This little cottage was in sore need of an update. Built in the 1950's, it has an ideal location near the ocean. But the home's exterior and yard were ho hum and dated. Thoughtful landscaping and a few tasteful improvements made a world of difference.
The short, flat roof architecture of this midcentury modern home contributes to the spacious look of the surrounding yard and environment. A gravel courtyard is illuminated by mounted outdoor lights that fade out into landscaping lighting placed in the planted sections of the yard.
This new-construction home is just as beautiful at night, with landscape lights showcasing its crisp white exterior and simple yet sophisticated style. A gravel path curves around the lush front lawn and shows visitors where to park their cars.
Warm neutral colors, a sea grass rug with dark leather border and handmade corbels supporting antique cymbals are featured in this traditional dining room. A triptych of abstract metallic landscapes forms the focal point of the room, and a specially finished metallic octagonal ceiling gleams overhead.
A custom designed architectural stone bridge connects flagstone walkways, leading visitors to different parts of the garden. The garden was built using stones in various shapes, textures and colors, ensuring visual interest is maintained through every inch of the landscape.
An elegant brick pathway leads through lush grass to a beautiful courtyard at the entrance of this Colonial Revival home. The house combines a traditional stucco exterior and terracotta roof tiles and is surrounded by Mediterranean-inspired landscaping.
A gorgeous playhouse complete with a water wheel enhances the northern side of the landscape while screening the neighbors' house. The sound generated by the water cascading off the water wheel is soothing and accents the private setting.
One of the goals of this New England home's landscape design was to connect the outdoor spaces harmoniously to the natural surroundings. Here, vines grow in a playful design and twin armchairs look out over a meadow-like garden.
An oasis tucked into the desert, this Southwestern-style home has everything the owners could ever want: a covered patio, a full-sized pool and a lounge area for sunbathing. Tall cacti layer the landscape, too, for a touch of greenery.
Classic bungalow appeal with a modern twist and thoughtful landscaping gives this home a contemporary look that sets the stage for the rest of the home’s urban style. “The bungalow lifestyle is set back into nature and it’s cozy,” says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
The exquisite luxury property is situated on over an acre in the gated Stillwater community of Odessa, Fla. Framed by nature and refined landscaping, the estate is built by the famed custom builder, The Fechtel Company.
HGTV's The Outdoor Room transformed a plain backyard into an enclosed home office that still connects with its surrounding landscape. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a unique roof allow natural light to stream into the Balinese-inspired room featuring warm wood furniture, houseplants and a woven rug.
A low concrete tub is set into concrete floors in this sleek, modern master bathroom. Neutral colors and natural materials rule the day in this space, part of a modern home nestled into the northern California landscape. Broad windows maximize light in the space and take advantage of the home's stunning views.
Chip Wade recommends buying stone and rock in bulk at landscape suppliers to save money. Wade takes large landscape bags to the suppliers and has them filled and then stores them in a less used section of his yard so he will always have rock or pebbles when he needs them. You'll save lots of money if you don't have these materials delivered. Wade used these stones beneath a gutter to hide an erosion issue. "Frequently that looks good and solves the problem," he says.
Surrounded by freshwater and marsh on all sides, this industrial home in Northumberland County, Va., becomes a secluded retreat from the city. Large boulders layer the landscape and protect the home from potential wakes.
This dining and sitting room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that provide the space a gorgeous view into the tropical landscape. Mostly black and white furnishings keep the room looking crisp, and blue-gray dining chairs add a subtle pop of color.
An expansive motor court makes for a stunning entry to this modern Palladian home. Low concrete walls help to define the space, separating it from the beautiful landscaping beyond. At the entryway is a spout water feature and large zinc urns to welcome guests into the home.
The historic cottage in old town Key West opens up to a dark wood deck with comfortable wicker furniture, perfect for outdoor entertaining. Steps down from the deck is a stone patio with bistro table and chairs, while tropical landscaping provides privacy and a serene atmosphere.