The street façade of an urban residence is generally what sets it apart from its neighbors in the most obvious fashion. Sure the interior and the backyard matter a whole lot as well but it is the front elevation of the building that gives it a distinct identity in a setting where space is precious and one home seems to start where the previous one ends!
The design of the house also maximizes natural ventilation and the views of the pond even as smart insulation and radiant heating in the floors creates a comfortable living environment. Crafted to create seamless interaction between man and nature this charming home is a great example of architecture responding to and accommodating the needs of the landscape.
On the inside it is timber that still holds sway even as the entire house is divided into three distinct zones – the parents’ retreat the kids’ rooms and the common living area that overlooks the pool and wooden deck. The ambiance inside the house is modern coastal with serenity infused into the overall design of each room using neutral hues and wooden warmth.
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.
Energy efficiency has become an essential component of home design in the last decade with eco-conscious owners opting for smarter greener homes. There is definitely a good reason why you should also embrace the trend irrespective of whether you wish to get behind the ‘green cause’.
The structure of the home itself is more casual in its ambiance with Cor-ten steel and Douglas Fir being used to combine strength and durability with inviting warmth and minimal maintenance. A series of walkways around the house built over the pond connect it with both the landscape and the guest quarters.
When we talk about contemporary homes the mind automatically conjures up images of sleek interiors clean straight lines cubic forms and a sense of textural monotony. But in Texas moves away from this beaten path as this relaxing and lavish family home tries to combine a healthy dose of rustic elegance with modern comfort and aesthetics.