Is one such rare gem that was crafted with care ingenuity and whimsical flair by KNQ Associates as they attempted to blend practicality with the homeowner’s love for art urban aesthetics and life on the street. It is a dashing and dazzling cocktail that surprises you at every turn as it unveils a spectrum of vivacious colors and textures and pays tribute to great artists; all at the same time!
Smart extensions of Victorian homes are becoming all too common Down Under and many of the classic residences in cities like Sydney and Melbourne have already traveled down this path. It is often a smart choice that is dictated by the needs of a modern family changing lifestyles across the globe and of course the poor state of the original structures. But this fabulous home dubbed gives a stylish contemporary twist to this idea with a timber extension that is sculptural stylish and keeps away the excessive heat of harsh summer days.
The top level of the retreat is the real showstopper with its floating overhang that is composed of wood steel and glass. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows the living space contained within this exquisite ‘box’ promises breathtaking views of the landscape and the beautiful sunsets that light up the St. Lawrence estuary. Allowing for 360-degree views the glass windows constantly connect the rugged and green countryside with the modern interior even as the four centrally located bedrooms offer more privacy.
Designed by Ola Studio a series of timber beams act as a pergola of sorts while a simple deck extends the living space further into the rear yard. The new extension contains the new living space connected with the garden a smart modern kitchen and an open dining area.
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’.
A series of features like the super insulated foundation and concrete flooring the smart triple-pane German windows a cutting-edge heat recovery system that functions at 88% efficiency and of course the solar panels that provide the home with sufficient power combine to deliver an effectively zero-energy home that still seems cozy modern and charming.
As one enters the image of a metallic blue cladding draped around the wall gives you a glimpse of what hides within even as perforated metal sheets help shape a practical and inimitable shoe stand. The living room seems far more polished but elements like exposed brick cement and concrete surfaces colorful décor and beautifully lit artwork on the walls give it a more playful and eclectic vibe.