It is natural daylight that offers necessary illumination during the day cutting back on energy needs even as a the steam shower and the Jacuzzi next to the rooftop garden complete a home that is as sensible as it is stylish
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.
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.
The entrance to the living area is through the fabulous roof garden and the central courtyard that sits 6 feet below ground. As you descend into this secure space street noises and the sound of trains hurrying in the distance slowly starts to disappear.
A series of large sliding doors and windows bring in plenty of sunlight while sparkling copper accents and curated timber surfaces provide contrast to a space painted in white. The seemingly monochromatic look of the interior cuts down on visual fragmentation gives the modest kitchen and dining area a more spacious appeal and also brings light into the bedrooms and living area at the front. Tiles in the bathroom bring a hint of green to the polished space with a chic mirror and floating vanity stealing the spotlight.
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!
It is the courtyard that facilitates flow of natural light across the two levels and gives the interior an open and bright ambiance despite its private street façade. The use of white for the backdrop accentuates a sense of airiness while modern minimal décor keeps the living area uncluttered.