Initially the home included a solid wall where the architectural screen wall now stands. By doing a screen wall, the team was able to expand the stairwell without impeding into the dining room space. “It’s a statement on its own,” says build manager Dan Faires. “It’s a vertical dark wood slatted wall, but it’s not heavy.”
The goal with the fireplace was to create an architectural feature with enough visual weight to balance the large scale of the room and trusses. Incorporating industrial and rustic materials, including corten steel, rebar rods and angle iron, was also a key element of the design to tie together the home.The lighting through the pattern casts dramatic shadows across the golden walls, which were upholstered in burlap and then painted over for texture.
With layers of boxwoods, shrubs and pretty pink hydrangeas, this traditional home designed by Richard Seaberg of RS Architectural Partners looks like something out of the Secret Garden. Further, the grand nature of the lawn accentuates the home's symmetrical architecture.
This hidden door bookcase leads from an office to the guest quarters in a private home in Alameda, Calif. Designed by Mark Dutka of InHouse Design Studio, it’s made of rift oak with a natural finish, and is just one part of a highly complex design which covers every inch of the room’s walls. It was quite the challenge, but Dutka's specialty is the design of custom cabinetry solutions for specialized residential environments. Our question is, what’s the secret password?
A closer look at the home's front door reveals a little black lantern, which keeps the space bright at night. Meanwhile, an overhang above provides shade from the sun or shelter from the rain, depending on the day.
Because this stately home is set along the North River, the landscape architects also installed stone steps that would allow their clients to walk right by the water. Shrubs and other plants line the path and offer additional natural texture.
The back of the house is just as lovely as the front, with more hedges and flowers decorating the yard's natural slope. Balconies in the distance encourage the owners to soak up cool breezes and views of this outdoor space at sunset.
Plants don't just increase the property's natural beauty; they also help reduce noise pollution. With rows of hedges in their yard, the owners of this home can stifle the sounds of suburban traffic and enjoy a little more peace of mind.
Even at a distance, this elegant Massachusetts estate is rich with visual interest. Trimmed hedges and boxwoods not only define the front yard, but also create a grand outdoor space that visitors can enjoy strolling through at night.