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very grand design comes with its own set of challenges. Maybe it’s tight budget constraints, a demanding site or the changing needs of a growing family. This month’s issue of GDM includes five inspiring houses, each of which required the homeowners to take a creative and outside-the-box approach to design. Take Mark Dixon and Alexandra Lange’s nineteenth-century family home in Brooklyn, New York; with sitting tenants on the top two storeys for part of the build, Mark and Alexandra had to carefully stitch together the two halves to ensure that they were left with a cohesive home at the end. Read about it on p74.
For inspiration on a grander scale, see John and Maron McCabe’s Modernist-style house in New Zealand (p50) – the couple have used a double-height, zinc-clad addition to extend a low-level building and incorporate state-of-the-art technology. It’s a truly amazing project. Want cost-cutting advice? Dawn and Jonathan Pooley managed to reduce the cost of building their dream home in Chichester by £60,000 – read their story on p86, complete with tips on how best to stay on budget. Then there’s Goao and Sophia Tegelaero, who married their contemporary aesethetic with a functional finish to create their futuristic home in Portugal (p96).
Often it’s not the house itself, but the objects inside it that direct a design. Lovisa and Paul Silburn’s narrow Victorian terraced house in Battersea (p62) was reinvented around their collection of colourful Scandinavian ceramics. Architect Studio Octopi remodelled their entire ground floor to build-in storage and create the loft-style-living feel they love. They chose a similar kitchen finish to the minimalist looks you’ll find in this month’s Hidden Kitchens feature (p116). Take your pick from this season’s designs, and it’s not just about cabinets, either – think hidden sinks and appliances appearing at the touch of a button. I’ve got my eye on one of the sleek, white, glossy handleless finishes.
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Specialising in landscape and architecture, photographer James has taken pictures all around the world. His work is held in many permanent collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and New York’s Museum for African Art. James shot the waterside new-build (p86). ‘It’s a classic design by architect John Pardey; made to maximise the impact of its location.’
Freelance writer Dominic lives and works in rural Norfolk with his wife and children. Specialising in architecture and design, he’s had several books published and writes for numerous newspapers and magazines. Dominic wrote about the Victorian terraced house on p62. ‘It’s a great example of how fresh, inviting and special an ordinary period terrace can become in the right hands.’
Architectural photographer Simon lives and works in New Zealand. His work has been published around the world in publications such as Case da Abitare, Dwell and Wallpaper*. Simon photographed the striking extension in Auckland (p50). ‘I enjoyed the contrast between the old and new buildings, and the use of designer pieces throughout the house.’
GRAND DESIGNS / APRIL 2012 / 11