The two daughters of the family get a play space all to themselves, accessible by sliding doors off of their bedrooms. Instead of a deck, the homeowner decided to cover the girls' outdoor space in astroturf.
The master bath in this modern home features doors that open directly to a back deck, with wood privacy barriers on the deck outside. The husband, an avid surfer, wanted to feel as if he were showering outdoors, with a strong connection to the California landscape. A play of texture and color creates a calming space to take solace and pause.
The custom niche inside the shower of this California guest bathroom is crafted from remnants of the tub deck and recycled-glass countertop. The homeowners love blue, and even their bath products play well with the room's Caribbean color palette.
A privacy screen shuts out surrounding views, while a burbling fountain covers outside noise with a natural sound. Other options for cancelling nearby noise include wind chimes, outdoor speakers (play nature soundtracks) or even a tabletop water garden. For a deck retreat, define different rooms in your retreat by incorporating elevation changes in your deck design. Plantings in this retreat include Bonfire begonia and Festival cordyline.
A lounge for adults gathered in the home is tucked away off the great room. Custom plaster detail and a Murano glass chandelier adorn the ceiling, and sliding glass doors open to the back deck. Glass shelves elegantly display the homeowners' liquor collection.