The walls in this stunning northern California home retract to completely open its interior spaces to the outdoors, connecting the modern, minimal home to its surrounding landscape. Natural materials like the wood ceiling further tie the house to its surroundings, while broad expanses of glass offer uninterrupted views in any weather. A fireplace wall creates a cozy seating area.
The rear facade of this contemporary California ranch house is almost completely composed of glass, opening the home to its inviting outdoor view. A low wood deck extends the length of the house and leads to a pool surrounded in native stone.
A board form concrete retaining wall transitions the site grade and creates a pocket facing the lake for an outdoor terrace.
One way to extend the outdoor season here in Vermont is to tuck outdoor spaces into recessed pockets. In this case, the concrete retaining wall provides protection from the wind as well as a solar heat mass to make the terrace warmer than it normally would be.
A white fence serves as a back wall to this outdoor living space. An area rug, plants and lots of pillows accessorize the space while dark wood outdoor furniture and a built-in white storage bench provide ample seating.
This Tuscan-themed outdoor living space was designed with a gorgeous tan brick and stone fireplace, luxurious wicker furniture seated around a marble coffee table, a skylight for sunny days and an ornate chandelier for romantic evenings.
Enjoy the waterfront view from almost anywhere in this living and dining space. The water can be seen from the dining, kitchen and living room. This bight white walls and sliding glass doors gives this space a bight and open feel that makes the transition from the indoor to outdoor seamless.
Designers were careful to blend the indoor and outdoor spaces by taking advantage of sight lines from the home's interior design. The plants in the front courtyard and the back yard can be seen from the living room, kitchen, bedroom and hallways. Here, a sculptural cactus provides a backdrop for art inside the home.
A back door and kitchen window leading to the deck make outdoor grilling a breeze. “There is a major indoor-outdoor living element in this house,” says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “The pass through between the sink area in the kitchen and the grilling area on the deck is a great example, and what’s excellent about it is when its open and you’re grilling and you have friends over you can easily pass drinks and food out the window.”
Sliding glass doors open to connect the home's interior spaces to the exterior entertaining space. The glass also allows both spaces to have access to the beautiful view of the home's mountain surroundings.
A wall of sliding glass doors opens fully and is concealed in a pocket of the wall to seamlessly connect this living area with the adjacent outdoor space. The glass doors also allow breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country.
A striking 17-foot fireplace with backlit LED lighting draws you into this phenomenal space. Not bound by four walls, the indoor-outdoor room has an exotic feel that's accentuated by a network of exposed beams and sweeping views.
The columns in this decadent living room, the indoor fountain, and the shape of the ceiling give the illusion that you've traveled back in time and are enjoying a day in Ancient Greece. Design by Tom Beasley
A colorful striped area rug and patterned throw pillows add cheery pops of orange color to this outdoor living room. An outdoor kitchen surrounds the sitting area, while a nearby bench doubles as seating and storage.
The outdoor living room is anchored by a large, double sided, white masonry fireplace that is a nod to the walls of the home and the retaining walls in the front and backyards. With luxurious, outdoor furniture, a television and a wood ceiling, this outdoor space is cozy, warm and welcoming-the perfect space for an outdoor gathering.