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6 Houses that don't follow conventions

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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If you thought that houses were basically all the same, shame on you! With so many amazingly talented architects out there, it should come as no surprise that houses are consistently being built to challenge and refresh the norms that are in place. From ultra contemporary box homes through to rustic villas, there are no limitations, except your imagination, so let's take a look at what people around the world have been creating!

1. A home in the woods like no other!

You could hardly say that this is a quintessential log cabin, tucked away from civilisation in the woods, but it sure is stunning! A great combination of modern brickwork, timeless stone and ultra modern sliding windows, this is a fresh take on 'getting away from it all'.

2. Sleek and stylish living.

While part of this house might look to have been constructed using a traditional blueprint, the addition of a first floor terrace and striated wood cladding certainly makes it different and new! We love the combination of modern white render with traditional window shutters too! What a great contrast!

3. Don't be afraid to add some colour!

Boxy, beautiful and bold in its choice of first floor colour, this home is anything but standard! The vibrant red top floor really adds a certain something and we adore how the building itself has ingratiated itself into the surroundings. We bet it is wonderfully camouflaged in autumn too, when the leaves start to turn!

4. Who needs modernity?

When heritage styling is what you love, why try to adopt any contemporary accents at all? Though freshly constructed, you'd be forgiven for assuming that this wonderful home had stood strong for many years, thanks to the intricate stonework and attention to details such as shuttered windows. That's a new-build we woudl liev in!

5. Conversions done right.

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CASA A CAMPIROLI

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There is a tendency for people who are converting an old building into a new home to add slices of modern architecture, or even large extensions, but that's not a path you absolutely have to take! This wonderful rural building has been kept as nature intended it and certainly offers a great alternative to completing a totally new building project!

6. Work with the surroundings.

Clearly, this is a Mediterranean building and we love how the saffron yellow plaster work really sets the tone. While new buildings often follow a formulaic and simple structure, the addition of traditional elements here keeps more recognisable aesthetics alive. The ironwork on the windows and doors, for example, is a real show stopper! 

For more dream home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: The eco-friendly home of your dreams.

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