French Provence Home With Private Fireplace and Patio
Another wonderful feature of this French-themed home is a private patio area and fireplace that appears separate from its main gathering space. One can relax, take a breather or even meditate in this small, out-of-the-way area that is as beautifully apportioned as the rest of the home. Mark Scott and Associates designed the landscaping with a more secluded space in mind.
Pool & Spa: Stunning European Villa in Los Angeles, Calif.
Connected to the poolhouse, a luxurious grotto-style pool and spa includes both privacy and relaxation. Beautiful water features and stone statues contribute to the spa-like retreat, and an outdoor seating area offers a place to sit, relax and enjoy the fresh air.
Guests are greeted the moment they reach the entry stairs with colorful zigzag step tiles that play off of the blue trim of the house. The custom Dutch door, flanked by a pair of oversized wall lanterns, creates the opportunity to open up the top half allowing in the cool ocean breeze.
Front Yard Landscaping For Mediterranean Style Exterior
Nestled on a quiet hilltop, this Mediterranean style home boasts extraordinary views and seclusion. Terraced landscaping compliments the sloped front yard, allowing for unobstructed views from the home's multiple outdoor spaces.
A pair of dark wooden doors open up to the arched entry to the courtyard. Pendant lighting and floor lights keep the outdoor space well-lit during the evening. To the left, a small, rectangular water feature adds tranquility to the design.
Designer Cindy Aplanalp wanted to create an outdoor space that matches the home's existing structure and accentuates its warm Mediterranean feel. Adjacent to the dining area, the outdoor kitchen is complete with a gas rotisserie grill, smoker, secondary gas burner and refrigerator -- ideal for preparing family meals or hosting parties, Cindy says.
This so-charming Mediterranean home had lost its personality over years of remodels that didn't take advantage of the home's pretty architecture and location. The new owners gutted the house to the studs and created a warm, comfortable residence for their family of four.