Two Complementary Houses Form A Stylish Home Bordered By A Trail

The Lawrence region in the United States is known for its beautiful large trees and its green fields due to the soil rich in nutrients. This is where Studio 804 spent a whole year working on an amazing project, a residence inspired by the beautiful farmsteads specific to this region and by the charming rural flair of the area.

The main house and the accessory dwelling are very similar in every way and together serve as one large homeView in gallery
The main house and the accessory dwelling are very similar in every way and together serve as one large home

They designed and built two structures. One is the main house and the other is an accessory dwelling, like a smaller second house on the same lot which acts as an extension and addition to the primary building. The project was completed earlier this year and is a special one in the sense that it combines different elements inspired by various concepts. 

The gable roof style gives the structures a cabin-like aesthetic but in a modern and minimalistic wayView in gallery
The gable roof style gives the structures a cabin-like aesthetic but in a modern and minimalistic way
The windows are large but not floor-to-ceiling, leaving a nice border between them and the rooflineView in gallery
The windows are large but not floor-to-ceiling, leaving a nice border between them and the roofline
The main entrance is marked by a beautiful green wall which acts as a connector between the indoor and outdoor spacesView in gallery
The main entrance is marked by a beautiful green wall which acts as a connector between the indoor and outdoor spaces

The overall design of both of these houses is a simple and modern one, with very clean lines and a minimalist geometry. At the same time, both structures have classic gable roofs which gives them a retro and rural appearance. The designers also worked hard to make this a sustainable residence and tried to reduce its footprint and to keep the cost and energy requirements low in general. 

The living area is nice and bright, with an oversized painting as a focal pointView in gallery
The living area is nice and bright, with an oversized painting as a focal point

The two houses share the same style, design and overall aesthetic and they complement each other in every way. Solar panels were installed on the roof but only on the South-facing side so they remain hidden from the courtyard. The exterior walls for both houses have very good insulation which exceeds normal standards which pairs well with its minimalist and sustainable overall design. 

The minimalist color palette also defines the bathrooms which have bright white walls and black and grey accentsView in gallery
The minimalist color palette also defines the bathrooms which have bright white walls and black and grey accents
The living area share an open space with the kitchen and the stylish white island acts as a separator between themView in gallery
The living area share an open space with the kitchen and the stylish white island acts as a separator between them
The kitchen has a very professional look with lots of stainless steel, sharp and clean lines and a focus on functionalityView in gallery
The kitchen has a very professional look with lots of stainless steel, sharp and clean lines and a focus on functionality
The kitchen spans the entire length of the back wall and plays with parallel horizontal lines and similar geometric shapesView in gallery
The kitchen spans the entire length of the back wall and plays with parallel horizontal lines and similar geometric shapes
A simple vertical ladder was chosen as opposed to a staircase which would take up considerably more spaceView in gallery
A simple vertical ladder was chosen as opposed to a staircase which would take up considerably more space
The property is bordered by tall concrete fences/walls on three sides and by a trail on the fourth oneView in gallery
The property is bordered by tall concrete fences/walls on three sides and by a trail on the fourth one
The beautiful trees are vaguely reflected into the roof and exterior walls of the houseView in gallery
The beautiful trees are vaguely reflected into the roof and exterior walls of the house
The orientation of the houses gives them diverse views and various degrees of openness towards the exteriorView in gallery
The orientation of the houses gives them diverse views and various degrees of openness towards the exterior
The Lawrence levee trees borders the site and stretches for 9 limes along the Kansas riverView in gallery
The Lawrence levee trees borders the site and stretches for 9 limes along the Kansas river