It takes a certain kind of sensitivity to design a country home that is both rustic and modern, but Fearon Hay has a lot of experience striking such a fine balance. Located on the eastern side of New Zealand's Great Barrier Island, the self-sustaining Storm Cottage operates entirely off-the-grid. Powered by the sun and protected by it with a series of operable metal screens, the north-facing home stays cool in summer and warm in winter.
Views like that aren't easy to come by anymore!
Fearon Hay strikes the perfect balance between rustic and contemporary with this timber cottage in Australia
The black exterior cladding contrasts beautifully with the surroundings
We have two words for you: elegant relaxation!
The interior furnishings are simple but fresh
The metal shutters can close all the way if need be