The family wing of Watermill House now floats above ground and its dramatic cantilevered form gives this family residence a distinct identity. Apart from this striking structure there are two other wings that make up the public spaces and the guest zones.
A large courtyard and pool area finds space amidst the three separate wings with each area visually flowing into the scenic landscape outside. Much like the form of the house its dark gray zinc cladding also sets it apart from many other residences in the region.
The kitchen has always been the driving force that keeps the house running. But the last few years have seen a major revamp in kitchen design as it is no longer just a place to cook and serve meals. Modern kitchens are social settings that are being increasingly used as a bridge between the interior and the world outside.
Smart use of skylights and windows throughout the house along with large operable windows ensure that each room is well-ventilated even while keeping out searing summer heat. Innovative storage units and custom décor put the finishing touches on a makeover that is as charming as it is functional.
A glass pergola roof connects the main living area with the guest rooms while a central courtyard along with the pool and the garden interlink the separate units. A double height living area opens up to the outdoors with large glass doors and sweeping wooden windows allowing those inside to switch between unabated views and complete privacy.
Its unmistakably minimal form relies on an effortless flow of spaces where the interior and the exterior become one – both visually and functionally. It is the pool and the central courtyard of the sweeping designed by Craig Steere Architects that steals the show and becomes the focal point of a living area and kitchen that doubles as spacious social zones.
Double-height interiors mezzanine levels with home library cozy fireplaces and adaptable storage units combine to create a functional and elegant interior where life seems both comfortable and tranquil.