Turning a 1980s country house into a that stands out from the crowd and welcomes you in a serene and sensational fashion this fabulous renovated residence in Los Angeles was transformed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios. The elegant conversion takes into account both the heritage of the structure its current needs and tomorrow’s design trends as it aims to become a bridge between a lovely past and the ergonomic future. It is slate roof tiles and tongue-and-groove siding of gray-painted cedar that shape the distinct exterior of the home along with a gabled roof and two-story brise soleil.
Villa Rijpwetering is all about relaxed Dutch living at its elegant best with the lavish house opening up towards the water views outside thanks to the large glass façade. An expansive wooden deck and series of terraces connect the home with the boat docks and the dwelling seems to gently float above the water when viewed from a distance.
Jaw-dropping cantilevered structures are also pretty popular but this beautiful and cheerful home in designed by Randy Bens Architect went down the path of white brick glass and dark cedar. It is a combination that is distinctive exceptional and definitely brings the ‘wow factor’ to a contemporary space.
Glazed corner windows influence both the visual appeal of the exterior and the functionality indoors by allowing the homeowners to easily utilize even the tiniest of corner nooks while dark cedar ushers in textural contrast.
The wooden staircase acts as a spatial feature by separating the kids’ wing of the home from the adult bedroom on the top level while adding sculptural beauty to the open living area on the ground floor. The stairwell also brings natural light to the basement level and acts as a common connecting thread between the various floors.
It is this simplicity of design that gives the its uniqueness and leaves ample space for the garden the series of outdoor living spaces and the ponds all around it. Creating a natural oasis amidst the urban chaos the home seems to disconnect with the city landscape and gives its retired homeowners a delightful escape.
Much of the original silhouette of the house was retained and given a modern upgrade with the reflecting pond a fabulous bridge and the brise soleil creating a stunning entrance. This image of tranquility is further enhanced as artificial lighting takes over after sunset with the illumination fashioning an atmosphere of inviting warmth.