Black Bungalow Home

This 4 bedroom modern bungalow house design features from our series of FREE architectural designs. It fits on a standard 50ft X100ft plot in Uganda and goes for a construction cost of UGX 259 Million (exclusive of tax).

The Idea behind

The careful planning of this modern bungalow house re-interprets the traditional divide of the Ugandan front and back yards to create living spaces that are deeply connected to natural light and the surrounding landscape. To put it simply, the house is modern but borrows its planning ideas from tradition.

The house plan simultaneously achieves privacy for the bedrooms and fluid open spaces for living areas (i.e. open plan living, dining and kitchen areas). This feeling of space is further promoted by the light brought from the skylight at the entrance and generous use of glass throughout the home.

The black bungalow has a contemporary, minimalist exterior look whose design style consists of simple clean lines and uncluttered geometry. Equally the interior is bright, modern with plenty of light colors.

The brief

The Black Bungalow home features;

  • 1 en-suite Guest bedroom,
  • 2 Kids Bedrooms,
  • Shared WC/bathroom,
  • TV lounge (can easily be converted into another bedroom),
  • Laundry/ store room
  • Open plan living, dining and kitchen areas).
  • Master bedroom complete with a walk-in-closet,
  • Master bathroom featuring an a enclosed shower, bathtub with a vanity area with his & hers wash hand basins
  • Covered terraces
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Black Box Home

This 4 bedroom cool modern house is two levels and is ideal for an average size family, It features in our series of FREE architectural designs. It fits on a standard 50ft X100ft plot in Uganda and goes for a construction cost of UGX 321 Million (exclusive of tax).

The Idea behind

This home has a simple but bold form consisting of a series of boxes interlocked to create a modernist concrete-brick and glass beauty. The house further gets its character from an incredible cantilever that appears to dramatically float over the carport at the ground level.

While the plan is compact, the interior space is designed to be airy and bright. The lower level is designed for public spaces i.e. the home office, kitchen and double height living/dining room. The lounge/dining space is flanked by a large glass wall on one side that establishes a strong visual connection to the large outdoor patio and back garden.

The more private spaces including an expansive master suite, two additional bedrooms with en-suite bath and a TV lounge are distributed in a linear arrangement on the second floor, all rooms at this level are connected by a deck that allows views to the lounge/dining room downstairs.

The brief

The ground floor features,

  • 1 en-suite Guest bedroom,
  • Visitors WC/bathroom,
  • Laundry
  • Pantry
  • Open plan living, dining and kitchen area.
  • Home Office,
  • Self-contained maid’s room
  • Large covered patio

The 1st floor features;

  • 2 Kids Bedrooms,
  • Shared WC/bathroom,
  • TV lounge (can easily be converted into another bedroom),
  • Master bedroom complete with a walk-in-closet,
  • Master bathroom featuring an a enclosed shower, bathtub with a vanity area with his & hers wash hand basins
  • Terraces
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Black Burzwazi home

This luxury house has 5 bedrooms, is modern in style and features in our series of FREE architectural designs. It fits on a standard 100ft X100ft plot in Uganda and goes for a construction cost of UGX 562 Million (exclusive of tax).

The idea behind

The two long faces to this rectangular luxury home have contrasting identities; one side is private and acts as the front for visitors, while the other side is homey with a liberated feel- as if the normal rules of a suburban home have been suspended with light, nature and views from everywhere.

Unimposing and nearly invisible, the large glass doors seamlessly separate the interior from the exterior. This timid separation of the outside and interior enhances the tropical outdoor-ish character of this home.

Taking a guest for a walk through;

  • Visitors walk past a zen garden to get to the front entrance, on entering the house, the luxurious modern interior is characterized by an open plan voluminous living/dining space that separates the private bedroom areas from public spaces at the ground floor, this open space extends all the way from the front entrance door to the rear deck, where you can wade straight into an infinity pool.
  • Upstairs, this theme of separating private and public spaces continues, this time, the large master suite is separated from the kids wing by the double volume and a connecting bridge overlooking the living/dining space at the ground level below.

The brief

The ground floor features,

  • Laundry,
  • Pantry,
  • Home Office,
  • 2 Car garage,
  • Cinema
  • Guest toilet,
  • Large covered patio,
  • Guest bedroom en-suite,
  • Self-contained maid’s room,
  • Open plan living, dining and kitchen space

The 1st floor features;

  • WC/bathroom,
  • Master Walk-in-closet,
  • Master bedroom (with balcony)
  • 2 Kids Bedrooms (with balconies),
  • kids lounge (can easily be converted into another bedroom),
  • Master bathroom with enclosed shower, bathtub and vanity area with his & hers wash hand basins,
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Jos House

This small house was designed by BLACK for the owners (an expatriate family living in Uganda) who wanted a cozy, modern and compact retreat home in their home town in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.

The Idea behind

In this home, a traditional gabled roof combines with modern cubic forms to create a unique yet unified whole. This sharp contrast in form is further emphasized by the contrast in materials from the rustic stone on the outside of the single level volume to the painted gabled double storey volume.

Inside the house, the rectangular single level volume houses the public spaces (i.e. kitchen and living/dining space) in one big open plan space and is where the owner gets to entertain their guests. On the hand, the adjacent square volume houses the more private rooms of the house (i.e. the bedrooms). .

The result is a small house which despite its strong modern geometry, feels cozy than crisp and  whose interior is designed to feel spacious than large.

The brief

The ground floor features,

  • Guest Bathroom, Pantry, Open plan living, Dining and Kitchen area, 2 Kids Bedrooms, Self-contained maid’s room, Large covered Outdoor patio, Master bedroom with a Walk-in-closet, Master bathroom with glass shower, bathtub and vanity area

The 1st floor attic;

  • Study, Guest bedroom, Terrace
modern house In Uganda on hilltop

Nakilebe House

Sitting atop one of the hills in Nakilebe town, along Masaka high way, this gem of a modern house stretches, much like the rectangular site on to which it sits, the result being more ample facades, that frame the landscape, and an overall long and narrow design that makes the outside and inside areas merge seamlessly.

The idea

The precision in the architectural planning and design of this modern house has produced a layout that promises views from every room. The linear spread of the spaces and rooms results in lengthened facades that soak in the landscape views, a fact further aided by the strategic location of the house.

The entrance to this abode will present the visitors with a zen garden gradually offering them transition from the natural setting to the fancy design of the interior. The interior is hyper-modern and uses light colors.

Strategically using large frame-less folding doors will allow for transparency on the longest façade flanking the valley. Once the construction is complete, this transparency will further speak to the modern style of the home making it to truly stand out from the immediate neighborhood.

The brief

On the ground floor;

  • 2 ensuite Guest bedrooms, Open plan Lounge, Dining and Kitchen, Study room, Bar, Garage, Laundry, 2 servants rooms (en-suite) & A large covered outdoor Terrace

On The first floor;

  • En-suite master bedroom with a Walk in Closet, Master bathroom, TV lounge, 2 kids rooms, all with Covered balconies

Kigo House

This modern house was designed for clients with very specific functional needs. The owners bought this site on a steep slope on the hills of Kigo in Entebbe and were looking to develop a beautiful but easy-to-navigate home given the steep nature of the site.

The idea behind

The architectural design for this modern house was based on an organizing concept in which the 3 levels were distinctly layered, arranged so as to ease access between the floors as well as maximize the views.

  1. An intermediate level, is the main entrance and is the same level as the access road, It’s at this level that guests access the house through a solid teka pivoted door. Almost without any warning the guest are greeted with vast views of the golf course of Lake Victoria Serena Resort. This ground floor is the hub and central meeting point of the residence.
  2. The lowest level, is partially buried in the ground, and is more intimate than the intermediate level. This level houses the kids’ bedrooms, TV lounge and guest suite. From here, their teenage kids can retreat to their own private spaces.
  3. The highest level, can be accessed from the intermediate level. This top-most level houses the parents’ penthouse-like suite that has expansive views of the Lake Victoria Serena Resort. Large, flexible, sliding glass doors lead to a large outdoor terrace with a roof top garden.

This modern house is finished with light monochrome colors both inside and outside, a factor that reinforces its minimalist style.

The Brief

The entrance ground floor features,

  • Visitors WC/bathroom,
  • Pantry
  • Open plan living, dining and kitchen area.
  • breakfast area,
  • Self-contained maid’s room
  • Large open terrace

The lower ground floor features,

  • 2 Kids Bedrooms,
  • Shared WC/bathroom,
  • TV lounge,
  • En-suite guest bedroom,
  • Open Terrace
  • Laundry

The upper 1st floor features,

  • Master bedroom complete with a walk-in-closet,
  • Master bathroom featuring a glass shower, bathtub with a vanity area with his & hers wash hand basins.
  • Open terrace