The neutral material palette of this contemporary open-concept home blends with the site’s natural and restored vegetation in Austin, Texas. The clean design of the backyard pool by Word + Carr Design Group lets the surrounding nature command attention, earning this site the ASLA 2018 Award of Excellence in the Residential Design Category.
Home Exterior and Pool: Oceanfront Oasis in Sarasota, Fla.
A large concrete patio surrounds the home's sparkling in-ground pool and overlooks the lushly landscaped yard. Enormous glass doors open up to the home's interior, making boundaries between indoors and outdoors disappear.
The swimming pool at this luxury Miami Beach estate features multiple levels for swimming or lounging underwater, as well as a hot tub and a custom-designed tile mosaic. Lush foliage surrounds the pool area, giving the space privacy. Meanwhile, the home's Mediterranean Revival architecture provides a nice view from the water.
Large pocket doors allow for fresh air and sunlight to enhance the enclosed spa during optimal weather months. The doors provide shelter when closed during adverse conditions, allowing the homeowners use of the spa any day –anytime.
The pool house of this luxurious Miami Beach estate features a full bar and a backlit lounge area, perfect for hosting the hottest parties in town. The waterfront estate, named Terra Veritatis, was built in 1937 and has undergone an extensive restoration and renovation.
And when it gets to be too hot? The owners and their guests can retreat into the comfort of the pool house. Beneath the arches, another table and chic blue chairs wait at the ready for dining al fresco.