Transforming a traditional row house that dates back to 1880 into a contemporary home that serves the needs of a modern family is a task that requires a careful balance of form and function The space available is indeed limited creating another dimension to the design conundrum and it does take a hint of creativity along with an understanding of the building’s past to get the best result.
The revamped Tasmanian home now contains the new living space kitchen and dining room on the lower level of the rear extension while additional bedrooms and entry are moved to the existing structure.
Showcasing another such alchemy of styles is this fabulous private home in the stylish suburb of Sydney. 181 Palmer is a converted warehouse residence that borrows from the charm of similar homes in NYC while adding a hint of quirky originality.
It is wall art décor and lighting that bring color and character to the interior even as the exposed brick wall adds visual and textural contrast. Large industrial windows another staple of the style make their presence felt as they bring in plenty of natural light and cleverly placed skylights further enhance this cheerful airy ambiance indoors.
It was Lane Williams Architects who transformed this 1960s midcentury home into a contemporary family residence by expanding the living area adding an additional bedroom and breaking up the visual of dark Western Red Cedar in the living area with a white-painted drywall.
Anchored into a steep hillside the lovely mountain home offers a perfect vantage point to take in the many sights and sounds outside while its rough-hewn timber and stone structure showcases the very best of the local alpine home design.
The double-height living space is clad in decorative screening to ensure that the wall of windows seems far more visually appealing while controlling the flood of natural light. Drapes and operable louvres add another layer of ventilation and temperature control to this level.