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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
An overall view of this home exterior displays the seamless transition from the modern home design to the sleek backyard style. The glass walls of the house allow interior light to shine out over the patio featuring a swimming pool with negative edge. A long fire pit extends the full length of the pool creating a border of fire between the patio and the yard.
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.
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.
To capitalize on the incredible mountain view these homeowners have in their backyard, designers created a simple, elegant design for the family's outdoor space. Designers wanted the backyard to feel as if it were an uninterrupted part of the mountains that surround it, so the pool's shape is a straight rectangle that draws the eye to the mountains. Stone tiles are laid at the front of the outdoor space for safety, but grass picks up about a quarter of the way down the length of the pool, making the area blend into the mountains beyond. So that the family can enjoy their space, designers created a lounge area and a dining area, making this space the perfect place for relaxation and play in these beautiful Georgia hills.
On the home's second floor, the master bathroom has a simple, contemporary design. A neutral color palette keeps the space light and bright, while a tile floor laid out in a chevron pattern gives the space texture. To complete the space, a shower sits off to the side of a soaker tub that rests in front of a floor to ceiling window that gives the space a perfect view of the home's backyard.
"Every view faces a garden," says Danielle Rollins of the way she has constructed her Atlanta backyard garden. Rollins' swimming pool is a centerpiece of her garden, where she swims most mornings, stages parties (or impromptu swimming after-parties, for which she keeps a collection of suits on hand) and even uses it for team-building with her staff. "It's been our official bonding space," she says. Her only regret is not installing more lights in her heated pool for nighttime swims.
Beautiful sunsets are seen from this wonderful covered loggia in the backyard. With its vaulted ceiling, multiple seating options, nearby BBQ counter and refreshing fountain feature, this space gets used daily. From early morning coffee, to enjoying a nice BBQ with family and friends, and of course, the vast Pacific Ocean at your finger tips, there are many reasons why this space is truly an extension of the home.
Keeping views open was an obvious goal, but setting up the spa waterline at just the right height where it would line up with the ocean beyond was a bit tricky. 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.
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.