Of course the reason it has become the standard practice is because it makes plenty of sense and works more often than not. But when faced with the challenges of a unique lot on a narrow limestone ridge next to Specht Harpman Architects decided to flip things around and design a rooftop entry.
A relaxing family retreat with beautiful sea views and contemporary comforts in Peru takes you away from the constant hustle and bustle of the urban lifestyle. The inviting home was remodeled and upgraded by DA-LAB Arquitectos to serve the growing needs of a modern family all the while keeping the unassuming aura of the original structure intact.
Bringing the past and the present together in a truly captivating fashion the house uses decor in diverse styles ranging from contemporary and Asian to midcentury vintage and even salvaged! It is this imaginative approach towards eclectic design that turns a seemingly mundane old structure into an inviting fun and exciting home that showcases the personality of its own and their wide art collection.
Wooden siding in a chevron pattern can be found on the first floor of this home but check out that tree bark that adds unforgettable flair to the second story! Metal planters on the ground mirror the dark tones of the bark. Ready to get traditional? Stucco can be found on the exteriors of some of today’s most charming homes like this lovely residence from Anne Decker Architects:
A long rectangular form is one of many standout features of this minimalist home. Add the clear cedar with a dark stain and you have the pefect blend of light and dark. This modern stucco home celebrates Japanese style especially in the front courtyard area. Note the variety of tones on the wooden siding and the way this diversity enhances the look of the stucco on the exterior of the house.
The ranch-style design of Caterpillar House emphasizes its relatedness to the rolling countryside. By incorporating integrated photovoltaic panels award-winning residential design practice Feldman Architecture ensured the house was able to supply all of its own energy needs without any compromise to the elegant curve of its low roof. The roof also acts to provide shade from the hot California sun.
Wooden framed glass doors stand in contrast to the white contemporary walls even as brilliant pendants and oversized floor lamps bring both color and sculptural pattern into the dining room and bedrooms. The kitchen with a wine storage facility and a full pantry also serves as a cozy social zone for the entire family while a private courtyard with a sunken lounge easily doubles as a Zen-inspired meditative nook.