To preserve the natural gems of this Venice Beach property, including a 40-foot pine tree, a California live oak tree and a magnolia tree, the architect set up rooms in a modular layout. Intimate outdoor spaces are created in the gaps between structures.
Sunrise over this stunning 26-acre Hawaiian estate lights up a spectrum of vivid tropical color. The multi-wing home wraps around a resort-like backyard complete with an infinity-edge pool and a 12-foot hot tub. A covered outbuilding provides storage space for pool accessories, while dense tropical foliage surrounds the outdoor living area and provides privacy.
Sliding doors can work in a wide range of architectural styles and configurations, including a curved opening like the one shown here. “Sliding glass walls offer more flexibility in configuration than folding glass walls. Sliding glass panels stack or disappear into a pocket when open, opening up living spaces to the outdoors,” says Ximena Rojas, Marketing Director for Panda Windows & Doors.
The kitchen space was created to blend into the open dining and living spaces effectively and efficiently. The kitchen boasts beautiful views of the outdoors through large windows. Adding subtle color variants to the backsplash incorporates small pops of color that are more effective in creating the minimalist and modern look. Red stove knobs add a small but more vibrant color element to decorate the stainless steel appliance and surrounding white cabinetry.
An outdoor living room features a mix of design elements, from the reclaimed woods on the coffee table and ceiling beams to the clean, contemporary lines of the woven and upholstered seating. The space is sited to take advantage of the sweeping coastal views, and it also opens to the indoors via a wide retractable glass wall that slides into a pocket door. Traditional lanterns light the space, giving a nod to the Mediterranean architecture.
The swings-as-barstools idea in this modern kitchen came from the family's travels – they saw similar swings in a bar and never forgot them. The kitchen was designed to be a fun space for the parents, their kids and their friends. Since they often entertain, the goal was to make the kitchen and living room one open, flexible space with an airy feel and a strong connection to the outdoor view.
A bright and airy coastal outdoor living room offers a comfy seating area. The exposed wood ceiling sets the modern-rustic feel for the room which is continued with wicker furniture and reclaimed wood coffee table. A bright blue rug, a yellow light fixture and yellow-striped pillows add a fun pop of color to the space.
The homeowners wanted a multi-functional space that can be used for relaxing and entertaining. Large sliding doors open the living room up to the pavilion for a true indoor/outdoor element. An intimate exterior seating arrangement creates a cozy atmosphere to enjoy the outdoor fireplace. Inside, the veneered media wall offers display shelving while embracing and complementing the existing architecture.
This outdoor living room has plenty of personality in it's colorful design featuring a wood burning fireplace, Spanish tile floor, and yellow walls. A red striped rug, yellow striped throw blanket, and red striped accent pillows add color and pattern to the space. The yellow walls display colorful scenic art and southwestern decor lit by the sun shining through above the wooden beams.
The homeowners wanted the view to be an important part of the home's design, so two elliptical radial walls define the focus through a covered pavilion. The pavilion’s vanishing walls, through the use of pocket glass doors, allow for this space to work both as indoor and outdoor living. Since the homeowners love to entertain, the home is designed with four bedroom suites, two on each side of the pavilion space.
To create this eclectic home, designers integrated the Austin outdoor lifestyle with casual, nice living. This spacious common area has high ceilings and added windows that allow in plenty of natural light and create a bright, open space. Off to the side, the sliding glass door opens onto the renovated back patio.
Midcentury-modern style is characterized by simplicity and natural shapes. This era of design is most known for its mass production of household objects, including the popular Eames chair and Howard Miller sunburst clock. Midcentury-modern designs are often emphasized by ample windows, an open floor plan and the idea of bringing the outdoors in, like in this prime living space.
Three Sixty Design created fluid transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces for a client in suburban Denver, and the Colorado American Society of Landscape Architects gave it a 2014 honor award for residential design (over $100,000). The design makes the dream home a living work of art, with actual sculptures among a water feature in one portion of the 3-acre site.
Bowl shaped fire pits are an excellent fit for smaller outdoor spaces and they come in plenty of styles. If you live in an area with harsh weather, consider a rustic bowl shaped fire pit that will start to patina over the years.
Entertaining was the homeowners' main focus when discussing their redesigned home, so designers made sure to create spaces that fit the homeowners' social lifestyle. The kitchen is no exception. Plenty of counter space above the lower cabinets and on the large kitchen island makes food prep and serving a breeze, while plenty of cabinet space means that storage is not an issue. With entry points to the outdoor spaces as well as the newly created built-in bar connecting the kitchen to the living room, this room is the central hub for the couple's entertainment focused home-no matter which space in which they choose to meet their guests.
Tri-level decks make the most of this California home's outdoor space while adding living area for a modern family. Sliding glass doors on the top floor, pocket doors in the center and a roll-up garage door at ground level are flexible and fit with the home's unique, modern architecture. The bold pink, yellow and teal color palette reflects the fun personality of the owners.
Perfect for casual weekend living, this Hamptons beach-house dining/family room has a close connection to the kitchen, as well as to outdoor living areas. Glass doors on the ground level slide all the way into the walls, opening the family/dining room and living room to an expansive deck area. The rooms can be entirely open or protected from mosquitoes with a screen system, allowing for summer breezes, ample entertaining areas and restoring connections to nature. “A consistent — but not overwhelming — thread of blue follows throughout these ground level spaces: blue kitchen cabinets, blue custom rug and touches of blue walls,” note the architects.
One of the special patio areas of this home is poolside. The space features an outdoor dining table and chairs with Mediterranean undertones, comfortable wicker patio furniture and a fireplace and hearth structure that increased the homeowners' privacy from the neighboring lot. Overall, the setting is lovely, lush and entirely livable.