150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)
Hampden Lane House
Architect: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: Bethesda, MD, USA
Photography: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
Architect Robert M. Gurney received a commission to build a house for a young entrepreneur who disliked the Craftsman-style house on the plot of land he’d purchased. This led to the demolition of the existing structure on the site. It was replaced by a more environmentally conscious house that provides comfortable, efficient living spaces and embraces a minimalist design.
The house’s design was a deliberate departure from the typical architecture of other local homes. It’s important to keep in mind what fits a homeowner’s unique taste, not just what will make a home blend in.
Designed as a cube with no unused or underutilized spaces, this house occupies a third less area than the original structure, and was placed to allow the greenery surrounding the house to shine.
A minimalist approach to house-planning can maximize the use of available space. Avoid excessive use of partitions and use built-in cabinets instead of armoires and dressers to free up space.