This elegant entertainment space blends seamlessly into the nature that surrounds it. Bold browns mix with more muted neutrals to bring out the natural hues in nature, and the stone pavers and stucco shingles help to accent the natural beauty of the space, while providing the durability that will make entertaining possible in this space for a long time.
Inspired by the vernacular Florida vacation home, a porch wraps the length of the backyard, providing shade from the intense midday sun. A flat porch roof, clad in 24-gauge metal, replaces the classic sloped roof clad in cedar or cypress shingles. A pine trestle style teal table with vintage steel chairs complete the beach house look.
This classic colonial home sits on 1.65 acres in Fairfield, Connecticut. Boasting a white exterior and gray shingle roof, the home features two red brick chimneys and a front-of-house driveway. The barn style pool house is located just behind the home, providing an extra spot for guests or for simply relaxing before heading outdoors.
The flowering plants are primarily pink, white, yellow and blue, a soft palette that complements the natural shingles of the home. Flowering shrubs, roses, perennials, annuals and spring bulbs ensure that the garden is in bloom from March until late fall. Plants like iris, alliums, echinacea, roses and foxglove emphasize the cottage style of this colorful garden.
Hedgerows, hydrangeas and a graceful arbor create a lush and welcoming entryway to this waterfront retreat. The Cape Cod-style home rests on half an acre of landscaped property and features water views from every room. Shingle siding, myriad gables and even a white picket fence combine to make this home a picture-perfect example of New England luxury living.
The front porch of this coastal Low Country cottage is the perfect place to relax at sunrise. Neutral geometric prints add interest to the plush outdoor furniture that's perfect for reading or taking in the view. To combat the harsh sea air, the home features weather-resistant cedar shingle siding and Garapa decking, a durable, sustainably harvested tropical hardwood. (HGTV Dream Home 2013)
The exterior facade of this charming coastal cottage was previously a drab, shingled brown. During the whole-house renovation, the designers reconfigured the exterior and lightened the color of the formerly dark green trim, embracing the region's prevailing architectural style and taking maximum advantage of its lush, wooded lot. A sunny brick patio offers a perfect spot for morning coffee.
Landscape design firm Siol added a berm to create an intimate space for reflection and meditation in the backyard of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. A crane was used to lift a 15-year-old, drought-tolerant coastal live oak tree into the mounded area, which is lined with cedar shingles.
Peeking around the corner of this cedar-shingled home, visitors arrive at an elevated wood deck on a concrete paver and gravel pathway. The pastoral feel of the property is emphasized in the type of materials used, and the outdoor shower built into the side of the home is a reminder of its proximity to the sea.
The garden folly in this Zen backyard is an open-air structure fabricated and carved from solid reclaimed teak. The pyramid roof is finished with copper fish-tail shingles, and teak steps lead to the pool. The gorgeous tropical paradise features lounge chair seating padded with layers of cushion. Tropical plants frame the area, creating privacy.
In La Jolla, Calif., a Prairie Craftsman-style home is completely remodeled. The inviting front porch has stone-based, wood-battered columns that lead to the front entry door. Stained cedar shingles with rows of alternating bands envelope the house, and the garage is relocated to the front of the house to make way for a backyard pool.
Surrounded by a berm for insulation and lined with cedar shingles, this reflection area at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 is a cozy respite from the winds off the nearby San Francisco Bay. The centerpiece of the design is a 15-year-old coastal live oak, which thrives in salty air and is tolerant of California's drought conditions.
This home boasts a simple façade with clean lines and a mixture of textures and materials for finishes. A flat roof mixed with regular composite shingles gives the exterior a contemporary look. From the front view, the home looks small, surprising everyone that opens the front door. The stones used for the low-maintenance landscaping were taken from the lot during the foundation process.
The soft planting palette used in this garden is composed primarily of pink, white yellow and blue flowering shrubs. The designer avoided oranges and reds in order for the palette to complement the natural shingles of the home, creating a cohesive design. Here, flowering shrubs like roses and other annuals and perennials ensure the garden is in bloom from March until late fall.
To update the look of this lake house's front exterior facade, designers rejuvenated the cedar shingle roof and had new copper gutters installed. Blue siding was put on the house, and the existing garage door was replaced with a mahogany one, and the Dutch door was restored to bring back the home's charm. To put the finishing touch on the home, new landscaping was added, making the home feel cozy and inviting.
Designers wanted to create a traditional, shingle style summer home for the family in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Since the home sits on a rectangular, corner lot, they needed to address both sides of the street, so they added an oversized porch to the front of the home as a nod to the summer cottages that dotted the coastline at the turn of the century. To address the other side of the street, a smaller garage was built. This space adds storage to the home as well as adds a pleasant aesthetic to the home.
The symmetrical entrance and rigidity of a traditional colonial are softened by the shingle style and supplemented by stonework. An angled garage wing responds to the natural contours of a plateau on which the house sits, addressing the natural landscape as well as clients' needs.
Natural materials in earth-tone colors were used to make this house feel at home. Though it is only two-stories on the front facade, the dormers and chimney pots help to elevate an otherwise horizontal structure. The breezeway to the left of the garage allows guests to reach the rear-yard pool without going through the house.