The homeowners wanted to create effortless entertaining space in the kitchen and easy access between the kitchen and the outdoor entertaining space, so designers created an island that runs the length of the kitchen. This island is complete with a breakfast bar that offers the home a casual dining option, while just behind it, a large, sliding glass door creates seamless transitioning between the two spaces and allowing the homeowners the choice between opening the doors for one large, indoor-outdoor entertaining spaces or two separate areas.
A glass door and large fixed glass window accompany the new kitchen; by upgrading the doorway to the patio, the family is able to extend their living space even further when the weather's right. This new midcentury-inspired kitchen is naturally bright and easy to navigate.
The side wall of this home's lower level disappears allowing unfettered access to the backyard and its amazing views. An automated shade can descend from the slot in the ceiling to give privacy to the master bedroom above.
In this elegant, modern living room, natural light streams into the space from several large windows and a sliding glass door. Not only do these features bathe the space in warm, soft light, they also allow the homeowners to enjoy their backyard view, providing the family with direct access to the balcony and the yard beyond.
This minimalistic dining room pairs together soft gray chairs with a cool gray and black dining table, while a rectangular chandelier hangs above. A pair of glass doors offers a view of the backyard, while an orchid and simple white candles act as a table centerpiece.
Concrete steps create a break in the stone retaining wall that separates the upper and lower backyard tiers. These steps provide access to the upper tier, creating an organized flow in the backyard, and frame the waterfall that adds a peaceful ambiance to the space.
This family room was designed for maximum comfort and entertainment. A large built-in entertainment center houses the tv and includes open and hidden storage. When it's time to play, the walls disappear for instant backyard access.
A wide porch gracefully wraps around the back of the home, offering a shady respite from which to enjoy views of the pretty backyard and fountain. The porch then gives way to a stone patio with direct backyard access.
This pool house offers vacation vibes and welcoming spaces to relax just steps away from the main home. The house is light and airy with white tones and Pennsylvania bluestone flooring, and provides pool guests a kitchen, bathroom, living and dining space, and play area with backyard access.
This large covered porch and deck make for easy access to the HGTV Smart Home 2014's back yard from either story. A beautiful white railing surrounds the porch and staircase, creating a more modern looking deck.