The homeowners wanted a unique dining room space that would comfortably seat ten, so designers used natural light and materials that would help make the area feel both stylish and open. Natural light flows into the space from the sliding glass doors and reflects off the white walls, while the glass top table helps the light to permeate the space rather than blocking it. Around the large glass top table, ten contemporary chairs clad in copper colored leather provide seating for the guests, while brightly colored art adds color to the space and an interesting light fixture ties the room together.
The Quik House in Califon, New Jersey, is another Kalkin design, and consists of six recycled containers that are built into a hill and connected by a walkway. A spacious courtyard also helps to connect the two separate structures, and is easily accessed via floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. In fact, floor-to-ceiling windows are a key characteristic of the home, creating just the right balance of exposure and privacy.
The homeowners wanted to create effortless entertaining space in the kitchen and easy access between the kitchen and the outdoor entertaining space, so designers created an island that runs the length of the kitchen. This island is complete with a breakfast bar that offers the home a casual dining option, while just behind it, a large, sliding glass door creates seamless transitioning between the two spaces and allowing the homeowners the choice between opening the doors for one large, indoor-outdoor entertaining spaces or two separate areas.
This ultra-mod, open-concept dining and living space is all about the play of textures. Smooth, pale hardwood floors and walls of glass are juxtaposed with a stone partition and nubby area rug that bring warmth and interest to the space. The pattern of a modern globe pendant mirrors the textured treatment on a sliding door.
Three tall panes of leaded, frosted glass provide privacy for a shower created from a window bay in this storybook carriage house. The open shower features a waterfall shower head, and a sliding mechanism allows for a barn door-style enclosure. A petite teak table keeps bathing accessories close at hand for guests.
A tufted neutral bench at the foot of the bed matches the tufted headboard. Built in yellow lighting borders the textured accent wall creating a nice depth in the sleek, white room. Coral lamp stands, metallic wall mounts and a sea themed throw pillow create a modern tropical decor. A blue glass sliding door maximizes space.
A whole wall of built-in storage means there's no need for extra dressers in this bedroom, and all attention can be directed to the beautiful setting. A sliding glass door joins the room with an adjacent waterfront deck, part of the designers' strategy to make the rooms feel like a natural extension of the outdoors.
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.
A dramatic chandelier hanging above a solid walnut dining table creates a specific balance and eye-catching elegance to the open-floor plan of the living space. Sizable sliding glass doors let in natural light to mingle with light from the custom fixture’s more than 25 individual lamps. The solid walnut dining table featured is by Jeff Newell of Newell Design Studio, while Custom Dessin Fournir chairs upholstered in kid-friendly Joseph Noble fabric completes the dining ensemble.
This formal sitting room overlooks the patio, so designers wanted the colors in this room to reflect the warmth of the outdoors. Natural light pours into the space from the large sliding glass doors, making the space feel bright, while the teal walls make the space feel warm and colorful. The live edge wood art piece adds a little outdoor beauty to the design, while the red rug complements the teal walls and adds texture to the space.
This patio looks beautiful in the dim light of dusk. Warm lighting from indoors mixes with the recessed lighting under the second story balcony to create a calming ambiance. A wicker table with glass top provides a great outdoor eating area with a large umbrella available for sunny days. The smooth, natural look of the wood decking completes the calm and relaxing feel of the design.
Homeowner Chad Alford had always wanted to live in a New York City loft, so his partner Tomas Frenes designed their townhome in Atlanta's Cabbagetown neighborhood to look like urban buildings. Custom sliding doors with smoked glass conceal the lower level office and guest room and upper level master bedroom and are designed to look like industrial windows, while exposed ductwork, a modern light fixture and spiral staircase add to the urban feel.
The lower level of this home, replete with glass doors and windows, opens conveniently onto the pool area, which serves as the perfect place to play as a family or with friends. The ease of access between the two spaces allows for a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor. The second floor of this home has an elegant balcony that allows homeowners to overlook the pool and their view, so that they can be a part of the excitement without being in the middle of it.
This contemporary, West Coast residence has a beautiful open design and modern decor. A short glass wall provides a balcony overlook from the second floor to the first where a long light fixture hangs as a decorative eye-catcher. The second story features a living room area with gray leather sofa, an eclipse door leading to an outdoor patio and a dining area in front of a built in fireplace.
Thanks to the sliding glass doors that lead out onto the patio and to the pool, this kitchen boasts lots of natural light. That light is complimented by the dark furniture in the dining area, including a large dining table that seats the family comfortably and the banquette seating at the back of the room. The contemporary design of the space keeps ornamentation to a minimum, but the family has chosen to add a geometric wall design that spruces up the space and adds a touch of flair to their otherwise neutral kitchen walls.
Rows of large, uncovered windows lets natural light flood the high ceiling and open design of this stylish sitting space. Black and beige graphic rugs soften the gray stone floor and add eye catching pattern to the solid color base of the room. A contemporary chandelier hangs out over a sliding glass door that leads to a wood patio. A stylish leather chaise creates a spot to sit back and enjoy the airy room.
To create a sense of intimacy in the homeowners' large master bedroom, designers used a seating vignette. This space has two plush chairs that bask in the glow of the light let in from the sliding glass door, while the curtains give the area privacy and help control the light. A final addition to the sitting area was an upholstered, mirrored coffee table that adds just a little extra comfort to the luxurious master bedroom.
In the master bedroom, the combination of glass, rammed earth, exposed concrete and the floating roof offers privacy yet does not dilute the incredible views of the golf course, city lights, mountains and Sonoran Desert sunsets. A premium-grade sliding door allows the occupant to step from the room directly into the cool waters of the infinity-edge pool and the waterfall, which cascades down to the lower level, providing passive cooling and the tranquil sound of water.