Durable and natural materials such as stained cedar, natural stone veneer, and integral color plaster are combined with strong horizontal ceiling lines. Large windows create an indoor-outdoor entertainment space.
The ebony-stained cedar cladding of the home's exterior is a bold foil for the landscape design, blending grasses, water features and simple groundcover of gravel in some areas, pine needles in others.
An stained cedar board-on-board fence has an organic design that fits with the outdoor setting. The fence, by Topiarius, a full-service landscape design, build and maintenance firm in Chicago, is made using applied decorative panels.
Sweeping grasses and colorful flowers create a light, airy landscape around this Craftsman-style home. A gray stone porch is punctuated with tapered white columns that feature rustic stone bases. Stained cedar shingles are used as the house exterior for a true Craftsman style.
This rooftop kitchen features stained cedar woodwork, absolute-black granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The Solaira outdoor heaters attached to the pergola keep guests warm even if the temperature isn't. The city skyline in the background offers the perfect view while dining on the rooftop.
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.
A stained cedar fence guarantees privacy in this home's side yard, where a mix of pine and oak trees, ornamental grasses and drought-tolerant perennials comprise the landscape design. The home's eco-friendly, exterior building materials include both smooth and scraped synthetic limestone blocks and fiber-cement siding, a product composed of 50-percent recycled content (fly ash) and wood fiber pulp supplied from sustainably managed forests.
The kids' room incorporates built-in antique schoolhouse style desks, separate chalkboards and gooseneck lamps, an antique file cabinet for storing craft supplies and an interior awning with cedar shingles stained dark to coordinate with other wood accents.
Designer Matt Partridge of Juergen Partridge Limited installed multiple structures that provide shady, gathering spots on even the hottest days in this romantic backyard. To enhance the woodwork, he applied multiple stain colors to the cedar structure and decks. Designer Tip: When planning an outdoor space, think about your lifestyle and how you'll use it — whether as a recreational area for a young, active family or as a private, serene spot for relaxing and reading.