It’s difficult to define the things that make a house feel like a home or the characteristics that a dream home should have to actually be everything that its owners wished for. Obviously, no two dream houses are alike and it’s this uniqueness that actually makes them perfect for those using them. How do you imagine your dream home would be like? Where would it be located and what style would you choose for it? Would it be big or small, would it have a pool and what would you like to see when you look out the window? These are not simple questions so perhaps you should let yourself be inspired by the choices others made.
The Wall House doesn’t just have two swimming pools, although we could see how such a detail would be a good feature for a dream home. What makes this house really stand out is the fact that while one of the pools is on the patio, the other one is suspended above it. There’s water beneath and above you and it’s like entering a whole new world. The experience is unique and extraordinary.
This wonderful dream house was designed by Guedes Cruz Architectos. They completed the project in 2013. Concrete, glass and wood are the main materials used throughout. The house is located in Cascais, Portugal and its large windows open it to the gold and the sea, bringing the outdoors in and allowing the fresh breeze and the serene views to become a part of the interior decor.
Hidden in the rainforest, with views over the tree canopies
We can’t decide what’s more dreamy, to live in the middle of the rainforest with nothing but lush greenery and beautiful trees around you or to have an infinity pool on the rooftop and to admire the distance views over the canopies while enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The owners of this dream house in Sao Paulo don’t have to choose because they have it all.
The house was designed by Studio MK27 and it sits in a clearing on the coastline. It was named The Jungle House because of the dense vegetation that surrounds it. The architects took maximum advantage of the location and the views by placing all the main living areas on the upper floor, alongside the pool.
Of course, the architects were also careful to show respect for the land and to minimize the building’s impact on the surroundings. Their goal was to create a strong connection between the indoor and outdoor areas and to establish a natural interaction between the building’s architectural elements and the land that surrounds it.
Shaped by nature, built out of pure materials
This cottage may not look like much and it’s true that it doesn’t have any impressive architectural features but it gets to stand out in a different way. You can find this retreat on the Seascape Banks Peninsula, in New Zealand. It’s meant to be a remote destination and it’s set into an exposed rocky escarpment, on the Northern side of a volcano formation.
This is a beautiful retreat for honeymoons or romantic getaways. It sits close to the water and it offers serene and relaxing views in the distance but at the same time it captures the ruggedness of the rocky surroundings.The cottage was designed and built by the Pattersons office. They completed the project in 2013. The interior is organized into a lobby, a living room that can also be used as the sleeping area and a bathroom. They total 110 square meters.
A modern-day fort overlooking the sea
These days you don’t see many castles or fortifications. The architecture has evolved to be more focused on comfort and aesthetics than on the defensive elements. That’s why it’s unusual to see a house that revisits some of these concepts. This is a property situated in Muriwai, New Zealand. It occupies 470 square meters of space and it was a project by Petterson Associates.
The refreshing thing about the house is the way in which it responds to its surroundings. The building is designed to withstand the weather conditions on the site and to be defensive and imposing at the same time. It offers its owners lots of privacy but it also allows them to be close to nature and to enjoy the outstanding views.
The house features a courtyard that offers protection against the wind and the sea spray coming from the ocean side. The harsh coastal environment is tamed in a beautiful and very practical manner. The architects also used a number of other design strategies to ensure the comfort and happiness of their clients. For instance, they have the house large overhangs and a strategically-organized floor plan that responds to their needs.
Family home expansion embraces the slope
A person’s needs and preferences change over time so what at one point used to be the perfect home can start to look a bit too small as the family grows. It’s what happened in Ballarat, Australia on a site that used to be occupied by a small house with only two bedrooms. The owners reached a point when they needed more space so they asked Moloney Architects to help them with this.
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