Houses that are connected to nature can often blend in with the surroundings. However, this one from Glamuzina Paterson Architects Ltd. isn’t afraid to stand out and be itself while still being responsive to its topographical space.
Called the Blackpool House, it is located in Blackpool, Waiheke.
The clients wanted a house that could collaborate with the sprawling canopy of trees surrounding the property, without breaking the bank. Instead of building expansively outward, the architects designed a vertical construction.
Resembling a fort that climbs up into the tree line, the structure’s height offers gorgeous views throughout.
The home was economically built, but there is no shortage of space and the flow of the smartly laid out floor plan makes the most of the rooms. Inside there are 4 split levels that are no-fuss and all about nature.
The kitchen and dining areas are located below, greeting the outdoors and opening up to an adjoined deck.
The living room has a double heighted ceiling which adds to the roomy feel.
On the second level, an en suite leads to the upper portion of the library and shelving units, and the openness highlights the contrasting mezzanine floor.
Dark rafters top off the nook, and a window-side cubby is the perfect place to quietly read or do a little daydreaming.
Budget friendly pine finishes were used in much of the flooring, walls, stairs and ceilings. Recycled flooring and other materials were implemented, and some portions were stained to add to the character.
The exterior is made from black metal cladding and aluminum joints. Neatly placed windows and inviting decks not only provide access to beautiful views, but also make the most of the sunlight and natural ventilation.
The out of the ordinary façade, interesting positioning and the way this home combines with nature, but still retains its individuality, shows that budget conscious designs do not have to be uninspiring.
Images of the Blackpool House are via Glamuzina Paterson Architects Ltd.
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