Nestled aloft the Watchung Hills, in New Jersey, USA, there is a recently constructed home that truly defines old world craftsmanship. Just over 6,000 square feet, this timber-framed home was designed and built by the artisans at Interior Design Arts, who dedicated their passion for natural aesthetics and fused it with modern amenities to transform this home into a magnificent work of art. A masterpiece in itself, this home possesses immeasurable charm from the hand-crafted woodwork and exposed timber beams to the custom copper accents and exposed brick walls.
Upon entering the home, the rounded entrance foyer seems to embrace guests as the custom concrete and wood floor lead the way to a wide-open living space. Stucco walls and turret ceilings add to this fusion of art, luxury, comfort and function. The richly stained concrete floor is accented by contrasting wood and river rock inlays and oversized, imported privacy windows frame the two acres of forest and greenery that surround the property.
In the center of this great room, a two-sided stone fireplace towers over 20 feet and seems to disappear into the timber posts and beams ceiling. On the opposite side, the gourmet kitchen boasts original, high-end stainless steel appliances, a custom wooden island with rounded drawers and floating cabinets. With a large eating and sitting area and a sizable yet inviting brick fireplace, this kitchen is perfect for both entertaining guests and intimate family dinners.
Making your way to the second floor, a floating staircase of stainless steel and wood leads you to the master bedroom complete with an open master bath that features one-of-a kind handmade copper his-and-her sinks commode and soaking tub. Throughout the home, modern and old world styles effortlessly fuse and define extraordinary yet timeless. This Watchung masterpiece composed of natural building materials, heated floors and ductless air conditioning systems provides dust free, healthy environment and wonders with its efficiency. Despite its unique and luxurious design, the home’s grandeur is juxtaposed by many natural elements that create a sense of strength and safety. From each handpicked stone and imported timber to the love and inspiration that went into its creation, a home like this can never be replicated. [photos and information received via e-mail from Mishka Kluk of Interior Design Arts ]
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
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