Canyon Point residence is a contemporary mountain retreat that melds modern architecture with rustic materials, designed by RKD Architects in Telluride, Colorado. Sculpted of masonry walls, this dramatic property seems to meld into the landscape. With simple, low pitch roof forms, the wood and glass structure draws the mountainous landscape into the interior of the home. Sweeping and curved copper roof forms cantilever over a jaw-dropping canyon which drops 1,500 feet below to the San Miguel River. Built for a couple, the home encompasses 9,770 square feet of living space with six bedrooms and seven-and-a-half bathrooms. There seems to be a perfect balance of clean, modern lines infused with high-country textures, surrounded by an outdoor oasis. The outdoor living spaces includes patios, a fire pit, ponds and rambling meadows, surrounded by 900-acres of wilderness preserve and 360 degree vistas of 14,000 foot snowy peaks. “Douglass fir trusses, Arkansas tumbled stone, reclaimed oak barn wood, and copper siding provide an organic feel to the house”, states the architects.
We have featured many stunning mountain retreats here on 1 Kindesign, have a look at a couple of fabulous ones in case you missed them: Contemporary mountain home in Aspen by Poss Architecture and Breathtaking rustic mountain home in Big Sky: Ansel Haus.
This award-winning kitchen features expansive windows to encapsulate the expansive views and bring the outdoors in. The countertops and cabinetry were custom designed to be curved, emphasizing the sweeping arc of the astounding view.
Photos: Gibeon Photography
Bunny Lane Residence is a contemporary waterfront retreat designed by Heliotrope Architects, located on the picturesque Orcas Island, Washington. The property has been in the homeowners family for over 40 years and was enjoyed as a family vacation spot in a much smaller, more rustic cabin that originally took up residence on the site. When the homeowner and his wife took the property over, they decided to update the home by replacing it with a more spacious, modernized approach. Comprised of 2,284 square feet of living space, the new home takes better advantage of the water views and natural light. The homeowners expressed that they wanted to explore an island vernacular, an aesthetic that would be timeless and comfortable. The exterior facade showcases a barn style, two story structure clad in cedar which houses the private zones of the bedrooms and bathrooms. An attached single story structure encompasses a great room with extensive sea views. Almost every room in the home features a view, even though the shorter width of the property faces the water. The open plan living and dining area is in the single story part of the home, so the bedrooms have unobstructed views from above. Local milled fir was used for the hardwood flooring running throughout the interiors, including the custom built-ins. There was not a lot of furnishings that needed to be purchased, but the owners hired interior design firm Designward, Inc to step in and help select window treatments and fabrics.
Outside decking on both sides of the home leads to walkways paved with natural beach gravel, which helps to connect the surrounding property to the waterfront. On the side of the property that fronts the sea, a beautiful bluestone patio features a fire pit, perfect for cools evenings. The property is so enjoyable that the homeowners who used to use this home as a vacation retreat from April through to October now spend their time here year round.
We have featured other homes designed by Heliotrope Architects in the past here on 1 Kindesign, have a look: Suncrest Residence on beautiful Orcas Island and Grant Creek Residence nestled into a wooded hillside.
The architect designed the dining room table milled from a madrona tree which had fallen on the property prior to construction.
Photos: Sean Airhart
Casa Brutale is a conceptually designed minimalist home by OPA (Open Platform for Architecture), merged into a rock face high above the Aegean Sea, Greece. This ground breaking development is waiting to be built by the firm, “a study of aesthetics, structure, function and engineering.” The construction of the home entails simple materials of glass, wood and raw concrete, with an emphasis placed more on the landscape and ocean. Nothing rises above the ground level, with impact being very minimal, a single facade which divides the vertical cliff face. A clear glass swimming pool and an entry staircase is the only part of the home that can be seen on the surface level. Descending the staircase brings you into an open plan scheme with dramatic views of the Aegean Sea through a glass fronted facade set flush into the cliff. The interior living spaces are flooded with natural light from an wall to wall skylight that turns out to be the swimming pool, comprised of reinforced glass, and functions as the only other window within this sensational home.
Awhile back we shared with you another conceptual suspended cliffside home that is located in Australia, in case you missed it, have a look Suspended Cliffside over the Australian Sea: Cliff House.
After descending 50 stairs you reach the entryway, which is also accessible by an elevator. A tall, rotating door comprised of aged wood opens to expansive sea views through the floor-to-ceiling glass facade. The space showcases minimalism at its finest.
A concrete dining table includes concrete benches clad with wood to add warmth. A fireplace behind the bench adds to the drama of this incredible space. There is also a guest room, bathroom and storage room.
A thin steel staircase leads from the kitchen up to the mezzanine level which hosts a private master bedroom retreat. The bed frame is comprised of concrete and wood finishing, and the walls are mirror clad to enhance the play of light and shadows. The views from this level are astounding, with the Aegean Sea soaked up right from the comfort of your bed.
Master bedroom from the mezzanine level.
Perspective of the in-cliff dwelling from the day and night.
Renderings: Courtesy of OPA (Open Platform for Architecture)
Lower Floor Plan.
Upper Floor Plan.
Swimming Pool Level Plan.
Roof Level Plan.
Stratford Creek Residence is a compact and energy-efficient home designed for a couple of empty nesters by Matt Garcia Design, nestled hillside in Austin, Texas. The clients wished to have a home that reduced their carbon footprint and retain design details that are most important, such as a relaxing living environment without clutter, spacious kitchen and enough space for entertaining. Although the homeowners love modern architecture, they wanted their home to reflect warmth through the use of local and natural materials. The goal was to design a home that effortlessly fits into its environment, with minimal, clean lines. The design takes advantage of the property’s dramatic hillside perch, which offers fabulous treetop and creekside views. The house seems like it is in the middle of nowhere, yet it is conveniently just five minutes for the downtown area. The front entryway is very inviting, situated at the rear of the home allowing guests to feel drawn into nature form the outdoor deck before entering the home. The ground level living and dining areas as well as the upper level master bedroom were designed to be at the back of the home to take full advantage of the magnificent views. The exterior of the residence was clad in cedar, adding to the contemporary tree house feel of the property. Designer Fern Santini selected a neutral color palette for the interiors, which encompassed white walls and smooth concrete flooring. Vibrance is added with the selection of colorful furnishings and art.
A covered outdoor deck on the upper level seems to be carved into the house, offering a relaxing sanctuary for the homeowner’s to enjoy the beauty that surrounds. The end result is an architecturally pleasing cedar and glass box home that is very engaging with nature and the creek below.
A separate adjacent guesthouse keeps the home more compact, offering two guest bedrooms for family and friends. A canopy connects the two structures, forming a carport. Sustainable feats includes solar panels, double-paned glass and plenty of insulation.
A fusion of indoor/outdoor spaces makes this home the perfect gathering spot to host family and friends.
The master bedroom retreat features expansive windows giving the sensation of floating above the treetops. The flooring gives warmth to the space, comprised of rift-sawn white oak. A stunning teak canopy bed and custom silk and wool area rug completes the aesthetic, creating a private sanctuary.
Photos: Casey Dunn
La Jolla Canyon Residence is a contemporary property featuring sculptural art forms, designed by Matrix Design, nestled in a private canyon in La Jolla, California. This fascinating residence is surrounded by lush landscaping, seamlessly blending interior spaces into outdoor spaces and pool terraces, taking advantage of the cool breezes. The homeowners have a unique outdoor sculpture collection that traverses through the numerous paths on the property that can be spotted from the balconies and terraces. Nestled in the natural contours of the land are pools, patios, and planted areas. The interior living spaces are comprised of 10,200 square feet spread out over one level, showcasing a spacious kitchen, family room and dining area, art studio, master bedroom and en-suite bathroom. The main house is adjoined to a four bedroom, two story structure by a 50 foot long art gallery, which is the main entryway to the residence. The entrance to the home is accessed by a pathway which runs parallel to a dry creek, ending in a solid granite bridge that leads to a pivot glass entryway door, framing an art wall of the gallery.
Exterior steps leads to an expansive open air rooftop terrace offering ocean view seating, an outdoor barbecue space and a vegetable garden that is large enough to fulfill the household needs.
What do you think of this unique home, anything you would have done differently to the design? La Jolla is an extremely beautiful place (beach community) to live, have a look at another inspiring home we featured here on 1 Kindesign from the area: Ultra-modern beach house in La Jolla.
In the dining room, a custom 24 foot table has been crafted from a single slab of live edge Indonesian Suar, 6 inches thick and separated into the individual pieces that acts as one long table during large dinner parties, separating into game table on wheels, an outdoor table table under a large overhand and separates the interior and exterior tables with a pocketed sliding glass door to offer several dining experiences. .The outdoor kitchen provides a natural extension of the long dining buffet, expanding the entire length from the kitchen, along the length of the dining table and out to the patio area.
This master bathroom features a steam shower comprised of mica schist stone.
The bedroom wing features a vertical garden, allowing natural light to penetrate through. Along a glass wall, bamboo has been planted, open to all the bedrooms and bathroom to allow both light and views at all ends. The bathrooms are completely clad in a rainforest limestone, mimicking the bamboo grove. A very rare bleached koa is the veneer on all the built-ins seen throughout the interiors of the home.
The exterior property showcases sculptural outdoor pool terraces, including a seventy foot lap pool that begins flush with the upper terrace yet emerges to form a ten foot high cube of dark reflecting water at its outermost length. “The vanishing edges waterfall into a spa at the middle mezzanine, and then into a lower level children’s pool that is surrounded by trees, art and landscape.” The outdoor living spaces were designed to be sculptural art forms to cater to the homeowners love affair with art.
Photos: Courtesy of Matrix Design
Black Mountain Residence is a desert mountain villa designed by H&S International in collaboration with Wiseman & Gale Interiors, located in Carefree, Arizona. This Mediterranean style home is nestled on 2.5 acres of desert mountain property, offering sweeping views of the valley below. The homeowner purchased the land back in 1978 and then got married, had a family and lived 2o miles away, waiting for the day when she would build her dream home. The couple would travel on trips to Italy and get inspired by the rustic architectural qualities and furnishings they wanted to incorporate. The goal of the homeowners was to create a design that appears to have been around for generations, with rooms that appear to be added on by way of varying building techniques. The design team spent some time analyzing the property in order to maximize its climbing topography and sight lines. The size and placement of each room was integral to the design, as was the allocation of the windows, in order to optimize the enchanting views. As for the interior furnishings, the couple realized that the Provincial style was too ornate for their taste, yet they wished to have a similar styling but much more pared down. The designer sourced furnishings and fixtures that not only honored the homeowner’s desire for warmth and comfort, but also with a very timeless yet clean lined aesthetic. There is a harmonious mix of designer pieces with a sprinkling of antiques, yet all the fabrics have a heavy texture to capture the mood.
The builder and designer incorporated authentic materials into the design scheme, ranging from American barn wood and burnished European timber beams to reclaimed French firebrick and limestone, wide plank oak flooring that was milled in Belgium and oxidized scrap steel, all of which creates an aged appeal. The interior walls consist of layers thick plastered concrete, and the exterior masonry creatively blends varying timeworn stones and bricks with hand-tinted grouting in varying colors. The architecture seems to meld into the mountainside and the mix of beautiful plantings helps to further enhance this connection.
We have featured several breathtaking homes in the Arizona desert here on 1 Kindesign. If you enjoyed this property, have a look at some further inspiration from this beautiful state: Whisper Rock Residence by Tate Studio Architects and Spectacular modern home embraces the desert landscape.
Photos: Laura Moss & Luxe Source
This Texas hill country retreat is a bright and open family getaway designed by Shiflet Group Architects, located in the Frio cañon community along the Frio River. The area was designed as a legacy community, with 100 acres of wildlife preserve, its a wonderful area to bring up your family. With other families nearby, the object is for kids to grow up together with cookouts and movies under the stars. Then the children grow up, have their own kids and take over the property. The home was built as a vacation home for a family of five, conceived to connect to the scenic outdoors that surrounds it. As for the construction of the home, the homeowners did not want one large house that would be too showy, so instead they opted to have three individual, smaller buildings. With a more cottage-like feel the design allows for space for guests and keeps the property feeling more quaint. The main building houses a living room, dining and kitchen area. A separate cottage houses three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a kitchenette. The third structure houses a garage with guest quarters above. In total, there is 4,650 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
The main structure has free flowing spaces with open alcoves. Deep set porches help to protect from the hot Texas sun, while still keeping the interiors bright and airy. In the center of the gathering area, a skylight was incorporated to diffuse light into the space. Designing with rustic building materials adds a camp-like aesthetic to the home. The wood hewn beams are re-purposed from an old Vermont barn. Some of the flooring material comes from locally sourced quarried stone, while the bedroom flooring is comprised of reclaimed oak that is almost 100 years old, sourced from Kentucky and Tennessee.
Have a look at some other Texas Hill Country homes featured here on 1 Kindesign: Modern compound in Texas hill country: Trahan Ranch and Beautiful Hill Country Residence in Austin.
With farmhouse style interiors designed by Blair Burton Interiors, the palette is very peaceful, with a continuous rustic theme running throughout. To bring in colors from the surrounding natural environment, shades of gray-blues and gray-greens were incorporated into the design scheme. The interior was conceived to be not only breathtaking, but also very durable, needing to withstand the wear and tear of kids living on a river environment. All the upholstery has been custom designed and easy maintenance. One of a kind pieces are strewn throughout the home, with some pieces hand picked from trips to places such as The Original Round Top Antiques Fair.
Builder David Dalgleish helped conceive the stonework that surrounds the living room fireplace. Custom doors conceals a television.
‘Photos: Nick Johnson
Base Camp is a mountain retreat designed for family living by Johnston Architects, nestled high above Lake Cle Elum in the Cascade Mountains near Roslyn, Washington. The home was designed as a retreat and eventually a primary home for an active family of seven. The remote lake offers the perfect getaway, enjoying warm summer days and snowfalls in the winter. The home caters to entertaining family, friends and colleagues, sleeping over 2o people, yet most importantly it is the recreational base to enjoy the surrounding rugged mountains. The design of the home caters to the clients outdoor lifestyle, which includes snowmobiling, dirt biking, kayaking and baseball. To house all this equipment, the architects created a spacious gear room constructed with industrial/fire station grade open shelving. Each of the family members have their favorite spaces, the wife enjoys the library while the kids chill out in the theater/game room. A Geochron illuminated world map is situated close to the front entryway, which helps the kids to learn geography. The theme throughout the home is an emphasis on outdoor living, whether it be the astounding views of the lake and surrounding mountains through sliding walls, or stepping outside and enjoying the swimming pool, hot tub, water courses and sauna. The architecture is open and expansive, with large glass walls spilling natural light into the home and engaging it with nature throughout the year.
Sustainable features includes “solar thermal, photo voltaics, radiant heat, heat recovery ventilation, super insulation and passive solar design to minimize energy costs.” Most significantly, the design of the home maximizes a diversity of interior and exterior spaces for the enjoyment of work, live and play.
We have featured other beautiful homes here on 1 Kindesign in the mountains of Washington state, have a look at a couple of popular ones: Modern lake house blurring indoor/outdoor boundaries and Breathtaking home set on a bluff overlooking Lake Washington.
The interior palette consists of durable natural materials with an exposed structure, soaring ceilings and large expanses of windows. The home not only had to function as a family cabin, but as an offsite workspace for the homeowners, who co-run political consulting firm Mercury Group.
The library features a cozy sofa, Eames chair, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves filled with reading materials and endless lake views
The common areas are very fluid, with the kitchen able to accommodate up to ten diners. There is a dining room just below the kitchen that can also double as a conference room.
Although rustic, this home has all the technologies of a smart home. The homeowners can control the systems of their home through three apps on their smartphones. These features includes lighting, heating, fans and even the entertainment system. When they are not at the home, they can keep tabs on their property through security camera monitoring. There are motion sensors in the majority of the room, with programmed light levels that operate according to the time of day. For example, a glowing light will come on in the master bathroom at nighttime.
A massive bunkroom sleeps up to 17 people and includes an outdoor sleeping porch.
Ninety percent of the property’s hot water is attained from this 1,000 square foot solar array, which will heat the water that is stored in insulated underground tanks.
Photos: Courtesy of Johnston Architects
W. Creekside Residence is a beautiful farmhouse style family home that has been designed by Dillon Kyle Architecture, located in Houston, Texas. The home was originally a spec house that was built in the mid 1990s, surrounded by single story homes that were constructed in the 1950s. The architects updated and reconfigured the interiors to meet the needs of the homeowner’s lifestyle. The kitchen was renovated with much more simple, clean lines with a spacious center island, butcher block countertop and plenty of custom built-in cabinetry. The newly designed kitchen was integral to family living, as the hub of the home. So the space was made to be bright and airy, with its new proportions and clearly defined shape echoing the rest of the transformed interiors. “A curved ceiling demarcates this space relative to the living space, creating definition without separation.” A three-car garage was converted into a two-car garage to make room for a mudroom and the power room was relocated to another area of the home. In the living room, the position of the fireplace made the room difficult to furnish, so the design team had it removed from the space.
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The Butler’s Pantry features white cabinetry, marble countertops and a convenient swinging door with porthole.
The powder room features a custom concrete sink that designed by the architects and produced by a local craftsman.
Photos: Casey Dunn Photography
Rocky Point South is a stunning hybrid log home that has been designed by Olson-Olson Architects, situated on beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The exterior of this rustic home was crafted through a mix of “cedar logs, poplar bark shingles, grizzly granite veneer, and copper with a combination asphalt shingle and living roof.” The residence offers unparalleled views of Lake Tahoe from the great room, kitchen and two of its bedrooms. Comprised of 8,600 square feet of living space, there are six bedrooms, six full bathrooms, two half bathroom and a two car garage. On the lower level, there is a cozy home theater that offers seating for up to twenty four people. Adjacent to this space is a billiard room that comes complete with a wet bar, dual large screen televisions and a shuffleboard table, perfect for entertaining adult family and friends. There is also a built-in climbing wall as well as a playroom to help with keep the kids busy. On the back property of the home, there is a comfortable patio area offering a pizza oven and barbecue, to bring the entertainment outside. On the corner of the property facing the lake is a gas fire pit, nestled in a boulder outcrop. The home has everything you could possibly imagine, including a caretaker’s quarters and an additional home on the property for guests, Cedar Flat.
What do you think of this sensational mountain home? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. We have featured plenty of fabulous mountain homes here on 1 Kindesign, in case you missed them, here are a couple of inspiring ones: Contemporary mountain home in Aspen by Poss Architecture and Breathtaking rustic mountain home in Big Sky: Ansel Haus.
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