The line dividing indoors and out literally disappears with the opening of large, custom pocket doors that enclose this rustic-yet-modern living room. The Mediterranean-inspired home is sited to take advantage of the lush outdoor spaces that surround it, while furniture is arranged to take maximum advantage of the beautiful backyard view.
This design studio boasts an angular cement structure with floor-to-ceiling sliding steel and glass windows that open up to the backyard for indoor-outdoor living. The guest bedroom on the top floor overlooks views of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. This contemporary structure complements the main house that was designed and built 20 years prior to the design studio, but they work together seamlessly as if they were designed and built at the same time.
A light-filed dining nook features a breathtaking view of the lushly landscaped pool and backyard of this Naples, Florida, home. The dining table, large enough to seat six, echoes the curves of the room and fits perfectly into the space. Gold-framed artwork picks up the botanical theme of the upholstery and ties to the home's tropical setting.
The view of the home from the backyard shows off the clean lines and open feel of the architecture. Modern landscaping surrounds a swimming pool that's softly lit for an evening swim. Lounge chairs are positioned at one end of the pool, while a ground-level fire pit adds warmth to the modern design at the other.
Jetted water features adorn this sleek swimming pool, part of a backyard oasis adjoining this contemporary California hacienda. A poolhouse provides indoor space to enjoy the outdoor view, and a wide covered patio offers a great spot for dining al fresco. A retractable wall between the patio and living area blurs the line between indoors and out.
Stone tile flooring creates a cohesive design in this luxurious backyard landscaping. Raised and lowered sections create pleasing levels offering different heights to enjoy the view. Unique, tall wicker chairs with bright blue cushions surround the fire pit. Fire bowls at the poolside continue the warm glow throughout the space.
This outdoor eating area has the perfect view of the backyard. Protected by the shade of the yellow Sunbrella, the table has a direct line of sight to the water feature and the obelisk on the opposite side of the space allowing guests to bask in the elegance of this European inspired oasis.
This stunning 10,000 square foot home sits on 1.13 acres in Port Chester, New York, just a short drive to the heart of New York City. White columns frame the stone terrace, as well as several windows located on the rear exterior, both providing ample opportunities to take in the view. The backyard also features a luxurious pool area.
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 sleek design studio boasts an angular cement exterior with sliding floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to the backyard for indoor/outdoor living. The guest bedroom on the top floor overlooks views of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. This contemporary structure complements the main house that was designed and built 20 years prior to the design studio, but they work together seamlessly as if they were designed and built at the same time.
There's a retro inspiration behind this simple but beautiful modern home. A white panel creates depth to the exterior and highlights the bright orange front door. On the opposite side, a full wall of windows provides a view indoors and straight through to the backyard, creating a spacious outdoor feel. A natural rock bed supports a walkway leading up to the home.
A bird's-eye view shows this gorgeous backyard, inspired by traditional Islamic gardens. It is an outdoor oasis that features lush plants, a symmetrical design, and plenty of water elements. The centerpiece is a stunning pool with fountain, lined in beautiful neutral tiles. Flowing urns, plenty of greenery and tropical-inspired plants that look like stars evoke thoughts of paradise at home.
The rear exterior of this home was designed to take advantage of the home's beautiful features. Each level has a balcony so that family and their guests can enjoy the view of the ocean and the pool below. On the lower level, a covered patio boasts several spaces to relax and even a dining space for al fresco entertaining. A swimming pool adds entertaining space to the backyard, while lounge chairs beyond the pool space give the couple a relaxing space to enjoy their view of the ocean.
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.
That gorgeous bluestone continues into the backyard, where an intimate dining area and swimming pool give the owners room to unwind. With lush greenery all around, this outdoor space is easily a sweet escape from the city.
Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado
A skylight and 12-foot accordion bi-fold door let plenty of natural light in, while the doors also show off a view of the beautiful backyard from this airy living room. A contemporary blue sectional pairs nicely with the more rustic TV console, as well as the industrial-style coffee table.
An aerial view captures the full scale of this home's spacious front entrance. A mix of materials brings intrigue to the driveway and connected pathways leading to the front door and backyard. Darker, large tiles in the driveway compliment the red-tone brick exterior of the home while light neutral elements tie in the garage and siding color.
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.