The concept of outdoor living is nothing new in Texas with homes in the region always favoring a pavilion style and an open ambiance that seamlessly connects the interior with the outdoors. With the weather in Texas favoring such style it is barely a surprise that the homeowners of this tranquil cottage nestled in a hip neighborhood of opted for an extension that was all about the outdoors.
The idea behind this nifty feature was driven by the constant hassle that parents face all across the world where the floor ends up being a cluttered mess filled with a million things after the kids’ playtime! Instead of having to pick up every single item neatly organize it on the shelves or store items in giant baskets the new mom of this Melbourne home can simply open up the toy-box floor and sweep away the mountain of toys! It is easy does not really break your back and you definitely are creating new storage space that has never been tapped into.
But that is where the similarities end as the new house was crafted using revolutionary developed by ETH Zurich which can be filled with different materials to change the level of insulation! The hollow wooden blocks are not the only planet-friendly feature here and you can also see reclaimed wood and other materials from the old house being reused to cut down on both wastage and construction costs.
This fabulous fusion of different spaces is what gives the home its unique form and distinctive style even while clearly defining each area. A seamless blend of locally sourced wood with concrete and steels ensures that there is ample textural contrast within the home and large windows and glass doors bring in plenty of natural freshness.
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.
A cleverly placed Japanese maple tree graces the indoor courtyard and completes a relaxing reading zone that sits indoors. A dark kitchen island and black kitchen shelves with a glossy finish offer lovely visual contrast when combined with the exposed brick wall on one side and glass walls on the other.
Originally built in the 1930s and extended in the 1970s in Australia was in urgent need of a modern revamp that facilitated the modern lifestyle of its young owners. Turning this mundane and poorly planned home into a breezy modern delight filled with ample natural lighting are the creative folks from Freedman White who redefined the floor plan to transform the house into a more kid-friendly setting. The old laundry space evolved into the new open plan living area that is connected with the rumpus room dining area and of course the lovely yard.