This private terrace located in a home in the Camps Bay area of Cape Town, South Africa, affords a stunning view of both the ocean and Signal Hill. Frameless glass surrounds both the terrace and the private hot tub, minimizing the interruption of the sweeping vista.
Two fin-like, metal-clad walls rise from the crown of a hill to support this 1,400-square-foot home, which is suspended a full story above the ground. The home's top floor, which houses the kitchen, living room, dining room and an expansive deck, offers gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape.
Tri-color custom draperies create a seamless flow with the gray walls of this transitional bedroom and frame a sweeping view of the Hollywood hills through French doors. A faux fur throw at the foot of the bed adds interest through texture, and a turquoise chair pops against the overall neutral palette.
A stylish freestanding bathtub is strategically placed under an oversized picture window offering spectacular views from this chic, contemporary bathroom in the Hollywood Hills. Floors made of limestone and cabinetry made of rift cut oak creates a spa-like atmosphere. The shower, with mosaic multi-toned marble, is designed to be romantically occupied by two.
A clean-lined pool and hot tub rest behind this Mediterranean-inspired Austin home with contemporary styling. Large windows and sliding doors provide sweeping views of the surrounding Texas Hill Country. The stone exterior and tile roof preserve the home's traditional feel, while the sleek, straight lines update it for the 21st century.
This bridge connects both sides of the house with a glass balcony railing and a view to the living and dining room areas below. The windows overlook Texas Hill Country, and the vaulted ceilings give the space an an airy, open feel. The glass balcony railing provides a contemporary contrast to the more traditional design elements of the house.
Just two-and-a-half miles away from Big Sky's Town Center, this $4.8-million home sits on 22 acres of gently rolling hills surrounded by old growth trees. The 7,500-square-foot home has beautiful views of Lone Peak and Yellowstone National Park, and the property lines the Lone Mountain Ranch, where guests can hike, horseback ride and cross-country ski.
An open front porch runs the length of this modern farmhouse, offering sweeping views of the rural countryside and distant hills. The 12-acre property includes an existing contemporary structure that now serves as a pool house, connected to the main house by a 40-foot underground tunnel. Throughout the house, modern and traditional furnishings and details blend to create a space that's both contemporary and timeless.
Give your yard a touch of the tropics with exotic passion flower vine. ‘Empress Eugenie’ opens exquisite blooms that release a beautiful fragrance. Blossoms have subtle colors, so it’s best to place this vine where you can view the flowers up close and personal. Vines can reach 20 to 30 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide in warmer regions. Grow it in a container in cold-winter regions, and overwinter in a cool spot where roots won’t freeze. Water sparingly through winter, just enough to keep roots alive. New growth should emerge in spring. Hardy in Zones 7-10. Why we love it: Passionflower is a host plant to several butterflies, including zebra longwings, gulf fritillary and monarchs.
This design studio boasts an angular cement structure with floor-to-ceiling sliding steel and glass windows that open up to the backyard for indoor-outdoor living. The guest bedroom on the top floor overlooks views of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. This contemporary structure complements the main house that was designed and built 20 years prior to the design studio, but they work together seamlessly as if they were designed and built at the same time.
Puffy modular seating is low and contemporary in this modern farmhouse living room. The white-walled space opens to the dining room and kitchen, giving the home an open-plan, contemporary feel, while traditional architectural touches connect the home to its rural, 12-acre site. An open front porch spans the length of the house, showcasing the view of open fields and distant hills while shading the first-floor interior.
This sleek design studio boasts an angular cement exterior with sliding floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to the backyard for indoor/outdoor living. The guest bedroom on the top floor overlooks views of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. This contemporary structure complements the main house that was designed and built 20 years prior to the design studio, but they work together seamlessly as if they were designed and built at the same time.
During the extensive renovation of this Hollywood penthouse condominium, the design team restored the doorway onto the balcony, as well as the original openwork columns and railings, creating a beautiful space to overlook the famed Chateau Marmont and surrounding Hollywood Hills. Located off the penthouse's kitchen, the balcony was previously accessed by a screen door and the ironwork showed significant signs of wear. Now, it's a relaxed, lovely and fully restored spot to unwind and enjoy the view.
With a compact form and several integrated sustainable systems, the Capitol Hill Residence achieves the client’s goals to maximize the site’s views and resources while responding to its microclimate. Some of the sustainable systems are architectural in nature. For example, the roof rainwater collects into a steel entry water feature, day light from a typical overcast Seattle sky penetrates deep into the house through a central translucent slot, and exterior mounted mechanical shades prevent excessive heat gain without sacrificing the view. Hidden systems affect the energy consumption of the house such as the buried geothermal wells and heat pumps that aid in both heating and cooling, and a 30 panel photovoltaic system mounted on the roof feeds electricity back to the grid.
To capitalize on the incredible mountain view these homeowners have in their backyard, designers created a simple, elegant design for the family's outdoor space. Designers wanted the backyard to feel as if it were an uninterrupted part of the mountains that surround it, so the pool's shape is a straight rectangle that draws the eye to the mountains. Stone tiles are laid at the front of the outdoor space for safety, but grass picks up about a quarter of the way down the length of the pool, making the area blend into the mountains beyond. So that the family can enjoy their space, designers created a lounge area and a dining area, making this space the perfect place for relaxation and play in these beautiful Georgia hills.