It is the lower floor of this family home that contains the living area kitchen dining and pantry along with a restroom and additional storage space. On the top floor one finds the bedrooms and bathrooms as the demarcation between public and private space is well-defined.
A Ludwig Mies van der Rohe masterpiece that has been studied by architects from across the globe for over six decades the offers a world of inspiration for experts and design aficionados alike. It is barely a surprise then that the owners of in Texas wanted a home that was modeled on the iconic construction after having fallen in love with it during one of their trips.
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.
An open living area is coupled with hand-crafted custom kitchen and a rejuvenating bath turning this stylish escape into the perfect haven for an unforgettable staycation. At times it is hard to imagine that this guest house sits next to a more reserved 19th century shingle-style home.
Much of the house was crafted using wood and concrete with large glass windows aluminum frames and stucco walls shaping the interior. Despite its minimal style the interior charms with textural contrast in an ever so subtle fashion without ever disturbing the monochromatic color scheme.
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.
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.