This was accomplished by keeping the structure of the home simple and minimal. It is the wooden ceiling and the concrete floor that act as two simple planes that define the residence with the glass walls creating flexible boundaries between the interior and the garden outside. The interaction between indoor and outdoor spaces is seamless and one feels as if surrounded by the lovely garden while sitting in the living area or the family room.
The steel and wooden structure of the house itself seems to float above the ground in an effortless fashion and adds to the relaxing atmosphere at the Ocean Eye. A large pool and serene garden complete life at this stunning Costa Rican home where nature comfort and ocean-side goodness come together with panache.
Bringing refined contemporary aesthetics and relaxed modern living to a predominantly rural landscape in Ukraine is all about enjoying the outdoors in a sheltered fashion. Nestled on one of the five Kharkiv hills the dashing contemporary residence is covered in a series of wooden slats and blinds that filter in natural sunlight even while offering complete privacy.
Features such as the stone walls in the kitchen and the bathroom and the striking ‘sabina beams’ have been carefully preserved while the newly added gorgeous window frames along with the concrete and white chalk-plastered stone walls aim to recreate the magic of the past. It is this fusion that gives the modest retreat its exceptional character and transports you back in time to a simpler period.
What was previously the driveway and garage was turned into the new courtyard and a series of stepped terraces and an open central space now welcome you in style. Clad in Pennsylvania bluestone the entrance presents a mere preview into the greater grandeur that lies within the home.
The unique design of the house organization of various rooms and the natural 3-meter slope of the lot on which it sits ensures that the entrance utility rooms ad garage are placed on a level that is inherently lower that the living quarters bedrooms and the beautiful terrace.
These generous outdoor spaces extend the indoor living area and create an opportunity for al fresco dining and living even while promising complete privacy. The presence of a hot tub that overlooks the waterways and minimal seating add to the opulence of the setting.