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.
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.
This contemporary Laguna Beach house is party-ready, with parking spaces for guests built right into the site. The modern architecture features a mix of stacked stone and concrete in a palette that blends in with the Southern California landscape.
The twilight view of this contemporary, beachfront house is as stunning as the Southern California landscape that surrounds it. On the rear facade, floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors open this house to the outdoors and take maximum advantage of the ocean view.
Plenty of planters, both built-in and freestanding, hold succulents and other Southern California foliage, making this exterior walkway come alive. Patches of grass between concrete pavers mix with the plants to soften the sandy, earthy colors of the architecture. Sited below street level, the space feels less like a utilitarian walkway and more like a private sunken garden.