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Balmoral HouseBalmoral House
CHROFICHROFI
Elegant and minimalist kitchen in classic marble and soft dark tones. The Balmoral House is located within the lower north-shore suburb of Balmoral. The site presents many difficulties being wedged shaped, on the low side of the street, hemmed in by two substantial existing houses and with just half the land area of its neighbours. Where previously the site would have enjoyed the benefits of a sunny rear yard beyond the rear building alignment, this is no longer the case with the yard having been sold-off to the neighbours. Our design process has been about finding amenity where on first appearance there appears to be little. The design stems from the first key observation, that the view to Middle Harbour is better from the lower ground level due to the height of the canopy of a nearby angophora that impedes views from the first floor level. Placing the living areas on the lower ground level allowed us to exploit setback controls to build closer to the rear boundary where oblique views to the key local features of Balmoral Beach and Rocky Point Island are best. This strategy also provided the opportunity to extend these spaces into gardens and terraces to the limits of the site, maximising the sense of space of the 'living domain'. Every part of the site is utilised to create an array of connected interior and exterior spaces The planning then became about ordering these living volumes and garden spaces to maximise access to view and sunlight and to structure these to accommodate an array of social situations for our Client’s young family. At first floor level, the garage and bedrooms are composed in a linear block perpendicular to the street along the south-western to enable glimpses of district views from the street as a gesture to the public realm. Critical to the success of the house is the journey from the street down to the living areas and vice versa. A series of stairways break up the journey while the main glazed central stair is the centrepiece to the house as a light-filled piece of sculpture that hangs above a reflecting pond with pool beyond. The architecture works as a series of stacked interconnected volumes that carefully manoeuvre down the site, wrapping around to establish a secluded light-filled courtyard and terrace area on the north-eastern side. The expression is 'minimalist modern' to avoid visually complicating an already dense set of circumstances. Warm natural materials including off-form concrete, neutral bricks and blackbutt timber imbue the house with a calm quality whilst floor to ceiling glazing and large pivot and stacking doors create light-filled interiors, bringing the garden inside. In the end the design reverses the obvious strategy of an elevated living space with balcony facing the view. Rather, the outcome is a grounded compact family home sculpted around daylight, views to Balmoral and intertwined living and garden spaces that satisfy the social needs of a growing young family. Photo Credit: Katherine Lu
Pool HousePool House
David Edelman ArchitectsDavid Edelman Architects
The design of this new four bedroom house provides a strong contemporary presence but also maintains a very private face to the street. Composed of simple elements, the ground floor is largely glass overhung by the first floor balconies framed in white, creating deep shadows at both levels. Adjustable white louvred screens to all balconies control sunlight and privacy, while maintaining the connection between inside and out. Following a minimalist aesthetic, the building is almost totally white internally and externally, with small splashes of colour provided by furnishings and the vivid aqua pool that is visible from most rooms. Parallel with the central hallway is the stair, seemingly cut from a block of white terrazzo. It glows with light from above, illuminating the sheets of glass suspended from the ceiling forming the balustrade. The view from the central kitchen and family living areas is dominated by the pool. The long north facing terrace and garden become part of the house, multiplying the light within these rooms. The first floor contains bedrooms and a living area, all with direct access to balconies to the front or side overlooking the pool, which also provide shade for the ground floor windows.
Pool HousePool House
David Edelman ArchitectsDavid Edelman Architects
The design of this new four bedroom house provides a strong contemporary presence but also maintains a very private face to the street. Composed of simple elements, the ground floor is largely glass overhung by the first floor balconies framed in white, creating deep shadows at both levels. Adjustable white louvred screens to all balconies control sunlight and privacy, while maintaining the connection between inside and out. Following a minimalist aesthetic, the building is almost totally white internally and externally, with small splashes of colour provided by furnishings and the vivid aqua pool that is visible from most rooms. Parallel with the central hallway is the stair, seemingly cut from a block of white terrazzo. It glows with light from above, illuminating the sheets of glass suspended from the ceiling forming the balustrade. The view from the central kitchen and family living areas is dominated by the pool. The long north facing terrace and garden become part of the house, multiplying the light within these rooms. The first floor contains bedrooms and a living area, all with direct access to balconies to the front or side overlooking the pool, which also provide shade for the ground floor windows.
Bronx Box - exteriorBronx Box - exterior
Resolution: 4 ArchitectureResolution: 4 Architecture
This urban infill prefab is located at the foot of the Throgs Neck Bridge on Eastchester Bay in the Bronx. The Bronx Box is a modified version of the double-decker, 2-story bar typology with an additional storage ‘saddle bag’, containing built in cabinets along the length of the house. Given the narrow lot, the design aims to celebrate the constraints of its zoning envelope; the site’s set backs, height limitations, and flood plain requirements yield a compact footprint while still featuring off-street parking, a small patch of green, and an expansive roof deck with stunning views of the bay beyond. The first floor is compact and contains a wall of storage running the length of the floor. An open living, dining and kitchen area is organized in a linear manner and opens out onto an elevated deck. Exterior stairs are the full width of the house and lead down to the pier that juts out into the bay. The second floor mimics the linear organization of the first and a wall of storage as well, but two bedrooms and two bathrooms occupy the rest of the space. The master bedroom features its own fireplace and balcony while a structural glass skylight allows for natural light into the internal bathroom. A metal clad roof bulkhead was carefully sculpted within the zoning restrictions and provides access to an expansive roof deck providing 360º views of the bay and surrounding neighborhood. The house is clad in cement board with cedar accents and Ipe wood decks to keep maintenance issues at a minimum. Given that the home’s modern aesthetic builds from the existing colors, textures, and diverse qualities within the surrounding urban fabric, it has been accepted as another unique personality within the neighborhood. Architects: Joseph Tanney, Robert Luntz Project Architect: John Kim Manufacturer: Simplex Industries Project Coordinator: Jason Drouse Engineer: Lynne Walshaw P.E., Greg Sloditskie Contractor: Northbrook Contracting Corp. Photographer: © RES4, © Laurie Lambrecht
The Picture Frame HouseThe Picture Frame House
DSDG ArchitectsDSDG Architects
The concept began with creating an international style modern residence taking full advantage of the 360 degree views of Sarasota downtown, the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay and New Pass. A court yard is surrounded by the home which integrates outdoor and indoor living. This 6,400 square foot residence is designed around a central courtyard which connects the garage and guest house in the front, to the main house in the rear via fire bowl and lap pool lined walkway on the first level and bridge on the second level. The architecture is ridged yet fluid with the use of teak stained cypress and shade sails that create fluidity and movement in the architecture. The courtyard becomes a private day and night-time oasis with fire, water and cantilevered stair case leading to the front door which seconds as bleacher style seating for watching swimmers in the 60 foot long wet edge lap pool. A royal palm tree orchard frame the courtyard for a true tropical experience. The façade of the residence is made up of a series of picture frames that frame the architecture and the floor to ceiling glass throughout. The rear covered balcony takes advantage of maximizing the views with glass railings and free spanned structure. The bow of the balcony juts out like a ship breaking free from the rear frame to become the second level scenic overlook. This overlook is rivaled by the full roof top terrace that is made up of wood decking and grass putting green which has a 360 degree panorama of the surroundings. The floor plan is a reverse style plan with the secondary bedrooms and rooms on the first floor and the great room, kitchen and master bedroom on the second floor to maximize the views in the most used rooms of the house. The residence accomplishes the goals in which were set forth by creating modern design in scale, warmth, form and function.
The Picture Frame HouseThe Picture Frame House
DSDG ArchitectsDSDG Architects
The concept began with creating an international style modern residence taking full advantage of the 360 degree views of Sarasota downtown, the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay and New Pass. A court yard is surrounded by the home which integrates outdoor and indoor living. This 6,400 square foot residence is designed around a central courtyard which connects the garage and guest house in the front, to the main house in the rear via fire bowl and lap pool lined walkway on the first level and bridge on the second level. The architecture is ridged yet fluid with the use of teak stained cypress and shade sails that create fluidity and movement in the architecture. The courtyard becomes a private day and night-time oasis with fire, water and cantilevered stair case leading to the front door which seconds as bleacher style seating for watching swimmers in the 60 foot long wet edge lap pool. A royal palm tree orchard frame the courtyard for a true tropical experience. The façade of the residence is made up of a series of picture frames that frame the architecture and the floor to ceiling glass throughout. The rear covered balcony takes advantage of maximizing the views with glass railings and free spanned structure. The bow of the balcony juts out like a ship breaking free from the rear frame to become the second level scenic overlook. This overlook is rivaled by the full roof top terrace that is made up of wood decking and grass putting green which has a 360 degree panorama of the surroundings. The floor plan is a reverse style plan with the secondary bedrooms and rooms on the first floor and the great room, kitchen and master bedroom on the second floor to maximize the views in the most used rooms of the house. The residence accomplishes the goals in which were set forth by creating modern design in scale, warmth, form and function.
Osia VillaOsia Villa
ZERO9ZERO9
The villa spread over a plot of 28,000 Sqft in South Goa was built along with two guest bungalow in the plot. This is when ZERO9 was approached to do the interiors and landscape for the villa with some basic details for the external facade. The space was to be kept simple, elegant and subtle as it was to be lived in daily and not to be treated as second home. Functionality and maintenance free design was expected. The entrance foyer is complimented with a 8’ wide verandah that hosts lazy chairs and plants making it a perfect spot to spend an entire afternoon. The driveway is paved with waste granite stones with a chevron pattern. The living room spreads over an impressive 1500 Sqft of a double height space connected with the staircase, dining area and entertainment zone. The entertainment zone was divided with a interesting grid partition to create a privacy factor as well as a visual highlight. The main seating is designed with subtle elegance with leather backing and wooden edge. The double height wall dons an exotic aged veneer with a bookmatch forms an artwork in itself. The dining zone is in within the open zone accessible the living room and the kitchen as well. The Dining table in white marble creates a non maintenance table top at the same time displays elegance. The Entertainment Room on ground floor is mainly used as a family sit out as it is easily accessible to grandmothers room on the ground floor with a breezy view of the lawn, gazebo and the unending paddy fields. The grand mothers room with a simple pattern of light veneer creates a visual pattern for the bed back as well as the wardrobe. The spacious kitchen with beautiful morning light has the island counter in the centre making it more functional to cater when guests are visiting. The floor floor consists of a foyer which leads to master bedroom, sons bedroom, daughters bedroom and a common terrace which is mainly used as a breakfast and snacks area as well. The master room with the balcony overlooking the paddy field view is treated with cosy wooden flooring and lush veneer with golden panelling. The experience of luxury in abundance of nature is well seen and felt in this room. The master bathroom has a spacious walk in closet with an island unit to hold the accessories. The light wooden flooring in the Sons room is well complimented with veneer and brown mirror on the bed back makes a perfect base to the blue bedding. The cosy sitout corner is a perfect reading corner for this booklover. The sons bedroom also has a walk in closet. The daughters room with a purple fabric panelling compliments the grey tones. The visibility of the banyan tree from this room fills up the space with greenery. The terrace on first floor is well complimented with a angular grid pergola which casts beautiful shadows through the day. The lines create a dramatic angular pattern and cast over the faux lawn. The space is mainly used for grandchildren to hangout while the family catches up on snacks. The second floor is an party room supported with a bar, projector screen and a terrace overlooking the paddy fields and sunset view. This room pops colour in every single frame. The beautiful blend of inside and outside makes this space unique in itself.
PortoghesiPortoghesi
Ramage CompanyRamage Company
The Portoghesi design features Italianate architecture with picturesque detailing and bountiful amenities. The first floor includes generously sized common areas, a bowed window bay and an owner’s suite for convenient one-level living. The paneled study, conveniently located off the foyer, connects to a full bath and easily converts to a second suite if necessary. The second floor features three bedrooms, two full baths and a loft complete with kitchenette. The outdoor rooms are a focal point throughout the house: the second floor has sweeping views from the front deck and side balcony while the first floor has multiple access points to the streetscape via the living room, dining room and owner’s suite.
Orchard Lake Whole House RemodelOrchard Lake Whole House Remodel
MainStreet Design BuildMainStreet Design Build
Originally built in the early twentieth century, this Orchard Lake cottage was purchased almost 10 years ago by a wonderful couple—empty nesters with an appreciation for stunning views, modern amenities and quality craftsmanship. They hired MainStreet Design Build to design and remodel their home to fit their needs exactly. Upon initial inspection, it was apparent that the original home had been modified over the years, sustaining multiple room additions. Consequently, this mid-size cottage home had little character or cohesiveness. Even more concerning, after conducting a thorough inspection, it became apparent that the structure was inadequate to sustain major modifications. As a result, a plan was formulated to take the existing structure down to its original floor deck. The clients’ needs that fueled the design plan included: -Preserving and capitalizing on the lake view -A large, welcoming entry from the street -A warm, inviting space for entertaining guests and family -A large, open kitchen with room for multiple cooks -Built-ins for the homeowner’s book collection -An in-law suite for the couple’s aging parents The space was redesigned with the clients needs in mind. Building a completely new structure gave us the opportunity to create a large, welcoming main entrance. The dining and kitchen areas are now open and spacious for large family gatherings. A custom Grabill kitchen was designed with professional grade Wolf and Thermador appliances for an enjoyable cooking and dining experience. The homeowners loved the Grabill cabinetry so much that they decided to use it throughout the home in the powder room, (2) guest suite bathrooms and the laundry room, complete with dog wash. Most breathtaking; however, might be the luxury master bathroom which included extensive use of marble, a 2-person Maax whirlpool tub, an oversized walk-in-shower with steam and bench seating for two, and gorgeous custom-built inset cherry cabinetry. The new wide plank oak flooring continues throughout the entire first and second floors with a lovely open staircase lit by a chandelier, skylights and flush in-wall step lighting. Plenty of custom built-ins were added on walls and seating areas to accommodate the client’s sizeable book collection. Fitting right in to the gorgeous lakefront lot, the home’s exterior is reminiscent of East Coast “beachy” shingle-style that includes an attached, oversized garage with Mahogany carriage style garage doors that leads directly into a mud room and first floor laundry. These Orchard Lake property homeowners love their new home, with a combined first and second floor living space totaling 4,429 sq. ft. To further add to the amenities of this home, MainStreet Design Build is currently under design contract for another major lower-level / basement renovation in the fall of 2017. Kate Benjamin Photography
Clovelly HouseClovelly House
Angus Mackenzie ArchitectAngus Mackenzie Architect
Significant alterations and additions are proposed for this semi detached dwelling on Clovelly Rd, including a new first floor and major ground floor alterations. A challenging site, the house is connected to a semi, which has already carried out extensive additions and has a 4-storey face brick unit building to the East. The proposal aims to keep a lot of the ground floor walls in place, yet allowing a large open plan living area that opens out to a newly landscaped north facing rear yard and terrace. The existing second bedroom space has been converted into a large utilities room, providing ample storage, laundry facilities and a WC, efficiently placed beneath the new stairway to the first floor. The first floor accommodation comprises of 3 generously sized bedrooms, a bathroom and an ensuite off the master bedroom. Painted pine lines the cathedral ceilings beneath the gable roof which runs the full length of the building. Materials have been chosen for their ease and speed of construction. Painted FC panels designed to be installed with a minimum of onsite cutting, clad the first floor. Extensive wall, floor and ceiling insulation aim to regulate internal environments, as well as lessen the infiltration of traffic noise from Clovelly Rd. High and low level windows provide further opportunity for optimal cross ventilation of the bedroom spaces, as well as allowing abundant natural light.
Key Largo ResidenceKey Largo Residence
Interiors by Maite GrandaInteriors by Maite Granda
The client was referred to us by the builder to build a vacation home where the family mobile home used to be. Together, we visited Key Largo and once there we understood that the most important thing was to incorporate nature and the sea inside the house. A meeting with the architect took place after and we made a few suggestions that it was taking into consideration as to change the fixed balcony doors by accordion doors or better known as NANA Walls, this detail would bring the ocean inside from the very first moment you walk into the house as if you were traveling in a cruise. A client's request from the very first day was to have two televisions in the main room, at first I did hesitate about it but then I understood perfectly the purpose and we were fascinated with the final results, it is really impressive!!! and he does not miss any football games, while their children can choose their favorite programs or games. An easy solution to modern times for families to share various interest and time together. Our purpose from the very first day was to design a more sophisticate style Florida Keys home with a happy vibe for the entire family to enjoy vacationing at a place that had so many good memories for our client and the future generation. Architecture Photographer : Mattia Bettinelli
West 2nd Street, North VancouverWest 2nd Street, North Vancouver
Gaile GuevaraGaile Guevara
Photo Credit | 2012© TRACEY AYTON | PHOTOGRAPHY™ All rights reserved. Interior Design | GAILE GUEVARA 1200 sq.ft. condo apartment 2 Bedroom 2 bath Open concept Design Full Renovation | New Kitchen | New Bathrooms | Hardwood floor throughout, motorized shades throughout + steam shower
Modern Clarksburg FarmhouseModern Clarksburg Farmhouse
Studio Z Design ConceptsStudio Z Design Concepts
This stunning custom home in Clarksburg, MD serves as both Home and Corporate Office for Ambition Custom Homes. Nestled on 5 acres in Clarksburg, Maryland, this new home features unique privacy and beautiful year round views of Little Bennett Regional Park. This spectacular, true Modern Farmhouse features large windows, natural stone and rough hewn beams throughout. Special features of this 10,000+ square foot home include an open floorplan on the first floor; a first floor Master Suite with Balcony and His/Hers Walk-in Closets and Spa Bath; a spacious gourmet kitchen with oversized butler pantry and large banquette eat in breakfast area; a large four-season screened-in porch which connects to an outdoor BBQ & Outdoor Kitchen area. The Lower Level boasts a separate entrance, reception area and offices for Ambition Custom Homes; and for the family provides ample room for entertaining, exercise and family activities including a game room, pottery room and sauna. The Second Floor Level has three en-suite Bedrooms with views overlooking the 1st Floor. Ample storage, a 4-Car Garage and separate Bike Storage & Work room complete the unique features of this custom home.
Albatross RenovationAlbatross Renovation
Paul Uhlmann ArchitectsPaul Uhlmann Architects
The existing two storey residence was replanned for the new owners by moving the first floor living areas to the ground floor. A section of the first floor was removed from the north east corner to allow solar access through to the new ground floor living area. This created a double height void which the main ensuite and bedroom view across. External render was replaced with a painted timber cladding, terracotta tiles were replaced with metal sheet roofing and all internal finishes were updated.
Cape House - Roof deckCape House - Roof deck
Resolution: 4 ArchitectureResolution: 4 Architecture
Located in a residential neighborhood in Cape Cod, this home is the perfect getaway for a family of four wanting to escape the city life of Boston. The four module home was set on an existing 28’ x 50’ foundation to utilize the existing structure and expedite the construction process. The new 2,775 sf home takes advantage of its natural surroundings with an exterior stair leading to an expansive roof deck where one can bask in the sun while in awe of the views overlooking both the bay and the ocean beyond. This two-story double-wide typology is 2 boxes set on top of another 2 boxes with a single cut carved out to designate entry. To further expand the programmatic needs of the client and not the existing foundation, appendages of linear 2x2 cedar screens of living space, outdoor showers, balconies, and decks were added to the exterior. The house is clad in a contextual cedar shake siding and tied together with accents of gray cement board panels. With large expanses of glass and numerous operable windows the house takes advantages of summer breezes and blurs the division of interior and exterior. Furthermore, the exterior roof deck is complete with an exterior fireplace, creating the perfect setting to view the sunset and Salt Pond Bay beyond. Furnished with maple cabinets and dark recycled quartzite countertops, the kitchen is open to the living and dining areas and visually connected to the exterior with sliding doors opening onto the rear deck. While open communal areas dominate the first floor, the second floor is composed of three bedrooms, two and half baths and a media room that is linked to the exterior staircase leading to the roof deck. The master bedroom suite features a cantilevered balcony and exterior shower along with an alcove for a desk and chair to act as a makeshift office. Architects: Joseph Tanney, Robert Luntz Project Architect: John Kim, Craig Kim Project Team: Michael Hargens, Brian Thomas Manufacturer: Simplex Industries Engineer: Lynne Walshaw P.E., Greg Sloditskie, Contractor: Twine Field Custom Builders Photographer: © RES4, © Joshua McHugh
Kipling ResidenceKipling Residence
CONTENT ArchitectureCONTENT Architecture
The Kipling house is a new addition to the Montrose neighborhood. Designed for a family of five, it allows for generous open family zones oriented to large glass walls facing the street and courtyard pool. The courtyard also creates a buffer between the master suite and the children's play and bedroom zones. The master suite echoes the first floor connection to the exterior, with large glass walls facing balconies to the courtyard and street. Fixed wood screens provide privacy on the first floor while a large sliding second floor panel allows the street balcony to exchange privacy control with the study. Material changes on the exterior articulate the zones of the house and negotiate structural loads. Photo by Peter Molick
Clawson Architects ProjectsClawson Architects Projects
Clawson Architects, LLCClawson Architects, LLC
The Master Bed Room Suite features a custom designed fireplace with flat screen television and a balcony that offers sweeping views of the gracious landscaping.
Gabriel BuildersGabriel Builders
Gabriel Builders Inc.Gabriel Builders Inc.
Large estate home located in Greenville, SC. Photos by TJ Getz. This is the 2nd home we have built for this family. It is a large, traditional brick and stone home with wonderful interiors.

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