The low pitched roof design of LeanToo helps it retain the classic ‘cottage’ feel even while ushering in a modern vibe offering the best of both worlds. Responding to the unique demands of the site and creating a harmonious contemporary getaway this fabulous Texas cottage is both intimate and open at the same time.
Not too far away from the famous the townhouse seems to embrace the charm and essence of life in New York City even while bringing together vintage and modern design elements in a fluid fashion. Original millwork along with a custom living room cabinet adds sculptural style and textural beauty to an interior that is draped in neutral hues.
But the smart rear extension of the house offers much more than the 1.5-feet-deep . The sunken design of the living area also turns it into a lovely gathering space for friends and family and the open design of the new extension along with the corridor and kitchen ensure that there is a flood of filtered light indoors.
The front façade of the house is shaped by a beautiful and bright terracotta wall that was carefully created by craftsmen at Pamulang. This matte orange feature gives the home a cozy inviting appeal and an unmistakable personality. Carefully placed gaps in the wall bring in filtered light while much of the harsh tropical sunlight is kept out even as the natural properties of terracotta cool the home further. Energy efficiency is achieved at this Indonesian home by using passive cooling techniques along with the smartly placed courtyards which reduce reliance on artificial cooling and lighting systems.
Step in further and this idea of exclusivity is reinforced by a living room where the exposed concrete fireplace and the mirror on the mantel combine to create an artistic focal point. There is no lack of color inside this living space with the corner areas being utilized as quiet and comfy reading / conversation zones. Draped in simple neutral hues and warm wooden tones the kitchen and dining space exude a more transitional style with beautiful pendant lighting and skylights illuminating this space evenly.
Connected with the deck living area barbecue zone and the yard adults in the house can keep an eye on the little ones spending their time here from pretty much everywhere! Add to it the fact that the room is largely devoid of permanent fixtures and rigid features and it can be easily turned into an additional family room home office or even a guest space a few years down the line.
Another striking feature of the house is the way that it blends a dash of Asian minimalism with modernity as the simple wooden decor in the living area coupled with furniture salvaged from the homeowner’s old residence creates a relaxing stylish atmosphere.