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!
The small Victorian house was in need of a contemporary upgrade and this came in the form of a breezy rear addition that now contains the new kitchen dining area storage space and bathroom. Relying on a neutral color scheme that is anchored in white and ample natural light the stylish extension flows into the small garden outside.
IT is amazing to see how homeowners are gladly embracing industrial design elements that were considered ‘outdated and unacceptable’ not too long ago. in Mexico is another great example of this newfound love for modern industrial design with its interiors combining crisp modern finishes with exposed brick walls steel beams and large glass windows.
Evolution of design and architecture is often accelerated by needs of specific landscapes and unique obstacles presented by local weather in different parts of the globe. Designed to withstand frequent typhoons that are all too common in the region has an innovative silhouette and a specially crafted courtyard that act like a ‘chimney’ for the passage of high speed winds.
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.
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.
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.