A cozy family home means different things for different people. For some it is a small and tranquil hub filled with eccentric décor pieces choice artwork and plenty of comfort. Others could go down the more modern and refined path with the house embracing concepts of minimalism and urban sophistication.
Changing the layout and replacing the lean-too out the back with a new interior and exterior the house adapts to the urban lifestyle of its denizens. The living area with a sofa that also acts as the room divider a spacious banquette dining area that opens up towards the rear garden and a kitchen that connects different areas of the home visually and ergonomically create a space-conscious and energetic setting.
Looking beyond the bookshelf the house on the outside is draped completely in black and the oblique wall used for the bookshelf also helps in creating a shield against heavy rainfall by extending the roof outwards.
Nestled in a quiet neighborhood of Seattle the is a revamped 1940’s home that uses the idea of ‘Courtyard Urbanism’ to maximize space without sacrificing on aesthetics energy-efficiency or interaction with nature. Designed by Wittman Estes the revitalized residence relies on a series of courtyards and an open studio for its new more open avatar.
One of the two wonderful homes was to become the residence for the parents while the larger house in the rear needed to accommodate their son and his young family. Pandolfini Architects stepped in to offer the necessary solution!
Gray and white on the outside and full of space and ventilation on the inside the layout is uncomplicated efficient and combines privacy and individual areas with a large common social zone.
The open pavilion style home makes most of the tranquil lot it sits within as large glass walls and floor-to-ceiling glass windows completely bring the outdoors inside. The barrier is merely another transition zone with the semi-outdoor sitting area and the sweeping decks allowing the homeowners to spend as much time outdoors as inside!
Dark Zinc cladding and stained black timber battens shape the striking exterior while the interior embraces a lighter more contemporary color palette. Features such as the large double-height foyer with skylights sliding glass doors and windows spaces that flow into one another and use of multiple textures and finishes gives these homes a spacious and elegant modern vibe.