A wall of glass connects the open-concept living space of this Mid-Century Modern-inspired home with its outdoor entertaining area. A long, narrow pool follows the lines of the architecture, and the cantilevered roof provides shelter for the modern patio.
The home’s curb appeal was updated by installing a new entry door and sidelights; new windows, including an enlarged opening for the second-floor living room; new fiber cement siding for the upper level; and a new garage door. The designers focused on increasing transparency and accentuating the horizontal character of the simple form.
Sleek Blue and White Modern Exterior With Potted Plants
Installing a deck fills the large gap between this house and the curb, and having a few potted plants instead of a huge garden bed makes the yard much easier to maintain. The blue-gray house color and bold orange door also help get the house noticed.
The designer's overall vision was to create a clean and simple landscape plan to preserve the minimal style of a contemporary mid-century home design. The challenge was to find complimenting species of plants that would accent the design of the home, while maintaining the simplicity that the homeowners requested.
The minimal architecture created a challenge to find complimenting species of plants that would accent the mid-century modern home's design, while maintaining the simplicity the homeowners requested. The solution was selecting minimal varieties of plant species that included assortments of colors, which added the drama without overprinting.
Without any true carpentry skills or heavy labor, what was a humdrum screened-in porch is now a colorful multipurpose place for lounging and entertaining thanks to a sectional sofa, clever use of rugs and mismatched grouping of tables.
A cozy outdoor seating area is illuminated by LED string lights in a modern courtyard. A high privacy fence creates a sense of seclusion under the shade of trees original to the space. The garden was installed in December 2014.
Modern Seattle Courtyard with Bluestone Paving and String Lights
Trees shade a spacious and stylish courtyard accented by drought-tolerant plants and LED string lights. The hardscaping combines bluestone paving with pebble accents and crushed granite paving. Both existing trees were retained when the new garden was installed in December 2014.
The home’s curb appeal was updated by installing a new entry door and sidelights; new windows, including an enlarged opening for the second-floor living room; new fiber cement siding for the upper level; and a new garage door.
A new walkway was added to the street instead of having to come up the driveway. Heavy trim around the entry, garage door and new living room windows helped balance the façade.
Modern Seattle Courtyard with Metal Planter and Concrete Wall
A metal planter displays the house number just outside this modern courtyard. Drought-resistant plants fill the rustic container, which accents the contemporary concrete wall that separates the patio from the street.
Mid-century Modern Courtyard with Sliding Gate and Fire Pit
A yellow privacy fence serves as a vibrant gateway to a courtyard designed by architect Guy Ayers. He used half-inch clear plexiglass covered with multiple, thin layers of colored and textured plastic. It took several trial runs to create the perfect hue for the courtyard, which also features a fire pit.