Sun Valley Farmhouse is a beautifully modern vacation home designed by Signum Architecture, set in the mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho. Set on flatlands with expansive 360 degree views, this seasonal home was designed for transparency and shelter. Two, freestanding barn shaped structures, clad in Alaskan cedar with a rusted metal roof, appear both striking and at home in the landscape. The offset buildings each capture different views. The interiors were beautifully designed by Shawback Design.
Primary living and entertaining spaces fill the main building while the second houses a garage, shop and 2-bedroom apartment. A covered bridge connecting the two, encourages experiencing outside sounds, fragrances, and natural beauty.
Inside the main building, a great room with soaring ceilings dominates the space, aided by custom dark trusses that seem to disappear into the void. Floor to ceiling windows along the front wall of the room face large, custom doors along the back side. When open, the doors disappear completely into the walls turning the cozy living room into a magically lit indoor-outdoor space.
The fireplace and wood bin, crafted of concrete and steel, screen a neighboring house from view and focus attention toward the mountains. The resulting ambiance is one of privacy and remoteness in spite of proximity to the established community.
Photos: Joshua A. Wells, Alpin Photo
Casa Cielo Azul designed with transparency and light by Signum Architecture together with Leslie Wilks Design, nestled in the hills above St. Helena, California. Upon approach to this property, the visitor does not witness the extraordinary view until arriving at the edge of the hill. Sited to capture that surprise and designed to invoke the response the owner had to a small, blue glass tile, the home exudes an exquisite tranquility. Once inside, the energetic juxtaposition of open and intimate spaces accommodates both private life and entertaining.
The soaring blue wall directs toward the main view, with texture giving it depth and two rectangular perforations connecting it to sky. When the light is just right, the wall and the sky appear to merge. The use of saturated color and large, flat planes recalls the sensual, modernist work of Luis Barragan, yet the transparency and the flow of the house is a clear expression of contemporary wine country life.
The purity of design has a very cool, calm effect on each room. Natural light plays on the plaster walls. Cross breezes keep the rooms comfortable all year. The house was designed to be almost transparent, with natural light and fresh air. An elongated blue stucco wall punctuates the low-slung residence. A concrete path leads to a pivoting glass front door. To the left of the wall is the garage.
The blue wall’s surface is stucco with gravel in the mix to create a rough- textured surface. The wall was painted with coats of blue paint. The dramatic hue was custom-designed.
The home includes two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, office, wine cellar and covered terrace. Floor to ceiling glass in the kitchen, where the owners spend most of their time, fills the room with natural light. Indoor materials and floor treatments flow out onto an open terrace, further blurring the boundary between outdoors and in.
Views of the valley are framed by Howell Mountain. San Francisco is visible, far to the south, on a clear day, designed as a see-through house.
Photos: Adrian Gregoretti
Expansive mountain views grace the Prospector Residence, a hillside contemporary home designed by Marmol Radziner, located in Sun Valley, Idaho. The design of this state of the art home was inspired by the rustic beauty of its surroundings; combining superb design, texture-rich interiors with regionally sourced materials resulting in an organic integration with the natural landscape. The property is terraced on three levels, capturing unique views from all locations. Dramatic views, abundant natural light and mountain breezes imbue the 8,700 square foot, seven bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom house with a sense of tranquility and a connection to the natural world.
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The decks, patios and glass throughout create a seamless indoor/outdoor environment and facilitate entertaining, be it an intimate gathering or a large affair. The home is a place of balanced energy softly nestled within an aspen grove on a gentle slope covered with grasses, sagebrush, and wildflowers; the views open dynamically to mountain horizons and ever-changing Idaho skies.
The main floor features a formal living room and dining room, with a common stone fireplace and glass walls that open to surrounding balconies facing Bald Mountain. The gourmet kitchen and great room provides a warm family environment, with fireplace, media and a glass enclosed dining area that spills onto a spacious terrace with spectacular views, stone spa, outdoor kitchen and lounge areas.
The four-suite guest wing extends beyond the great room. A large media/recreation room is located on the first level, which also boasts a bright indoor/outdoor exercise studio, a steam shower bath and a Zen courtyard that connects the spaces. This level includes a temperature controlled wine room, ski boot room, and a heated and finished garage.
The third floor master suite with stone fireplace, private deck, meditation room, dressing rooms, and marble steam master bath feels like a luxury spa. Sharing the master level are two large offices and a full bath. One is nestled in an aspen grove and the other captures a spectacular view of Baldy Mountain. Both offices feature private decks, and can be converted to bedrooms.
This home is currently listed for sale at $8,000,000, from here.
This elegant contemporary home showcases a neutral color palette and clean lines, completed by Architectural Bureau Alexandra Fedorova, located in Moscow, Russia. The interiors of the house are warm and spacious, comprised of discreet and natural colors and materials. On the one hand the total gamma combination of walnut wood and gray stone creates a cozy atmosphere, on the other hand brings a balance and peace, gives the opportunity to relax from the hectic nature.
On the ground floor there is a public part of the house – entrance hall, kitchen-dining-living room, guest room and office. The second is the private areas, comprised of the master bedroom with a spacious bathroom, which is part of the bedroom, as well as baby son and daughter and their bathroom.
Photos: Courtesy of Architectural Bureau Alexandra Fedorova
Having a fireplace in your home can generate a wonderfully warm and cozy living space, perfect for those brisk winter days to extricate the chill out of any room in your dwelling. A fireplace is almost always the focal point of a room, adding warmth not just in the physical sense but also in the emotional ambiance of the space. However, a fireplace alone doesn’t bring true comfort into your home. You need to add a few design and decor tricks to the space by selecting the right style, surround, and furniture to truly make it cozy. Adding decorative detailing around the fireplace, such as the hearth and mantel, will enhance the character and style. The good thing is that it’s to too difficult to turn a fireplace into a really luxurious and warm part of any space. Just add a few pillows, the right artwork, the correct placement of furniture around the fireplace … these little things can really add up to a warm house.
Whether you prefer a stone surround or something a little more modern, the collection of fireplaces we have gathered together for you will prove that a striking design is all it takes to become center stage in these stylish spaces.
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Serene, With an Edge: Designer Benjamin Dhong envisioned the living room in this San Francisco home as a serene retreat. “That’s why the walls are a little darker and there are big lounge chairs by the fireplace,” he says. “At then end of the day, drink in hand, they can put their legs up on that wonderful ottoman. The zebra brings in a tiny bit of edge that doesn’t intrude.”
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What makes this fireplace fabulous is that it has a built-in area for you to keep the logs for the fire. This really adds to the charm of the fireplace. The logs themselves form a sort of structural artwork in the wall. The fact that you can actually see the wood that will be used to create the fire makes you feel so much more in touch with the natural elements than you would be if the wood was hidden away until it was used.
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Bray’s Island I is a modern double height dwelling designed by Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Architects, located in Brays Island, South Carolina. The design for this stunning single family residence began and ended with its compelling site.
On a piece of dry ground between a pond and a freshwater marsh, the house’s site was ringed by a stand of unusually tall and thin live oak trees (which are typically more dense, thicker and lower to the ground).
The functional program called for a generous living/gathering room, kitchen & dining, a screened porch, and attendant utility functions. Instead of a segregated bedroom, the owner desired a sleeping loft contiguous with the main living space. The loft opens out to a covered porch with views across the marsh.
The beautiful stone fireplace that climbs all the way up to the ceiling has a built-in niche to store firewood, nice and handy for those chilly nights from the cool ocean air.
Photos: Courtesy of Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Architects
Westboro Home was designed to revolve around a two storey light filled raised garden courtyard by Kariouk Associates, located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The contemporary residence was completed in 2013, sited on a narrow lot in a downtown neighborhood.
The site for this home was a narrow lot in a downtown neighborhood, which carried with it extensive code limitations on side windows. A further challenge was negotiating the difference in grade between the two neighboring lots: an already steeply sloping site, the neighbors to the West raised their rear yard an additional 1.5 meters, ultimately creating a difference in neighboring lot heights of approximately 2.5 meters.
The design of the home revolves around a two storey, light-filled raised garden courtyard. The garden takes a “bite” out of the tight, permissible building area, however it allowed for an extensive amount of glass that otherwise, due to restrictive building code requirements, would not be possible. The courtyard’s lot-line side remains open, while its three interior sides are filled with windows and bring natural light into the heart of the home on both living floors. The courtyard is filled with ornamental plantings, and while it serves as a “daylight-magnet,” it also serves as a lush, visual focus for each of the primary living spaces of the home.
Upon stepping into the foyer, one is immediately presented with a series of linked views that unite the very front of the home to the very back of the property. The opposing wall of the interior foyer is entirely glass and shows the exterior, raised garden courtyard; this view continues through the courtyard and joins the interior of the formal dining room; this view then extends to an exterior garden bridge over the lower rear yard that ultimately joins visually to the interior of a three-season reading pavilion set in the rear yard.
A sense of privacy is created, despite the numerous and large windows that were achieved, as the main living areas begin a full-flight above street level; a slate and glass entry stair and walkway create a generous arrival point for visitors. Likewise, the entry stair/foyer volume is clad in white masonry in order to visually advance and welcome visitors towards the walkway (while the volume housing primary living spaces as well as the garage below is clad in black clapboard in order to recede from the sidewalk). A continuous visual and spatial gap cuts entirely through the home between the light and dark volumes; an open-riser stair is inserted into that void, set against the backdrop of the garden courtyard.
Photos: Courtesy of Kariouk Associates
The Long Valley Ranch House is an incredible modern vacation home designed by Marmol Radziner, set on the crest of a grassy knoll in Mendocino County, California. The goal was to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the 160-acre property by siting the retreat in a careful and unobtrusive manner. The 10-module home forms an L-shaped plan, framing views of a canopy of mature oak trees to the south and east.
The main volume is oriented east to west and arranged in an open plan. The living room, kitchen, and dining room collectively open southward onto a covered patio with an outdoor fireplace and pool area. From the main volume, the master bedroom extends to the north, following the edge of the hilltop and ending in a private deck that takes in the morning light from the east.
Marmol Radziner is a full service architectural firm that provides architectural design, interior design, landscape design, furniture design, jewelry design and prefab. In addition, we provide construction services, as a design-build firm. We operate our own custom cabinet shop and metal shop. We want our collaborative design vision to be realized coherently and elegantly.
Photos: Joe Fletcher
Ansel Haus is a sensationally designed rustic mountain home by Miller Architects in collaboration with On Site Management, located in Big Sky, Montana. Built in 2010-2012 this 7,000 square foot residence has been designed with materials of log, timber and stone.
When you approach design as more than just combining a series of rooms, your range of influences stretches further as well. At Miller, our design aesthetic steers us toward the textures, color palettes and material choices grounded in this region. Ultimately, our goal is to build spaces that help you experience the surroundings, instead of merely insulating you from them. It’s a result we believe can only be achieved by including everyone in the process—from the clients themselves, to the contractors and material suppliers.
By listening, exchanging inspired ideas, and being transparently honest, what might have been a sterile process becomes an enjoyable exercise in creativity. After all, your home will be more than a house—so it follows your architect needs to be more than a designer. At Miller Architects, we welcome that role, and have found that a fulfilling collaboration results in an exceptional home.
Photos: Bird Eye Photography
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