The exterior of this renovated, ultra-modern home stands proud as a fantastic example of functional, exemplary design. The lower level houses a garage, while the second story contains the home's common spaces. The third floor boasts all the home's bedrooms. The interior, as well as exterior, spaces have all been designed from the ground up to reflect this clean, elegant, modern design.
Homeowners wanted a modern redesign to their home's exterior, so designers kept the long front porch that meets the neighbors, but punctuated it with modern, vertical windows that penetrate the painted brick section of the home's front facade. Then, they added cedar siding to warm up the exterior space. Finally, a navy blue door adds a splash of color to the design of the home's front elevation.
Multiple outdoor living areas off the front of the home take full advantage of its lovely setting, with forest and lake views. The trees also offer privacy as does the house's elevation; it sits approximately 12 feet higher than the street and over 25 feet back from it.
Keep your range of height flowing so that the highest elevated items sit towards the back of the table and the smaller, squatty dishes sit towards the front. This will allow you to place any condiments or accoutrements below and in front of the elevated dishes so guests can garnish them once they're pulled off of cake stands or risers.
The craftsman facade of the HGTV Dream Home 2013 shows an elevated front porch with support piers and exposed steel hurricane strapping to prevent storm damage. A horizontal mahogany porch railing stands out against the sage exterior and Southern yellow pine timber beams.
Landscape designer Katharine Webster used art installations and plants to fill otherwise empty spaces in the front garden of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. "When I first came to the space, it was a very long, rectangular, bleak space," Webster says. "I thought it was important to move the eye along. As it turned out, the art elevated the landscape and the landscape elevated the art, balancing each other."
Comfortable floor cushions make for unique and versatile seating in this living room that opens up to an outdoor living space with beautiful views. Contemporary outdoor furniture sits in front of an elevated fireplace, while a large table makes the space perfect for entertaining.
Sherrod decided to elevate the entry to her shed and "constructed a grand staircase to create an exciting entryway and show some personality up front. Just because it might be called a 'shed,' doesn't mean it has to look like your typical shed," she says.
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.