Tag Archives: country house

more than a Guest House

The Oak Pass guesthouse uses height and a small footprint to maximize panoramic canyon views and strengthen its connection to the tree filled site. The lower level consists of rehabbed and enlarged barn and newly constructed living spaces. With the upper floor clad in timber paying homage to the barn and allowing the materials to connect. Designed  by Walker Workshop...

the sawmill

In the lush countryside of North Wales in the village of Corwen, an 18th century sawmill had stood in disrepair for many years, a building located by  a scenic waterway with gushing waterfalls. The original exterior of local grey stone holds a strong connection with the landscape. In order to reflect the original purpose of the building as a working sawmill, a wide variety of...

The house of DUST

In this house, created as it was through a poetical expression of ideas and gestures, the nuisances in the design guide the aesthetic outcome of the space. With ceilings of rustic plaster to mimic a cave roof and a colour palate that draws directly from the earth, the House of Dust, in Rome, draws upon these natural elements and contains them within strict mathematical proportions:...

Danish summerhouse

When the Powerhouse Company we were first asked to design a holiday home in northern Sjælland, they noticed that ‘traditional’ Danish summerhouses had been increasing in size. They were becoming less and less distinguishable from the everyday homes that holidaymakers were leaving behind. So they set out to revive the scale of the classic cabin with the finished building measuring only 110m². The smaller size means...

Salt Spring Island

A sixteen acre farm designed by Patkau Architects located on Salt Spring Island, an island in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island. The site is bisected from east to west by a long row of mature Douglas fir trees. There is a gentle slope falling across the site from south to north. The south half of the property is an orchard containing a variety...

the hills of Turin Italy

Set in the hills just outside Turin in Italy, the Casa Y house designed by F:L Architects is an elegant robust family home. Tucked into the hillside to reduce the overall volume over two levels the house is long slender and rather sexy.  The upper level nestled into the hill takes in views that look out towards the valley housing the main living spaces. A...

New South Wales… South Coast

The Jamberoo Farm house designed by Sydney based studio Casey Brown Architects is located south of Sydney. Perched high on an escapement the property is afforded views over the rolling hills and beyond to the ocean. The design provides a new family home amongst the existing buildings including an old dairy, barns and cottages around a magnificent Morton Bay fig tree. Three gabled pavilions create...

The lake house

Replacing their existing 1950's cottage the Toronto based family of 5 wanted a house that would blend with the rural character and the quite lake community whist capturing the essence of a cottage. The Clear Lake Cottage designed by Maclennan Jaunkalans Miller Architects has all the benefits of good modern design, simple lines, abundant natural light and a strong connection to the outdoors. The house...

a modern historic barn

This beautiful historic gambrel barn was partially destroyed in a fire. The owners commissioned Specht Hapman to reconstruct the barns exterior and to completely redesign the interior for use as a new home. The exterior incorporates traditional forms and materials in a way that respects the other historic buildings on the 8 acre site. Whist the radical reconstruction of the interior creates a free and...

the Wine Country

Set within a rural parcel in the heart of Northern California Wine Country, the Summerhill Residence by Edmonds + Lee consists of 3 separate buildings. A main house, guest house and detached garage that are situated to maximize the connection between the natural and the man-made. The distinction between the indoors and the outdoors is intentionally blurred as interior and exterior spaces extend in all...