A remodel can easily bring out the contemporary possibilities in old houses. Take as example this San Francisco home imagined by Dijeau Poage Construction – a home opened to the surroundings and prepared for a modern lifestyle. Inviting natural light inside through a series of glass additions like floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the outdoor on the ground level and first floor and glass guardrails on the three terraces overlooking the backyard. The original Craftsman house is located in Cow Hollow, San Francisco, and retains its original charm even with the addition of 2.090 square feet of new living space.
According to the architects, “structural upgrades required a complete footing replacement and lowering the basement floor level.” The beautiful floating wood and glass staircase shines as focal point in an open and bright new home. The wood shaping this defining interior element came from a native black walnut tree removed from the backyard before remodeling started. Keeping a clean design line in the backyard, architects used Ipe wood, Bluestone and architectural concrete to compose a welcoming outdoor environment and complete the attractiveness of this elegant San Francisco remodel.
Take a good look at the facade and interiors and let us know which design element caught your attention, we’d love to know.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic