From the two-stories configuration to the arched columns, keeping the aesthetical and structural integrity of the house intact became a key decision made right from the beginning as the owners found themselves enchanted by the black-and-white, colonial aesthetics of the house.
Despite the opportunities for rebuilding vertically, retaining the two-stories configuration allowed us to segment the layout by keeping the social and private spaces to the 1st and 2nd storey respectively.
A simpler layout with lesser rooms encouraged more family bonding in the common spaces. In this very case, less is more.
Aesthetically, having a monochromatic and rustic color palette – from the dark-stained parquet floor to the white brick veneer walls – allows further accentuation of the black-and-white characteristics of the house.