Since the rowhouse is not blessed with extravagantly large spaces it was important to fashion a living environment that was refreshing inviting and visually spacious without going overboard.
Designed by Takashi Okuno to meet the specific needs of a young couple this Japanese home draws its inspiration from simpler structures of the past that were visually connected with the landscape around them. Dubbed ‘‘ this open inviting and light-filled house adopts a more traditional silhouette and yet surprises you with its gorgeous free-flowing interiors.
Existing building constraints meant that the street façade of the house was left completely untouched while a modern living area kitchen and dining were added to the rear. Connecting the rear garden smaller inner courtyard and barbecue zone with the living space the revitalized interior is filled with a flood of natural light.
A lovely walkway tall oak trees and a dashing breezeway welcome you at this exquisite Californian home. The Breezeway perfectly captures the relaxing light-hearted spirit of the house even as it offers a stunning view of the mountainous countryside beyond.
Adding another layer of intrigue to the apartment is the use of uncovered thermo-clay bricks in the living area and plasterboard in the bedrooms; giving the new home plenty of visual contrast.
It also gives the homeowners a sense of nostalgia as they are constantly reminded of their previous more traditional home on the same lot. Replacing the old structure with a more modern functional and light-filled home and a pool house the projects also does its best to preserve the natural landscape around it.
It is a curated mix of midcentury modern décor sheepskin tugs and other plush textiles that the interior decorator chose to complement the warm wooden wall and large windows of the ski retreat. Life here seems both snug and relaxing with modern comforts being cleverly intertwined with classic aesthetics.