Giving a brick dwelling from the 1970’s a brand new appeal Bijl Architecture transformed the in Mosman Australia into cheerful and inviting contemporary home filled with natural light. The task presented a unique set of challenges that went beyond mere aesthetics as the home was nestled on the edge of a national park and integrating it with the greenery outside was an essential part of the makeover. The original brick structure was left largely untouched on the outside with the new addition in gray on the top level adding visual contrast and a hint of modernity to the classic edifice.
There is nothing quite like the image of the majestic alps in the backdrop snow-clad ski slopes a relaxing chalet with cozy ambiance and a fun-filled holiday to cheer you up this time of the year. It is this promise of a ‘perfect vacation’ that often keeps us going during the long hard days for the rest of the year!
Designed by Jaime Ortiz de Zevallos the home features an interior that is completely hidden from the world outside. Yet the rear part of the house opens up toward the garden and pool area with a cantilevered bedroom section providing shade for the outdoor living space below.
The design of the living room is simple uncomplicated and drenched in coastal goodness as a two-sided fireplace sits at the very heart of this mesmerizing setting. Comfy décor in gray ensures that the light color palette is left largely undisturbed even as the unique roof large windows and glass doors bring the outdoors inside.
The living space of the home is simple in itself with a neutral color scheme and furniture that combines modern comfort with traditional aesthetics. Walls of wood and custom cabinets grace the living area kitchen and dining space and offer smart storage units along with textural contrast.
Designed to meet the demands of a family with a young child and a dog the modern-minimal interior had to be both refined and kid-friendly without seeming far too sterile or impersonal. This was accomplished using a combination of raw textures and wood along with a neutral backdrop and pops of bright color.
Wooden cabinets and wonderful fireplaces add contrast and warmth to an interior that otherwise is homogenous. A nifty staircase connects the lower living area with the bedrooms on the top level even as the spa zone next to the deck completes a modern home that is understated and exquisite.