Mountain house

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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As it begins to be autumn, many of us are imagining escaping to a mountain house for a long weekend to admire that breathtaking view of hills dressed in brilliantly colourful leaves. A mountain house can be one of the nicest retreats, offering scenery that is equally lovely in every season, from the snow-covered peaks of winter to the green, flowered pastures of summer.  And, of course, the mountains offer a variety of activities, from skiing and hiking to curling up with a good book in front of the fire.  So today we take a look at a beautiful mountain house in the Tarvisio forest  of the Julian Alps, just a few kilometres from the Austrian and Slovenian borders. The renovation work was completed by the Italian architecture firm  ABC Arconsulting.

Two to three

Originally, the building was developed only on two levels and had a surface area of 124 m². In the internal restructuring, a mezzanine was created and the surface was increased to 163 m². This photo shows the second floor and a bit of the mezzanine, with stairs hinting at a level below. Note the presence of the exposed beams and the important role that the slope of the roof plays in the visual aspect of the home. These qualities help to create that rustic, mountain appeal.

A new distribution

The original floor plan, as mentioned, was spread over only two levels: on the first floor you could find a living room,  kitchen and two bedrooms with bathrooms. 

After the renovation, the living room and kitchen are located on the second floor, overhung by a mezzanine to be used as a relaxation area or guest bedroom. The construction of the loft greatly expanded the usable space in the home.

The importance of the attic

The very high attic is what allowed the designers to play with the space and increase the size, using not only the horizontal surface, but also using the vertical. In this way it was possible to create the loft, the real star of this mountain home. From this relaxation area, you can look down on the sloping ceiling and levels below, a vista that echoes the view from the top of a mountain. Glass partitions keep you from leaning too far, however!

Sandblasted wood

Originally the house was finished in a walnut colour, but to standardize the new and the old, all woodwork was sandblasted and bleached. Now the finishing of the roof and walls are in fir. The omnipresence of the pale wood colour brings a hint of minimal design to the rustic home. 

A restful night

Since the kitchen and living areas were moved upstairs, the first floor now holds three bedrooms. Here, we see again the intersection of the rustic and the modern. The wood panelling and dark colours of the bedding suggest the comfort and restfulness we associate with a mountain retreat, while the glass shower and spacious tub speak to an updated luxury. The perfect place for a restful sleep after a day in the mountain air!

A roaring fire

Finally, what mountain home would be complete without a fireplace to gather around? This modern glass structure adds glass and style to the home all on its own, and even more so when it houses a roaring fire!

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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