An expansive and lush lawn connects different rooms within the garden. The emerald green boxwood hedge with a clipped topiary defines the lawn from the swimming pool and the low blue fence and arbor frame a small floral and herb garden.
Energy-Efficient, Contemporary Home With Linear Design
This home is located on a steeply sloping ridge top and is designed to sensitively step down with the land. The steep topography influenced the linear design as it hugs along a natural rock outcropping. The layout is perfectly harmonious to the land and sun, allowing the home to orient its long faces to the north and south while minimizing its east and west exposures.
Tall, north-facing window walls capture cool, even lighting throughout the day, while deep overhangs along the south protect from overexposure from the sun. The main roof sheds to the south, providing maximum solar collection potential. Decks and screened-in porches along the south face also provide areas for outdoor entertaining and a means to capture prevailing breezes that blow up from the canyons below.
The soaring contemporary design of Element House in Florida draws inspiration from the nearby Gulf waters. The graceful arching roof is meant to echo the gentle Gulf waves, and the color palette borrows greens, grays and whites from the ever-changing colors of the water and sky.
Outdoor Dining Area With Pergola and Bench Seating
This family-friendly and sustainable backyard features a raised vegetable garden, built-in bench seating, a safari-style pergola and a nearby breakfast deck with a cozy bistro table. Underneath the pergola, a spacious outdoor dining table can comfortably seat up to 11 people for alfresco entertaining.