The house, one-story, is located in an extension of Kibbutz Ramot Menashe in southern Carmel. In an area immersed in wonderful nature. The house is 11 years old, 170 sqm in size, one floor, 5 bedrooms. The cost of the renovation: about 700,000 NIS
Design: Michal Matalon Interior Architecture & Design Photography: Karin Ravena
The main challenge was to deal with the diagonal structure of the house, which usually creates a feeling of restlessness. The homeowners wanted a space that would be fun and pleasant to spend time together, create an unmediated connection between the interior and the exterior, and a convenient and practical exit from the public area to the garden. They sought a minimalist design out of appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds the home. We wanted to create a space that was restrained and free of trends, but with a character and not anemic. It was important to us that there be plenty of storage space, so that it would be easy to move from a mess of children to a neat and tidy home.
During the renovation, the house was enlarged to 170 square meters, and in addition to the construction we relocated the dining area. The kitchen location did not change, but it was replaced and directed to the living room and new dining area. In the area where the dining table stood we created a reading area. All windows were enlarged. New shutters, and the floor is covered with parquet.
In the enlarged foyer there is a closet for coats and shoes with open shelves, and in front of it is a mirror with an iron frame that hides the electrical closet. Beneath the mirror stood a sculpted wooden bench and beside it a minimalist coat rack. To the right of the foyer is the public space, with the tall kitchen cabinets located beyond the wall. The white kitchen, with the window enlarged to the maximum. Black chairs stand around the counter and above it hangs a minimalist lamp. Next to the kitchen, surrounded by glass walls, is the dining area. There is an exit to a pleasant sitting area under an iron and bamboo pergola. The living room is furnished with two sofas with pink upholstery, facing each other, and between them two round tables. Below the TV is a blue dresser with a specially built gold base..
A corridor with wall cabinets leads to the bedrooms and bathrooms. The master suite faces a quiet backyard. The walk-in closet, which took up a lot of space, was canceled and a large wall closet was installed in its place. The room has two windows and next to them a simple wooden bed. White curtains hang on the windows and on the floor next to the wall cabinet is a rug with a geometric pattern. The bathroom is covered with huge white tiles. For the eldest daughter a unit was built with a separate entrance and a bathroom. The other two children's rooms were also renovated, and the bath was replaced with a shower in their bathroom. All bathrooms have narrow cabinets designed to store toilet paper, and mirrors open to a narrow cabinet for cosmetics.
It was not a simple challenge here to create a plan that would meet all the needs in a functional and design way, and I really enjoyed the planning work. At the end of the long process the owners wrote to me: "We were amazed to see now the 'before' pictures of the house. The change is amazing and thank you for looking ahead and sometimes wanting more than us to make this house beautiful, pleasant and practical. and now that the house looks like this - we do not want to leave it. "