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Surprisingly cozy stone house marries old and new

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Who knew stone and grout could feel so modern

Wooden deck outside of stone house Lorena Darquea Schettini via Dezeen

Vacation houses come in all shapes and sizes—airy and beachy, rustic and wooded, modern and clean. This getaway in rural Mexico is a stylish update on the traditional grouted stone home.

Mexican architects AM30 Taller de Arquitectura and Stephane Arriola designed Casa EC, a vacation home in a small town outside Guadalajara, to be rooted in natural materials found in the surrounding landscape. The architects built the home’s stone walls from a metal framework, giving the house current-day structural stability paired with an old-world look.

Entryway with floating wood staircase Lorena Darquea Schettini via Dezeen

The 4,100-square-foot house is split into five rectangular boxes situated around a central courtyard, giving the house the feel of interconnected villas. Each volume has its own separate function—two of the boxes are set back away from the entrance and contain three private bedrooms. Meanwhile, the three other volumes are designed around a living room, dining room, and kitchen.

Living room with sofa and open window Lorena Darquea Schettini via Dezeen

Inside, the stone walls play off of wood ceilings and floors, giving the space the dark, cozy vibe of an ancient fortress that was rediscovered and filled with modern fixtures and furniture. The balance between old and new is beautiful and unexpected—the perfect combination for a getaway home.

Outside of stone house in woods Lorena Darquea Schettini via Dezeen

Via: Dezeen