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.
Promoting interaction between family members and offering ample space for hosting friends and family the design and layout ensure that there is never a dull moment at the James River House. Overlooking the flowing water and embracing the changing seasons and the many hues that they bring life at this imaginative home envelops you in green goodness!
A new foyer and a fireplace delineate space and offer more privacy to those in the living and dining room. The expansive lake views are hidden carefully by this feature and it is only when you venture in further that you realize the true magnificence on display.
In is one such gorgeous house that relies on its overall form innovative architectural details floor plan and smart ventilation to cut back on its carbon footprint significantly. Designed by Malboeuf Bowie Architecture it is the hand-charred cedar envelope of the residence that gives it a distinctive façade and improved green credentials.
The concrete lower structure offers a perfect stable base for the four-bedroom residence with the cor-ten walls and roof of the top level bringing in the wow factor. On the inside the image changes dramatically with neutral hues and the warmth of wood offering a relaxing contemporary retreat.
It is the second floor that houses the entrance of this fabulous home with a smart walkway leading to a cubic volume that is draped entirely in Brazilian teak. A large Cor-ten steel door provides visual and textural contrast to the curious entrance and leads into the foyer.
The lower level of the house contains the living room kitchen and dining space along with the hall and internal partitions are kept to a minimum to create the illusion of spaciousness. A neutral color scheme and uniform lighting accentuate this further and ensure that this modest Slovakian home has a breezy and cheerful ambiance.