California’s Wine Country is about enjoying life at a relaxed pace as you take in the wonderful natural greenery as well as the sights sounds and intoxicating delights of this landscape. Part of this beautiful countryside is the – an elegant and laid-back family getaway that is designed to offers a seamless indoor-outdoor summer living experience.
The orientation of the house brings in plenty of natural light even while keeping it cool during the hot summer months while the al fresco dining and poolside hangout extend the living area outdoors with ease. It is the lower level of the house that holds the living area kitchen dining space gallery-style entry and a rejuvenating sauna with the top level housing the bedroom and other private spaces.
Much of the original home was poorly lit and filled with awkward spaces and unnecessary internal partitions that blocked any flow of natural light. One of the first things that the architects did was to completely re-imagine the interiors and create a new floor plan where the old living room and entrance were transformed into the main bedroom and the chamfered corners were utilized to the hilt. The new living space and entrance are connected with the re-envisioned bedroom using a painted sliding door that blends into the walls that surround it!
Pops of blue unite the interior with the outdoor living space even as much of the color palette is kept as neutral as possible. On the inside an open plan living room with a kitchen and dining area forms the central ‘social zone’ that opens up to the backyard while the bedrooms offer complete privacy.
When it comes to the design of modern homes and retreats maximizing the view is increasingly becoming the primary concern of both homeowners and architects. Even urban apartments packed into contemporary skyscrapers are becoming all about the glittering view of the city skyline outside the window.