A brick driveway adds texture leading up to the smooth front exterior of the home. Potted trees and mirrored garden sections frame the way to the arched wood front doors. Above the door, columns support the covered balcony. Exterior lighting illuminated both stories for a warm finish.
A pergola extends out from the covered pavilion bringing the warm wood hues out over this outdoor bar space. A gorgeous stone countertop steals the show melding the warm wood color with neutral and gray. The smooth countertop is a stylish contrast to the rough texture of the rock bar base and nearby retaining wall.
The ceiling over this covered outdoor living room features dark wood exposed beams that create a bold contrast against the light neutral structure. Floral slip covered sofas, a wood book cabinet and stone surrounded fireplace make up one cozy room. The space moves smoothly into another living space closer to the open outdoor wall.
Bluestone patio, a cedar roof structure, and all natural veneer and wall stone create an elegant, contemporary outdoor living and dining space with a rustic charm. A long light fixture compliments the long wooden dining table. Wood chairs with neutral seat cushions line the table and a trio of lanterns create a simple centerpiece decor.
A comfortably appointed outdoor lounge area is framed by an overhead structure clad in a dark ipe wood. The covered area protects four, fifty-inch televisions which are the focal point for this space. Contemporary outdoor sofas provide a viewing area and Norstone veneer covers the walls to create a cohesive design.
This modern home is custom-fitted to its wooded, sloping site. Bold red trim makes the otherwise neutral structure stand out against a backdrop of trees. A fenced, modern garden features raised beds that are visible from a bi-level deck and covered patio.
An inviting porte-cochere trimmed with heavy wood beams connects a side entrance of this French country-style home in Atlanta, Georgia, to a small shed that is set up to serve as a private office or studio. Both structures are clad in whitewashed wood shingles, mimicking the style of the adjacent carriage house garage.
Floor to ceiling wood wine bottle shelves cover a long wall for optimum storage. A lighted center row highlights bottles and brightens the structure. An elegant light fixture casts a decorative shadow pattern over the ceiling. A wine barrel is fitting to the theme and works as a table.
The Matsumotos wanted an outdoor dining area on a covered porch. The tin ceiling was made from the repurposed metal roof from the home's original structure. A hanging planter was fashioned from an old wooden box salvaged from inside the old house.
Some of Chip Wade's outdoor landscaping tips cost nothing. If you have plants in containers, place them close to the house to bring landscaping up to the structure itself. The wood pergola behind which will eventually be covered with climbing hydrangea is another way to integrate architecture and landscape.