Is one such delightful beachside family escape that seems both inviting and refined thanks to the striking fusion of locally sourced timber hardwood with modernity by Ola Studio. Overlooking the beautiful coastline of Victoria this Aussie home seems to float effortlessly above the beach even as large windows connect it with the view on offer.
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’.
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.
Apart from doing plenty of good for the planet these zero-energy structures also cut down on your power bill and put your home budget in green over the long term. Epitomizing this trend is the in Freeport Maine with its 4.6 KW photovoltaic panels and highly insulated structure.
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.
Not only does the use of natural construction materials and locally sourced elements give the home a green sheen the use of passive solar heating and cooling techniques smart insulation and rainwater harvesting systems ensures that it is as planet-friendly as possible.
It is barely a surprise then that the spectacular in area of the Terrasses Cap à l’Aigle in Quebec Canada turns to a stunning overhang with glass walls to make the most of the scenic view on offer. Designed by ACDF Architecture this is a family retreat that combines traditional and modern architectural elements in sensational style.