Suspending a 6' wide, 1,200-pound marble fireplace proved a gravity-defying engineering challenge. The tons of behind-the-scene steel and framing allow the fireplace to effortlessly float as the home's centerpiece.
This home was originally built in the 1800s, but recent renovations tripled its size so it now encompasses 14,000 square feet. Designers' main challenge and goal was to seamlessly marry the historic architecture with the new elements.
The design challenge for this contemporary kitchen was to blend the tones with the desired neutral tones that would open the space. This was achieved by adding new backsplash tile and quartz countertops.
Challenges included the below-ground garden, cement walls, unmovable A/C pipes and a massive concrete pad that hides the dry well. The cement walls have a interesting way of reflecting light and fit with the modern structure.
Low ceilings were a challenge in the guest house redesign, so Roman shades are mounted at the ceiling to add height. A neutral color palette keeps the space calm and restful, while dark floors ground the space.
HGTV Design Star contestant Stacey Cohen pulled together three different living areas: kitchen, dining room and living room. While somewhat of a design challenge, the open floor plan allows homeowners to entertain while preparing meals or cleaning up.
Bright green pots complement natural green herbs in a hanging garden, providing a colorful punch to this back deck. Eileen Beaver, who blogs at A Creative Day, created this hanging herb planter for the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge.
One of the challenges in this roof deck makeover was working with the narrow space. Designers opted for a built-in bench on one side of the dining table, instead of chairs which need more room to pull out.