Two large arched doorways sweep across this outbuilding, opening up a sightline all the way through the interior and making an intriguing, dynamic space. A shade sail floats out from the exterior, cooling the patio on bright days.
This nautical-themed guest suite is tucked into a turret, its walls painted a sunny yellow. The ruched headboard and curtains are in an Old World Weavers toile. Raffia shades top a pair of simple floor lamps, while an antique sailing ship diorama above the window continues the theme of the sea.
This dramatic hilltop home features a color-blocked exterior inspired by abstract art. Various shades of blue connect the house, sited on the ridge of a hill, to the the sky. Blue is also a reference to how the house “sails” along the top of the hill like a ship. Orange, as the complementary color, creates a dynamic contrast. Because the designers were unable to increase the square footage of the existing house, they built a separate structure and connected it to the old house by a deck.
Responsible green features make the playhouse good for the family and the environment. The structure is clad inside and out with rough-sawn spruce boards, which are naturally weather resistant. Rainwater is captured through integral roof gutters to be deposited in a catchment barrel. The attached succulent and herb garden can then be watered using the rain barrel spigot. An outdoor chaise for one or two provides a spot to relax and is movable to follow the sun. A reclaimed sail has been repurposed to provide shade for the large south facing window in the summer. When opened, windows on both sides capture passing breezes and allow for passive cooling. One gable end of the playhouse includes a colorful climbing wall.