Black isn’t only for interiors: It’s a bold, modern choice for exteriors of every style, too. “The black exterior allows this house to blend into its dark, forested surroundings while providing a bold contrast to the colorful foliage and bright interior,” say the architects at GSA Architects. “Painting the vertical tongue and groove siding a dark color helps hide the joints between boards, giving the siding a more homogenous and minimal look. Make sure to use a satin exterior paint to avoid accumulating too much dirt on the siding.”
The house is anchored to the site by a majestic hill-top oak. Various realms expand downhill, opening towards views of the surrounding hill country. Each building element is situated with respect to its place in the landscape and corresponding views while carefully considering the composition of the whole. The structure merges the desire for comfort, refinement, and modern living with the straightforward construction and materiality of ranch elements like the dog run, carport, cattle fencing and cisterns.
This Upper East Side New York City terrace is the ultimate outdoor living. A contemporary wood-and-glass pergola covers the long dining table, which enjoys prime seating for the flatscreen TV. An open outdoor seating area is surrounded by a lush garden and has stunning views of Manhattan.
The exterior walls and fences have supporting elements and were considered an extension of the house. Restricting the amount of materials and plants used was not only a reflection of how the house was designed, but also helps to create more visual space and more graphic site-lines in keeping with the style of the house.
Elegant Contemporary Porch With White Curtains, Tall Planters and Purple Human Statue
This gorgeous summer porch has a Grecian feel with flowing white sheer curtains and tall planters. The white pops against the wood floor and natural background. A life size purple tile statue adds a unique and artistic decoration to the elegant design.
Backyard With Infinity Pool and Tropical Landscape
A relaxing backyard with a cozy lanai overlooks a swimming pool and the water. Relaxing, reflective and contemplative space with dense native planting to protect from the biting winter winds while maintaining clear views to the water was the design goal. An infinity edge pool was designed to create an even more dramatic view.
With gorgeous wicker furniture and a beautiful reclaimed wood mantel, this screened porch is a country-inspired dream. A stylish patterned rug adds interest underfoot, and a ceiling fan adds a cool breeze overhead.
Modern Home Split into Two Parts by Elevated Courtyard Overlooking the Las Vegas Strip
This modern Las Vegas home is split into two parts: the main house and the guest house. With the pool in front of it, the main house plays host to the living room and modern master suite, while the guest house contains the guest rooms and the home theater. These two parts of this home are separated by an elevated courtyard that serves as an outdoor living room for both portions of the home and overlooks the property, as well as the Las Vegas Valley and Las Vegas strip.
A courtyard-shaped back yard becomes an architectural fantasyland in this dazzling design which incorporates an infinity edge lap pool, hot tub, decorative spillways, concrete stepping pads and IPE decking with limestone.
Midcentury Ranch Home Atop Grassy Hill With Stone Slabs
This midcentury ranch home sits on top of a hill, thus minimizing the view of structural roof items that would normally be visible. A large expanse of grass is broken up by large stones as well as a walkway made from large stone slabs.