It is beautiful area rugs bookshelves and wall art that bring color and energy to a home that is otherwise draped in white. A wall of floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors welcomes the spectacular mountain view inside as it becomes the highlight of each and every room throughout this lovely residence.
This fascinating blend of contrasting textures and unusual design elements was dictated by the weather in the region which sees a snowfall of more than 800 inches annually. Part of the renowned Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and sitting at an altitude of this modern family retreat is all about architecture that responds to the needs of the landscape.
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.
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 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.
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!