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 luxurious backyard features a stunning pool area surrounded by a cement patio and lush greenery. A sitting area with four neutral armchairs and a wood plank coffee table earns a cozy accent from a concrete fireplace.
The homeowners love to entertain, so the house is designed to create an open and casual atmosphere with a strong connection to the outdoors. The home is oriented toward the best view of the river while maintaining good solar orientation for taking advantage of solar heat gain in the winter and keeping out the hot summer sun. The large roof over the living room serves to shade large areas of glass in the summer, while geothermal heat pumps and high levels of insulation help keep it warm and energy efficient in the winter. With such an extreme climate in Big Sky, Mont., the house is specifically designed to withstand both sides of the temperature spectrum.
All along the upper and lower levels, glass doors pull back to make the transition between indoors and out seamless. On the lower level, a large patio extends out beyond the house for ultimate outdoor entertaining.
The rear facade of this contemporary California ranch house is almost completely composed of glass, opening the home to its inviting outdoor view. A low wood deck extends the length of the house and leads to a pool surrounded in native stone.
The swing-bed pergola defines a space for homeowners to sit back and enjoy their backyard. Palm trees were added to add more of a resort-vibe to nights by the pool. Touches of home can be seen in the columns, which mimic the front porch, and dainty white picket fences on either side.
This stylish backyard deck offers entertainment for the whole family. The built-in treehouse is perfect for keeping kids busy while the adults relax in the nearby outdoor sitting area with a red-orange sofa and matching armchairs.
The grounds of this Santa Barbara home were badly burned in the Tea Fire and needed to be redesigned. The new gardens incorporate outdoor living areas with walkways and colorful plants; the plan also reduced water usage and made the property's slopes more stable.
This incredible historic home was built in 1936. Set right on the edge of the bay in Miami Beach, Fla., it offers breathtaking water views and incomparable luxury with 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a pool, waterfall and extensive gardens.