But it is the new glass and timber ‘box-shaped addition’ in the rear that truly transforms this old structure and gives it a sparkling new lease on life. This contemporary pavilion contains the new living area kitchen and dining room and opens up towards the gorgeous garden outside.
A small seaside hill with a rugged coastline on one side and tall mountains on the other a vantage point that lets you soak in the panoramic landscape and a gorgeous holiday home with an air of breezy elegance; the in New Zealand plays host to a truly memorable summer!
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!
An open plan living area along with the kitchen and the dining area open up towards the large patio outside. Large glass walls and folding glass doors keep the interior constantly connected with the outdoors while sheer curtains provide a clever balance between adequate privacy and a controlled stream of natural light.
The nifty idea results in a home that pays rich tribute to the heritage of the existing mill while turning the interior into a modern retreat. The original stone walls were reinforced and restored carefully while the glittering new addition in wood acts as a room-within-a-room and even ends up creating a glazed clerestory! Pine boards and polished concrete define the new floors while construction-grade spruce plywood ends up adding warmth to the walls.
Renovating classic homes from a distinct era that have a unique style of their own is indeed a hard task at the best of times. Transforming such structures into a modern family home requires a careful balancing act that combines sensitivity towards the past and a vision for the future.
Aluminum composite panels cover one side of the exterior creating a beautiful visual that seems to change depending on the intensity of the light outside. While each only offers of space everything seems cleverly organized to make the most of every inch on offer. The steel base provides additional storage space and the planet-friendly homes do the best they can to combine contemporary aesthetics with green goodness.