A house on a cliff

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Building upon the frame of an existing 1970s-era structure, this house, which is suspended on a narrow limestone ridge halfway down a cliff, has unparalleled views over Lake Austin in Texas. The re-work was completed by Specht Harpman to suit an elderly couple, as originally, it had an unsuitable entrance with a dangerous exterior ramp. Now, guests and occupants enter via a pavilion that overlooks the lake and opens out onto a large rooftop herb garden. The home, which stands at three levels, is treated to a view of the lake and limestone cliff at various angles. Inside, the material palette is a melange of salvaged furniture, put together via a collection of saved industrial parts. Innovative and dramatic, the following house is sure to blow you away. Take a look…

Minimalist façade

Cliff Dwelling: modern Houses by Specht Architects
Specht Architects

Cliff Dwelling

Specht Architects

The outside of this home is really something special. Evoking a sense of cubism and minimalism, we're totally hooked on the strict geometry and subtle material palette that has been selected for the exterior. Though the style stands out against the rugged, natural surroundings, it is obvious that the height of the property has been toned down to ensure the house doesn't disturb the environment it is situated upon. 

Modern living room

Cliff Dwelling: eclectic Living room by Specht Architects
Specht Architects

Cliff Dwelling

Specht Architects

The mix of maroon, white and pale timber in this space is nothing short of spectacular. With a naturalistic industrial feel, we feel as though we are looking at a gallery thanks to the incredible choice of furniture pieces and the walls which have been lined with pieces of artwork. We can see the personality of the occupants shine through in this space, realising from the first moment that these people have a penchant for art and furniture. You can also see how much of an impact the floor to ceiling glazing has on the space, bathing the room in natural light and illuminating every single corner.

Industrial style kitchen & dining room

Cliff Dwelling: eclectic Dining room by Specht Architects
Specht Architects

Cliff Dwelling

Specht Architects

The kitchen is open plan in layout and composition, with the island cleverly able to be moved around on a set of wheels. So, should the occupants wish to make the space tighter or larger, perhaps for entertaining or an intense cooking session, they have the liberty to manipulate the space to suit their needs. Storage has clearly been resolved, with the majority of the wall space used to keep pots, pans and dry items. Even down to the lights, we feel as though we are in the heart of an industrial, warehouse-style kitchen.

Industrial style bedroom

Cliff Dwelling: eclectic Bedroom by Specht Architects
Specht Architects

Cliff Dwelling

Specht Architects

We have to say, we're rather in awe of the industrial style bedroom furniture that has been chosen for this space. The large green wheels under the bed are a real feature, and are highlighted wonderfully by the serene, maritime colour scheme that has been selected for this room. From the small desk in the corner to the mysterious trunk at the side of the bed, every trinket and furnishing adds to the character and charm of this space.

Modern children's bedroom

Cliff Dwelling: eclectic Nursery/kid’s room by Specht Architects
Specht Architects

Cliff Dwelling

Specht Architects

The designers have proven that it's even possible to create a cosy and modern children's bedroom. Though it is minimal in furnishings, the attention to detail is evident—from the cleverly hidden storage units beneath the stairs, to the recesses in the walls being used as a display shelf. Though some might argue the personality of the child is subdued with such a stark surrounding, it will in fact, teach them to be neat and tidy at an early age, putting away all their possessions out of sight when not in use.

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