Imagine then the creativity and the diligence it takes to transform old structures that were never intended to be homes into sparkling contemporary houses. Today we have that prove pretty much anything is possible with a touch of ingenuity and plenty of effort.
Large glass doors and windows ensure that the exterior courtyard seems like a natural extension of the living space. Even the indoor pool is surrounded by sliding glass doors that quickly blur the lines between both worlds! A multitude of textures including concrete stone and wood are used to create a remarkably elegant home.
Creating a perfect blend of unadulterated old world charm and posh contemporary style is the Cat Hill Barn in Yorkshire. This 16th-Century English barn has an exterior that is left untouched while the sweeping spaces indoors are fragmented into smaller specific areas with the use of stone walls a fireplace and lighting. A state-of-the-art kitchen in black seems to blend effortlessly with the more rustic ambiance of the home and the private quarters are housed on the top level.
A beautifully curated garden leads the way to the grand private entrance of the house. Architects used a mix of Brazilian Ipe wood and glass to shape the exterior of the residence while aluminum louvers were used to keep out the harsh Miami sun.
The first thing you notice as you step off of the elevator that opens directly into the penthouse is the soaring glass atrium that allows sunlight to flood the entire apartment. The design’s musical references become more and more apparent as your eye traces the rich wood of the floor and dramatic fret-like staircase that mimics the neck of a violin.