aggressive lines. Though, this is not the only complicated and unique interior detail – a peculiar reply to it is a unique curved mirror frame, which makes it invisible from the bed. There are two animal silhouettes above the bed, acting as a contrast decoration. Made with a usual black cord, these hare and giraffe symbolize the house owners.
Photos: Courtesy of Za Bor Architects
The stunning Modern Barn project is an elegant, modern home within a reconstructed dairy barn situated in Milton, Connecticut. This historic gambrel barn was partially destroyed in a fire. The owners commissioned architecture studio Specht Harpman to design the rebuild so that the barn would remain contextual with the other buildings on the 8-acre site, while the interior was radically restructured to create a free and open volume that works as a modern, loft-like living space. Polished concrete floors blend with exposed maple framing and custom woodwork to create a warm, comfortable, and elegant place for living and entertaining.
Photos: Courtesy of Specht Harpman
Perched high upon Yeomalt Bluff, the Ellis Residence enjoys a commanding 180 degree view of Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline. The owners requested that the residence be sustainable, and the resulting design by Coates Design Architects is the first LEED Platinum home outside the city of Seattle. The owners had a special goal in mind when they decided to build a sustainable home in the beautiful surroundings of Bainbridge Island, Washington. The owners’ goal was two-fold: they wanted to prove that sustainability can be achieved without compromising a modern aesthetic design and they wanted to motivate others to follow suit.
The design limits its impact on the environment with a multitude of sustainable practices. Through implementation of geothermal, photovoltaic, solar hot water, and advanced heat-recovery technologies this 2,500 home has succeeded in reducing the energy consumption by more than 70% compared to a typical home construction. The home also makes use of rain water cisterns for irrigation of native landscaping and a vegetated roof. The project’s ecologically small footprint was not just constrained to the construction of the new house. Rather than demolishing the existing structure on the site, the team deconstructed, it effectively diverting 98% of its material from the landfill.
The home features intimate multi-use spaces that frame exceptional views of Seattle across Puget Sound. The view is best seen from the dining/living room’s large expanse of glass windows and doors that open out to a concrete patio. Another great location to capture the vistas beyond is the sunken concrete tub in the master bath and on the accessible vegetated roof. The anticipation of the owners, Ed and Joanne’s unique goal encompassed a 3 year process. This is a small price to pay when your home is a model of sustainability. Ed states it best when he describes the first morning in their home. “When I saw the sunrise with the skyline of Seattle as a backdrop the whole process was all worth it…”
There are sliding and bi-folding doors that transform smaller rooms into larger gathering spaces that can be easily connected to the outdoors. “Every room in the house serves at least two functions, and usually four or five,” said Coates.
The home’s roof became a vegetated garden patio providing a place to relax – and greater insulation.
The Dorsey Residence is a contemporary family home designed by Coates Design Architects on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The design concept was to maximize the home’s footprint through the use of vertical space. From the outside, the residence is an anonymous, austere, monumental concrete facade anchored deep into the hillside on a waterfront property. Much of the 2,800 square foot home is hidden behind the two-story concrete face. Upon entering, an entirely different experience is revealed on the inside: warm, light, and open. The back facade of the home is comprised mostly of glazing, illuminating the interior with natural light and offering spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and the water. The main living area opens out onto a large deck that cantilevers from the home’s structure, providing a seamless connection from inside to out.
The kitchen invites guests to sit at a beautifully crafted bar designed with caramelized bamboo, gloss laminate, and a three-way mitre corner. The refrigerator, wine cooler, and washer and dryer are visually hidden within the custom built cabinetry. The stairway is lit by a large skylight above, and is made of customized blackened steel and wood that was milled from a tree previously located on the property. An 18-inch concrete wall forms two sides of the building’s exterior, providing a poignant counterpoint to the warm wooden and copper “box” form that rests at a slight angle. The exterior concrete wall and exposed concrete within the home reduce energy costs by serving as a thermal mass that naturally cools the home in the summer and holds warmth in the winter.
Photos: Courtesy of Coates Design Architects
The Fairfield House has been designed by Webber + Studio, located on a tree-lined street in the Austin, Texas, neighborhood of North Hyde Park. The Hyde Park Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic places, and the area’s popularity has been growing in recent years due to its proximity to the University of Texas. In many respects, the 3,180 square foot home draws upon the district’s rich architectural traditions, just as its neighbors do. In response to Texas’s hot, humid climate, for example, the house is separated into small building masses that are open to ventilation. A breezeway – another classic architectural element – connects the front and the back portions of the building, but that is where the nod to tradition ends. In every other aspect of its design, the Fairfield House is an exercise in modernism.
The program lent itself to the creation of separate massings. The clients wanted a main house with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths because they anticipate a growing family. “They also wanted an in-law suite for a father-in-law who lives out of state and comes for extended periods, and needs his own suite,” says David Webber, Principal Architect of Webber + Studio. “The father-in-law was also interested in owning property in Austin,” Webber explains, adding that this made the inclusion of his own suite a desirable option.
The bridge, by crossing from one part of the house to another, captures a space below it which becomes a breezeway,” says Webber. Overall, the weaving together of interior and exterior space creates a house that is “intertwined with its site, since it wraps around edges of the site to create an enclosed backyard. Yet it still allows an easy flow from the backyard, under the bridge, to the front of the property. Also, from inside the house’s first floor, several windows and doors allow easy flow out into the backyard spaces,” Webber continues. Several small patios extend daily living into the outdoors, and the ground floor living area of the in-law suite is glazed to allow a visual flow of space between the interior and exterior.
The building volume is further broken down at its western elevation by “pop-outs.” These allow the bedrooms along the bridge to have north- and south-facing windows, thereby avoiding solar gain from the western exposure. Along this side of the site, a driveway is pushed to the edge of the property line, providing ample access and parking without bisecting the 60’ x 125’ lot and sacrificing valuable space.
One of the architects’ captured spaces is a double-height interior space. Representing the front portion of the conceptual programmatic volume, the extra height gained here makes for a dramatic entryway. Three vertical “columns” of glazing make the volume read on the planar front facade. Even the front porch and pergola don’t interfere with the purity of the volume, thanks to the use of contrasting materials (concrete, redwood, and ebony-colored steel) and minimalist styling.
Local materials were also used inside the house: pecan for interior hardwood flooring and cabinetry, and Lueders Limestone tile for bathroom floors and walls. A countertop in the powder room is made of mesquite wood.
For the center island, undercounter drawers stand in for base cabinets.
The luxury of airiness and light trumped the luxury of stuff in this kitchen.
The kitchen’s design allows for countertop-to-ceiling windows that bring in backyard views.
Full-height windows and partial walls allow sunlight to stream into adjacent rooms.
The western facade is clad in metal siding with vertical standing seams. “Metal resists harsh exposures,” explains Webber, “and it has a long legacy in Texas, like many places in the south. Many metal manufacturers are based in Texas.” This fact meshed well with the architects’ desire to use materials with local origins. Webber explains that wood siding was chosen for use on the home’s more prominent facades because wood gives a humaneness to the building; local cypress keeps the material sourcing regional.
By marrying modernism’s diagrammatic flexibility to some traditional architectural solutions, Webber + Studio not only maximized usable space but achieved a separation of the home’s two distinct living areas, while still allowing them to maintain a dialogue.
In a concept diagram, the architects show how they took a typical cubic house volume dictated by the program, then unfolded and extruded portions of it. Doing so allowed them to integrate, or capture, extra space within the site. “The house stretches along the length of the property and then kicks back into the backyard, essentially wrapping around a large pecan tree and capturing that space as its own discrete area.