Red Dirt Rd House is a dwelling with a simple beauty, located in New York, designed by Amee Allsop.
The Australian client based in New York City fell in love with this 1.86 acre wooded property as it reminded her of home. The connection of the house to the landscape and the indoor / outdoor living with the large wrap around deck had a distinctive Australian feel.
This simple A-framed house, circa 1980, had good bones. However, this gut renovation allowed for a redesign of each bedroom and bathroom in order to maximize the space by adding logic and simplicity. A large skylight was inserted along the ridge of the house flooding the living space and kitchen with light all day long. A slot window in the master bedroom was added to capture the morning light and sky views whilst soaking in the new freestanding tub.
Conducive to the barefoot lifestyle of this beach house the palette consisted of fresh whites with accents of black through the fixtures and lighting. The minimal and clean space allowed for pops of color through the furniture and artwork. New extra wide floors boards of local Douglas-fir were bleached and finished with a white wash. The beautiful vertical grain of the floor became a complimentary texture to the otherwise simplistic white backdrop.
Apart from being a summer residence, the client had the vision of hosting yoga retreats. Therefore the basement was transformed from a dark and damp pool table room to an open plan bedroom / living space adjacent to a spacious bathroom with a view of the trees. The client's passion for healthy cooking was pivotal in the design of the kitchen as an approachable space for teaching guests as well as the ideal kitchen for entertaining.