This dramatic hilltop home features a color-blocked exterior inspired by abstract art. Various shades of blue connect the house, sited on the ridge of a hill, to the the sky. Blue is also a reference to how the house “sails” along the top of the hill like a ship. Orange, as the complementary color, creates a dynamic contrast. Because the designers were unable to increase the square footage of the existing house, they built a separate structure and connected it to the old house by a deck.
Perched on a hilltop in the British Virgin Islands, this beautiful estate encompasses over eight acres and features a main house, several guest cottages and lush, tropical landscaping. Oh, and then there are those 360-degree views.
This modern northern California home, nestled into a Healdsburg hilltop, features clean, crisp lines and a cantilevered roofline that helps to protect its indoor-outdoor spaces from the elements. Native plants surround the house, which is designed to embrace its natural setting.
SPG Architects’ Leicester House, located in Asheville, N.C., features south and west glass walls opening to rolling farmland below and the Blue Ridge Mountains beyond. The entry level serves as the primary living area, with a guest wing carved into the hilltop below.
The steel and glass walls of this modern northern California home retract to open the spaces completely to the outdoors. Native plants surround the house and pool, which are ideally sited to take advantage of the home's hilltop location. Decoration is minimal, creating a space that's restful and meditative.
Situated on a lush hilltop, this Spanish villa-style home feels like it's integrated into the landscaping. This is achieved through the integration of the plants onto the house itself -- the climbing vines that circle the pergola that leads to the front door. The pergola creates a grand entrance into the seaside home.
This hilltop home and garden in Bel Air boldly pairs modern design with sustainable practices. As guests move from the courtyard to back of the house, they'll find various grasses, sculptural succulents and a grove of Eucalyptus trees -- all of which require little water and maintenance. Sansevieria plants introduce this idea in the clean, contemporary courtyard.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
Arizona flagstone pavers and steps help blur the boundaries between the natural and constructed environments, and between the hilltop and the house. This 10-acre property is on a ridge-top setting with views of Mount Diablo in California. The project by David Thorne Landscape Architect won a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers award.