With a simple white backdrop the living room offers a perfect canvas to bring in essentially different materials and textures like the snazzy Moroccan rug (which is still pretty modern) a stone coffee table and the minimal modern fireplace.
Since we are in Brazil there is absolutely no escaping the strong influence of ‘life on the beach’ with curated artwork and fascinating photo collages making their presence felt in the bedroom and dining area.
The idea here was to not just fashion a home that connects with the panoramic scenery but also to incorporate design flexibility and adaptability that lets it grow along with the needs of the homeowners.
While one of the two volumes holds the living room kitchen and dining space the other contains three bedrooms two bathrooms an attic and a terrace. The color palette inside the house is filled with earthen hues with stone adobe and cane dominating much of the setting while the red grass sun roof outside seems to extend this ‘nature-centric’ theme.
The lowest level contains a guest room along with a laundry room and a smart hall while the first floor holds the living room kitchen and dining space. The top two levels contain the master bedroom bathrooms and additional bedrooms and offer a great view of the city landscape and beyond.
Viewed from the street the novel extension is almost invisible and it only becomes a part of the home’s visual once you step in. This was an essential component of the overall design as it kept the historic appeal of the house unaltered while the extension with glass walls and large floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors brought in ample natural ventilation.
Uncomplicated in its design and responding to the unique demands of the countryside in which it sits Casa Chontay manages to combine serenity and comfort with traditional construction techniques.