The idea was to create a contemporary home for two sisters with two separate individual homes that blend into one even while giving both its occupants ample privacy. The floor plan created a cozy structure with wooden walls that offered two rooms a dining and a sitting room a bathroom a kitchen and a terrace for each of them to enjoy.
The new rear addition to an existing home was modelled on the design flexibility and simplicity of the classic dollhouse where partitions between rooms are often arbitrary and one room can be turned into another by simply swapping the décor!
With a design that incorporates passive heating and cooling techniques top-notch insulation custom LED lighting and a gray water management system the house also aims to keep its carbon footprint as low as possible.
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.
A lower level with a gorgeous sunken courtyard and water feature leads the way towards the private bedrooms and guests spaces. The décor and color scheme inside the home is kept strictly minimal with the scenic view being the central focal point of the design.
Custom cabinetry specially crafted window seats in the bedrooms and living space luxurious country-style bathrooms and a kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances strike that elusive balance between cozy cabin style and modern functionality. A hint of color roaring fireplaces and mesmerizing views complete this hypnotic retreat.
On the top level of the addition is the master bedroom along with a sitting zone that overlooks the backyard. Instead of using an ultra-simple and more mundane cubic form the slight twist in the fresh structure gives it a distinct personality that draws you in.