From the practical we move on to the exceptional as we step into the mesmerizing in Ostional Costa Rica. This captivating retreat is green in more ways than one as even the amazing natural forests that surround it leave anyone who stays here spellbound. Developed by Kalia this three-bedroom villa can be rented for around $600/night. A bargain considering all you get at this exotic hideaway.
The green roof goes much beyond being a mere aesthetic addition as it controls the temperature inside the house reduces rainwater runoff and allows the home to blend in with the green landscape around it. The 106-square-meter house has all one could ask for in a practical modern home with an open living area that also holds the dining space and a bright colorful kitchen in orange and blue.
A series frames clad from wooden slats shape the new exterior of the house and large glass windows open it up towards the southern view on offer. An open living area with a kitchen that acts as the new social zone shapes the interior even as a large bookshelf in the backdrop adds color and character to the setting.
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.
Step in and you will instantly notice the modern industrial style of the home with its own unique twist coming in the form of lovely Edison bulb lighting fixtures. Wrapped around ceiling beams and illuminating both the dining area and the stairwell in the form of sparkling chandeliers these Edison bulb fixtures steal the show both with their design ingenuity an unparalleled simplicity.
A black and white kitchen with stone island and countertops occupies a corner on the top floor with a small living area and dining space situated next to it. A slim contemporary fireplace and a cozy reading nook complete this living zone that also overlooks the entrance below.
An extensive timber façade gives the house a distinct identity and sets it apart from its neighbors even as the interior is draped in a relaxing neutral color palette. The contrast is stark yet stylish as one is transported into a sophisticated and ergonomic living environment where space is utilized to the hilt.