This Big Sky, Mont., house is separated into the main living area and the guest wing. The guest area is designed so that it can be shut off from the rest of the house when unoccupied and set back to a lower temperature when not in use. Additionally, the two wings of the house bend in order to capture the best views of the river and create a protected entry courtyard.
Black isn’t only for interiors: It’s a bold, modern choice for exteriors of every style, too. “The black exterior allows this house to blend into its dark, forested surroundings while providing a bold contrast to the colorful foliage and bright interior,” say the architects at GSA Architects. “Painting the vertical tongue and groove siding a dark color helps hide the joints between boards, giving the siding a more homogenous and minimal look. Make sure to use a satin exterior paint to avoid accumulating too much dirt on the siding.”
Neutral Stone Patio With Contemporary Infinity Pool
This traditional patio features a rosy neutral tile that provides a sharp contrast to a sleek black infinity pool. A stone privacy wall boasts climbing plants that have been arranged in an eye-catching diamond shaped pattern.
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.
Floor-to-ceiling windows in the bonus room on top of the garage allow for better views of the yard. The main house, with its modern exterior, contrasts starkly with the cottage look of the carriage house.
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.
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.
Spectacular Pool and Patio Design for Lakefront Property
Strategic design equals stunning effect when considering Jason Brownlee's landscape plan for this lakefront property. Seen from above, the three-tiered, infinity-edged pool in black PebbleSheen onyx provides a dramatic contrast against the subtle tones of the patio and Mediterranean-inspired home while maintaining the contours of the radial theme of both the home and its location. From the ground, however, the pool highlights the lakefront view and gives the illusion of a water-to-water continuous connection.
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 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.
This amazing home in Austin is a perfect showcase for imaginative architecture. Instead of doing the usual—letting the house fill the 50 by 150-foot single-family lot—the architects designed the residence to stretch along the length of the land. This allowed for a mix of different outdoor spaces that could be natural extensions off of individual rooms.
Thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited wooden homes in the world, this stunning Faroe Islands, Denmark home demonstrates that black home facades are not a recent phenomenon. Dated to the 11th century, the "King's Farm" home's black color comes from wood treated with a tar mixture and is featured in the impressive Phaidon publication Black: Architecture in Monochrome.