Built into the hillside, the house has terraces positioned at ground floor level and on the first floor to catch the sun at all times of the day. The house was devised for the landscape, says the owner. Everything was taken into consideration, from the direction of the wind to the position of the sunrise, to design a house that is impeccably engineered. The owners’ renovation was more of an update, as they did not want to harm the architectural integrity of the house. We wanted to keep it unpretentious but comfortable and relaxing.
The house was stripped back to its bare bones so the wiring and plumbing could be updated. The internal layout was then reinstated using superior and more up-to-date materials. A carpenter was commissioned to make new doors and windows to a design that was sympathetic to the original exterior.
The vast expanse of bare stone wall – a striking remnant of the original 1970s design – dominates and helps to emphasise the cavernous space that is the living room. An open fire, and discreetly hidden central heating, warms the vast room for, as the owner says, the altitude here means that the winters are pretty cold and snowy. Even in summer, it can get quite chilly in the evenings.
In renovating the house, the owners made certain that plenty of bare wood and stone was used so the original aesthetic of the 1970s design remained in place.
The trees that shade the steps leading to the swimming pool were all planted by the owners father. They help to cultivate the otherwise entirely barren slope he had bought to build on.