This entirely unexpected modern cabin in Muscoda, Wisconsin is even more arresting for its striking black exterior. The vacation home is featured in Phaidon's tribute to the history and modern examples of black clad architecture, Black: Architecture in Monochrome.
Mediterranean-Style, Lakefront Home With Breathtaking Landscape Design and Water Features
Landscape architect Jason Brownlee took one look at this lovely Mediterranean-inspired home that is situated at the end of a lakefront peninsula and drew inspiration from its radial core and natural surroundings and created a work of art in this outdoor design. Not only are the sculptured angles of the patio, walkway and railing reflective of the circular architecture of the home, but also in the masterful design of the infinity-edged pool and interlaced catch basins, giving this outdoor space a sense of magic in motion. The design shows passion with purpose and invites the homeowner to enjoy the outdoor pleasures of this home's dramatic but inviting character.
The roofline is completely transformed, adopting a 'saltbox' style profile that's actually common to New England farmhouses. The structure gets new siding as well as French doors in raw wood finish, new windows, flagstone walkway and a newly planted oak tree — from the ranch of former president and first lady, George and Laura Bush.
Outdoor Kitchen and Patio With Black Stone Infinity Pool
This neutral stone tile patio features a gorgeous contemporary infinity pool flanked by concrete fire bowls. An outdoor kitchen with a built-in grilling area is located just next to the pool, while meticulous landscaping –– including a wall with climbing plants arranged in a diamond pattern –– adds a finishing touch.
Three-Tiered Pool Design With Black Onyx Water Features
Jason Brownlee truly created a work of art for this lakefront property in his design of a terraced pool with water features in black onyx. It connects visually with the Mediterranean-inspired home while providing contrast in color and texture. Especially stunning is the reflective, infinity-edged upper section that is flush with the patio and features a decorative fire bowl to provide accent and drama. Travertine stone creates consistency with the rest of the home and allows the pool and landscaping to take prominence.
The eye is drawn to the artistic, modern design of this home's exterior. A small base blends with the concrete walkway and wall, allowing the top portion of the home to stand out. A funky wood panel frames one side of the oversized windows.
Contemporary Backyard Pergola With Glamorous Chandelier
This spacious backyard features a small sitting area with black Adirondack chairs and end tables, and a gray area rug. A pergola painted black and gray and finished with a glamorous chandelier tops off the look of the outdoor space.