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.
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.
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.
Of course the living area kitchen and dining are a bit more open to the world outside than the lovely bedrooms which offer a touch more privacy. It is stone walls that become the main design element of this house and they make their presence felt both on the outside and inside the residence. Two parallel stone walls in black a series of skylights and a neutral color palette create a sophisticated and serene home where one always feels welcome.
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.
Instead of taking the normal route of placing one house next to the other the architects opted for a more linear approach with the second house being placed behind the first. This gave the street façade a cleaner more classic look while ensuring that the visual symmetry of the neighborhood was left undisturbed.
An angular façade with concrete and glass panels draws you instantly and a long extended walkway leads to the double height living space. Everything seems perfectly curated inside the house with one space flowing into the next.
Nestled in a posh neighborhood of Ascot Vale Australia the goes down the latter path with FGR Architects creating interiors draped largely in white gray and ultra-light shades of blue. What the home lacks in color it makes up in textural contrast with large dark metallic frames timber ceiling glass walls and stone surfaces coming together eloquently.