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Past Meets Present: A Future-Proof Renovation in France

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Feb 11, 2015 01:03 AM
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by Christine Chang Hanway last modified Feb 09, 2015

Located on the banks of the river in Villennes-sur-Seine, 20 miles west of Paris, a traditional house enters the modern age thanks to an overhaul by Parisian architect and furniture designer Olivier Chabaud . Chabaud believes that architects should create homes that withstand design trends; for him, this means being attentive to the innate characteristics of a space and using the varying intensities of light to select his materials. In this project Chabaud added a new poolhouse and swimming pool very much in keeping with the original structure; throughout, he used simple materials such as wood and concrete and their contemporary detailing that bind the old and new together. Photography via Olivier Chabaud. Above: Chabaud opened the living room into a double-height space. Above: Contemporary metal railings with the original fireplace and its surrounding architectural features. Minimalist woodblock tables sit on dark stone floors.  Above: New bookshelves line the gallery around the living area. Above: Wood, metal, and stone create a simple palette in the open kitchen.  Above: Subway tiles add texture above the stainless steel backsplash that continues up from the cooker. For more ways to use subway tiles, see Remodeling 101: White Tile Pattern Glossary .  Above: "For environmental reasons and detailing flexibility, I never tire of using wood and metal," Chabaud says.   Above: A wall-mounted light has a lampshade with an animal print. Above L: A game room looks over the double-height living area. Above R: In the new pavilion, a glazed wall takes the shape of a building, offering expansive views and bringing light in. Above: Chabaud fits a bedroom into the eaves of the attic space. A platform bed with a carpeted surface keeps things warm and low.  Above: A splash of bright color on the wainscot brings a contemporary look to a traditional bathroom with a claw-foot tub. Above: The new pool and pool house, while contemporary in materials and detailing, complement the original house. Above: A one-story modern addition connects the two older structures. (Interested in similar design solutions? See Fill in the Blank: A Floating Cabin in France .) Above: Out in the back, a wooden deck supports a river view. More family living in France: The Power of Pastels: A Color-Blocked Family Loft in France A Stone Farmhouse in France Gets an Artful Update A Place for Everything: A 900-Square-Foot Loft for a Family of Four A Scandi Furniture Designer at Home in Paris More Stories from Remodelista A Love Match in Paris: Liaigre + Lopez A Compact Apartment in London by a Craft-Oriented Architect House Call: Slow Living at La Casita






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