Both the pond and the mature landscape around the house give it a cloak of green and provide ample privacy even as the dashing white structure with black trims stands in captivating contrast. A cleverly concealed driveway snakes through the trees and leads you to the entry of the minimal residence.
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.
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.
Yet both these elements are carefully balanced as a cloak of green with transplanted prairie ecosystem on the roof and a wonderful garden adds the eco-sensitive tinge to this family residence.
The house is divided into two zones with the lower level containing the living area kitchen and dining and the top level holding the private spaces. A space-savvy floating wood and steel staircase connects both the levels even as a large central courtyard becomes the heart of the social zone.
This is Northern Norway and it is in this secluded backdrop that the fabulous designed by Vladimir Konovalov sits. A monochromatic masterpiece that keeps the focus on the mountainous landscape and endless tranquility outside the glass-walled home ensures you are never miss out on the sights and sounds outside.
Every now and then it is a good idea to get away from it all and find a relaxing retreat where life crawls down to a more relaxing pace. Of course it is even better when such a place is right there in your very own backyard!