I’ve always wanted to buy a really old home that has cool architectural features and renovate it, leaving some of the “old” intact. That is just what marianne amodio architecture studio in Vancouver did here. A complete transformation of a seldom used ground floor from basement storage to master bedroom and living quarters, this renovation was realized with the principle of exposing the layers of history evident in the 1927 home. The contrast between old and new is proudly pronounced: Original red brick fireplaces are revealed, their chalk inscriptions from previous owners left behind; old fir beams find new life as stair treads, and vintage fir planks salvaged from the demolition become a crafted herringbone feature wall. The concrete floor is uncovered, contrasted by shiny new tiles. A spectacular cool blue wetroom and powder room adjoin a new master bedroom; the headboard is the vintage brick fireplace.
Think of the possibilities. Home office, studio, exercise room, chill zone, man cave, hell no woman cave! A super stylish box down the back of your yard. It’s the Backyard Room. Launched in March this year at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show where it won the sustainability award and the silver award for best garden, Backyard Room is an innovative new offering from the team at Archiblox. I want one for that spot way down the back of my garden. All to my own. Just have to keep it secret from my husband!
You may recall this stunning modern farmhouse Jo blogged not too long ago, or this almost upside down house in the dunes. They were the creations of Norwegian architects Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter MNAL. I happened upon their website recently and found all sorts of other projects they designed that knocked my socks off. I thought I’d share with you a mish-mash of some of my favourite spaces and exteriors. So beautiful. (LOVE the angled window set-up in the 3rd photo – perfect hangout for my cats!)
Please take me away to this stunning home in Fiji by Madeleine Blanchfield. All the elements of Blanchfield’s modern Australian aesthetic are there but layered with a rich referencing of island style. A perfect holiday home or, if I had my way, a perfect forever home. Kedere rawa ni lako vata?
Mole Architects is a British firm established by Meredith Bowles, and their portfolio knocked my socks off. Their homes are magical, and have made me rethink all the images in my head of what I want for my next house. Yes please to a bedroom tucked under a massively curved roof! And I LOVE the sunken window with the protruding frame in the second last photo.