Set in the confines of Dartmoor National Park United Kingdom the in its latest avatar is a wonderful blend of the old and the new. Designed by Van Ellen + Sheryn the stunning 18th century farmstead was refurbished and extended to accommodate the needs of a modern family.
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.
The courtyard sits at the heart of the house and a ventilation duct on the second floor brings in light and natural breeze. While hitting the house is gently drawn into the courtyard it is the slightly curved outward roof of the south side that directs the air outside. This also helps in cooling the house naturally on less boisterous days!
Transition between the interior and the serene landscape outside is pretty much seamless here with the interior of the guest house being inspired by yacht design. Minimal and modern décor here is kept to a bare minimum.
The changeover from the old to the new is stark and yet seamless with the stone walls slowly giving way to large glass walls and a timber structure. The preserved and enhanced original stone walls seem to transport you back in time even as the refurbished interior in white ushers in modern comfort and aesthetics.
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.
Presenting a wonderful contrast between the cleverly concealed and the undeniably obvious in Downtown neighborhood of enthralls with its innovative design. In an urban landscape where greenery and privacy are increasingly hard to find architects from El Dorado manage to unearth both these qualities with a home that seems hidden underground on one side and precariously floating above it on the other!