Designing a home for a retired couple who have spent much of their life travelling around the country is a tough task as it demands a certain sense of freedom coupled with modernity and eclectic charm. The task becomes even trickier when one has to balance the idea of openness with a suburban setting where a busy street sits right next to the home.
The previous house on the lot was originally built in 1960s and was abandoned over time. The structure degenerated to a point where the locals referred to the place as the ‘shack’ before the latest revamp completely altered its appeal.
We often come across different ways in which natural ventilation is brought into old homes to give them a new lease of life. A smart renovation using sliding glass doors and large windows is generally the preferred choice.
A rocky bank of the lake that feels relaxing a majestic volcano in the distance that greets you each morning and the gentle presence of a lake; everything one could ask for seems to be present in this tiny pocket of natural greenery.
The by Ben Giles Architect accomplishes this with a design that is sensitive to the needs of an elderly couple even as the street noise outside is kept out using a façade that relies on smart acoustics and wooden surfaces.
Chilean Patagonia is a landscape that evokes images of stunning mountains vast deserts and dense forests – all wrapped in a seemingly hostile and thinly populated environment.
Tropical goodness is ushered in using large green leaves and motifs that have a leafy charm. A smart tiled blue backdrop in the kitchen adds even more color and yet the living area feels inviting and sophisticated.
With the neutral hue of the décor it is the cleverly placed wooden accents and furniture pieces that shine through even as the multiple fireplaces throughout the house make their presence felt.