But the distinct façade of in California instantly sets it apart from the crowd and this sense of splendor and uniqueness continues indoors thanks to a mesmerizing staircase that leaves you speechless. Designed by Belzberg Architects it is the location of the house the special demands of the lot on which it sits and the leafy landscape that surrounds it that dictate its overall form.
It is the lower level that contains the new kitchen and dining space that are flooded with natural light thanks to the smart use of skylights and light tubes. The space under the staircase is also utilized to the hilt with a series of closed cabinets and a wine storage and display area that is both simple and elegant.
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.
A succession of glass walls and windows towards the west completely opens the home towards the garden and the curated landscape. It is the roof structure that also offers shade for the outdoor dining living and kitchen spaces as the interior seems like an extension of the greenery outside.
A series of sliding glass doors connect these large living spaces with the outdoors and with each home comprising three individual structures that separate the public areas from the private ones there is ample privacy for the homeowners. A second volume contains three bedrooms on the ground floor and the master suit on the top level while a third volume holds the utility areas kitchen and pantry.
Outdoor living is increasingly becoming a more and more important part of modern home design and there are instances when it is the outdoor living and dining space that defines the overall silhouette of the residence. This ingenious contemporary home in Cuenca definitely makes the interaction between the interior and the green outdoors its absolute priority with a unique design that utilizes multiples materials and contrasting finishes.
The 200-year-old Spanish country house is nestled on a small mountain on the scenic northern shore of the island and the revamped structure makes the most of its location by offering unabated views of the landscape distant coastline and beyond. On the outside it is fruit trees and a lush green garden that drape you in a cloak of natural goodness and offer complete privacy while the interior brings together contrasting textures and finishes that create a unique relaxing setting.