This contemporary bedroom in a private estate at Seven Canyons in Sedona, Ariz., was created to fit the natural beauty of the site. The design incorporates natural materials and allows a full view of the desert landscape through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Low-maintenance landscaping and artificial turf groundcover create a lush green space on this urban rooftop deck. A combination of planters and container gardens are integrated into the contemporary design, giving guests a variety of foliage to admire both indoors and out.
Designed by architect Erik Helgen, AIA, in collaboration with Alloy, the 18,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom residence connects with the landscape in a seamless indoor/outdoor flow with distinct areas for entertaining, everyday living and guest accommodations. Constructed of limestone, wood and glass, the oceanfront home draws influence from both contemporary and modern design.
Located in Vienna, Va., this impressive 6,700-square foot home includes a beautiful backyard designed by Surrounds Landscape Architecture + Construction. With a terraced travertine deck and sleek, contemporary pool house, this outdoor space is perfect for hosting a crowd.
Red stools and chairs, contemporary metal and mesh furniture and a water element make this Boston courtyard a chic hangout spot. The townhouse courtyard designed by A Blade of Grass has a plexiglass panel, fire feature and glass table on wheels. It was an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award winner for small garden design.
Warm wood pairs with cool gray stone and stucco on the exterior of this contemporary home, achieving a balanced design that's subtle yet striking. The stones on either side of the driveway were taken from the lot during the foundation process, making for a low-maintenance landscape.
In this contemporary exterior lounge at condo residence in Brazil, the designer used an ecological fire pit by Construflama. The negative edge pool blends with the landscape, and plants such as bamboo and trees offer privacy and maximize the view. The project by designer Alex Hanazaki won a 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects award.
This small urban landscape design for the entry of a 1920s hillside house incorporates an eclectic mix of plantings with contemporary hardscape design using bluestone and pebbles. A custom-designed interpretation of the old carriage house doors updated the look while respecting the integrity of the architecture. The space is completed by a fountain which provides a welcoming presence for people as well as hummingbirds.
Steel mixes with stone and wood for a rustic meets contemporary outdoor space. A sleek pergola provides shade over the raised deck, while streamlined stairs lead down to backyard and swimming pool area. Well-planned landscaping creates an organic yet sculptural design that seamlessly blends all the outdoor areas.
In the courtyard gallery garden at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, landscape designer Megan Van Linda pays homage to the Venice Biennale, the biennial, internationally acclaimed exhibition of contemporary art in Italy. A custom mural by San Francisco artist The Apexer and a modern lounger add contemporary flair to the Italianate architecture of the home.
This backyard art studio is designed as a contemporary work space outside of the main residence and paired with a functional and beautiful low-water landscape with clean lines to match. The studio features sliding glass doors and clerestory windows to maximize natural light and is surrounded by sleek concrete pavers and Mexican pebble joints.
A 2-ton granite boulder, old driftwood tree and mosaic of beach stone are signature details in the entry courtyard of a contemporary Mediterranean residence. Landscape designer C. Stuart Moore also selected ferns, sedges and moss for the award-winning space.
Paired with a functional and beautiful low-water landscape with clean lines, this backyard art studio was designed for a client who wanted a contemporary work space outside of the main residence. The shed-style, finished studio structure with two sliding glass door entries and clerestory windows maximizes the natural light entering the space.
Classic bungalow appeal with a modern twist and thoughtful landscaping gives this home a contemporary look that sets the stage for the rest of the home’s urban style. “The bungalow lifestyle is set back into nature and it’s cozy,” says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
Built in 1957, this Dallas, Tex., residence was renovated to honor the architecture of the original design while also updating it for a modern family. MESA revamps the grounds to highlight the International style of Oak Court, including a chic pool that's integrated into the structural wall of the house. Contemporary red lounge chairs add a burst of color to the minimalist landscaping.
This hilltop home and garden in Bel Air boldly pairs modern design with sustainable practices. As guests move from the courtyard to back of the house, they'll find various grasses, sculptural succulents and a grove of Eucalyptus trees -- all of which require little water and maintenance. Sansevieria plants introduce this idea in the clean, contemporary courtyard.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
Boxwoods, such as the 'Green Mountain' boxwood on the left side of this contemporary patio, are wise, cost-concious purchases for courtyard shrubs because they have handsome foliage and grow to 3 feet high by 3 feet wide. Also, layering is a part of outdoor design. A plexiglass panel is front of a cedar fence in this patio by A Blade of Grass, which won an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award. A plexiglass screen also can be a DIY project.