The elevated planting bed houses bamboo that will grow to provide beautiful cover for the front of the home. A dark wood entry is a beautiful warm-tone contrast to the white exterior walls. A spacious gravel driveway allows for easy maneuvering while plant life adds life and shade to the yard.
This colonial home was cut into an east facing slope, with it’s rear garden protected from the elevated topography to the west. This pleasant place surrounded by hillside was left unrealized with its woodland edge wild and untamed, linear shrubbery foundation plantings and views out of prominent windows with nothing to gaze upon but the ubiquitous suburban lawn.
Two sets of French doors connect the great room to the back deck in this rustic home, which is elevated 10 feet above ground level and boasts stellar views of marshland. Walls of glass blur the line between inside and out. Great-room trusses, visible from the back deck, take on added drama once night falls.
The windows scattered across the home's rear elevation allow plenty of natural light to come into the home's interior spaces, while allowing the view of the home's backyard to take center stage-even from the inside of the house.
A sleek pool, spiral staircase and welcoming back porch are among the custom features that make this home's rear elevation unique. Stately columns separate upstairs and downstairs balconies that maximize the home's outdoor living space.
According to interior designer Linda Woodrum, the master bedroom walls in HGTV Smart Home 2015 were executed under a very fast-paced timeline. “The room was a metamorphosis when we went up,” says Linda. “The boards (along the walls) replicate the vertical board and battens that are outside on the exterior of the house, so that’s the connection.” By mirroring the outside look within the master bedroom, the home’s modern, Texas style is elevated and really driven home.
The minimalist design of this living room is highlighted by its use of open floor space, with a wall of bookshelves elevated by steel pipes. Reclaimed wood flooring connects with the wood ceiling and gives a nod to the home's sustainable design. The homeowner, a professor of environmental studies, requested a home that runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns. All interior doors are built from recycled flooring.
The formal living room is the first room guests as they walk into the home. A bold pattern on the chairs is balanced by a neutral sofa, ottoman and armchair. Bright pops of colorful blue enliven this otherwise neutral room. Sophisticated touches like gold accents, a tortoise shell accent table and dark wood finishes give this room elevated style.
Transitioning from one area to the next is seamless and stylish in the open design of this modern home. Pink orchids placed in each section bring a cohesive decorative feel. A modern white marble island has an elevated bar with black leather barstools to create an eat-in feel. Stainless steel details in the kitchen are echoed in the back rests of the dining chairs.
The great outdoors comes into this Asian bathroom, thanks to the unique wallpaper depicting a pastoral countryside scene. Bold red lines recall a wooden home or gazebo and elevate an otherwise ordinary powder room.
Drawing inspiration from elegance of the home’s Italian Villa-like elements, this luxurious outdoor space transports family and guests to a Mediterranean retreat. Strong columns and arches and warming fire pots line the stunning, uniquely shaped pool. A circular, elevated infinity spa with chic mosaic tile anchors one end of the space while a crowning pergola with sofa and fire pit create an enchanted lounge space at the other.
An impressive stone garden wall with circular cut-out provides a backdrop for a comfortable lounge area next to this South Florida home's pool. The circular window provides a view into the garden beyond which is planted with towering bamboo, Queen palms and Mexican Fan Palms. The elevated stone patio is the perfect place for visitors to relax poolside and soak in the sun on three contemporary, mesh lounge chairs.