150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)

308 Mulberry

Architect: Robert M. Gurney Architect

Location: Lewes, DE, USA

Photography: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

The starting point for this project was a two-story house built in the early nineteenth century. The spatial needs for the redesign necessitated remodeling the existing balloon-frame house and building four additional structures. The result more than doubled the area of the original house. Its historic base, however, remains prominent.

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The additions were conceived of as one-story pavilions arranged around a new swimming pool and a large deodor cedar, which is located at the rear of the property.

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Large expanses of glass set in black steel frames are a good contrasting feature against a historic, shingle-clad, and highly detailed construction.

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High ceilings, including cathedral ceilings, can cause voices to echo. Wood paneling can dampen sounds in a room with high ceilings and hard surfaces such as glass and stone.

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In juxtaposition with the primarily white interiors of the existing house, the new living pavilion features mahogany walls and ceilings and basalt flooring. A white marble fireplace complements it all.

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Open riser staircases give a stylish and minimalist look to a home. A tempered glass guardrail satisfies safety requirements while maintaining an airy feel.

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Consider using glass partitions instead of walls, especially in small spaces, to ease the flow of sunlight into a room.

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An existing structure can meld with new generously proportioned, light-filled spaces, proving that the old can comfortably co-exist with a contemporary style.

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