A cool white gazebo and custom dock stand at the far edge of the backyard, giving the owners direct access to the water. After reading and soaking up those coastal breezes, the family of five can dive into the water or hop on their boat and head for the horizon.
This wide view shows the easy transition between spaces in the great room, from the living room to open dining room and easy-access kitchen in this urban home made for modern living. The sunken design of the living room makes the space feel bigger, and creates an easy transition from the living room to the deck and backyard outside.
Designers at Mark Scott and Associates created a special area adjacent to the house and swimming pool featuring a rustic pergola and greenery that harmonize with the outdoor scene, yet add dimension and texture with their presence. A stone walkway leads from the backyard to a dining table and grill for easy access.
Segmented concrete pavers provide access to this section of the backyard that contains a small area of turf, a sunken trampoline and a line of Sweetgum trees. These trees provide privacy to the yard, separating it from the street, and the green space gives the kids a place to play. Finally, a sunken trampoline with six jets enhances the fun on a hot summer day.
In the living room, a rich, traditional wood Spanish door separates the modern addition from the original part of the home. This, along with Spanish artwork and other wood details helps to tie the new part of the home together with the original home. To create a modern addition, designers used bold colors and patterns to reflect the natural colors of the backyard, to which the living room has direct access.
The retro Airstream trailer set the stage for this backyard barbecue shower, providing a cool backdrop for the festivities. If you don't have access to something like this, you can always create a backdrop that sets the tone for your event - like a desert landscape, a big red barn or countryside using a photo printed on large canvas. This way it can also double as a backdrop for a photobooth!
The master bedroom suite of this Encino, California home is now a cool retreat at one end of the home with a lavishly remodeled bathroom and easy access to the backyard swimming pool. Rustic touches like the large area rug compliment the home's California-modern design style and set off the austere marble of the soaking tub, floor and wall tiles in the master bath.
While the residence was being rehabbed, the homeowner wanted to carve out a bit more flexible space that could be used for client meetings, as well as entertaining. Under the carport, an underutilized utility closet was reimagined as a bright studio by simply reversing the access so that the doors faced out onto the backyard deck rather than inside toward the carport. After adding French doors and skylights, the transformation was complete.
After the ranch house is demolished, this backyard patio area will be reconfigured as a elegant courtyard with access to a two story pavilion. The brick retaining wall topped by hedges will soon become a decorative stone wall housing a large fireplace. To the left of the fireplace in the corner will be a raised bed complete with palm tree and behind that a greenhouse. It might be hard to imagine until you view the next photo.
Although the Pacific Ocean was just beyond this backyard and offered an unparalleled view, the space needed a highlight feature that could be seen from inside. The spa can easily been seen from the front door, throughout the great room and other rooms in the house. Its central location, clean infinity edge and alignment with the ocean beyond allow for it to be a major highlight to the backyard, while also blending well with the surrounding materials.
From this view, the spa looks quite high, but it is accessed by a 12" raised patio. By raising the patio and subsequently the spa by twelve (12"), it allowed enough height for the spa water to blend perfectly with the ocean beyond.