Tour an Architect’s Home Filled With Light and Vintage Charm

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Tour an Architect’s Home Filled With Light and Vintage Charm

In this episode of Houzz TV Live, architect Lesley Cotton gives a virtual tour of her custom home in Oxford, England. Double-height windows flood the main living spaces with natural light and provide leafy views of the backyard. In the kitchen, Cotton strategically placed the cooktop and sink on a peninsula so she could face the backyard or guests in a dining nook. An airy loft-like living room perches over the kitchen and features warm wood elements and vintage furniture. Famed designers Charles and Ray Eames inspired several of the home’s design details, including exposed concrete block walls, an open-tread wooden staircase and oriented strand board (OSB).

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Karen Heffernan

LOVE this home, and the kitchen is a delight - so compact, efficient and cheerful, the palette is lovely with the aqua cabinetry and warm wood countertop.

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Allison Gervis

What a unique, beautiful space!

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D 51

Well done! Curious about the OSB board ceiling... does this off-gas at all?

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sstideas

Beautiful! Elegant but also homey. I’m curious where the home is in Oxford and also total square footage.

   
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patmcmd

Love her home. Very interesting to hear her perspective as she is both the client and the architect. Would love more interviews like this.

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bryte

Uniquely created space with high consideration given to the context. Perfect mix of modern and traditional materials.

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paula10

Beautiful, light, airy and uncluttered. Love the designer's style. I wish we could've seen the bathroom to glean more wonderful ideas.

   
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Shimrit Hoch Inbar

Lovely!

   
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HU-592472188

Combination of materials and proportions really works. My favorite parts are the concrete walls, the stairs, the light-filled spaces, and the connection of the kitchen and living area.

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mallory24

oriented strand board (OSB)???

   
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S H

Cement block walls look very much like Steve Ehrlich’s cement block walls used in his lovely CA home, which was also featured on Houzz.

   
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meadowbird57

as a passionate recycler, lover of light and nature, not to mention turquoise and aqua, and greenery outside the windows - well this ticks all boxes for me! I also love the lack of pretension, the honesty of the raw materials on show, the humility of the size and style, and the sheer personality that shines through. So many architecturally designed spaces are beige monolithic structures, big enough to house the von Trapp family, and so sparsely decorated that they are completely devoid of any personality - this is the antithesis of those houses. Love every little bit of it!

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Lesley Cotton Architect

Gosh I'm bowled over by such lovely comments!

And to answer the query about the OSB - it is made from materials that off gas in the mill, so it doesn't do this in the home. Also it was coated with a clear sealant by the decorators to prevent the spread of flame, so it is sealed as well.

You can see the bathroom on my Houzz profile under New Build House project, photo below. I combined different colours and textures including a blue-black wall behind the basin and WC which works really well.


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Elisa Fraga

So beautiful. Love the colours! Those blues...

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ronni2012

Really love this home, such great inspiration and ideas, within most peoples budget for a change.

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rhazard48

Loved the home, loved Kiya, the presenter. It's wonderful to see something new, fresh & out of the norm.

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Doris Dubielzig

Thank you very much for featuring this wonderfully original home, and Kiya's interview.


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rosalie ponce

Absolutely Beautiful 💯😍 Naturel talent ❤️🌱

   
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trakkers

A beautiful home. A mid century modern jewel. Thank you for sharing.

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