Modern beach homes have come a long way from their humble background when they were just shabbily made holiday retreats that promised little in terms of luxury. Today a beach house combines contemporary comfort and aesthetics with the alluring charm of waves and sand outside the window in a seamless and mesmerizing fashion.
The open living space of the main building flows into the large deck outside and overlooks the lovely natural pond that sits a stone’s throw away. Even the carport and the guest house enjoy unabated views of the scenery outside as sliding glass doors blur the traditional boundaries.
How do you make a beautiful and inviting alpine-style chalet nestled in the heart of the Donner Pass even more amazing? Mork-Ulnes Architects have the solution for you with their design of the exquisite as it feels like an amalgamation of the classic ski cabin and a concrete base that is more common in dashing urban homes.
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.
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.
Glass walls coupled with wooden slats bring with them a sense of privacy without hindering the flow of light while the existing upgraded Victorian house at the front is given a smart facelift. Three bedrooms along with a bathroom are nestled in this part of the house even as the top level holds the master bedroom terrace and a spacious library.