A smart platform provides solid base for the home and is integrated with the living room fireplace chimney and the concrete seating next to it. The platform extending beyond the confines of the living area acts as a natural patio and connects the interior with the outdoors in a seamless fashion.
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.
It is barely a surprise then that this Aussie family wanted a similar functional kitchen that offered a gathering spot for everyone even while opening up towards the pool and deck outside. It is Dan Gayfer Design who transformed the by giving the house a new kitchen ensuite bathroom and cabinetry.
Designed by Reload Építészstúdió as a two-generation family house the twin structures that shape the façade of this modern residence give it a distinct identity even while moving away from the more mundane architectural style prevalent in the region. But there is a lot more to admire at this elegant home beyond its beautiful gable roofs and spacious interior.
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.
Combining a variety of textures that range from steel and tile to stone and wood contrasting elements are combined effortlessly even while keeping the neutral color palette intact. A large breakfast bar adds to the appeal of the ergonomic kitchen island even as smart shelving and hidden storage units shape a flexible functional and cheerful kitchen that becomes the star of the altered home.
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.