There is something innately beautiful about churches that have been transformed to serve a different purpose in the ever-changing world. While we have seen some being altered into breathtaking bookstores and libraries most often old churches find a new lease on life as unique and dramatic contemporary homes.
The use of skylights and natural openings usher in plenty of light even as the simple earthen color scheme creates an inviting ambiance. The L-shaped edifice houses a large living area at its heart with the dining room and meeting room on one side and the dorm room and kitchen on the other.
Apart from the framed glass door that swings open to connect the living area and the backyard a large glass window next to a custom wooden bench in the living room completely opens up the interior to the world outside. This allows the brick wall covered with Boston Ivy to become a part of the living space visually giving the Holden Street House a hint of green goodness!
Then there is that incredible connectivity with nature which leaves you mesmerized as you enjoy the constantly changing sights and sounds outside. Bringing all this and a whole lot more to the table is the fascinating in Arizona deisgned by Kevin B Howard Architects.
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 entry of the home offers complete privacy while the gorgeous living area laced with glass windows opens up towards the lush green grassland and the farms that surround the house.
Modern extensions to classic homes often take inspiration from the existing setting and the idea is to find that delicate balance between the existing and the new with one space flowing into the other.