A metal and wood staircase leads to the top level that contains the private spaces which follow the neutral color scheme and recreate the inviting ambiance of the living area below. With time the exterior is expected to weather and age beautifully adding a dynamic and exquisite cloak to this expansive house.
Sustainability is the key factor that drives every little aspect of the The Cave with 90 percent of all materials used in the construction of the house being derived from ranches and sandbanks around it. Old metal sheets and hardwood were sourced from an abandoned railway track nearby while earth and stone from the site were cleverly used to create a perfectly insulated yet airy living space.
Designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects this 160-acre homestead was abandoned for over three decades before its current owners turned the lot into a hub for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle that puts nature in pole position. Nestled in the picturesque the design of the house draws its inspiration from the classic barn structure.
A renovation that relied on opening up the interior with a series of sliding floor doors the makeover completely altered the ambiance indoors by bringing in a flood of natural light. A more open plan living area saw the living space kitchen and dining room becoming one as previous walls were brought down in favor of a more free-flowing interior.
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.
There is a reason why most modern homeowners and designers prefer the comfort of neutrals. A background clad in neutral hues gives you flexibility allowing for a change in color scheme with the simple swap of accents down the line.
The presence of this ply clad addition saves space helps in better organization of the rest of the house and also delineates the kids’ playroom from the living area without the use of additional walls.