Earth-toned stacked stone is used to create a beautiful exterior for this Arizona home. Overlooking the desert landscaping is a large balcony with dining area and comfortable lounge chairs. Urns full of cacti bring the southwestern landscaping into the design.
The homeowners love to entertain, so the house is designed to create an open and casual atmosphere with a strong connection to the outdoors. The home is oriented toward the best view of the river while maintaining good solar orientation for taking advantage of solar heat gain in the winter and keeping out the hot summer sun. The large roof over the living room serves to shade large areas of glass in the summer, while geothermal heat pumps and high levels of insulation help keep it warm and energy efficient in the winter. With such an extreme climate in Big Sky, Mont., the house is specifically designed to withstand both sides of the temperature spectrum.
This rustic backyard deck features brown wood planks paired with natural accents, like the tree log that has been repurposed into a step. Vibrant red-orange furniture–– like the two armchairs and matching ottomans –– provides a comfy spot for outdoor relaxing.
This beacon in the woods features a sleek, curving metal roof and a glass-wrapped exterior punctuated by natural wood beams. Its elevated design gives it the feel of a modern, high-end treehouse. Inside, the house is modern but warm.
Sunlight peeks from beneath the eaves of a covered porch, one of the many ways this Jackson Hole, Wyoming, cabin retreat connects to its woodsy setting. The home was created as a retreat for the owners and their siblings and extended families, who come together at the vacation home and needed both private and communal spaces to relax, feel at home, and create great memories of well-spent vacations together.
This cozy, inviting patio features comfortable wood and wicker furniture overlooking a backyard pool and views of the Texas Hill Country. Warm, neutral tones establish the space's rustic, comfortable ambiance, while a built-in grill adds function and convenience.
Rustic lumber is paired with stacked stone to create a stunning home exterior for this Texas ranch house. Covered outdoor living areas blend the indoors and out with comfortable seating areas, an outdoor fireplace and outdoor kitchen.
Now this is outdoor living! Even if you can’t add all these fun features, consider adding a fireplace or installing a roof over the deck. That way, a little rain doesn’t have to limit your outside time. For maximum elegance, choose Horizon composite decking, shown here in exotic Ipe.
A grouping of comfortable wicker chairs sit under an exposed wood beam cover to create a welcoming outdoor living space. The rustic house exterior combines stacked stone and lumber for the perfect Texas ranch home.
At night, ample windows and carefully planned exterior lighting turn this mountain cabin into a warm, welcoming beacon for its owners and guests. The project was a cabin retreat for the owners and their siblings and extended families in Jackson Hole. The owners wanted a log cabin but also wanted modern conveniences. The resulting design features a frame construction with log accents and siding, and the house is packed with space but has a cozy cabin feel.
The River Bank House sits along the Gallatin River just outside Big Sky, Mont. The house is designed to capture the best views of the river and create a protected entry courtyard. A glass front doors allows a peek of the beautiful contemporary design inside.