With an unabated view of the majestic valley below this cool home was once a simple cottage that needed an extension and revamp thanks to the growing needs of the family. In came architect Matt Elkan who transformed the space while keeping the cozy cottage style firmly intact.
Clad in wood concrete steel and glass the home embraces an unfinished and almost industrial style. The pool large terrace smart kitchen and living area form the core of the house with two bedrooms on the bottom level and a home office on the top floor. A freestanding open-air bathroom and an eye-catching master bedroom steal the show while a separate level houses the maid’s room along with the steam room the laundry room and the pantry.
Bold window frames and shingle-style architecture typify the exterior while the interior is clad in cool neutral hues that seem to be borrowed from both coastal and cottage styles. Exposed wooden beams and metallic surfaces add a dash of industrial charm as well with a salvaged wooden accent wall standing out visually in the front hall.
Whenever we think of gorgeous contemporary homes from South Africa that are draped in luxury we think of expansive residences that invite nature indoors and are imbibed with a touch of African charm. House Serengeti by Nico van der Meulen Architects is one such amazing villa that brings together the unique flavor of the region and modern architecture that is truly global!
From a distance the ingenious roof reminds us of Japanese origami creations and transforms the otherwise simple nature retreat into a dramatic eye-catching structure that is set against an equally awe-inspiring tropical countryside.
Then there are others who are turning to groundbreaking designs like shipping container homes and versatile prefab metallic structures to cut back both on carbon footprint and costs. Embracing this green wave is the Main Street House by SHED Architecture & Design in.
An open living area with a spacious dining room to entertain guests and a lovely kitchen with ample ventilation defines the house. A simple study that is partially connected with the living room three bedrooms with large glass windows to offer unobstructed views and three contemporary baths complete the house.