But the lineup of eco-friendly features at this Californian ranch is not limited to sustainable farming and ranching practices as the house itself is LEED-Platinum-certified and comes with an array of features like photovoltaic panels that offer clean energy and geothermal radiant heating that cuts back on energy consumption.
One of the hardest parts of home design is to unearth space when none exists. This often means turning to space-saving cabinets and décor that takes up little square footage as well as utilizing clever tricks that give the impression of an airy open interior.
Melbourne seems to be an absolute hotbed for home renovation projects in recent times and today we have another smart and sensible home makeover from the Fitzroy North suburb of the bustling city. Originally built as a modest workers cottage in the 1980s this abode was given a modern upgrade to meet the needs of a young family.
The dramatic 25-feet-high open living area on the lower level contains the living space dining room and kitchen with each area flowing into the next. Instead of completely shunning its past the converted church actually embraces its rich heritage with fabulous stained glass windows bringing pops of yellow red and green into each room.
The color scheme in the living area is kept largely neutral with the warm wooden accents of the kitchen adding textural and visual contrast. The bedrooms and kids’ spaces also use a similar muted backdrop with décor and accessories ushering in curated splashes of color. Practical elegant and resourceful this modern renovation project makes the most of what is on offer!
The lower level contains bedrooms a guest room laundry and additional spaces while it is the second level that houses the main living area kitchen and dining space along with the master suite. It is the step-styled arrangement of the each space that delineates one from the next while minimizing the necessity of walls and partitions.
Building a modern home inside a protected eco-zone is a task that requires both sensitivity towards the natural bio-network that already exists and ingenious architectural solutions that will create a structure that will seem like a natural extension of the landscape.