This California-style bungalow is called Elwood House in Australia and was renovated by the Splinter Society architectural office. Based on the owner’s various personal items, interests and travel locations, the designers have created a home that is both narrative and rich in texture.
The architects decided to create a house full of simple but meaningful details. They drew inspiration from bungalow architecture as well as rustic Japanese aesthetics to create an elegant yet unpretentious living space. By integrating the client’s diverse collection, the objects also form a deep, personal connection to the spaces for a more meaningful function.
Keeping the existing house and its traditional character, the distribution includes the characteristic side entrance of the bungalow, the central hall and adjoining small rooms. In keeping with the standard bungalow style, the new interiors use dark local woods offset against stucco and hard plaster, creating a textured palette of materials and a play of color and light. To maintain a cozy cottage feel, the renovation focuses on a sense of privacy and connection to the garden. Small and tailor-made for you, each room specializes in one function and can be expanded into a larger meeting space. The enlarged areas feel like a private retreat: relaxing, warm, safe and unassuming.
The landscape surrounding the house inevitably became part of the design. From the entrance, the garden offers a sense of privacy and refreshes the traditional architecture. The garden is framed by openings throughout the house, creating continuous connections to the outside world. To the rear of the property, the garden offers the ultimate retreat including a modest pool and stunning greenery.