Using black as an accent color on the exterior helps draw attention to architectural details like windows, doors, and trim, and, as the team at Awad + Koontz Architects Builders notes, “gives a modern touch to a traditional home.”
According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, there’s one remodeling project that actually returns at least 100% of your investment through added home value: adding a steel entry door like this one from Pella. Besides its aesthetic appeal, a new steel front door can improve your home’s security and energy efficiency as well. But you won’t be satisfied with your door’s performance unless it’s plumb, level and square, so installation is a job for a pro unless you have serious carpentry experience.
Water Stream Surrounded by Boulders and Lush Plants
Nature is one of the purest forms of beauty that exists. Capturing that beauty in a controlled environment requires a keen understanding of current and future conditions. The garden's design includes a manmade stream surrounded by boulders that blends in perfectly with its surroundings.
Stone steps and retaining walls are used to terrace down the sloped property of this expansive private estate. They lead down to a large formal area with brick walkways, manicured lawns and a simple water feature. Stone urns are filled with beautiful flowers to bring color to the backyard.
Carved wood benches and stools decorate the space, too, inviting guests to put their feet up and relax. With such a lush backdrop, this sitting area puts the beauty of the outdoors right at the owners' fingertips.
A smooth stone walkway guides visitors over a bridge and towards a pavilion. Here, a dining table and custom kitchen give the owners room to entertain, while a fireplace allows for enjoying the outdoors year-round.
And when the owners want to escape the sun for a little while? They only need to follow a gravel path to this secluded sitting area. Here, tall trees form a ring around the brick, creating a shaded spot to read or chat with friends.
Stones in warm terracotta shades are used from the house exterior and garden walls to the patio and water feature. A round patio surrounds the traditional urn-style water feature, which provides soothing sound ambiance to the space.
There's no need to ever leave the patio with a fully-equipped grill station just steps away from the dining table. Complete with a sink, refrigerator and grill, this mini kitchen makes dinner outside a breeze.