Finding a secluded and relaxing oasis of green in the rush of an urban landscape is almost impossible at times. But turning an old discarded warehouse into a delightful modern home with its own little hub of green goodness the 10 Glasshouse Street Residence in Richmond is truly one of a kind.
‘Lightness’ was the keyword during both the planning and execution phase as prefab Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) and metallic frame that relied on tension for stability helped pull off a sustainable and mesmerizing retreat.
Replacing an existing ranch home in Orangevale the borrows of midcentury aesthetics while embracing modern ergonomics and a smart indoor-outdoor interplay. Designed for a couple with grown kids the open living area of the house holds the kitchen with twin islands and a dashing dining area; all of which are visually connected with the landscape outside.
The transformation started with the revamping of the lower level to house an open plan living with a neutral color palette. With the clients wanting a relaxing beachside vibe inside the home white pops of blue and subtle coastal style accessories were carefully chosen to achieve the desired look.
It is the new top level that now holds three comfortable bedrooms with an ocean view along with bathrooms and other private areas. A front and rear balcony on this level allow the homeowners to take in the beautiful scenery outside.
Design influences from the Far East have always found space in the western world with the likes of George Nelson and Isamu Noguchi wowing the world with their masterpieces. As the quest of the urban denizen to find tranquility and relaxation grows with each day decorating elements from the East are increasingly becoming more prominent.
Designed to make the most of amazing mountain and valley views even while offering complete privacy for those inside it is a custom timber and steel fence that steals the spotlight here. Wrapping itself around the entire lower level of the private villa the fence acts as the defining feature of the residence and helps create a micro-climate of sorts inside its confines thanks to a beautiful reflecting pool and ample greenery.