It is the first level that houses the living area along with the kitchen the dining space and the gorgeous garden while the half-sunken basement provides ample parking space a home office and service areas. The third and fourth levels hold the bedrooms and private spaces and also offer both textural and visual contrast with their wood screen and cantilevered form. Refreshing inviting and undoubtedly contemporary it is the box-like design and cubic form that win at House M.
Is a project that demanded all of these qualities as this brown brick cottage from the 1800s was in need of an elegant and urgent modern makeover. It is the creative folks from extrArchitecture who accomplished this as they completely transformed the classic London home on the inside even while keeping the street façade largely intact.
But that is not where the many eco-friendly traits of this house end. Every little element has been carefully put in place to enhance its overall ‘green quotient’ and absolutely nothing is random or coincidental. Large glass windows and sliding glass doors bring in plenty of natural light along with cleverly placed skylights even as the open lower-level living area charms with its cool sunken living room. With a dining area and kitchen that are equally relaxing and yet unassuming you have an interior where less is definitely more.
The multi-level house uses windows in an efficient fashion to improve both the smartness of the interior and to give it a more airy open appeal. Large sliding and folding glass doors connect various rooms with the large deck and pool area that becomes the new ‘social zone’ of the private home.
Restoring a home that is over 200 years old is a tough task at the best of times. It is a job that demands great care understating of local design style history and heritage along with a mastery of innovative design solutions.
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.
Track lighting in black and Tom Dixon pendants in the same hue add to the dramatic appeal of the dining space with a beautifully-lit stairwell leading to the top floors. It is the rear of the house that completely opens up towards the large deck pool and spa zone outside thanks to the extensive use of glass walls and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.