Delicately Vintage and Modern – Lake House, Gloucestershire, UK
Contemporary house designs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but one of the prevailing trends at the moment seems to be the reinterpretation of the old into new structures. This is precisely what the Gloucestershire, UK-located Lake House achieves. On the outside, it is a simple wooden structure with a basic volumetric design and numerous terraces. It seamlessly integrates into the landscape with lush vegetation and an impeccable expanse of water at its feet, due to its warm wooden façade. Both its levels make heavy use of glazing and glass panes, in order to maximize the view to the lake for the tenants, as well as allow the interiors to generously bask in plenty of natural light.
Like many other contemporary house designs, the interior features an open living room, as well as interior design dominated by discrete neutral colors – off white, pearly grey and warm oak tones. The decorative elements and furniture are illustrative of eclecticism, for the most part. There are classical-looking items, such as the white desk chair in the study and the French-door shaped mirror in the day area. There are easily recognizable modern functional items, such as the IKEA stepping stool in the kitchen, as well as the entire range of kitchen cabinets, counters and surfaces. But there is also an unmistakable, irreplaceable British type of charm to the place, with lots of textured fabrics, a four-poster bed entirely covered in brown, a self-standing tub in the bathroom and a wonderful vintage console in massive wood in one of the bedrooms.