A striking stone wall stands at the entry and offers the first dramatic visual element of the home. The gorgeous stone wall seems more rustic than modern and yet it blends in with the overall ‘serene’ appeal of Casa Finestrat.
The neutral white backdrop also allows the young couple to fill their home with ingenious wall art and colorful decorative pieces to usher in an art gallery-inspired look. Large bookshelves sustainable features like the rain garden and green roof and plush décor complete a home that is both contemporary and relaxing at the same time.
The white walls of the residence present a contrasting backdrop even as the carefully carved out niche in the wall doubles as a fun sitting and lounging nook. Step in further and you will come across the smart outdoor sitting zone that is sheltered by the natural contours of the building.
The lower level holds the spacious painting studio that is filled with natural light bedrooms and other utility spaces. Then there is the roof with its minimal terrace small garden and a splendid pool that allows the homeowner to take the very best views that Gaucin has to offer. A central atrium and additional patio bring light into the double height studio where there is ample wall space to display all the latest creations of Joseba Zabaleta.
It is a lot with a giant redwood in the rear yard and a fabulous forest all around in the idyllic village of Guerneville that is the setting for this unique holiday home. Cedar plays a major role in shaping the exterior of the house and its presence lends warmth uniqueness and brings a traditional vibe to the retreat. Step inside and a neutral color palette using gray white and black completely alters the visual and breezy modern ergonomics take over.
A terraced deck with garden planters forms the central axis of the solarium with a roaring fireplace at the entry and relaxing seating welcoming the homeowners and guests gleefully. With a translucent polycarbonate cladding and wooden lattice structure there is plenty of geometric contrast and filtered sunlight here for you to soak in. Simple in its form and rustic in theme it is this gorgeous eco-friendly hub that makes this Canadian home so very special.
It is one thing to turn a forgotten old home into a cheerful and comfortable setting suited to the needs of a modern family. But the task becomes much more challenging when you need to convert a mid-century bungalow into a trio of modest dwellings along with a cool solarium at the heart of it all.