But the creative folk at Seeley Architects had an entirely different vision in mind as they started to chalk up plans for the spectacular in Kyneton. Allowing the landscape to visually become a part of the interior using a glazed structure the architects brought dramatic splendor to this family residence with a sinuous roof that turns heads and evokes a sense of amazement.
A beautiful fireplace with a spot for the stacked firewood next to it and a large window seat that doubles as a tranquil reading nook complete the setting. Clad in concrete wood and steel there is plenty of textural contrast here with form following function closely. A perfect getaway that is both cozy and minimal!
The limited footprint of the constructed area coupled with a need to design a home that left as much of the forest land as untouched as possible meant Storm Architects opted for a simple stylish and elegant modern structure. With a timber frame and larch cladding that is interlaced with large glass windows and modern finishes the home seems both classic and contemporary at the same time.
The slanted roof of the house is another striking feature that sets it apart from the many mundane homes that you come across. Despite its more modest outward appeal on the inside each room of the house is much larger than one anticipates and the exceptional roof design creates airy light-filled spaces across the three different levels.
Despite being constrained by the narrowness of the lot Sam Crawford Architects managed to etch out a cheerful and seemingly spacious modern home by tapping into the vertical room on offer. Original industrial elements of the home were kept intact and enhance while the street façade was left untouched because of the heritage rules. Exposed brick walls define the living area even as dark steel elements industrial-style windows and wooden ceiling beams are intertwined with comfortable modern décor and polished finishes.
Beyond the aesthetics the house does all it can to cut back on carbon footprint with solar panels that the power the house and geo heating and cooling system that cuts back reliance on conventional power even further. With a smart home control system and top-quality insulation the residence is a near zero-energy house that almost produces all the energy it consumes.
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.