Wanting a space that they could really enjoy, the owners of this Georgian-style home asked landscape architect Jason Cromley to transform their uninspired backyard into a gorgeous garden. Now the lot features a paved patio, complete with a fire pit and water fountains.
A cobblestone courtyard, trimmed hedges and planters create the formal entrance that this Federal-style home deserves. In the summer, ivy climbs the brick exterior and completes the picture-perfect look.
A lofty cathedral ceiling makes for a grand entrance in the foyer and allows transom windows to let in ample natural light. The stacked stone facade, lantern sconces and contemporary wooden door give this exterior a rustic, Craftsman look.
This home has all the classic architectural elements of a prairie-style home. long flat roofs with big eaves, rows of windows and horizontal lines. Developed in the Midwest by architectural trailblazer Frank Lloyd Wright, the prairie style was built based on the idea that a home should serve all practical needs without being overly embellished or showy. It was influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement and features many of the same concepts such as built-in furniture, simple materials and open floor plans.
Matt Anderson, owner of Anderson Framing & Remodeling in East Sandwich, Mass., used AZEK Trim and Mouldings, made of cellular PVC, as a low-maintenance replacement for wood or wrought iron, which is perfect for his colder climate.
A driveway made up of gravel and large, irregularly shaped stones makes for a warm welcome at this property, plus sets an informal tone that’s appropriate for the cottage style of the home. Lush green plants line the driveway and harmonize with the wooded, mountainous surroundings.
Branden and Raynie Williams of Williams Estates say, “The look is completed with a beautiful main gate, which could either be a heavy, reclaimed wood or iron." This is an especially good idea if you have young children or pets that play in the front yard, or just want extra privacy and security.
The new porch columns were constructed to emulate the original columns, but are proportionately larger in order to accommodate the higher porch roof height. An original wood ornament was saved during demolition, used as a template for the new wood trim and resized to fit the new proportions of the brick columns.
The existing landscape provided a challenge, but also the opportunity to design outdoor living spaces on several levels. The flat-roofed family room needed a pitched roof to blend with the existing house, but the roof, along with the turret, couldn’t block existing windows. To accomplish the homeowners’ vision, interior walls had to be removed, but they were constructed of clay blocks, which supported two-story block walls above. We continued the 16:12 pitched roof over the existing family room, but shifted it back to allow light into the third-story window. The same pitched roof covers the garage addition, but a reverse gable with paneled accents provides interest and a carriage house feel.
With chic black shutters and stately columns, this Houston home puts a modern twist on traditional southern architecture. A well-manicured lawn complements the clean design without stealing the spotlight.
The Reynolds Mansion, in Asheville, NC, sits on a 200-degree western sunset view knoll, just minutes from DT Asheville. Seen from above, this historic home features mature trees, lush landscaping and a guest house with private drive.
What sprawling Mediterranean villa would be complete without space outside for entertaining? In this beautiful backyard, the owners and their guests can go for a swim in the pool or enjoy dinner beneath the stars.
The concrete walkway is broken up with strips of grass, adding softness to the entryway pathway. White columns with stone bases have a rustic-meet-traditional vibe that blends perfectly with the Craftsman-style house. A pair of Adirondack chairs makes for a cozy spot to enjoy the front yard.
A sprawling outdoor space is essential for a home located in sunny Santa Fe, N.M. This one definitely delivers with its grassy lawn, willowy trees and various space for soaking up some Vitamin D. A wooden fence wraps around the property and help establish a sense of privacy.