When a home is lost to a natural disaster its residents lose a whole lot more than just property. It is memories of an entire life that are wiped out and starting out afresh can be a challenging affair in more ways than one. The in New Zealand is a structure that replaced an old villa that stood on the same lot before an earthquake hit the region.
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.
On the inside the color palette is largely neutral with comfy décor and a flood of natural light shaping the ambiance of this coastal home. Locally sourced fir and the generous use of earthen hues turn the home into a visual extension of the lovely meadow outside!
Constructing a contemporary home in the middle of a heavily wooden region is a challenging task on several fronts. From logistics to environmental norms there are plenty of little things that one needs to worry about when bringing a modern structure into a forest area.
A metallic stairway leads you to the top floor that houses the exquisite master bedroom with its chevron headboard wall and imaginative lighting. A spa-style bathroom and additional bedrooms complete a loft that is both welcoming and a touch ‘edgy’ at the same time.
With a simple change in height of the level the living area stands out from the foyer on one side and the dining area and kitchen on the other. Small staircases connect these various levels and a neutral color scheme ensures that there is a sense of continuity despite the clear demarcation of individual spaces.
Designed by Studio 304 the new sunken bath is the highlight of this quick upgrade as its elegant glass walls connect it visually with the small yet serene garden outside. The glass walls of the luxurious bath are further supported by a slatted larch screen that keeps away prying eyes and ensures that a tranquil garden view is balanced with complete privacy.