Achieving that elusive balance between privacy and a sense of spaciousness and freedom is a tough task indeed when designing a home in an urban setting. Often one residence starts where the other ends and privacy means closing off the home to natural light and ventilation as well.
A perforated timber screen completely alters the dynamics of the home and allows the homeowners to turn the small backyard into a cozy little retreat right at home. The interior is largely clad in timber and concrete – a blend that brings together inviting warmth and modern minimalism in a seamless fashion.
The ground floor surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass walls and sliding glass doors houses the open plan living area kitchen dining room and a lovely home library while the top timber-wrapped structure contains three bedrooms bathrooms and a smart sitting area.
With the public space on the lower level and the private quarters on the top floor this Vancouver home sticks to a straightforward floor plan that never seems to fail. Working well within the tight budget constraints designers of the Grade House delivered a family residence that places practicality ahead of aesthetics.
Dubbed the the gorgeous house showcases a smart fusion of the old and the new as a classic pitched roof is reinvented to wrap around the exterior skin that extends all the way to the entrance.
It is the top floor that holds the master suite and additional bedrooms. Each level flows into the next in terms of both style and ambiance as the wooden staircase and series of light wells create a sense of continuity. Bright color is kept to an absolute minimum inside the house with wall art and lighting fixtures adding hints of liveliness and energy.
Vintage and unique décor pieces from the 50s are combined with sculptural decorative pieces and colorful artwork that comes from the region. There is a very strong ‘Brazilian flavor’ inside the house and each of the individual elements has been carefully chosen to accentuate the overall ambiance.