Modern Home Doubles as Art

The second floor of this unique modern home from Daniel Monti is surrounded by weathered steel panels filled with holes to create a dappled "sunlight through trees" effect inside.

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September 25, 2015
From: Modal Design
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Photo By: Benny Chan/ Fotoworks

Photo By: Benny Chan/ Fotoworks

Photo By: Benny Chan/ Fotoworks

Photo By: Benny Chan/ Fotoworks

Photo By: Benny Chan/ Fotoworks

Photo By: Benny Chan/ Fotoworks

Photo By: Benny Chan/ Fotoworks

Photo By: Benny Chan/ Fotoworks

Photo By: Benny Chan/ Fotoworks

Photo By: Benny Chan/ Fotoworks

Modern Home Exterior Boasts Weathered Steel Panels

The front facade shows the Cor-Ten steel panels that wrap the second floor of this home. The panels, which were painted chocolate brown to hide the rust stains typically associated with weathered steel, have different types of bends and various amounts of circles. The type of space or wall behind the panel determined the type of panel used. If there was a window that needed light and some privacy, a panel with more holes was used, but if there was a wall of stucco, a panel with fewer holes was used.

Funky Steel Railing Wows in Modern Entry

The entryway features a handrail made of the leftover circle cutouts from the exterior facade panels. The eye-catching railing makes a bold statement in the sleek, minimalist space.

Modern Living and Dining Room With Open Concept Design

The inspiration for this home, the Italian stone pine tree in the backyard, can be seen in two separate spots in this space. The trunk is visible out the far windows, and the canopy is visible through the skylight. A long feature wall of cabinets stretches from the entry all the way to the kitchen, offering ample storage throughout the space. The cabinets hide everything from a coat closet at the entry to a refrigerator in the kitchen.

Modern Kitchen With Warm Wood Cabinets and Concrete Floors

The sleek wood cabinets in this kitchen hide the refrigerator, freezer dishwasher and a pull-out pantry. Concrete floors are a nice contrast to the warm cabinets, and a radiant floor heating system ensures the floors are cool to the eyes but not the feet.

Modern Backyard Features Mature Pine Tree

The tree canopy was the inspiration for the Cor-Ten steel panels on the home's exterior. Modal Design wanted to create the same dappled light effect that you experience below a tree canopy with the circles cut out of the steel panels. The pool's plaster matches the color of the home's stucco, so the pool becomes one with the home. Modal Design chose the unique plaster color rather than a typical blue to keep the pool from contrasting with the natural materials of the home.

Natural Light Infiltrates Modern Home

This modern home is flooded with natural light. A skylight provides general lighting for the entryway, and a large window at the top of the staircase offers additional lighting and a view of the Italian stone pine tree in the backyard.

Stylish Kid's Room With Modern Furniture

Modern furniture in black and white grounds this kid's bedroom, and a gray rug and bedding soften the space. Artwork and accessories add color and pizzazz to the stylish room.

Muted Palette Evokes Natural Feel in Master Bedroom

The finishes in the master bedroom are muted to focus the attention on the view of the tree beyond. Pops of color and texture break up the muted color scheme, adding interest and pizzazz to the sleek, nature-inspired space.

Modern Master Bathroom Boasts Natural Materials

The key element of this master bathroom is the natural light. The exterior metal panels allow sun to come in throughout the day while still providing privacy. The room changes from day to day and season to season depending on the sun's placement. The natural stone on the shower walls and bath surround complement the natural wood floor and cabinets for a cohesive overall look.

Natural Light Creates Dazzling Effect in Master Bedroom

The exterior steel panels create a dappled light effect in the master bedroom as the shadows travel across the space throughout the day. Hidden roller shades drop down from the ceiling to block out the sun for sleeping.

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