In Point Loma, Calif., this 7,400-square-foot home was built in 1935 by local architect Ralph Frank. Situated on a large sloping lot, the residence features panoramic views of the downtown San Diego skyline and the San Diego bay.
The front courtyard creates a grand, welcoming entrance to this 7,400-square-foot 1935 Colonial Revival residence. Originally designed by local architect Ralph Frank, the home is situated on a large sloping lot in Point Loma with panoramic views of the downtown San Diego skyline and the San Diego bay.
The walls and countertops may be a cool shade of white, but sometimes the most color, saturation and pattern can be found in a beautiful piece of wood. This contemporary kitchen features a species of local wood and refined stainless steel elements for a crisp, polished look.
Looking at it now, it's hard to believe that the backyard once sloped straight down the hill. After careful planning by the landscape architects, locally cut stone retaining walls were added to level off the deck and recapture all of this useable space.
SPG Architects’ Casa Torcida, located in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, takes inspiration from the Osa’s natural world. SPG juxtaposed bright, tropical colors against the neutral palette of the building materials. The library’s built-in cabinetry and louvers are made of locally harvested, native species of wood.
A 64-inch-tall Doggie Green Home mirrors the main home in both exterior cladding and crimped metal roofing. The structure was designed by the HGTV Green Home 2012 architect and constructed locally. A set of painted cedar stairs, crafted by carpenter David Brown, provide a rustic finishing touch.
As with food trends, landscape designers are selecting locally sourced items, such as the coral stone for the paving. The south Florida landscape design project is by Nievera Williams Design and a FLASLA Design Award award.
Though it would make for an ideal tiny home, this Container Guest House in a San Antonio, Texas backyard functions as the perfect accommodation for visitors. As is the norm with container homes, environmentally friendly practices were top-of-mind, explaining why Poteet Architects kept its original blue color, along with the exterior text. There are plenty of other green features as well. The addition of a floor-to-ceiling window adds natural light, while sliding doors provide plenty of fresh air. The roof garden is watered by grey water (runoff water from the sink and shower). The bathroom contains a composting toilet, and recycled soda bottles are part of the deck’s building materials. If that’s not enough, the exterior light fixtures are local tractor blades, and the foundation consists of — you’d never guess — recycled telephone poles.