Ellis Residence is a new single family home designed in a warm contemporary style in 2014 by McClean Design, located in Laguna Beach, California. The clients wanted to move to a smaller home now that their children had moved out and chose a street to street lot high on a hill overlooking Laguna Beach and its famous beaches. The beauty of this sensational 3,500 square foot property is that views are available from both levels.
A key issue was trying to decide where to locate parking and entry. There was early opposition from the local review board which led to a split solution where parking is taken from the street below with guests entering from above. The garage can be reached by staircase or elevator ensuring that the house will continue to work for our clients as they grow older.
Removing the garage from the upper street allowed us to create an attractive garden for the kitchen to look out on. The entryway is reached by a staircase that traverses a water feature before the view is revealed. The house is designed for the couple to live mainly on one level which has the master bedroom sharing the top floor with the primary living spaces while guest rooms, an office, and storage are created below.
Photos: Jim Bartsch Photographer
Kloof 151 is a family home with a guest and a ‘work-from-home’ wing spread over two levels, designed by architecture firm SAOTA, located in Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa. The home was designed to not only to enjoy the dramatic views of the Clifton beaches, but also to engage with the natural fynbos on the slopes of Lion’s Head to the North.
The house is a 3 storey building with building parking. The large entrance to the basement allows for direct sunlight and a pleasantly warm entrance to the house. At the ground floor, the main living room enjoys a fantastic position overlooking Clifton. The majority of the living levels – including the open plan kitchen – open onto the large well covered terraces to the West or North facing the mountain slope and Lion’s Head. The extreme heat and glare of the setting sun is addressed by the cantilevering balconies, extended irregular and striking hardwood screens and motorised vertical fabric blinds. These devices along with the performance glazing result in an all year round cool interior.
The terraces are surrounded to the most part with either planting beds that have been planted with indigenous flora to echo the adjacent nature reserve and to minimize the use for additional irrigation. On the North Western corner of the site, a rim flow pool is situated that creates a seamless connection to the ocean.
The ground floor is bisected by a double volume to enrich the spatial experience and create a dialogue with the double volume stairwell towards the rear. A more intimate second lounge and external terrace has been created which looks out onto the dense natural fynbos of the Table Mountain Nature Reserve. The finishes are characteristically clean and simple and include natural and robust finishes, such as wide plank Walnut floors, off-shutter concrete soffits as well as unpolished large porcelain floor tiles. This also allows features such as the imported kitchen and the stone clad fireplace to contrast with the less refined elements.
The first floor of the house accommodates 4 en-suite bedrooms, a gym and a studio space. To reduce the effect of glare experienced at the house, the finishes palette is rich and in deep colours. The bedrooms are generally lighter and contemporary with accents of classic pieces of furniture and a fresh fabric selection that create tranquil spaces. Frameless glass balustrades are used to the stairwell to increase the sense of openness and transparency in the stairwell.
Photos: Courtesy of SAOTA
This spectacular Rio De Janeiro five bedroom, eight bath luxury oceanfront loft is situated in a prime location between Sao Conrado and Barra Tijuca, Brazil. Showcasing an open living concept spread over 8,500 square feet, the home boasts soaring 18 foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors frame the endless views and compliment the open and dramatic floor plan that’s just perfect for intimate gatherings and large-scale entertaining. The 1,000 square foot master suite is reserved for selfish enjoyment and includes a spa with a vertical garden and a lush waterfall shower with over 1,800 plants. A modern kitchen, home theater, home office, iPad controlled smart-house automation, barbecue, outdoor decks and an infinity edge pool surrounded by a forest facing the ocean are just a few of the features of this stunning property. Designer furnishings are included with this offering to complete the package.
This fabulous home was spotted on The Agency, listed for sale at $10,800,00, from here.
Westlake Ranch House is a stunning mid-century home re-designed by Shiflet Group Architects, located in Austin, Texas. Mark Ashby Design worked in collaboration with the architects to reconfigure the 1961 ranch house into a bright, open-plan residence.
The amazing fixture featured in the living room is a functional sculpture, with a futuristic look that also has mid-century modern flair. It is a Cross Cable Mobile in a powder coated aluminum nickel plated steel shade by David Weeks. The dimensions are: Standard Tier Length: 55” x 55”; Tiers can be customized up to 96”.
The extensive remodel included doubling the kitchen, integrating a state of the art sound system, and creating new exterior spaces. Mark also worked closely with the owner to curate the art collection.
The flooring in the dining space are end cut wood. The pendant lamp hanging from the ceiling is a Akari Noguchi light sculpture.
Mark’s approach is defined by a deep reverence for history and architectural context combined with a refined, contemporary aesthetic. He is a true collaborator, engaging his clients and his design team to ensure that each project is a thoughtful expression of the client’s own style and sensibilities.
Mark and his designers work on projects across the southwest and around the country. The firm’s work has been featured in the books Great Homes of Texas and Modern Cabins, as well as in a number of publications, including Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Traditional Home, and Western Interiors.
Photos: Courtesy of Mark Ashby Design
San Lorenzo Residence represents two interlocking L-shaped forms to organize the house, designed by Mike Jacobs Architecture, located at the end of a canyon road in Los Angeles, California. The house responds to and engages its surrounding landscapes: an interior private garden to the south and the manicured fairways of a golf course to the north.
Following a careful zoning study, two interlocking “L-shaped” formally organize the house: the first “L-shape”, an open and transparent enclosure and veranda (steel/glass), incorporates the communal living spaces of garden, pool, living rooms and theater; the second “L-shape,” an opaque enclosure (stucco/cedar), holds the basic form of the house and incorporates the private bedrooms and service spaces.
A large open living space is central to the organization of the house. Pocket sliding doors open the south wall to the garden and north facing windows unfold to view the fairways create direct connections to the exterior. These large openings passively cool the house and draw fresh air deep into the residual spaces to naturally ventilate the home.
Social exchange is expressed by section. An elongated formal stair links the terraced living spaces to the exterior and connects to the theater below. A pair of secondary flanking stairs provide access from the residual private rooms and service areas. These multiple points-of-entry produce a constant interchange between the family unit.
Photos: Michael Wells
Waterfall House is a single family residence tucked away in the rolling hills of West Lake, in Austin, Texas, recently completed by Dick Clark + Associates. The home features efficient design and impressive views, a unique single family spec home built to attract a discerning group of potential owners. Though comfortably removed from the thick of the city in the hills of west Austin, the stunning skyline is the most influential factor in the design of the house.
To achieve the ideal view, the house is subtly perched on a raised foundation. The main spaces in the house are located along the eastern facade to have equal access to the skyline views. The seamless transition between the interior and exterior spaces of the house is achieved through material continuity, such as the tile floor that flows from inside to out, and through the massive sliding glass doors that open the living, dining, and kitchen spaces to be one with the exterior pool deck. The skyline, as viewed from this open indoor/outdoor space, is dramatically framed by an elegant negative-edge pool that disappears into the hills below.
The love of beautifully detailed architecture, shared by both the builder and the architect, are evident in the carefully executed lines, delicate proportions, and seamless spatial transitions in this high-end Austin home. The site placement of this house blurs the line between city and rural living, a characteristic that Austinites greatly value, just as the design itself softens the divide between interior and exterior.
Photos: Alexander Stross
This former garage spotted on Vtwonen has been transformed into a stunning two story working and living space for a family in Den Bosch, a city and municipality in the southern Netherlands. The garage turned home is comprised of over 10,764 square feet (1,000 square meters) of living space. When you walk into the studio-cum-living room, you will be embraced by a spacious and bright space with high ceilings and open living plan. The home offers an industrial air with exposed beams, concrete flooring and herringbone wood flooring in some of the living spaces to add coziness and warmth. The furnishings are very eclectic mixing vintage and modern pieces with bold pops of color to create a truly unique living environment. There are plenty of windows and skylights to filter in natural light, lessening the need for fluorescent lighting.
Photos: Jean-Marc Wullschleger/Living Agency
631 Mansfield is a stunning contemporary designed family house that is the vision of Amit Apel Design, situated in Los Angeles, California. This five bedroom, five and a half bathroom structure does not quite fit into a particular box or label, rather it reflects a non-conforming spirit that explores an avant-garde vision – the most ancient of all functions: the home.
A path to the entry door deliberately takes visitors past the front facade to expose its volumes and architectural elements even before they can ring the bell. Once inside, they experience an open and spacious floor plan filled with abundant natural light that enters from the many floor-to-ceiling openings and a great central skylight over a double height space. Though the space is read as a whole and predominantly white, some contrasting black surfaces and changes in textures serve to define the different areas, while occasional woods soften the look.
The indoor-outdoor border disappears when the pocket doors slide into the walls and enlarge the space for gatherings; and the outdoor swimming pool elegantly extends to the wall and mirrors the house in the waters reflection. To add charm, landscape lightings are designed to emphasize the effect.
This kitchen takes the laboratory aesthetics to an extreme in which one can imagine daily molecular cuisine naturally taking place. Every room in the house has unorthodox shapes, and the corridor that connects them blurs into what feels like an exterior plaza with an inspiring view.
There is one central element whose presence is quite spectacular and is virtually visible from every corner of the house. It is a gigantic suspended planter with an equally large plant that hangs about 3 feet high at the center of the stairs space, right under the skylight. It looks like a levitating tree, just surreal.
Bathroom spaces have been stripped from their usual predictions and have matured to shapes and clad that fit with the discrete extravagant nature of the house. In such sense, private and public spaces are treated with equal design respect and attention to details.
Photos: Courtesy of Amit Apel Design
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