I have always thought that houses don’t have to be large to be luxurious weekend retreats. Now I can exemplify that by sharing photos of Jack’s House – a dark modern house in Ukraine’s Kiev region. By imagining a wood and concrete mixture of details, Ukrainian designer Sergey Makhno proves once again that his experience helps him take on projects of different complexity. Familiar with the designer’s creativity, this beautiful weekend house project presents a cube-based geometry with squares and black-painted horizontal wooden panels.

Built and equipped on a budget of $100,000, the 105 square meter modern residence spreads over two floors. The ground level is an inviting social zone, where vertical wooden slats on the living room wall contrast the concrete fireplace and the grey kitchen is beautifully illuminated while the dining space is flooded with natural light. Upstairs, two bedrooms, a toilet room and a library were configured to make the most of the available space and light. Seen from the green garden, a glass wall unifies the two levels and offers views of the welcoming barbeque arbour. Perfect for a few days away from the city, right?

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