The remodel of this seaside home, located in Del Mar, California, included simplifying and opening up the floor plan, as seen here where a comfortable seating area leads into an adjacent bedroom. Large retractable glass doors blur the lines between inside and outside and create a year-round resort environment.
For many, a mega-mansion represents the ideal dream home, but for Mike and Shawn McConkey, a shipping container was their ideal. The McConkey Residence, designed by OBR Architecture, is one of San Diego’s first shipping container homes. Three containers form 800 square feet of living space, and floor-to-ceiling windows make the open-air design feel even larger. A retractable garage door next to the kitchen is another thoughtful element (and perfect for those times when the stove gets a bit too smoky). Speaking of smoke, the windows and roof incorporate flame-retardant materials in the event of wildfires.
Accordion glass doors retract to open up the living room to a covered porch for true indoor-outdoor living. Contemporary outdoor furniture offers comfortable, sleek seating to watch the sunset and enjoy meals outside.
A wood slat wall with a retractable screen offers privacy when needed but also allows for views of the yard when retracted. The indoor living room flows seamlessly into the living space on the porch via sliding glass doors.
To give a converted garage the modern-farmhouse style their clients craved, the team at Spazio LA specified built-in media cabinets with sliding doors and black barn-door hardware. A retractable projection screen and a popcorn maker help create a cozy and welcoming space, perfect for movie nights.
Garage-style doors retract to expose this rustic-modern dining space to the stunning, sweeping views of California's Sonoma County wine region. A simple wood table and chairs keep the space minimal and modern. Wood and metal details are sparse and neutral, allowing the outdoor view to steal the show.
A metal-roof clad porch extends from the back of this farmhouse-inspired estate to create a comfortable spot to enjoy the exterior fireplace and the view of the pool. Sliding doors retract to open the living room up to the outside to create the ultimate indoor-outdoor living area.
Double queen beds create a comfortable space for guests or the kids to retreat after a long day at the beach. A ladder leads to additional space in a loft, and glass doors retract into a pocket in the wall to open the room up to the lush grounds outside.
The kitchen opens to a summer kitchen via large pocketing pass-through windows. Perfect for entertaining, corner pocketing doors open the kitchen to the lanai. Retractable screens are built into the lanai to protect this indoor/outdoor area from insects. The use of easy-to-clean high luster white acrylic cabinetry adds a family-friendly benefit.
The stairs in this two story outbuilding lead down to a fully equipped gym that can easily transform into a party area. A large, multi-glass sliding door that completely retracts leads out onto the tennis courts creating a seamless indoor-outdoor experience.
A glass-topped dining table pairs with Eero Saarinen tulip chairs in this beachside dining room with sleek modern style. The home's all-white palette keeps the attention on the views, while sliding doors retract to open the unit to the terrace and the sound of the surf below. A mirrored backsplash creates the illusion of more space.
This area is part of an indoor/outdoor floor plan and connects to the home's interiors via sliding glass doors. Retractable screens are built into the lanai. When lowered, the screens not only protect the area from bugs, they deflect solar glare and can hold up to 90 % of the homes conditioned or heated air in this outside space.
The multi-glass sliding door fully retracts to reveal the tennis courts from the gym. This creates a perfect indoor-outdoor experience. The roof balcony above creates a space for watching tennis matches, sunbathing and open air exercise surrounded by a pebble-landscaped rooftop to complete this versatile little building.
A slate black wall frames a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean from the comfortable TV room in this home located on Baja California and balances the use natural materials in the space. A door retracts into a pocket in the wall to effortlessly link the indoor space with the outdoors.
Bold blue bases on the outdoor chairs give a fun party vibe to this mod outdoor dining room, which features ceiling-mounted infrared heaters to warm the space in colder months. A dramatic accent wall brings depth and dimension to the space, while a retractable wall opens it fully to the indoors.
A glass wall with a pocket door fully retracts, opening this transitional living space to the outdoors and the breathtaking view. A marble fireplace, beamed ceiling and wide-plank French oak floors warm the space and connect to the Mediterranean-inspired architecture, while contemporary furnishings give the room a chic, up-to-the-minute vibe.
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.