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.
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.
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.
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.
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.