This transitional guest room features a soothing palette of grays and blues, as well as sweeping views of the water from a window-filled corner. Two beds offer ample space to house company. A freestanding wardrobe, meanwhile, creates additional storage space.
A modern roof deck overlooks a hilly desert landscape, and a small container garden houses native plants. Because the homeowner is a professor of environmental studies, the house is a teaching tool and example to his students of sustainable architecture. The home runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns.
This modern addition with a roof deck connects to the existing house by a structurally independent deck. The homeowners have an obsession with color, so the design team used bold blue and orange on the exterior, inspired by modern abstract art. The home runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns.
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.
This modern space serves multiple functions, with a seating area, sleeping nook and built-in bench with storage. Because the house sits in a special zoning area, the designers were unable to increase the square footage of the existing house, instead building a separate structure that connects to the old house by a deck. The home runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns. All interior doors are built from recycled flooring.
This vibrant backyard features all-over green landscaping, including palm trees and tropical plants. A paver stone walkway creates a path to a gray stone water fountain. Wall-to-wall windows provide a peek at the indoor living room, while a white roof overhang creates a touch of shade.
Though it would make for an ideal tiny home, this Container Guest House in a San Antonio, Texas backyard functions as the perfect accommodation for visitors. As is the norm with container homes, environmentally friendly practices were top-of-mind, explaining why Poteet Architects kept its original blue color, along with the exterior text. There are plenty of other green features as well. The addition of a floor-to-ceiling window adds natural light, while sliding doors provide plenty of fresh air. The roof garden is watered by grey water (runoff water from the sink and shower). The bathroom contains a composting toilet, and recycled soda bottles are part of the deck’s building materials. If that’s not enough, the exterior light fixtures are local tractor blades, and the foundation consists of — you’d never guess — recycled telephone poles.
A charcoal-gray door with crystal knob opens into this bright contemporary bathroom. The connected water closet is decorated with a gray-patterned wallpaper. Stacked wood shelves create a unique and stylistic vanity.
A grey stone patio and pool with water and fire features make for an exciting outdoor space. Orange striped outdoor-furniture cushions and shade umbrella, rock garden and gray pavers complete the sleek outdoor design.
Shades of white and gray provide a clean and light look in this spacious master bathroom. Gray and white mosaic tile creates a look of artwork in the water closet. A chrome-framed mirror hangs above the white vanity, which features a gorgeous gray granite countertop.
This colonial home features a classic gray shingle exterior, as well as several outdoor terraces for taking in the Southport Harbor view. Located in Fairfield, Conn., the home includes a deep water dock with a boathouse that sit right at the water's edge.
The soaring contemporary design of Element House in Florida draws inspiration from the nearby Gulf waters. The graceful arching roof is meant to echo the gentle Gulf waves, and the color palette borrows greens, grays and whites from the ever-changing colors of the water and sky.