with Carl Stafford Builders
|David Simister Architect||
with Carl Stafford Builders
Recently completed, this modest extension and reworking of the ground floor accommodation has transformed a 1930's semi-detached house.
By removing the rear kitchen wall and extending half the footprint, four metres of south facing glazing lets sun-light flood into the breakfast-room. Velfac windows open either side of the corner post for ventilation and access. Open plan kitchen / dining / living has many attractions yet the living-room can be enclosed with tall sliding oak doors. A new kitchen, which reused the existing black granite work-tops, and utility room are provided and the front room becomes a home-office. The extended deck and planting with grasses creates a sunny transition space to the garden.
Atelier Pierre Thibault split this lakeside home in Canada into two volumes that face on to a small courtyard in between.
The Lac Masson residence was named for the body of water it sits next to: a lake in Quebec's mountainous Laurentians region.
The area is known for its many lakes that serve as an escape destination for city dwellers from Montreal. The home's simple wooden volume consists of a square plan, from which a central courtyard was carved out. "The square is split in two halves to create an opening to access the residence, like an oyster's shell," said Atelier Pierre Thibault, based in Quebec City. The ground floor encompasses public areas as well as guest bedrooms, which feature bunk beds shaped "like the hull of a ship". On this floor, glass walls illuminate the space and give residents access to the courtyard, which has a tree planted in its centre. An open-tread staircase leads to the main storey of the home, which contains a double-height living room that connects to the open-plan kitchen and dining room. "The outdoor space is so close to the water, that visitors have the impression of being on a wharf," said the architects. Another flight of stairs leads up to the master suite, which occupies the top floor. The architects treated this space as an isolated refuge for the owners, who can peer into the double-height living room from above. White surfaces characterise the interior of the home. These contrast sleeping areas, which were finished in American walnut wood. The whitewashed exterior blends in to the area's snowy landscape during the winter.
Other homes by Atelier Pierre Thibault include a long narrow home framed by two exterior rooms, and a cabin that stands on stilts within the forest. The studio is well-known for the minimalist aesthetic it brings to its residential projects in Quebec.
Photography is by Maxime Brouillet.
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The Chechaquo Lot 6 Cabin sits in a small meadow ringed by ponderosa pines. Backed up to the toe of a dramatic, rocky butte, it captures views up the boulder-strewn slope as well as through the surrounding forest to mountains in the distance. Kitchen, living and dining spaces open onto a spacious, covered "outdoor room" with a unique indoor/outdoor fireplace. The concrete stems walls of the house's foundation have been pulled back and wide steps that double as seating descend from the deck, which is low enough to require no guardrails. The effect is to make the long and lean cabin seem to hover gracefully above the meadow grasses.
Hudson, NY, United States by Janson Goldstein Architects 2016
The master plan for this four-acre hillside site outside of the Upstate New York town of Hudson includes a new guesthouse and pool adjacent to an existing contemporary house. The 20-foot-by-45-foot pool takes advantage of the property's Hudson Valley views, while the 950-square-foot guesthouse, nearly surrounded by a new meadow, forms an entry court with the main structure. A covered breezeway divides the guesthouse into two sides, one a gym for the homeowners and guests, the other a living-and-sleeping area for guests. The opening acts as a bridge between the sides, allowing for privacy as well as a connection to the surrounding landscape. Clad in vertical wooden slats, the structure's simple construction, including exposed rafters and concrete flooring, features an elegant glass wall that maximizes the building's transparency and views.
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