Simple and practical design that does away with the unnecessary and focuses firmly on ergonomics is much harder to conjure up and create than it sounds. Nestled in the idyllic town of Pilar in Argentina ventures down this path as it places emphasis on minimal design and an uncomplicated form where functionality precedes form. The small footprint of the house was a conscious choice made by the architects to reduce both construction cost and time even while leaving ample space for a wonderful garden and outdoor living area.
Glass walls coupled with wooden slats bring with them a sense of privacy without hindering the flow of light while the existing upgraded Victorian house at the front is given a smart facelift. Three bedrooms along with a bathroom are nestled in this part of the house even as the top level holds the master bedroom terrace and a spacious library.
On the inside an open-plan living area filled with a fabulous bookshelf featuring translucent glass doors and a relaxing daybed in Baltic birch steal the spotlight. Custom wooden shelves coupled with the concrete flooring provide textural variance even as one room flows into the next.
Modern beach homes have come a long way from their humble background when they were just shabbily made holiday retreats that promised little in terms of luxury. Today a beach house combines contemporary comfort and aesthetics with the alluring charm of waves and sand outside the window in a seamless and mesmerizing fashion.
It is the spacious rear yard with barbecue area outdoor living and dining spaces an infinity edge pool and a view of the valley below that steals the show at this wonderful Texas home. Modernity is complemented by a sense of inviting warmth at every turn and it’s stone that plays the major role in shaping much of this ‘personal retreat’.