House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

Project: House in Ranzo
Architects: Wespi de Meuron
Location: Ranzo, Switzerland
Area: 1,367 sqft
Photographs by: Hannes Henz

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House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron

Wespi de Meuron is an architecture studio that we’ve stumbled upon before. In particular, we’ve featured their Concrete House and House in Brissago projects on our site.
Today, we’ve got another one of their contemporary homes to feature on our site. The House in Ranzo is a minimal interpretation of local, historical references into a contemporary dwelling. It is a compact 1,367 square foot home covered in traditional natural gray plaster with a pergola and courtyard walls that form a Mediterranean character.

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

The project works with references to the historical architectural culture of the place and interprets them anew.

The traditional natural grey plaster of the façade associated with the simple cube of the modern house detracts itself from a precise temporal assignment.

This house is closely linked to the historical paths from the lake to the village. The terrace with a mountainside courtyard wall, a long bench and natural stone paving has Mediterranean character. The pergola place on the old barn is directly connected with a steep staircase to the house and forms a counterpoint to the new building

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House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

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House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

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Improving The Appearance Of Your Home On A Budget

The front of your home is the most visible and can be seen by every passerby. This is why it is crucial to keep this area of your home presentable and beautiful at all times. If you are like most homeowners, you want your home to stand out and leave a lasting impression on everyone who sees it. Of course, this is a continuous process that requires a lot of dedication, time and research. Contrary to believe, it is possible to ensure your home is beautiful and upgraded without breaking the bank. Below, you will discover tips to help you improve the front of your home on a budget.

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Improving The Appearance Of Your Home On A Budget

Keep Shrubs And Plants Groomed

When buying shrubs and plants for your front lawn, you should only consider those that will only grow up to three feet in height. These shrubs will be so much easier to manage, since they should not need to be groomed more than twice a year. Once the shrubs and flowers are planted, you will need to spend time keeping them groomed. This will require routine weeding, pruning and watering. When the flowers and leaves wilt, you will need to remove them immediately. If you do not, your garden will look drab and unkempt.

Improving The Appearance Of Your Home On A Budget

Keep Lawn Mowed

If you desire curb appeal, you will need to spend time mowing your lawn. If you do not have the time to spare, you may want to hire a teenager who lives in the community or a professional lawn service company. This way your front lawn will look beautiful all year long, without you needing to invest a lot of time into the process. Most lawn companies will also offer fertilizing, garden weeding and pruning, so be sure to inquire about these services, as well.

Improving The Appearance Of Your Home On A Budget

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Open The Blinds

A lot of homeowners prefer their privacy. This is entirely acceptable, but it is vital to realize that there is a time and place for everything. Leaving your windows closed at all times is going to make your home appear dark and depressing. In return, the darkness can make you feel pretty down in the dumps. You’ll want to avoid this at all costs. Do not be afraid to open up those windows and let the sun beam inside. Artificial light can help, but nothing can beat the natural light from the sun. Make sure that you add more light to your rooms to ensure that your home is comfortable and relaxing. Making this quick fix is basically totally free and incredibly convenient.

Improving The Appearance Of Your Home On A Budget

Light Up your Outdoors

There is no doubt that your home’s exterior is just as important as the interior. In fact, the outside might be even more important. With that being said, you will want to do everything possible to ensure that your home’s exterior is gorgeous and jaw dropping at all times. All homes need two things outside. They need a good outdoor living space. They also need outdoor lighting to ensure that youare able toenjoy your outdoor living space when the sun goes down. Tru-Posts and Tru-Scapes Landscape Lights are great for this specific purpose. Tru-Posts are a unique fence and deck post cap that can be used to hold various accessories, including LED lights, tiki torches and planters!

Improving The Appearance Of Your Home On A Budget

A Quick Paint Job

When you’ve first moved into a home, you’re most likely going to paint the walls. Eventually, your color choices may grow tiresome. When that happens, it is time for a change. The good news is that adding new paint to your home couldn’t be easier. Not only can you paint your walls in a few hours, but this will also be one of the cheapest home improvements ever! Just make sure that you make the right color choices. Remember to avoid using complementary colors too close today, as this will create a chaotic environment. Also, you should never use bright and bold colors in your bedroom.

Avoid these simple mistakes and your colors will make your home comfortable and relaxing!

Improving The Appearance Of Your Home On A Budget

Add New Pillows

Pillows truly serve many purposes. Most people realize that it would be nearly impossible to sleep without a good pillow. It is also important to realize that pillows can be used to enhance your home’s aesthetics. Pillows can be used to add more colors and beauty to your home. With the right pillows, you’ll be able to add more life to your home. Adding pillows to your bed and couch is very important. This is a great way to make your home look a little livelier and a little less empty. Make sure that your pillows perfectly match your home’s color scheme.

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Interior Design Tips For First-time Homeowners

Moving into your first home is a real thrill. Whether you are enjoying the freedom of living alone or sharing the experience with someone else, your first home is magical. Once the move has taken place, you will naturally want to decorate your home to give it your personal touch.

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In fact, it is wise to think about the interior design of your first home before you actually move in. This will ensure that you are all prepared and ready to make it as cozy as you like. The way that you decorate your first home is so crucial in making sure that you enjoy living there and that it reflects your personality.

Here are some great interior design tips for a new homeowner.

Make your house a home

If you are going to be living in a new house or apartment, you will want to make it a place in which you look forward to spending time. The easiest way to do this is by making it into a real home when you decorate it. Giving your new place a cozy, welcoming feel will really make it a great place to be for not only you but also any guests you have over.

There are many ways to do this, from having pictures of family on the walls to choosing accessories for it that express your personality. Stamping your mark on the new home is vital in making it yours and turning it into a home. Another great way to make your house a home is by adding texture in the different rooms. This will give your rooms depth and make them inviting places in which to relax. Use furnishings such as cozy throws and luxurious cushions to achieve this effect.

Interior Design Tips For First time Homeowners

Mix your furniture

A really inexpensive and cool way to decorate your new apartment or house is to mix your furniture. While having brand-new dining chairs that are all the same can look good, it can also look a bit bland. Why not try mixing and matching the style and color of the chairs instead? Of course, they need to work together still, but it can be done quite easily. You can find lots of quality, cheap chairs that will fit the bill in charity shops.

Interior Design Tips For First time Homeowners

Choose your color well

If you are not sure what color paint or pattern wallpaper you want on your walls, then go neutral. By painting them white to begin with, you leave yourself a blank canvas for when you do decide. Indeed, you may even opt to leave your walls this color if you end up liking it! A popular trend still is to have three walls white and one wall a vibrant color – the effect from the contrasting shades is fantastic!

Whatever color you go for, make sure that you choose wisely and that it fits any overall theme you have chosen. For the bathroom, you may want calming blues, for example, while your lounge may demand a more vibrant shade such as terracotta.

Interior Design Tips For First time Homeowners

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Get the most out of your home when done

When all the interior design is done, you still need to take steps to get the most out of your new home. After all, you don’t want to have got it looking fabulous for nothing! The cost of getting your new home how you want it needs to be factored in moving forward. With this in mind, many new homeowners choose a home warranty to cover themselves financially.

The reasons for choosing a new site home warranty are worth considering. The warranty will give comprehensive cover against all the items in your home that are covered by it. This will mean that any unexpected household repair costs that you could otherwise face are taken care of by the warranty protection that you have. It makes it much easier to budget, and will help avoid any nasty surprises that being a homeowner may bring!

Interior Design Tips For First time Homeowners

Start thinking about your new home today

There are lots of things to take care of when moving into your first home. As it is the first time that you have done it, you will no doubt have a long to-do list and be wondering how it will all work out. A great way to reduce any stress is to start thinking about how you will make your new property a home well in advance. This will mean that achieving that goal when you move in will be easy and enjoyable.

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Project: Wentworth House
Architects: MHN Design Union
Location: Sydney, Australia
Photographs by: Richard Glover

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union

MHN Design Union is an Australian studio based in Sydney and who have gained some recognition for one of their projects called the Wentworth House. It is located in Vaucluse, a suburb of Sydney, Australia whose design brief was to provide a large home that will blend into its surroundings.

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

The site is located on the southern ridges of Sydney Harbour at the crest of a gully which feeds into Vaucluse Bay. It is heavily wooded with mature eucalypt and palm trees dotted around the site. The site is characterised by a series of sandstone rock shelfs which occur at various heights as you descend down from the street level.

The design brief was to provide a family home which provided generous amenity yet sat quietly within the landscape. Our intent was to capture the story of the site through the design of the house. From the outset we wanted to merge the house and land in a seamless way. Our response was to create a series of planar elements in both plan and section to define the spaces which interlock and extend into the landscape. Overlaying this idea is the linking stair which threads through the levels twisting and turning like a piece of rope. The blade walls are parallel and orientate to the north east with the ends open or glazed thus providing transparency and openness to light, ventilation and harbour views.

In section, the multiple floor levels are treated like cascading platforms and echo the existing rock shelf. These platforms serve to lower you through the house similar to an initial discovery of the site. The stair is central to this experience with the primary spaces extending from it like eddies from a stream. These spaces are quiet and reposed yet maintain their visual connection to the circulation spine. The swimming pool extends the living space and sits high above the ground almost touching the tree canopy.

Emphasising the experiential sequence is a sense of materiality and texture with off form concrete, recycled Ironbark, Burnt Ash and Basaltina stone forming the primary palette. The sense of touch is heightened with the warmth of the native timbers complementing the smooth finishes of the concrete walls and stone floors.

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

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Treldehuset – Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Project: Summer House – Treldehuset
Architects: CEBRA
Location: Vejle, Denmark
Area: 1,399 sqft
Photographs by: Mikkel Frost, courtesy of CEBRA

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Summer House – Treldehuset by CEBRA

CEBRAa Denmark-based practice renowned for their high level of architectural ambition, were challenged to design a small-scale house. The project called Treldehuset or Summer House in English, goes beyond all expectations.
The compact, modern dwelling takes the idea of a traditional pitched roof house and completely reinvents it, defining an architectural interpretation of the Russian babushka doll. What this means is that the design of the Summer House is effectively a double house, or a house within a house.

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

The summer house is located right next to Vejle Fjord on a scenic site with distinctive trees. The view of the fjord, the coastal atmosphere and the nature that encourage an active outdoor life had an important influence on the design. At first glance, the house is traditionally designed with a pitched roof paralleling the long sides of the site and a gable facing the view. However, at a closer look, we are dealing with a kind of double house – a house inside a bigger house. This idea evokes thoughts of the Russian babushka dolls.

The effect of a double house is achieved by placing the thermal envelope beneath and inside a bigger house. In this way, a roofed outdoor area occurs between the thermal envelope, the actual house and the larger shell, which give access to a protected area – a continuation of the interior which allows you, even on rainy summer nights, to eat, grill or maybe clean a newly caught fish. This transitional zone between indoor and outdoor constitutes an interesting space between the characteristic trees with a view of the fjord.

The heated part of the house is divided into two parallel spaces running along the narrow site. To the west, the common rooms of the house, including kitchen, dining area and a living room, are placed corresponding to the widest part of the outdoor area.

The smaller rooms, such as bathroom, utility room and guest room, are placed on the eastern side. All the rooms are regular and private, but the bedroom with a view of the fjord can be opened towards the living room.

The house is covered with dark slate on both roof and facades and is thus experienced as a frame in a single material. This exterior shell is lined with larch and is outlined by aluminium profiles. The interior is characterized by a white finish, concrete and sheathing of larch making a strong connection between the roofed patio and the interior. On warm summer days, the large sliding doors of glass can be pushed aside connecting the living room and the terrace.

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Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

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Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

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Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Project: Jewel Box Villa
Architects: Design Paradigms
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Area: 3,229 sqft
Photographs by: Courtesy of Design Paradigms

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Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms

The Jewel Box Villa is an energy-efficient home with a green-roof that sits on a long, narrow plot overlooking the shores of one of Lausanne’s largest lakes.
Due to its location, the owner wanted to maximize the views to both the south and west. For this reason, the residence has taken up a rectangular form with an outer shell shaped construction that juts outwards and up.

The owner, an environmental consultant, also wanted to make sure that the home with use both passive and active energy sources, with focus on solar and geothermal, therefore Design Paradigmsthe Chinese studio that designed the Jewel Box Villa had to make sure that it meets all local energy and eco-certification standards.

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

The Villa is a mixed material structure utilizing recycled concrete, steel and wood as primary structural systems. The outer shell quickly became a multi faceted garden over a concrete structure.

Partially opening itself up and revealing the primary body. We wanted something heavy but contradictory, suspended, creating a tension and through that tension an inherent calm. The primary body became a suspended core-ten box, being revealed in certain parts and covered by the shell structure in others.

We imagined that this outer shell is a box that is in the process of being opened, hence the outward leaning eastern wall, and the suspended piece of metal became a jewel that is revealed as the box opens up. This notion has given the name to the villa: Villa Jewel Box.

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Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

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Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa by Design Paradigms in Lausanne, Switzerland

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Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Project: Courtyard House
Architects: Lifespaces Group, Auhaus Architecture
Interior Stylist: Heather Nette King
Location: Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia
Year: 2017 
Photographs by: Mike Baker

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Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group

Located in Barwon Heads, Victoria (Australia), the Courtyard House is part of the ‘Auhaus Release’ built by the LifeSpaces Group.

Hidden behind the soaring private entrance, is a modern four-bedroom home designed for relaxed living and outdoor entertaining.  The Courtyard House brings a sophisticated combination of modern living intertwined with texture, warmth, raw simplicity, and earthy luxuriance.

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Crafted out of the finest quality bluestone and natural hardwood, these honest, earth-drawn materials and textures create an impression of harmony between the house and nature itself. Horizontal bluestone slabs and vertical hardwood is combined with perfection; a reflection of design poise coupled with breath-taking craftsmanship. Aesthetic appeal is complimented by the durability of the materials, which are designed to withstand the adverse conditions the Australian coast has to offer.

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

The arrangement of the living spaces around a large, open courtyard helps bring the natural world into the heart of the domestic realm. Drawing natural light and breezes into the house, the courtyard accentuates the lofty ceilings and the endless space that is central to its design. The semi-enclosed courtyard functions as an outdoor room onto which all internal areas flow; perfect for summer entertaining, or simply relaxing beneath the open sky.

The modern matte black kitchen, accented with brass fittings and oak timber flooring make a stylish statement to the heart of the home.

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

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The Courtyard House caters for both work and relaxation; featuring a study space and designated reading nook with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The two living rooms foster interaction and family time and can be used to entertain the kids or bring the family together at the end of a busy day.

The challenge of finding enough storage space within a burgeoning family home is also addressed with extensive storage and joinery throughout, coupled beautifully with American Oak shelving and accents.

All Furniture is sourced from Mezai Furniture.

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

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18 Striking Transitional Kitchen Designs That Will Inspire You

The transitional interior design style is a lot more popular than you might think. First off, we need to know what is the transitional style. This home decor style is a very interesting one because it merges the warmth and coziness of the traditional style with the elegance and sophisticated look of the contemporary style. This makes it perfect for people who do not want to commit to any single of these two styles.
Unlike what many think, the contemporary and traditional styles can work together quite well and that is what we are going to prove to you with the following examples of transitional kitchen designs.

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Welcome to a new collection of interior designs in which we have featured 18 Striking Transitional Kitchen Designs That Will Inspire You. We invite you to explore the following interior designs. They are full of amazing, creative ideas that are going to inspire you to consider this marriage of styles into your home. There’s no way you won’t like this style, that is why we are going to cover every room of the transitional home in our upcoming showcase of the transitional home decor style. Enjoy!

1. Claremont Cottage

2. Beautiful New Encino Construction

3. Neptune Suffolk Kitchen in Gateside

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4. Transitional kitchen in black and white

5. Lino Lakes Kitchen

6. Village Cottage Kitchen

7. Park Place Kitchen Renovation

8. The Willow House

9. The Birdhouse on Prouts Neck

10. Transitional Kitchen

11. Springwood Place

12. Peaceful Rustic Charm

13. Hollon House

14. Transitional Kitchen

15. 1333 West Georgia

16. Cottage Corona Del Mar

17. Traymore Crescent

18. Transitional Kitchen

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Why to Get a Home in Belgravia Green

Home is where the heart is. However, in the recent years, it has become more and more difficult to find a property that offers a balanced lifestyle. Living in a city is not only too costly but also brings in its share of pollution, lack of green space and an overall unhealthy lifestyle. On the other hand, going to the countryside gives you that fair share of greenery and natural surroundings, but the modern man has modern necessities. You can’t live too far off from a good school, a good hospital or drive several miles to reach your place of work, everyday. This is where properties like Belgravia Green come in.

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Why to Get a Home in Belgravia Green

Belgravia Green is a property that comprises of three homes, but each of them has been designed to achieve the Net Zero Energy status. This would mean that your home would be generating all the electricity that you would need to run the home. This literally means that electricity would be free for a lifetime and you wouldn’t have to worry about rising energy bills. To maintain the same, the home is equipped with energy optimized appliances and an array of photovoltaic power generators (Solar panels).

However, that’s not the only good thing about this property. You home at Belgravia Green Net Zero Home is not just smart but also beautiful. The property is contemporarily designed and by the looks of it, it would be the perfect home for any modern family. Polished concrete flooring, dark countertops, fir staircases, quarter sawn oak cabinets, huge glass windows, futuristic basement and a lot of breathing space all around – making it an amazing place to move to. Solar energy is not just captured by the panels on the terrace but also by the futuristic floorboards inside the home. Maximum use of day lighting ensures that you home is fresh and hygienic at all times.

At Belgravia Green, you don’t just feel fresh but everything around you is natural. There’s a lot of green space outdoors where you can take out the Sunday picnic or have your kids and pets run around. Away from the hustle of the city, there is low level of pollution, minimum traffic and a neighborhood that is safe and secure. Your 1540 sq. ft Belgravia Net Zero Home is all about natural harmony and futuristic living. It’s not too far from the city either and is well connected to the traffic through service roads. This comfortably separates the property from the monotony of the city.

Net Zero Energy homes like Belgravia Greens is not just about optimizing your carbon footprint but more about a better quality of life. They are not just concepts but are indeed how properties of the future are meant to de designed. Things like climate change and global warming have become more real and as responsible human beings, we need to make changes. With technology by our side, it won’t be hard to sustain this planet of ours. Homes like Belgravia Green is the best solution at hand.

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La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

Project: La Lucia
Architects: SAOTA, ARRCC
Location: La Lucia, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Area: 7,287 sqft
Photographs by: Karl Beath

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La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC

La Lucia is a residence designed by SAOTA, and its interior designed by ARRCCIt is situated on the Kwazulu Natal North Coast, just south of Umhlanga, in the suburb of La Lucia, which is where the residence gets its name from.
The design of this home is the perfect balance between luxury and comfort which is achieved through its uncomplicated spaces.

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

This La Lucia beach house perfectly balances luxury and comfort with its uncomplicated spaces. Situated on the Kwazulu Natal North Coast just south of Umhlanga, the house is gently nestled between protected milkwood trees and enjoys beautiful ocean views – both of which inspired the design. Bronze aluminium sliding screens cocoon the house and offers protection from the elements as well as providing a unique the signature look for of the building.

“The surrounding beauty of the environment inspired so much of the design. As designers we are passionate about creating spaces that reflect both the location and our clients – that is how life-enhancing spaces are crafted.” – Mark Rielly, ARRCC Director.

ENTRANCE

A sense of arrival is created by two milkwood trees flanking the entrance. A floating timber step platform and pergola lead towards the front door of the home. Upon entering, the panorama is only revealed as one reaches the doublevolume hallway – the aligned timber slat cladded ceilings drawing the eye to the seascape ahead. Ocean views are framed perfectly by the screens that envelope the building.

“The owners wanted the project to epitomise the spirit of a contemporary beach house with a sense of sophistication. The design was kept relaxed yet carefully considered to maximise the environment it forms part of,” says Rielly.

GROUND FLOOR

The ground floor is designed to seamlessly integrate with the external terraces, pool decks and landscaping while maximising the views across the beach and sea. This area can be enjoyed as one continuous space or arranged into more individual and private spaces. Sliding screens provide flexibility to do this. All the areas open up either onto the sea facing pool deck or to the afternoon sun lit garden on the West.

ARRCC

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

INTERIOR

The interiors express simplicity and restraint while making the home comfortable and cosy. Sand-coloured polished concrete floors, bleached timber, natural leathers and grey linens are anchored by soft neutrals and countered with touches of charcoal, teal and azure. The indoor and outdoor decor are aligned to allow for maximum entertainment space. The formal dining table and outdoor terrace table are positioned adjacent each other to accommodate large parties. The lounge and terrace lounge furniture were also chosen to read as one space.

SCREENS

The East sea-facing façade is ‘wrapped’ with a series of bronzed anodised aluminium sliding screens that cocoon the structure entirely or in part. The screens are patterned to abstractly mimic the milkwood trees and create the home’s signature look, but also serves to protect the building from wind, rain and sun. These environmental challenges are part and parcel of a seafront property and need innovative design solutions to overcome it.

UPPER LEVEL

The four sea-facing bedrooms are located on the upper level and open onto private individual terraces. When closed, the aluminium screens add an interesting design element to this level.

EXTERNAL SPACES

The pool, deck and entertainment areas were placed on the see facing side of the house, elevated slightly to provide views over the dune plants to further reinforce the connection with the ocean. Materials chosen for the external spaces echo bleached driftwood and the sandy beach. Weathered iroko decking and ceiling slats, honed sandstone and polished light coloured concrete floors form the predominant materials and create a direct relationship with surrounding environment.

ARRCC

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

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La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

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