Have a look at this home perfectly blending traditional features with a contemporary feel! When approached by the head of a family of seven for a house makeover, the architects at Marcus & Willers kept the facade of this 1965 sea ranch style home intact, while adding plenty of functional features. “The renovation project included a new two-car attached garage, a new main bedroom suite, the addition of a library and new bedroom above, replacing all windows, electrical and plumbing in the house, installing a radiant floor heating system, and finally, replacing the vertical grain redwood siding and the exterior decks”, explained the architects.
Moreover, the landscape was completely redesigned with the addition of a lap pool, shade structure and fire ring. Once inside, you will soon be overwhelmed by the serene feel of this residence located on the Sonoma Coast in California. Spacious rooms, plenty of wood and original decorations make this place holiday-inspiring.
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic