Color is a rarity inside this transformed Belgian home with warm wooden tones providing the necessary contrast even while playing into the overall ‘modern-minimal’ look. The rejigged floor plan places the kitchen in the spacious attic with the bedroom and bathroom on the lower level opening up towards the pool and garden area.
A separate wing on the lower level contains the master suite and is connected with the main wing using a glass and steel walkway. A stylish fireplace delineates the dining area and family room on the ground floor even as a fascinating staircase steals the spotlight with its ingenious design that turns the space underneath into a Zen-style escape.
The distinctive design of the residence came about by combining the homeowners’ desire for a multi-generational home that will serve them well for years to come with the vision of the architects that tapped into the 17-degree slope of the lot. It is the ground level that contains the sparkling glass-walled central kitchen dining and living space that flows into the green garden and pool area outside.
Thanks to the U-shaped structure of the residence the homeowners enjoy complete privacy as they spend time in the courtyard even as the street façade keeps away prying eyes. A separate living area for guests and the master suite are also integrated visually with the rear yard. Warm lighting adds another layer of intrigue to this California home that breaks away from the mundane.
Even though it is hard to look beyond the intricately and expertly designed series of water features the home itself presents a spacious open living area on the lower level with the private quarters nestled on the top floor.
Minimal to its core the new interior of is draped in cool neutral hues with white and shades of gray being the dominant colors. Black is used sparingly throughout the house to anchor the interior and to highlight distinct architectural features.
Bedrooms on the second floor a dining space and bathrooms receive a healthy dose of natural light thanks to the presence of skylights even as a neutral color scheme modern décor (with a few midcentury classics thrown in) and beautiful wooden cabinets ensure that you never feel cluttered inside this residence. For a Victorian home that sits on a lot that is just it does feel like a masterful makeover!