After giving thought to the cabinets' exterior, turn some attention to their intended use and interior features. "It used to be that we would place cabinetry in the room and make it functional," says Al. "Now every cabinet has a purpose." There are pullout drawers for pots and pans, oversize drawers for baking sheets and even high-tech under-counter cooling drawers that keep beverages and snacks within easy reach. Accessories like lazy Susans, built-in spice racks, drawer organizers and other cabinet extras make the kitchen a much more efficient and enjoyable place. Photo courtesy of GE Monogram
To update the cottage for its new owners, the design team opened the kitchen and outfitted the space with a large island. Glass pendant lights illuminate the space overhead, while four wood barstools give the family room to share a meal together.
This bright blue tennis court does more than encourage its owners to practice their serves; it also disguises a storm water infiltration area below. Multiple retaining walls were used to build up the hillside along the left property line as well.
The backyard, too, is a geometric wonder, with square pavers outlining a sleek swimming pool and spa. With walls on almost all sides, the owners can lounge by the water or soak up the sun in their private paradise.
The back of this home is just as lovely as the front, thanks to a large pool, lush green lawn and thoughtful landscaping by Surrounds Landscape Architecture + Construction. Back here, the owners can swim a few laps or recline in chairs right by the water.
Identical stone columns and a charming wood gate invite visitors to step inside this sprawling Virginia estate. Follow the granite cobble driveway past the lawn and take in views of the local vegetation.
With a modern tub, double vanity and chic pendant lights, this black-and-white master bathroom feels both fresh and a little bit glamorous. At the same time, wood floors encourage a sense of flow from the bathroom door to the closet.
Stunning though it may be, this outdoor space also faces unique maintenance challenges, like caring for the lawn joints between the stone pavers. To keep the yard flawless, the landscape architects carefully trim around the concrete and so create a pristine pathway.
Contemporary Living Room Designed for Whole Family
After a long day by the water, the owners and their kids can retreat to this comfortable living area. Here, a plush gray sectional allows everyone to stretch out, while a modern fireplace promises to keep the space cozy and warm all evening. Rustic wood trim, meanwhile, makes for a unique visual.
A wood landing pulls the interior floors into the backyard and so blurs the line between inside and outside. With a sitting area, fire pit, full-sized kitchen and modern fountain, this contemporary outdoor space becomes another perfect spot to entertain.
With plush pillows and soft white linens, this master suite easily encourages the owners to put up their feet for the evening. A floating nightstand keeps essentials like a glass of water within reach, while a modern lamp allows for late-night reading.