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.
The sequenced brick wall extension in the rear feels like a part of the original structure and does so without trying too hard. Spaces transition from light to dark inside with rough concrete floor leading to smoother surfaces as one moves from one room to another.
A retaining wall covered in corten panels not only gives the sunken courtyard a unique visual but also helps with the passive heating of the house and keeps it warm both during daytime and at night.
On the inside it is the kitchen that becomes the new social zone with a dark expansive central island and a breakfast bench next to it at its heart. Large floor-to-ceiling glass windows bring the outdoors inside further while the bedrooms are hidden away from public view.
An old house that does not make the most of landscape it sits in and the scenery outside – it sounds like an all too familiar story in the world of modern residential structures with some sense of historic past.
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.
But the in Australia gives this familiar story a rustic and cozy twist as its new extension opens up the interior to the scenery outside even while blending in with the stoic Victorian home next to it.
The new kitchen and dining area in the rear becomes the social zone with stackable folding glass doors connecting this space with the deck and garden outside. The three-level house now feels cheerful modern and yet timeless – a sense of poise that the homeowners longed for!