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.
A modern staircase leads down to the living area and bedrooms on the lower levels with the each floor opening up towards Lake Austin thanks to the extensive use of glass. A double-height living area with the kitchen and dining room on the lowest level showcases a unique style that combines contemporary finesse with rustic and industrial elements to create a captivating interior. Custom decor pieces a neutral color scheme and pops of red blue and green in different rooms complete what is truly a fascinating home.
Do not be fooled by the name though as this secondary dwelling can be used by other members of the family as well and is often turned into a guest house or a home studio/office space. Located in the beautiful suburb of The Gap this lovely one-bedroom granny flat was designed by Baahouse + Baastudio.
Large windows bring in a certain sense of openness to the design of the contemporary structure while smart insulation keeps the winter chill away. The contrast between slate and cedar on the outside also helps shape a unique façade that lets the Watch Hill House stand out instantly with a personality of its own!
Formal workspaces and dining areas are interlaced with features such as the opulent outdoor Jacuzzi pool table in the family room and lovely lounge areas to create a balance between vacation and business styles that the home intends to evoke.
It is stone wood and an array of indigenous local materials such as rattan and bamboo that shape the lovely inviting home. A warm color palette earthen hues and ample natural lighting ensure that the ambiance is both cozy and cheerful.
The entire villa was built taking into account the captivating backdrop and its design ensures that its footprint is kept to a minimum. Creating a harmonious synergy between contrasting design styles and elements this is a getaway that offers the best of both worlds!