Gray-Blue Craftsman Home With Neutral Stone Walkway
This stunning craftsman home features a gray-blue stucco and neutral stone exterior. A blend of gray stones, neutral stone slabs and concrete make up the walkway that extends from the driveway to the lime green front door.
Light blue siding updates the exterior of this traditional home in Louisville, Ky. Beautiful white columns give the home a plantation-style feel, and a large front porch is perfect for relaxing afternoons.
A modern roof deck overlooks a hilly desert landscape, and a small container garden houses native plants. Because the homeowner is a professor of environmental studies, the house is a teaching tool and example to his students of sustainable architecture. The home runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns.
Ada's Technical Books & Cafe occuppies a remodeled home in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The impetus for the project was to create the "book retailer of the future." Achieving this vision required an adaptive reuse design, an addition and a pioneering approach to the neighborhood bookstore. The challenge would be to convert a dilapidated single-story Craftsman into a refurbished mixed-use project. The owners were dedicated to creating a balance of history and modern sustainability, so architect Jeff Pelletier imagined the building like an aged book cover with crisp, clean pages on the inside. In order to connect the space with the street-scape, Pelletier added a raised front porch for cafe seating.
Traditional Pool With Poolhouse and Twinkly Outdoor Lighting
Strands of outdoor lights cross over the pool in this traditional backyard, giving the space an ethereal quality and inviting nights of outdoor entertaining. A cozy conversation area includes plush seating and a table that does double-duty for dining or cocktails.
On the lake side of this newly renovated home, designers incorporated a patio into the home's entertainment space. The large back patio space includes a dining table with an umbrella, making the space usable even on sunny and drizzly days, as well as a lounge area with a view of the lake. Leading off from the patio, a landscaped walkway gives the homeowners safe passage to the lake below.
The raised hot tub features a double-step spillway and a custom fire element crafted with a copper bowl and channels. Mosaic tile and stone columns add color and texture to the shimmering blue pool below.
Clean, horizontal lines and inviting modern furniture characterize this zen patio and garden space. A lighted accent wall draws attention to the water feature, which is nestled into a rock garden with neat rows of succulents. Colorful cushions and pillows brighten the space and give the seating and dining areas a cheerful vibe.
Mary DeWalt Design Group continued this home's interior colors — blue, green and beige — to the outdoors for a clever and cohesive design. The turquoise pool and blue sky, surrounding greenery and beige hardscape materials all maintain the color scheme for a full and memorable effect.