French farm-style home transforms into a house for fun, games, and quality family time thanks to unexpected and clever design solutions. Giving a new life to this 300 years old agricultural building and adapting it to a modern lifestyle, special accessibility needs, and memorable design stylistics, without betraying its identity, was quite a task.
The design team from Collectif Encore accepted the challenge and turned the old farmhouse into a sustainable, flexible, and comfy modern home. Great attention to intelligent design, nature orientated rhythms, and accessibility was paid during the redesign process.
The creation of covered terraces (buffer volumes) was one of those sustainability – clever design touches, which significantly contributes to the bioclimatic efficiency of the building. Thanks to this architectural choice, one of the most picturesque and attractive premises of the house was constructed; the open-air bathroom. Beauty: vintage lion-legged bathtub, dynamic motif of tile patterns and all arranged under the clear countryside sky-inviting you for a fun, leisure time experience.
The sustainability effects ware further enhanced by the lime walls which have a high capacity to store heat in winter and to cool the house in summer, and a micro-perforated thermal curtain which cuts the rays of the sun on hot summer days with a limited impact on the interior brightness of the house.
The sliding front panels are another great design feature for the renovation project, with additional aesthetic value. When they are opened, they disappear, so that the boundaries between nature and building evaporate. And the surrounding nature and gardens are totally worthy of being a part of the family home’s life. The secret garden partially housed under the house’s facade is a marvelous extension of the child’s room: fun, beautiful, and inviting; a design choice that further enhances the home – Nature relationship.
Another memorable design trade of this home is the flexibility of the spaces- usage. This search for practicality midst creativity is another quite trendy streak on the words design scene – is also a significant part of this clever and stylish design project. The search of modern designers for smart ways to assign multiple functions to one element of the décor is not characteristic only for limited urban spaces – it is also quite fun to apply like in this case for a multigenerational farm home.
Here the bedroom floor turns into a workstation, and the staircase railing into a library storage space. When restoring the original construct, the designers left most of the social premises open and generous in height and volume. Nets serve as a space divider in the double-height premises and transform the vacuum into space for games and giant hammocks.
This home project dynamically combines farmhouse past with modern design trades – some with even industrial touches – polished concrete floors, vast glass openings – including a spectacular skylight that entwines with the exposed wooden beams of the A-framed roof. This beauty of combining vintage and romantic past with modern playfulness and comfort is something that many of us homeowners search for.