Here’s a sweet pair of homes, built together by splitting a corner lot. Almost the same, but not quite, the two play off each other to create two new units where only one might have otherwise stood. Even better, they were built on a budget with high energy standards in mind and yet never skimped on design quality to satisfy either of those aims.
I love how their simple forms and simple materials work nicely together, with the vertical striations on the standing seem metal roof and wall panels pairing nicely with the deeply coloured horizontal wood boards. The clean detailing wherever two surfaces meet lets the houses read like idyllic forms, sketches made real and resting lightly on the land.
Inside, the covered porch/portico under the pitched roof continues through the ample window to create a lofty living space. I also really dig the large rolling barn doors that lead to the office and the bedrooms at the back of the house. And with the kitchen pushed out into the wood-covered extension, the exposed rafters and roof ridge can continue back from the front room to lend the house a very expansive and bright feeling.
This is some good stuff going on here. Two homes built with purpose and flair, showing that good design and “everyday typical housing” are not incompatible or impossible. Nicely done.
Two Houses on Oak Hill Avenue by Studio 804.