A central touchscreen in the living area is the hub of this ‘smart’ automation system which can also be operated from your smartphone or laptop over a LAN network. Add to this a clever waste recovery system solar panels that provide clean energy and passive heating and cooling techniques that cut power consumption drastically and you have a sustainable and ‘connected’ residence that would delight both the eco-conscious and the tech-savvy!
How often have you come across a home designed to offer the perfect acoustics? Sure we all ponder it while designing the home theater media room or even a more modest TV room. But what about the rest of the house? Nestled in and designed by Bates Masi Architects the truly exceptional provides a captivating answer to that question.
A double-height living area a contemporary kitchen in white and gray and a casual relaxing living room complete the smart living zone with a neutral color scheme. Devoid of any excesses and cheerful in its ambiance this home Down Under is all about perfect harmony between a modern home and the landscape on which it sits.
It is not very often that we come across homes with a curved wall or two as the world around us seems to be obsessed with simple straight lines when it comes to home design. But this exceptional home in Australia goes down this less explored path as it transforms a 1970s home into a modern delight even while highlighting its beautiful curved wall that becomes a part of the entrance. Draped in Woodform Timber Batons and highlighted using fabulous accent lighting the home features a revitalized entrance that sets it apart from others in the neighborhood.
Giving those old dark and dreary homes a modern facelift using a rear extension is arguably the most popular way to revitalize classic homes without disturbing their street façade too much.
But that is not the only source of sunlight as the living room transitions seamlessly into the outdoor living area alfresco dining area rear garden and pool deck. This effortless fusion of indoor and outdoor spaces is what gives the Backyard House its distinct identity and ambiance.
The first floor of the existing house holds two bedrooms and a bathroom while the distinct timber box sitting atop the new extension contains the master suite. Uncomplicated in its approach and cheerful this smart residence feels like a bridge between two contrasting eras.