A roughcast concrete river wall stands between the house and the river’s edge and sets clear boundaries while the silhouette of the house and the ‘raw’ nature of the elements used in construction draw from local architecture and its historic industrial past.
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.
A cool staircase with a glass balustrade and floating steps brings light from the top level to the ground floor even as the clever placement of skylights further enhances the charming and refreshing vibe. A three-sided fireplace delineates the kitchen dining and living areas while the deck outside becomes an extension of the spacious interior.
The problem is often not the lack of space but the way we put existing space to use. We simply do not pay enough attention to the vertical space on offer and utilize it to the hilt as this smart modern residence in Slovakia does.
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.
The new open plan living area flows into the cool dining space that overlooks the deck outside with the small kitchen in white sitting next to it. A drawing room sits between the living room and the kitchen and acts as a connecting and transitional zone. Two relaxing bedrooms and a bathroom on the top level complete the exquisite makeover that finds a balance between modernity and classic elegance!
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.