A very compact house by Dock4 Architecture has a distinctive white cube shape.
Just a simple two storey cement box, it sits deep on a hillside facing north (to the sun in the southern hemisphere)
Materials are raw and unfinished low cost materials covering the larger areas.
Instead, high quality materials used in just a few openings establish a polished finish at a low cost overall.
Notwithstanding its few windows, the white box opens from three sides.
Its two large openings act as both door and window.
Inside, the cube shape encases a loft format with the bedroom suspended within the upper volume.
Light comes from three sides, the full glazing across the
Double height glazing brings abundant light deep into the cube.
The clever kitchen island takes the form of a thick slab of wood that puts all the storage within easy reach – and well lit.
A window at the top of the stair is extruded from the surface.
This ensures a view through into the landscape the staircase both ascending and descending.
The 100 sq m cube house is on Bonnet Hill, Tasmania, an island off the southern Australian coast.
If you’ve been dreaming of remodeling your kitchen but you don’t have an extra $50,000 on hand, take heart in the fact that you can give your kitchen the remarkable look and feel of an instant upgrade by focusing on a few key areas. Sometimes, it doesn’t take a top-to-bottom renovation of new cabinets, appliances, floor and backsplash. Sometimes you can get away with a lot less. Here are a few ideas on some quick, easy, and relatively affordable changes to transform your kitchen.
Change the kitchen cabinet hardware.
At a cost of only $100 or less, changing door knobs, handles and pulls can make an amazing difference in the look of your kitchen. With this one simple change, you can take a kitchen from country to contemporary, from farmhouse to fifties retro.
Change outdated faucets.
Faucets tend to attract a lot of attention. For maximum impact, give your faucet a facelift. You’ll be amazed at how the rest of your kitchen gets a lift too.
Change your light fixtures.
A simple fixture switch can take your kitchen from mundane to magnificent.
Try peel and stick tiles.
Got a backsplash that you just can’t stand? Or perhaps you have no backsplash at all? Peel and stick tiles can make a remarkable change to your kitchen by giving it a vibrant new focal point. For instance:
Use paint to change the atmosphere.
A simple paint job can totally transform your kitchen, from drab to cheerful, from plain to soothing or cozy.
What other inexpensive things can you do to give your kitchen a style lift?
- Add artwork
- Change out kitchen accessories. Even something as simple as tea towels can make a difference, as well as new barstools and small appliances.
- Clear the clutter. Nothing can go farther to making your kitchen feel more spacious and stylish than clearing off the countertops!
Glossy citified black contrasts with wind-bleached timber and polished concrete for a holiday getaway from Auckland’s Fearon Hay Architects.
The elegant escape is on Great Barrier Island, a short boat trip away from the mainland in the Hauraki Gulf.
It is sited near several older rural farm buildings on the very isolated island.
A polished concrete pad is set within the wooden deck like a rug.
The open central pavilion recalls a camping tradition in which two enclosed spaces are linked by a tarpaulin stretched between them.
An outdoor fireplace makes an aesthetic statement while meeting a super-safe building code – you are on your own if fires start.
Bedroom wings to each side can be closed up completely when not in use.
Black metal screens that are permeable open or close the sleeping ‘sheds’ to each side of the pavilion.
Matching modules cut from band-sawn plywood cladding and stained black echo the elegant elongated screens.
The architects have created an understated holiday retreat with a casual yet elegant minimalism despite its economical materials.