Paris-based architect Frank Minnaërt has transformed an old stone barn in Lormes, France into a unique holiday home for his clients, a couple. The heart of the new space is the kitchen, accessed via an oversized square glass door framed in concrete.
Visitors step into a room outfitted with timber built-ins, from the kitchen island to the storage cabinets. An entire wall is dominated by an open timber structure holding the main worktop, sink, stove, storage, and stairs to the second floor.
Upstairs, the renovated 1,378-squaref-oot home has a lounge, four bedrooms, and a bathroom. Like the kitchen, these spaces also prominently feature plywood. The lounge has a built-in media nook for electronics as well as a plywood-paneled ceiling.
The master bedroom contains a plywood mezzanine accessed from a set of staggered ship stairs on a ramp. In place of a railing, the mezzanine’s edge is protected with netting.
The upstairs bathroom is quite simple, with a gray color palette contrasting with the warmth of the plywood used everywhere else. A custom bathtub was created on site and covered in small tiles.