Intricate patterns, arched ceilings and warm tones give Moroccan architecture its distinct characteristics. This architectural style is known for giving homes a rich, exotic and inviting appearance. A wonderful example of how Moroccan features provide homes with a whole new look can be seen in our Glassworks Remodel project.
This project involved making several changes to a home by giving it a Moroccan-themed design. The home’s outdoor area now has an exterior living space that features several sitting areas and a gas fireplace for added warmth and relaxation. The Moroccan touches that were incorporated into this area include a ceiling covered with an intricate design in warm tones and a stone fireplace in shades of brown that reaches from floor to ceiling. A simple floor with large, plain tiles gives the area an elegant look and a bit of contrast to the brighter furniture and ceiling colors. Exposed dark wood beams and skylights over the outdoor kitchen and dining areas provide an airy, upscale look. The outdoor kitchen area also has warm wood cabinets and a decorative hanging light fixture that adds an even more exotic touch to the space. Accents, such as colored glass lanterns, also keep the Moroccan theme going throughout the outdoor living area.
Moroccan architecture also includes other features that can be used in homes, such as tiled, arched ceilings done in warm hues, stone columns and intricately carved wooden doorways. Tiles and textiles featuring geometric patterns can also add some Moroccan flair to homes. Warm tones in shades of orange, red, brown and yellow are used extensively in this type of architecture.
If you’re thinking of using Moroccan architecture for all or part of your home, please contact Gelotte Hommas to set up a consultation.
Outdoor space is important, especially if you live somewhere as beautiful as the Pacific Northwest. It’s hard to find anywhere that equals the Northwest in sunny, mild summers, and having the outdoor amenities to fully appreciate the good weather is a must. Designed by Gelotte Hommas Architecture, Lakefront Splendor is a stunning, contemporary example of how to make the most of your outdoor space. Here are some tips on how we best utilized the space:
Incorporate decks to get your best possible view. Lakefront Splendor includes decks both off the master bedroom and in the living and dining rooms. With retractable floor to ceiling windows, these decks give the rooms great connection to the outside space, even during the winter months. Enjoy a nice breeze from inside, or relax on the comfy outdoor seating.
Entertain at night with a cozy fire pit. Surrounded by comfortable seating, a fire pit is an excellent entertainment option for guests. Enjoy s’mores and a bonfire while taking in the beautiful lakeside view.
Soak up the sun with a pool and a garden. Instead of having to choose between a luscious lawn and a sparkling swimming pool, this property designed the pool area to be off to the side, leaving room for homeowners and guests to enjoy both areas equally.
Host BBQs and formal dinners with an array of outdoor dining tables. This property features both traditional and non-traditional dining tables, including a table that holds a fire pit in the center. Either table is perfect for a low-key BBQ or an elegant evening.
If you’re hoping your dream home will include some or all of these amazing elements, contact Gelotte Hommas today to help you achieve your vision!
First impressions are important. When it comes to your home, the first thing guests will see is your front entryway. Having a beautiful and dramatic entrance is an excellent way to set the stage for the many other charming architectural features that friends and family will encounter when visiting for the first time.
If your tastes lean towards the traditional beauty of European architecture, consider adding an evocative Gothic archway. In the Gelotte Hommas designed Lakefront Gothic, the front entrance establishes a romantic and mysterious tone that is carried throughout the rest of the home’s interior design.
A steeply angled roof caps this warm, wooden archway and wrought iron nails punctuate the posts with character. The cutouts over the arch add charm and complete the European-inspired look. This archway also serves as the connection point between two garages on this property, with doors on either side of the arch leading into and out of each garage. Gas lamp style lanterns illuminate the walk-up and provide romantic lighting after dusk. After walking through this archway, guests will feel transported to another time and place.
Exposed beams are usually associated with barns, but they offer a beautiful addition to contemporary homes. Wooden beams can give these homes a rustic look or a clean, modern one, depending on the design and color of wood that’s used. A great example of the clever use of exposed beams in contemporary architecture is the Cabin on Lake Wenatchee, designed by Gelotte Hommas.
This contemporary lake house is filled with wooden beams in several rooms, giving the home an overall rustic and warm look that blends well with the rest of the interior features. The kitchen, living room, dining room and bedrooms all have different styles of wooden beam designs. In areas with lofty ceilings, including the living room, these beams are highlighted by sunlight that comes in through small rectangular windows up near the ceiling. In areas with lower ceilings, including the bedrooms, these beams create a cozy look and feel.
The Cabin on Lake Wenatchee features a few different styles of exposed beams. Some areas have a traditional exposed beam design that includes several beams slanted up toward the ceiling with other beams hanging over the room horizontally at regular intervals. Rooms with flat ceilings feature a simple exposed beam design, where the beams stretch horizontally across entire ceilings made of wood. The home also has several other wood features, including staircases, wood walls and wood furniture, that help accentuate the exposed beams.
Wooden beams can be used in other ways as well, such as in chevron-style patterns for a striking appearance. They can also be painted white to give homes a more streamlined, airy look.
Interested in using wooden beams for added warmth in your contemporary home? Contact Gelotte Hommas to schedule a consultation, and visit us online to see our portfolio of unique and contemporary projects.
Building a home in the mountains usually requires chopping down some trees. However, the Gelotte Hommas designed Cedar Haven was not only made with recycled trees from the surrounding area, but the architects also found ingenious and inspiring ways to incorporate these trees into the home’s rustic contemporary design.
Hoping to evoke the feel of a log cabin, while gaining the contemporary appeal of floor to ceiling windows and modern lines, the designers utilized exposed wooden beams in the cabin’s vaulted ceilings and natural wood trim on doors and windows to maintain a rustic feel. The property houses three beautiful stone fireplaces, two indoor and one outdoors, and both fireplaces and chimneys are made from reclaimed stones. Earth-toned tiled floors give the house both a stately and natural feel.
The most breathtaking elements of this home’s design are the pieces of reclaimed trees that are incorporated throughout the house. Gnarled cedar trunks are used as pillars both inside and outside the home. One twisted tree trunk drapes elegantly over the indoor fireplace in the rec room. Another tree stump has an entire room to itself. The curved room encircles the stump, which foregrounds a blue stained glass window and a dramatically up-lit ceiling.
The vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling windows of the main living area encourage connectivity with the outside living space and allow ample natural light into the home.
If you’re interested in building your rustic contemporary vacation home, feel free to contact us. We are excited to help you get on your way to the home of your dreams!
Both inside and out, the Gelotte Hommas designed Cabin on Lake Wenatchee contains many special design features that make it a truly unique home. Here are some of our favorite elements from this welcoming vacation retreat.
The outside of the house manages to combine a chic modern exterior with the rustic feel one would typically associate with a cabin. Corrugated metal siding adds modern lines and an industrial feel to the cabin’s external walls. Exposed wooden beams, a green roof, and a rock-lined foundation counterbalance the metal siding and keep the home feeling rustic. A custom carved front door lends the exterior welcoming charm.
The industrial inspired motifs continue on inside of the home with beautiful concrete flooring. This unique flooring option is durable and long-lasting. The concrete flooring is naturally warmer than wood flooring would be, and so it surprisingly adds to the overall coziness of the cabin.
The house is dotted with several unexpected pops of color that add personality and charm to its design. The kitchen houses rich, red cabinets and contains a frenetic, multicolored backsplash. Avocado colored walls adorn the bedroom and warm up the space.
The exposed wooden slats throughout the house continue the blending of rustic and modern, with the lightly colored wood brightening up the main living area. Nowhere is this deign element better utilized than with the wooden staircase that blends in almost seamlessly with the rock-faced fireplace.
Incorporating natural elements into a modern home is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of contemporary architecture. Using these elements gives homes a warm look and helps blend the interior with the surrounding landscape. One of the finest examples of this can be seen in Gelotte Hommas’ Wood, Stone, Water project.
This project involved designing a contemporary home that includes stone, wood and water features to create a visually impressive and calming environment. The home, located in Medina, has wood beams and wood accents throughout that give it a warm and inviting appearance. Stone features, including a fireplace and accent wall, offer a rustic touch that adds to the home’s natural look and feel. Water features provide it with a soothing atmosphere.
The home also makes use of floor-to-ceiling windows to let in as much natural light as possible, which is another characteristic of contemporary architecture. These windows offer stunning views of the trees around the home and the city lights down below and create a seamless transition from the interior to the outdoor landscape. The home’s lofty ceilings, open floor plan and oversized windows combined with its location perched on a hillside allow sunlight to flood the interior, adding to the overall warmth of the design.
More modern accents throughout the home, such as glass tables and track lighting, add a touch of contrast with its natural elements of wood, stone and water. All of these features together create an award-winning contemporary home that is strikingly beautiful. Wood, Water, Stone won the 1997 MAME award for Best Custom Residence and Best Master Suite.
Relaxing at home takes on a whole new meaning when you can take advantage of sweeping vistas right outside your window. It’s even better when you can look off in the distance and see just how vast the deep blue sea truly is. High above the water, your mind will wander and ponder as the scenery recharges you.
High Above the Water is a remarkable blending of contemporary architecture and natural space that’s located on Puget Sound. Designed to blend into the environment, its stone facade and exposed wood make it seem as if the home has always been perched atop the cliff. Inside, gabled ceilings and large windows provide an unimpeded view of the water and mountains in the distance. Coupled with contemporary pendant lights, the living room, kitchen, and master bathroom are always awash in light.Further, the grand fireplace in the living room with it’s stone cladding and natural wood mantel are the perfect place to enjoy a romantic evening at home.
Even when it’s raining, the stone tiled floor of the cantilevered balcony is covered and provides a marvelous setting to gather with family or entertain friends. The flooring on the balcony is an extension of the same tile used within the kitchen and creates a symbiotic relationship between both kitchen and balcony. Indeed, even the shade of the wood floor matches the exposed wood beams, cabinets, and exterior of the home. The result is that everything blends together seamlessly to create a harmonious aesthetic that is simply stunning.
Gelotte Hommas specializes in contemporary architecture and cliffside building. We invite you to contact us to discuss your property and the home we can design and build for you.