A beautiful summer house, Residence on Syros II was designed by Block722, hosting a family of four and guests to stay at this incredible villa on the island of Syros, Greece. The steep and somewhat intense geography of the land was a dominating factor in the design process. An expansive staircase leads from the top of the hills towards the house, which helps to intensify the experience of the rugged landscape. Entryway to the home is surrounded by the volumetric main areas of the villa, which culminates ultimately to a large opening that welcomes its inhabitants to expansive views of the Aegean Sea. The home is comprised of 2,163 square feet (201 square meters), divided into clean and square volumes for the public areas, living room and kitchen. The private bedroom areas are segregated into a partially buried rectangular volume.
Buried into a slope is a guesthouse, which is defined by a stone wall, seen commonly in local architecture. The main volume features an open floor plan, with a continuous view to the outdoors and cozy living spaces adjacent to a fireplace. Outside, there are two open courtyards protected from the sun, while a central area of the court is open to lounging in the sun and a children’s play area.
Photos: Erieta Attali, Ioanna Roufopoulou
Jones House is a mid-century modern renovation carried out by Silva Studios Architecture, located high atop Mount Soledad in San Diego, California. The home offers impeccable views to the Pacific Ocean, Mission and San Diego bay, downtown San Diego and Mexico. The home was given modern day updates, new technologies and lifestyle changes to meet the needs of its owners. The whole exterior facade was given a facelift, the landscaping was designed with native species for easy care and maintenance. The previously closed off interiors were structurally altered to give an open plan concept with the living, kitchen and dining areas.
This fabulous chef’s kitchen features ipe wood, custom cabinetry and a cantilevered, 3.5 inch thick concrete counter with a waterborne epoxy and a coat of floor wax (the cantilever is support by a 4×4 post and the wood wall). Perfect for entertaining, the space looks out to the dining and living areas.
The flooring is poured, self-leveling concrete topped with a gloss finish and wax. It’s 3/8″ thick, poured over the existing concrete slab. It has been scored in a large pattern, to not only control for cracks, but also for design aesthetics.
The outdoor terrace offers cozy living spaces with sensational views and a clean lined fire pit for those cool nights from the ocean breezes. The fire pit is cast-in-place concrete with a custom burner.
Photos: Courtesy of Silva Studios Architecture
Summit Residence is a sensational rustic mountain retreat designed by Locati Architects, located in the presitgous ski resort community of Yellowstone Club, Big Sky, Montana. This wonderful residence was built by local building company Schlauch Bottcher Construction. The homeowner selected all the interior furnishings to complete the look of this mountain dream home. There are plenty of custom features throughout the home, with soaring ceilings, exposed trusses and lodge style appeal. Highlights to this mountain retreat includes a chef’s kitchen, spacious living areas, a dining room that seats ten, plenty of bedrooms for entertaining family and guests, a home cinema, and an entertainment/family room replete with a arcade games, pool table, bar and bowling alley. From every room, there are unparalled 180 degree views of snow capped mountains and wooded landscape. The outdoors offers meticulous landscaped grounds with several outdoor living spaces with fire pit and fireplace and covered swimming pool.
This wonderful chef’s kitchen showcases top of the line appliances and a beautiful kitchen island with plenty of seating for entertaining family and friends. The countertops are granite and all the cabinetry has been custom designed.
The master bedroom retreat is super cozy with a built-in window seat and roaring fireplace, incredible views and en-suite bathroom.
This cozy bedroom offers two built-in bunk beds, a warm fireplace and beautiful views of snow capped mountains. The fabric on the bed is a custom designed duvet comprised of AERIN velvet for Kravet.
The billiards table was custom designed and installed in this family space by Aspen Rustic Billiards.
Brushed concrete has been used on the driveway that meanders through this amazing compound.
Photos: © Roger Wade Studio
Prospect Lake Custom Home is a stunning West Coast style property designed by Horizon Contracting, located at the edge of Prospect Lake, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The interiors of this fabulous home have been designed with clean, contemporary lines, with wooden flooring and high ceilings with exposed wood beams in the main living spaces. Highlights to this spacious home includes a beautiful chef’s kitchen that is fully equipped, perfect for entertaining, an open plan kitchen, living and dining room and a home cinema and games room. The outdoors features a beautifully manicured landscape with plenty of outdoor living spaces and woods on either side of the property. The rear of the residence offers a large terrace with sun loungers and an infinity edge pool that seems to drop off to the lake below. The best part of this amazing home is that it features LEED Platinum design.
The light fixtures in this beautiful bathroom are made by Kichler Lighting.
Photos: This project was submitted to us courtesy of Horizon Contracting
Vashon Island House is a 1,750 square foot custom designed prefab cabin by Seattle architecture firm FabCab, located on Vashon Island, King County, Washington. The family cabin, built by Potential Energy, is comprised of two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a flex room/den, and a 300 square foot bump-out screened-in porch with a fireplace and wall of windows. The family enjoys speeding time together chilling in this amazing cabin, taking in the natural surroundings and watching the islands habitat wander by. The home also showcases a sweeping butterfly roof, enabling the structure to open towards the views in two directions. With extended roof overhangs and plenty of covered spaces, there are wonderful opportunities for indoor-outdoor living. Additional features to the home includes a children’s loft, an outdoor shower and a multi-panel folding door system.
The flooring throughout the home is polished concrete with radiant heat, with the added benefit of being able to use the controls from anywhere by way of an iPhone. The structural insulated panels (SIPs), along with energy-efficient windows, enabled the home to achieve three stars from Built Green, which is an environmental building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish counties.
Photos: Dale Lang
This Sun Valley family lodge is a reclaimed post and beam barn transformed into a family home by Miller Architects, located in Sun Valley, Idaho. The structure began its roots in Vermont, and was given new life by the architects for a couple from the Chicago area. The clients were wanting to have a home that they could enjoy and reconnect with their extended family for fishing and skiing. The barn was given an extension with a new master suite, garage and artist’s studio, which are surrounded by a beautiful outdoor patio complete with a fireplace, perfect for family gatherings. With plenty of space for entertaining, this four bedroom home features reclaimed board siding and stone and metal roofing.
These entryway doors were custom designed with slated wood that is on a sliding track, perfect for opening the main doors to let natural breezes travel through the home.
The kitchen countertops are Caesarstone quartz Lagos Azul.
Photos: Courtesy of Miller Architects
The Orcas Island Home is a contemporary prefab home design with 1,828 square feet of living space by FabCab, located on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands, Washington. This two bedroom, two bathroom + den home home showcases major curb appeal with a reverse shed extension over the front door. The architects build eco-friendly homes, this particular one is their TimberCab home, which features Douglas Fir timberframes, including their premium level of finish. Their timeberframes and wall/roof panels have been pre-cut with state of the art technology and a licensed contractor labels the homes as an efficient build at the site. Their home packages are devised with flexibility in mind and can be shipped to most building sites.
The architects created a welcoming entryway into this rustic home, which opens to full on water views from across the room.
This beautiful open plan living room/kitchen/dining room offers a large expanse of windows to filter in plenty of natural light and offers spectacular water views. The home is nestled on a wooded landscape that helps to offer privacy and a welcoming country escape for the homeowners.
The porcelain tiling in the bathroom is from American Olean.
The beautiful furnishings featured on the deck were curated from Costco and Wayfair.
Photos: Dale Lang
Maison Toscana is a rustic country estate with a Mediterranean lifestyle transformed by designer Jessica Bataille, found in the coastal town of Jávea, in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. The owners discovered this dream retreat nestled in the middle of a pine forest near the beach. A 19th century villa built in traditional architecture, resulting in a comfortable home with simple and chic touches, designed to delight the senses with a slow life philosophy. Unique characteristics are featured throughout the home, such as thick stone walls, stone arches, a mediterranean garden and romantic arabic pool.
Despite the rustic building strength, the rooms exude a sophisticated romantic charm. Decorating styles and cultures with traditional Mediterranean architecture seem to intermingle; such as mixing Oriental and European antique pieces. In turn, the pursuit of warmth has been a constant. The selected textiles with rich textures of silk, velvets and lines to create an atmosphere that brings in the glamor of environments. An example of this is in the living room, where pink raw silk curtains and colorful cushions on the blue couch show a simple yet gorgeous appeal.
All lights are on dimmer switches, including the outdoors. The interior was considered essential to igniting ‘magic’ into the environment. Warmth was infused throughout with three fireplaces, with the fire and candles being basic to creating a cozy atmosphere and soul.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo