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.
This remarkable fireplace in the living room not only seems connected with the ever-changing hues of the landscape outside but also complements the large piece of wall art perfectly. Every little detail is curated carefully and nothing is an accident here as each section of the house utilizes varying materials such as American Walnut Cedar and Oak. The rustic bathrooms powder room and family area combine effortlessly with the more modern kitchen bedrooms and living areas.
Large glass windows not only bring in plenty of light but also help in keeping the home warm during the chilly winter months. The orientation of the home is such that the house benefits from extra sunlight during the colder months while it is protected from the harsh desert heat during the summer. This passive cooling and heating technique also cuts out reliance on artificial temperature control systems.
But when Gavin Kelly moved from Australia to Seattle in the late 90s and was searching for a house in the he was unaware that the old 1960s residence he was about to buy was designed by Paul Kirk himself! With a roof that combined with its north and south side walls to create a homogenous structure this 1966 house was transformed into a modern hub a decade down the line.
Located on the picturesque this smart bioclimatic house was designed by Alventosa Morell Arquitectes in response to the unique challenges that the forest site presented. From a green roof that allows it to blend in with the landscape to a cantilevered structure that leaves minimal footprint on the lot this home is an eco-friendly masterpiece!
The lower level of the loft contains a breezy living area a double height kitchen and dining space and a cool workstation that barely draws your attention. The color scheme is neutral with white being the dominant hue (as one would expect).
The beautiful garden brings in natural light adds a tinge of freshness to the modern living area and visually links the indoors with the courtyard and pool area outside. Carefully placed pops of accent hues make a big impact thanks to the gray and white backdrop. Textured walls wooden finishes and unassuming décor create an air of cozy opulence.