Because the location of this home was on the side of a cliff overlooking the surrounding area, the designers wanted to emphasize the beautiful view. In doing so, they opened up the living room and kitchen, added several large windows to bring in the natural light and added a screened-in porch for comfortable outdoor seating.
Eye-popping vermillion walls and sleek metal supports create a foyer with maximum pizzazz in this contemporary Reno home. An open design is functional for entertaining and allows in plenty of natural light. Large windows connect the house to its seven-acre site, located in a private, gated community.
This home is located on a steeply sloping ridge top and is designed to sensitively step down with the land. The steep topography influenced the linear design as it hugs along a natural rock outcropping. The layout is perfectly harmonious to the land and sun, allowing the home to orient its long faces to the north and south while minimizing its east and west exposures.
Tall, north-facing window walls capture cool, even lighting throughout the day, while deep overhangs along the south protect from overexposure from the sun. The main roof sheds to the south, providing maximum solar collection potential. Decks and screened-in porches along the south face also provide areas for outdoor entertaining and a means to capture prevailing breezes that blow up from the canyons below.
Though a formal dining room, this space is kept unfussy with contemporary decor choices by designer Amy Zolin. An organic wallcovering adds unexpected texture to the space, and the pattern is echoed in the home's master bedroom. A table with clean lines includes exposed butterfly joints for extra visual appeal.
Pink orchids, hot pink ringed napkins and rose colored wine glasses add a feminine yet bold pop of color to this contemporary dining room. Four chairs and one matching bench feature stainless steel backrests with neutral upholstered seat cushions. The glass table looks down to the silver support legs and animal hide black rug, giving attitude to the space in the open setting.
Contemporary home designs and layouts typically make use of every square inch of the home. Stunning landscaping and hardscaping, the variations in the roofline and a beautiful exterior color add charming curb appeal to this home.
Water is an integral part of this contemporary home's design. A walkway creates a unique experience as it floats above the water to lead up the floor-to-ceiling glass entryway. The home welcomes in its natural surroundings through the use of stacked stone walls, warm woods and even a stone pebble garden at the base of the stairs.
Cool non-traditional choices for a front door are lime and turquoise, says garden designer Carmen Johnston of Nectar & Co. This contemporary home was designed by Koch Architects, based in Berkeley, Calif.
Numerous walls were removed to create an open living space in this contemporary rustic home designed by Kristi Will. Eighteen-foot sliding glass doors and a succession of full-height windows connect this room to a stunning dining deck, patio and fire pit.
Though this contemporary home is designed with an open plan in mind, the great room is still divided into easily distinguished areas thanks to smart architectural features. The steel fireplace helps define two sitting zones, while the second-floor hallway helps demark the kitchen and dining areas.
The inspiration for this island-style residence emerged from the homeowner's memories of living in the Bahamas and a desire for a unique, contemporary home. Island design components like deep balconies, rich wood soffits and Bahama shutters are blended with modern elements including oversized roof overhangs, angular lines and architectural columns reaching from ground to roof.