Our choices in home design are often influenced by nostalgia the neighborhood that we grew up and live in and of course the architects and artists who touched our lives. Having spent most of their lives in New York in a period when ‘loft renovations with distinct industrial style’ were the hip trend this retired couple wanted a similar residence in Oregon.
The lower levels of the holiday home consist of an open plan living area with the kitchen and dining space on one end and a lovely bedroom on the other flank that opens up towards the courtyard outside. Twin stairs connect the ground floor with the top level that houses three other bedrooms and bathrooms along with the family room and a small stove section. A perfect escape that glorifies the charm of adaptive reuse!
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 lower levels of the home contain the public spaces with each one seemingly flowing into the next. Strict barriers between the rooms are done away with to promote greater interaction between the various zones and family members as well.
Part of the vacation retreat is built into the knoll and this gives it natural ventilation while offering ample privacy. The bedrooms and the living area showcase this sensible balance between unabated views and undisturbed solitude even as the extensive decks with large swiveling wooden doors and slats allow you to enjoy the sights and sounds of a warm southern summer. Unique black stained rain-screen cladding gives the home its distinct look and timber plays an important role in defining the cozy inviting interior as well.
An alfresco area next to the kitchen a large BBQ space and even an outdoor dining area encourage the family members to spend as much time under the sun and shade as indoors. The extensive use of concrete also minimizes maintenance and offers top-notch insulation turning the Wolseley Residence into an ingenious exquisite home.
Even though the color palette used to create the backdrop in each room is largely neutral bright pops of color jump out to add a fun element of surprise. The result is a living space that steals the show with its individuality and inimitable personality!