This stunning and understated family home, named the ‘Valhalla Residence’, was designed by RKD Architects and built in the Sierra Mountains near Truckee in California, USA.
Designed to complement the surrounding mountainous environment, the home was designed for a young family looking for serenity, and a private escape high in the mountain region. To promote the beauty of the outdoors, almost every room in this striking home has access to patios, which are on both storeys of the building.
Built mostly from stone, and with exposed timber, the home has a natural feel that is softened by the neutral coloured steel and warm lighting visible both inside and outside of the home. And this is just the outdoor of the home; the inside encapsulates modern, comfortable, and informal family living.
Let’s take an in depth tour of the home and find out what it’s like to live in a hidden family haven amongst the stunning Californian mountain range:
Curved And Straight
The home combines straight lines and a curved roof, a typical contemporary architecture style, but the natural materials soften the shape and give it a natural home in the mountains.
Open Plan Family Living
By applying the same material to each room and throughout the building, the room has an open and informal flow of energy from room to room.
Vast hallways with no obstruction or distractions place the focus on the people inside the home, and the rooms that are linked with the hallways. Natural wooden beams and wooden floorboards keep the home’s natural aura.
Country Living Room
Although the home has a very minimal style, the living room places a focus on comfort, informality, and warmth to create an inviting space for all family members.
Up close, the natural materials used as bricks to this home show their different colours and light diffusing properties. The textures are so beautiful, that no additional décor is required.
Striking Sun Room
A room with a more active feel than the living room, this amalgamation of games room and sun room gives the family a place to escape to enjoy the sun, the environment, and lots of natural light.
A smaller fireplace that is second to the vast and traditional hearth in the main living room, this streamlined fireplace gives this master bedroom room a bit of extra warmth when the colder months arrive.
This home shows that extravagant and stunning homes don’t have to be extrovert in design. The features of this home show that architecture can be the best form of interior design, and that the most important part of getting the home you want is with planning and attention to detail.