To create a more open space in the common areas of this home, designers of America's Most Desperate Kitchens removed the wall that separated the kitchen and living room areas, visually and physically connecting the space and expanding the home's entertaining space.
A narrow doorway seamlessly connects the master bedroom with its en suite. This doorless entry allows the spaces to be physically connected without requiring that the entire bathroom space be on display from the bedroom.
The “V” pattern of the Fiberon Horizon Ipe boards creates an eye-catching floor design. Using the same composite boards as top rails provides a striking contrast to the white posts and visually connects the space. The wide flat top rail also doubles as table-top dining. Add in the outdoor kitchen, and this deck is sure to impress.
Mid-Century chairs with a space-age flair draw the eye and set the tone for this dramatic Malibu sitting room. A wall of glass provides a breathtaking ocean view that's nearly uninterrupted thanks to low-slung furnishings and a clear-glass modern light fixture. A shag carpet grounds the seating area, visually connecting the space to the sandy shore beyond.
The location of the patio was determined so that the space has a great view of the lake from the pool as well as anywhere else on the patio. The pool itself is set about 18" above the home's lawn and travertine patio so as to allow seating along the coping, as well as add dimension to the space. To visually connect this space to the home, designers used the same Indiana limestone for the pool's coping as was used around the lower level of the home. Then, a travertine that complemented the stone was chosen for the floor of the patio.
To create definition between the spaces in the loft, designers used different wall coverings. This keeps the spaces visually separate, although visually connected, and gives integrity to each individual vignette.
The homeowners wanted to keep the guest house and main house spaces visually connected, but they liked the idea of keeping both spaces private, so designers added a small wall made of stucco to complement the design of both homes. Then, they lined the crushed limestone walkway with desert plants to create a connected, elegant design for both houses.
By continuing the bedroom's light wood floors into the adjacent bath, the designers visually connected the two spaces and made them feel more cohesive. Three colorful, graphic prints anchor the wall and pop against their neutral backdrop.
Between this lovely master bedroom a set of over large French doors open onto the space's private patio. With large plates of glass, these large French doors serve as a way to keep the two spaces visually connected, even when the doors are closed.
The state of the art modern weight room is separated from the rest of the basement by glass panels and a sliding glass barn door. This allows the spaces to be visually connected, while giving the gym a measure of privacy and keeping the spaces physically separated.