The last few years have seen home makeovers shift from large-scale remodels to smart additions extensions and nifty revamps that simply extend the living area and add a kitchen or bedroom wherever necessary.
It is easy to see the many space-saving additions inside this cheerful and light-filled home. The standalone kitchen unit and workstation (sitting under the stairway) the small living area and the multitude of nifty cabinets give the lower-level living area a breezy ambiance.
The dining room sits at the heart of this floor and offers a glimpse of the mezzanine-level bedroom above. The blue cabinets of the kitchen and the dark black workstation add color to the space even as the custom wall mural in the living area and the bedroom above usher in pattern and panache.
The gorgeous home in the woods is blessed with a variety of planet-friendly features like the photovoltaic panels that provide it with all the power it needs a rainwater harvesting system that recycles and replenishes the local water source and passive heating and cooling design that keeps the internal temperature moderate. These green technologies not only cut back on the carbon footprint of the house but also make sure that the surrounding greenery and ecosystem is left largely untouched and pollution-free.
Industrial-style windows with their dark metallic frames accentuate the past of this Aussie home even as exposed and whitewashed brick walls bring in all the textural beauty one could ask for. Open family spaces are coupled with intimate private areas and cleverly concealed bedrooms to offer a fine balance between social living and complete seclusion.
For most of us it is the ground floor of our home that holds the entrance and the living area with the top level holding the bedrooms and other private spaces. But the Cliff Dwelling nestled on a steep cliff next to Lake Austin flips this floor plan to suit the specific needs of the site and it is the rooftop garden retreat and entrance that steal the show here.
Taking the idea of a green rooftop garden a step further is the spectacular Penthouse Ecopark in Hung Yen Province . This modern home designed by iHouse combines a distinct industrial-style living area with a terrace garden that also holds a Jacuzzi a glass pergola and an outdoor lounge. The terrace garden is visually connected with the master bedroom and allows the homeowners to escape the rigors of a long and hard day at work each evening.