The makeover started with the removal of the existing indoor partitions to completely overhaul the interior and give it a more open plan living space. By doing away with the unnecessary walls the architects achieved better cross-ventilation and a more flowing interaction between various ‘zones’ of the house.
The living area on the lower level of the house comprises the sitting area dining space work area and a contemporary kitchen and each area flows into the next. A nifty partition made out of tree trunks adds as a visual separation next to the small workspace that can also easily double as a breakfast nook when needed.
Designed by Herbst Architects as a dedicated holiday home that is only used in summers the lovely structure in stone and wood is open to the rugged landscape outside. With two covered platforms that hold the outdoor dining area barbecue corner and a relaxing lounge the emphasis here is firmly on the captivating views outside.
Decor choices also reflect the intent of the architects to create a timeless space that fuses modern ergonomics with a more classic design. But it is not just the aesthetics that influenced this choice of a stripped-down industrial look as the homeowners also wanted an energy-efficient home with plenty of natural ventilation and smart green credentials.
Designed by Mckimm the house boasts a structure and a stripped-down interior that are both defined by concrete and steel. Yet the clever use of American oak along with other materials such as marble and stone give the home an intriguing and inviting ambiance.
The top floor contains several bedrooms along with the master suite that combines unassuming design with a cozy ambiance. With a small private backyard a cool balcony providing a wonderful relaxation zone a home office and a media room the remodeled house makes wonderful use of available space.
The design of the Black House Blues and its remote location allows the residents to play their favorite tracks loudly while the large living area integrated with the top level lets them enjoy the songs from every corner of the home.