It is easy to see the appeal of a tranquil lake house that takes you away from the dazzle and noise of big cities. This prospect becomes an even more tantalizing idea for a couple of artists who want a serene hangout that fills them with ideas and inspirations.
Then there are occasions when it needs to give way to new homes on the same lot because of dramatically altered needs. Having already lived in a Californian bungalow on the same lot for over 40 years the owners of wanted two new homes replacing their aged residence.
The main living area and the bedrooms do away with the need for a stairway making the house accessible for the elderly. The small loft area is utilized for service rooms ensuring ergonomics of the residence are left untouched.
On the inside minimal Japanese style decoration takes over with warm wooden tones and a space-savvy kitchen and dining at the heart of the lower level with master bedroom on the other side. On the second level one finds the relaxing living area along with the bookshelf in the backdrop.
Sliding glass doors concrete floors and wooden walls and pavilion wooden roof shape the beautiful new dining area lounging space kids’ play zone and interactive and entertaining areas. Each room flows into the next even while maintaining its own individual identity while a south facing courtyard unifies it all ever so diligently. The transformation feels organic and the pavilion roof extends even outside to form the carport and offers shelter for the ingenious walkways.
The art studio workshop and guest spaces are carefully integrated into the main structure even while ensuring that they have an identity of their own. Each space finds ways to bring the scenic countryside indoors while the distant mountains stand majestically to complete the picture-perfect setting.
Designed for owners who are both artists – he is a painter and multimedia artist while she is a photographer and designer the in mesmerizes you with the astounding views that it offers. Set on 40 acre agricultural property and sitting right next to the White Salmon River the lake house opens up completely to invite in the vast outdoors.
We are all creatures of habit. The world of architecture and design is no different with straight lines simple cubic volumes and blank ceilings often becoming the norm. But this contemporary home in offers a new idea for the bibliophiles out there. A giant bookshelf that spans an entire double-height wall is nothing new in itself.