Designed by Flavin Architects the is a fabulous guest house with a lap pool hot tub and a lovely garden right next to it and a captivating view of the distant. Designed for homeowners who absolutely love sailing and the view of the busy harbor from their home the contemporary guest house welcomes the outdoors inside with its large glass walls and an open design.
As is the case with most heritage homes it is the rear addition that comes to the rescue here extending the living area even while leaving the two bedrooms at the front of the house largely untouched.
A cantilevered mezzanine becomes the setting of choice for this casual area while the outdoor courtyard becomes a part of the interior thanks to large glass windows throughout the house. Timber frames and shutters play a pivotal role in shaping both the façade of the home and the ambiance inside even while allowing the homeowners to switch between complete privacy and lovely views.
The transition between the living area indoors and the outdoor hangout is seamless thanks to the use of large glass windows and sliding doors. On the inside it is a palette of wood and white that holds sway with color being used sparingly. Custom wooden shelves bring warmth to the living room while wooden cabinets and island in the kitchen offer both textural and visual contrast.
It is a beautiful blend of contrasting eras with each offering something unique. With the latest addition housing the kitchen and the sitting zone it is the original farmhouse that contains the living area and the bedrooms.
A sensible transformation of an old structure into modern dwelling saves time and resources. It is this adaptive reuse of buildings that has seen the spurt of modern industrial style across the globe.
What truly stands out in case of the Valiant House though is the brilliant use of whitewashed brick to usher in both textural contrast and pattern even as a stunning contemporary kitchen island in black along with a dark ceiling create a sense of sophistication. The dramatic is balanced carefully with the inviting as skylights bring in ample natural light with a view of the small rear garden adding to the effervescence.