It is a curated balance of the natural and the man-made with the central courtyard acting as the common social zone. Flanked by the public and private wings of the house on one side and an outdoor living area along with a series of fruit trees on the other the courtyard is both spacious and secluded.
Since the couple worked from home incorporating a full-fledged home office that offered privacy and smart functionality was another important part of the home’s design. Built on a tight budget by KEM STUDIO the inviting house uses a white and wood color palette to usher in a sense of harmony even while inviting the outdoors inside.
A ground source heat pump and a wood-fired boiler provide additional heating in the winter months while the smart system of shades ensure that there is absolutely no necessity of air conditioning in the summer months. Essentially this is a farmhouse that cuts back on power consumption and aims to reduce its carbon footprint as much as possible.
Along with the glass roof a series of floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a revitalized floor plan completely changed the aura of this Welsh family home. Using smart structural analysis unnecessary old load bearing walls and pillars were done away with to create a more open free-flowing interior.
Local building techniques were used to craft each the homes with minimal on-site impact and almost every existing tree on the lot was carefully preserved. The Forest House is a perfect example of a stunning sensible and eco-friendly modern residence that finds the often elusive balance between nature comfort and serenity.
A view of the distant mountains and the countryside add to the relaxing lifestyle at this hillside home even as an open plan living area does away with rigid boundaries on the inside. The kitchen dining and living room flow into one another and lead to the social zone outside.
The true highlight of the office though is the stunning events space at its heart which is integrated with the stairway and offers informal tiered seating. It is this box-style events area that hosts most of the meetings presentations and interactive sessions and is complete with IT and AV functionality. Creative efficient and built on a limited budget this Melbourne office captivates in more ways than one.