Designers created the exterior of this home to blend into the natural surrounding of the structure. Striations on the exterior of this home complement the strata of the Redrock Mountains, while the landscaping around the pool helps to create the feeling that the space is a part of the desert, helping the home to blend into its Nevada surroundings.
Knowing that his clients wanted a building that had presence in and subservience to the wild landscape, architect David Coleman and his team designed the building forms to be angular and elemental, not unlike the surrounding mountain peaks. The result is a dramatic design that's deceptively simple, deeply rooted in the site and unexpectedly crisp and modern.
Boxwoods, such as the 'Green Mountain' boxwood on the left side of this contemporary patio, are wise, cost-concious purchases for courtyard shrubs because they have handsome foliage and grow to 3 feet high by 3 feet wide. Also, layering is a part of outdoor design. A plexiglass panel is front of a cedar fence in this patio by A Blade of Grass, which won an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award. A plexiglass screen also can be a DIY project.
One of Atlanta's charms is the incredible diversity of its neighborhoods. The same holds true for the suburbs and exurb communities that surround this booming Southern metropolis. From Alpharetta north of the city to Serenbe south of Atlanta, there are a remarkable variety of experiences to have, from suburban to rural to everything in between. Visitors looking for a little respite from a city-center experience but the experiential pleasures of a dense, busy hub of restaurants, shops and a new hotel can stay in the 86-acre Avalon community in Alpharetta, a relatively new 86-acre development that functions as a self-contained city 30 miles north of Midtown Atlanta. Use it as your home base as you venture out each day to activities or events in the city, or use it as a good launching point for exploring the Georgia or North Carolina mountains if a jaunt into the beautiful regional landscape is more your speed.