Adding to its sustainability quotient is the fact that the structure was built around an existing cedar tree also giving it a sense of exclusivity. With reduced energy consumption a rainwater harvesting system and a reflective roof the house does all it can to cut down on its carbon footrprint.
If there is one thing that winter reminds us of each year it is the value of a home with proper insulation. Nestled in a lovely little neighborhood of Spain is a private residence that was originally built in 1984
The exterior of in uses natural and aged materials that include travertine blocks in various shades giving it a unique and exceptional façade. This is combined with rusticated timber concrete and steel to shape a house that blends complete privacy with lovely outdoor living spaces.
Adding a contemporary extension to a timeless structure is always a risky proposition as one needs to take both the aesthetic and structural demands into consideration. Architects decided to go for a glazed glass pavilion with a dark steel and aluminum frame so as to make the transition from the stone walls to the contemporary materials as elegant as possible.
While the more classic exterior blends in with the style of the other homes in the locality the interior and the backyard seem to be inspired by a sleek minimal style that embraces a neutral color palette.
Cleverly placed wooden surfaces and furnishings such as the timeless Cherner bar stools usher in some much needed warmth and textural contrast. A fabulous modern kitchen and a dashing dining space complete the lower level along with a pool house that opens up towards the backyard.
The owners of the home wanted a quick renovation that not only altered the existing floor plan and ambiance of the house but also improved its insulation and energy efficiency several fold. Taking on this task of refurbishment while giving the landscape outside a new revitalized look architects from ÁBATON Arquitectura completely transformed this three-decade-old Spanish home.