Locally sourced timber and reclaimed bricks coupled with a generous sprinkling of dark tiles and a concrete structure helped shape this distinct and stylish Sydney home. As is the norm with most contemporary homes these days the open living area with the kitchen and dining zones opens up into the rear garden and offers unabated connectivity with the sights and sounds outside.
The new and the old combine here effortlessly with much of the original structure being preserved and given a modern sheen so that it blends in with the relaxing contemporary style. One of the most interesting features of this house is the rumpus room that currently acts as the playroom.
Modern homes in South East Asia definitely have a dynamic that is distinctively different from houses both in Europe and America. Bringing together traditional aspects of Indonesian home design and contemporary design principles borrowed from the West the by RAW Architecture is all about maximizing space and energy efficiency.
The latest extension also brought along with it a revamped kitchen and guest room that embrace a neutral color scheme while the rest of the cottage offers ample opportunity for the homeowners to display their wide art collection.
A striking open-tread glass and steel staircase replaces the existing stairway and leads to the upper ground level that holds a relaxing living space a banquette dining area and a kitchen with a glittering bronze-tiled backsplash. It is the top floor that houses the luxurious master suite where the bedroom and bathroom become one visually even as two dashing bronze mirrors above the floating vanity steal the spotlight.
On the lower level of the house one finds the living area along with the kitchen dining space and a Zen-style nook next to the staircase that also holds an indoor tree. Additional bedrooms and storage spaces make up the rear part of the ground floor with the first floor holding the master bedroom and study. Skylights that usher in a flood of natural light and smart artificial lighting complete an exquisite home where ergonomics and frugality take precedence over outlandish style and aesthetics!
Think of storage space and our mind drifts towards wall-mounted cabinets and large shelves that make the most of the vertical room on offer in our modest homes. But have you ever considered all the floor space that goes to waste?