The idea of giving an aging a modern revamp is something that we see catching on among homeowners across the globe. Some opt for the renovation because their home urgently needs one and others long for an aesthetic makeover that gives their house a more contemporary context.
Who among us would not want to escape the constant rush of city life and get away from it all for a while? Nestled on the edge of a beautiful forest and natural reserve in Netherlands this modern presents a perfect opportunity to do so in a spectacular and serene fashion.
Designed by Solomon Troup Architects the addition provides a new social setting for the entire family with an open plan kitchen dining area and family area. White is the color of choice in the kitchen as stainless steel surfaces bringing sparkle and pizazz.
Parents’ bedrooms and kids’ spaces are carefully tucked in the rear while the social areas of the house sit at the front. Minimal with clean straight lines and still exuding plenty of warmth this vacation home in Poland offers it all without creating a whole lot of carbon footprint.
The form of the new addition with its gabled roof and overall dimension matches that of the original home and its three different blocks. Spotted gum decking boards that are stained in black are used to cover the exterior while lighter silver oak boards take over on the inside.
The idea was to facilitate a transition from the old to the new rather than a sudden or drastic change of style. Many of the original Victorian elements and fixtures that could be preserved and given a new lease of life were don so without hindering the addition of newer elements and design ideas.
Transition from one zone to the other is seamless and even the outdoors become a part of the interior as extensive glass walls and clerestory windows shape an open and light-filled interior. The color scheme is largely neutral and the focus remains firmly on the scenery outside with a sunken central courtyard adding to the excitement.
Despite its seemingly refined exterior with clean lines and plenty of modernity the interior feels much more modern and bamboo plywood surfaces give it a cozy inviting appeal.