A plan for a home that started out as a traditional New England dwelling in all its splendor soon morphed into a contemporary retreat and an inviting family residence that sits on a lush green lot in Massachusetts. The rests on land that was once home of dense vegetation wetlands and a huge rock ledge.
The smart insertion connects the main house with the two new bedrooms at the rear of the lot and turns a classic Melbourne residence with brick façade into a unique and exquisite contemporary dwelling. Designed by Steffen Welsch Architects the rejuvenated home hosts a family of five thanks to the improved and extended living area.
The key demand of the homeowners was not only to add more living space but to turn this dreary house into a modern delight with an open plan living area that encourages interaction between family members. The floor plan of the residence was completely altered and a new living area with an adjacent kitchen was conjured up and brought to life.
Inspiration is often found in the unlikeliest of sources. It is barely a surprise then that it was the form and feel of a lifeguard tower that inspired the homeowners of this modern family residence in Israel when chalking up the images of their dream dwelling.
Some of the original features of the building like the façade wood paneling on the walls and skirting were carefully preserved restored and given a new lease on life while the floor plan of both the lower living level and the top bedroom level were considerably altered.
It is the ground floor that contains the living space dining area kitchen master suite and additional bedrooms while the top level houses the second master suite along with the open study and the sunroom. Complete with a sauna massage room home library and a refreshing pool and a vibrant garden the Gallery House epitomizes contemporary grandeur at its functional best!
Nestled down on the lower level of the residence is the open living area dining room kitchen and a study while the top floor houses five spacious and comfy bedrooms with wonderful river views. A parking area and sunken garden at the front of the house offer a buffer of sorts and keep out the busy street noises even as a beautiful courtyard provides a spacious hangout for the entire family.