One of the best things about smart renovation of an old home is that you not only get to have a brand new home that suits your latest needs and meets to your current taste but it also allows you to keep the spirit of the original home intact and the memories (if any) attached with it alive. And that is precisely what FINNE Architects have tried to accomplish with this gorgeous home set among secluded woods about 25 miles north of Seattle.
Designed by design studio Johnson Chou this beautiful house seems to offer two entirely different worlds packed into one. The ground floor sports the kitchen living dining study and guest quarters which are all clad in some old-world charm with the use of ebony wood veneer panels.
The eco-PERCH is stunning on the ground or it can be raised so it rests in the treetops as shown below. Features like internal softwood floors low voltage LED lighting double-glazed windows and a flat-screen TV give this lodge modern flair. Plus you’ve gotta love that outdoor deck!
The use of wood has been smart and trendy and complements perfectly the large portions of glass both in its texture and in its varying shades. The spacious master bedroom and the master bath along with the modern kitchen that is both contemporary in function and classic in form give this home a balanced look. With green building materials and energy-saving insulation and heating methods the renovated home is all about smart sustainability.
‘Green’ is the new cool way to go. Whether it is because it offers a reduction in the power bills or allows you to take a slight moral high ground irrespective of your motive it seems that eco-friendly building design is here to stay for good. With consumers becoming more aware design and architecture firms are being forced to take this path as well and this vibrant and cool building in the heart of is another one of those which follows this exact model.
Even the floor-to-ceiling glass windows are encapsulated in gorgeous wooden frames and while the home’s interiors exude all the traits of a contemporary home the extravagant use of wood does give it a very refined look. With an interior that even sports a ‘Zen garden’ this is indeed about bringing a touch of Asia into California!
This next home takes the tree house concept to an entirely different level! Uniquely orb-like in shape The HemLoft was built by Joel Allen after an attempt to retire at age 26 proved unsuccessful. Yes behind this interesting dwelling is an equally interesting story!