A scrubby desert hillside slopes up to a stunning contemporary home in this gated Reno, Nevada, community. The house is situated on seven acres, with extensive landscaping that's built to withstand the elements. Wide windows connect the house to the view.
With a stacked stone fire pit and six white chairs, this outdoor space becomes a comfortable spot to gather with friends. The hillside and home both provide shelter from the wind, while plants offer a touch of greenery.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
As a creative conduit for the homeowners' ideas, Tor Barstad created a one-of-a-kind hillside hideaway that mixes Old World Architecture with contemporary style. With almost 9,000 square feet, this home's use of organic colors and rustic finishes connect the space with the desert surroundings.
To take advantage of the sloping hillside, the house has three primary levels with some mid-level elevation changes on each floor. This classically styled French Provençal home features Santa Barbara stucco, terracotta tile roof and a welcoming porch that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
Glass walls offer an uninterrupted view of the sleek, modern interior of this Lugano, Switzerland, home. The house looks out onto sculpted courtyard. On one side, a sleek, white fence offers privacy, and on the other, the home's hillside orientation opens it to sweeping views of the surrounding lake and mountains.
Wide openings turn this modern California home into an indoor-outdoor space its owners can enjoy year-round. A cantilevered roof provides protection from the elements, while broad windows offer loads of natural light and uninterrupted views of the northern California landscape. Native plants dot the hillside, connecting the house to its setting.
Thick greenery encloses this modern home providing beautiful scenery from every side of the home. The rooftop levels in light and dark gray pop up through the trees in this overhead look at the property.
This classically styled French Provençal home is situated on the high side of a sloping lot with views to the Pacific Ocean. Terracing the hillside with stepped retaining walls help to create privacy from the road and also provided a place for the homeowners to garden.
Th focus of this home's pool area is oneness with nature. A natural wood deck extends from the modern facade of the home, further blending the construction of this building with its surroundings. Two chaise lounges, a covered chaise lounge and a fire pit rest next to the pool so that homeowners can enjoy their views. The most spectacular part of this outdoor living space, however, is the infinity pool that stretches out across the space and seems to become one with the hillside, providing the ultimate "one with nature" feel designers and homeowners craved.
The cedar finish is a beautiful, warm contrast to the concrete panels on the exterior of this home. The clean modern lines of the architecture create a sharp and stylish look. A concrete walkway leads up to the covered front door entrance and immediately greets you with a mountain view from a window on the opposite wall.