A symmetrical, geometric arrangement of built-in and freestanding planters adds interest to the exterior of this contemporary California home. Green grass between concrete pavers softens the walkway, and tall plants create a layered, interesting look for the garden design. Stacked stone on the home's facade blends with the colors of the sandy beach beyond.
A long, woven sectional rests beneath an ample shade, creating a great spot to relax in this restful Los Angeles backyard. The furnishings in the space emphasize the garden's plethora of clean, horizontal lines. A rock garden features succulents for low maintenance and a water feature for calming sound.
The open floor plan of this southern California home allows for breathtaking views of the ocean from practically anywhere. The comfortable living room leads out to an outdoor loggia with graphic-patterned sectional.
A water feature draws the eye to the unique stone surround of this modern swimming pool, which features an elevated hot tub and sweeping city view. Ipe wood is used on the modern railing and surrounding deck.
A pristine pool offers a refreshing break from the hot Southern California sun at this Mediterranean-style estate located in the Happy Canyon region of Santa Ynez Valley. A second-story veranda offers upstairs living spaces a view of the beautiful water below.
This expansive stone patio, swimming pool and lounge chairs outside a Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., estate enjoy the warm southern California sunshine. For chillier weather, a solar blanket is available to cover the pool at night to keep the water warm.
This second floor veranda enjoys a view of the swimming pool and wide-reaching views of Happy Canyon in Santa Ynez Valley beneath the Southern California sun. The pool features an infinity edge, causing it to blend directly with the adjacent grassland.
Rows of terra cotta tiles and the straight lines of a fire pit flanked by sofas lead the eye to this courtyard's focal point: a Tuscan tiled spa and water feature. Rows of strand lights twinkle overhead, giving the Southern California garden a magical feel.
The Redondo Beach House in Southern California consists of eight shipping containers along with traditional stick frame construction. Designed by Peter DeMaria of DeMaria Design, the result is a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath that maintains its original corrugated steel walls and wood floors. Airplane hangar doors are a major standout element, and redefine bringing the outdoors in. If you’re a fan of shipping containers but can’t afford an architect, DeMaria also operates Logical Homes, a reasonably priced line of pre-fabricated container homes.
Nestled in the trees in southern California is this sumptuous modern home that continues its theme in the design of its backyard swimming pool. Although the pool is a traditional rectangular shape, designer Andrea Michaelson added modern touches to blend with the rest of the home's architecture.