Bayshore Drive Residence is a truly stunning custom home that has been designed by studio Brandon Architects, who worked in conjunction with Patterson Custom Homes, situated in the exclusive Bay Shores coastal community in Newport Beach, California. This two story residence is comprised of 3,200 square feet with five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, situated on a typical rectangular lot. Views of the harbor are available from the roof level, so the program incorporated a large exterior roof-top deck, complete with a built in BBQ, spa, and fire-pit. The project is a traditional Colonial/Greek Revival design, including ample indoor/outdoor living spaces integrated with a modern open living plan which maximizes natural light and ventilation in living spaces as well as outdoor patios, decks and balconies.
Photos: Courtesy of Patterson Custom Homes
The Ranchero is a modern ski cabin designed by CAST Architecture nestled at the edge of a subalpine meadow in the small community of Mazama in Washington State’s the upper Methow Valley. The Ranchero is a base camp for a family of four, offering year round outdoor adventure and a social hub for gatherings of friends and family. The architects responded with a simple, rugged design that is responsive to the environment and low on maintenance, letting the family focus on the outdoors. The open plan home offers 1,600 square feet of living space plus 800 square feet of covered outdoor space.
The deep veranda, over-sized entry and ski wax room provide family and guests a functional landing zone between activities.
A view from the south shows how the house is split into two components linked by a single sloped roofline. To the right is the 1,400-square-foot main house, and on the left is a 200-square-foot sauna. The sauna area includes a covered wooden shed and a wax room for preparing skis in the winter.
A simple material pallet focuses on highly durable, low maintenance solutions such as Cor-ten steel siding, aluminum clad windows and a concrete skirt that protects the structure’s base during the winter snowpack and spring snowmelt cycle.
With a spine that is aligned along an east west axis, the home is designed to take advantage of passive solar heat gain in the winter while minimizing solar heat gain in the summer.
Crisp white aluminum ceiling panels reflect light into the home and help blur the line between the indoors and outdoors.
The plan emphasizes simplicity, abundant natural light and a strong connection to the surrounding peaks and adjacent aspen grove. The public wing features an open floor plan with an expansive patio that sets the stage for relaxation and socializing. The corridor beyond the kitchen leads to the three bedrooms as well as the bathrooms, laundry and a small office.
Made from low-maintenance, paint-free aluminum panels, the white ceilings reflect sunlight into the home to make the interior brighter and less reliant on artificial lighting throughout the day.
The furnishings throughout the house pick up on the ruggedness of the architecture as well as the character of the landscape. Mild steel and integrally colored fiber cement panels clad the interior walls for a durable, paint free finish.
Peeling of steel also occurs at the entry, creating a shelf for keys, wallets, hats and so forth.
Low VOC finishes, concrete floors, and a heat recovery ventilator insure clean and healthy air.
Many of the unique details that take advantage of the materials are very subtle. In one corner of the kitchen, for example, the steel peels up to hold chalk for writing notes or drawings pictures on the wall.
The home features regionally crafted custom finish details, casework and furnishings throughout.
The private wing offers a master suite with an extra day bed, a ship’s berth inspired bunkroom, and peaceful getaway nooks.
Built at a modest scale with super insulated walls and ceilings, energy efficient windows and systems, the home is intended to minimize energy consumption.
A balance of rugged materials, a simple plan and clean lines help focus this mountain retreat on the place, people and adventures.
Photos: Courtesy of CAST Architecture
Pebble Beach Residence is a clean and modern weekend retreat designed by BAR Architects, located a few hundred feet from the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean, in Pebble Beach, California. The home is positioned below the 18th fairway of the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, designed to take every advantage of its unique and dramatic location.
The home reflects the owner’s interest for a clean, contemporary home and is designed to feel like the most luxurious spa in the world. All the primary rooms of the house are arranged along the 18th fairway with views through stone colonnades of the expansive Pacific – from Point Lobos to the northern-most point of Carmel Bay.
The house includes large living, dining and kitchen spaces with exterior spaces for entertaining. The primary exterior building materials of cut limestone, titanium and teak are also used throughout the interior of the house to emphasize the connection between the interior spaces and the exterior resort setting.
Stone Residence is a house and guest house composition of iconic shed volumes designed by Malcolm Davis Architecture, sited between Highway 1 to the East and the end of a cul-de-sac to the West in San Francisco, California. The Eastern facade lends a sense of privacy and protection from the highway, with a smaller entrance, high windows, and thickened wall. The exposed framing of the thickened wall creates a floor to ceiling feature for books in the living room. The Western facade, with large glass barn doors and generous windows, opens the house to the garden, The Sea Ranch, and the ocean beyond. Connecting the two facades, an enclosed central porch serves as a dual entrance and favorite gathering space. With its pizza oven and easy indoor/outdoor connections, the porch becomes an outdoor kitchen, an extension of the main living space, and the heart of the house.
Photos: Courtesy of Malcolm Davis Architecture
Cook outdoors in style by transforming your backyard or patio into a unique outdoor kitchen for entertaining family and friends surrounded by nature. Cooking outside can be a wonderful alternative to the daily routine of preparing meals in the home. The openness of the outdoors can bring a refreshing feel to the everyday family dinner adding a festive air to the mundane. Nowadays an outdoor kitchen can mean so much more than just a barbecue and a cooler of soda. While the majority of modern outdoor kitchens still have a grill as the central fixture, most have evolved into an extension of the home’s living space. Many people would like to incorporate into their design the same conveniences they have inside, if not more. Custom outdoor kitchens can consist of wine chillers, under counter refrigerators, pizza ovens, wet bars, fireplaces, side burners, smokers, warming drawers and even roasting spits. Below you will find some awesome outdoor kitchen design ideas as well as some tips that will make your patio stylish and inviting, enjoy!
If you are looking for more great ideas on outdoor space design, try these past articles: 52 Spectacular outdoor string lights to illuminate your patio and 31 Inspiring and stylish outdoor room design ideas.
Not much space is needed to install an outdoor kitchen, the space just needs to be functional for cooking, entertaining, and relaxing. Something to consider when planning your outdoor kitchen is the proximity to the indoor one. The more convenient this kitchen is to your indoor one, the less travel for items such as seasonings, utensils, dinnerware and food items. Also, having an attached, covered outdoor kitchen can extend the length of time you are able to use this new food preparation and serving area.
You want to be able to move effortlessly from area to area — particularly when working with a potentially dangerous medium like a grill or pizza oven. Take this into account when planning your layout — you don’t want to have to jump from place to place. This setup works perfectly: it’s simple, but everything you need is here.
Cooking space. In terms of utility, the appliances in your kitchen are going to be a very important investment. Quality more important than quantity here. Yes, it’d be fun to go crazy and get a rotisserie, warming drawer, AND a pizza oven — but do you really need them all? Be sure to get what you’ll actually use, that it works well, and is made for the outdoors.
Lighting is just as important in your outdoor space as it is inside. Ambiance is great, of course, but safety should really be the first priority when it comes to lighting around an outdoor kitchen. Brighten areas where cooking and other major activity will happen. Pathways should be well-lit, and lounge/dining areas should have adjustable lighting.
Function. As always, it’s important to think about what the primary function of this area will be. Are you a chef-in-training? Then focus on the kitchen appliances, materials and layout. Do you plan on throwing dinner parties? Will this be near a pool? Will it just be an area to lounge, eat and relax? Once you figure this out, you can choose your must-haves for each area and which portion of your outdoor kitchen you’ll want to focus on.
Location. Most outdoor kitchens are going to be situated near the main house. This allows for the easy access of existing utility lines and makes it easy to transport food and other materials to the outdoor cooking area. If these issues aren’t of particular concern for you, be sure to take wind, sun, shade, and access to amenities (such as a pool or a lawn) into consideration before choosing the perfect place.
This little outdoor kitchen has just the right essentials — nothing more, and nothing less. Make sure your appliances can plug into GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets, and are Underwriters Laboratories approved.
As it is in your home, the hearth is often the heart of your outdoor space. A fireplace, firepit or pizza oven can end up becoming even more of a focal point than the grill. Make good use of this gathering space and set up a place to relax and warm up in front of the fire.
Entertainment and dining area. If you like to have people over, odds are you’ll be using your outdoor kitchen for a lot more than just the occasional barbecue. When you’re planning your layout and considering your must-haves, think about how you’ll be entertaining your friends (or yourself). This kitchen has pretty much everything: dining table, lounge area in front of the fire, television and bar.
Including other heating sources besides a fireplace is always a good idea — it’s usually better to provide too many ways to warm up than too little! Try placing them near seating or dining areas for ultimate functionality.
Make sure you have a convenient place to store firewood. This pizza oven has a hideaway for firewood right underneath it, which means no one has to make a late night trek out to the wood pile at the other end of the yard.
Choose seating that is flexible and can be moved around. Allowing guests to move to and from the dining and lounging areas creates a more casual, intimate environment. Install speakers around your entertaining areas to add to the ambiance.
Lounge space. It helps to have your outdoor space covered — just in case. Not only is this a safeguard from the occasional summer shower, but it also offers shade and shelter from wind. You can have a large structure built into your design, like the one shown above.
Add an awning, umbrella, or another temporary option for shelter from the elements. Make sure you’re not using any kind of combustible material for the ceiling or awning above the grill area, and make sure the area is well ventilated.
If you’ve remodeled an indoor kitchen, you know how important it is to have the right amount of counter space — the same goes for the outdoors! Dry space should be a top priority, particularly prep surfaces. This outdoor kitchen has plenty of space to chop up vegetables and meat, mix drinks, and have a little serving station.
Try not to isolate the cook from the rest of the party! Nothing’s worse than getting stuck with grill duty and hearing everyone else having a blast behind your back. Cooking and entertaining places should be seamless, but with a decent amount of separation so there’s no dangerous moments when you’re taking the ribs off the grill. The setup in this photo works well because the cook doesn’t need to leave the single counter and grill area, but can still turn around and interact with the action at the pool.
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Aside from mowing the lawn or pruning the hedges, the garden is a section of the home that is generally left to its own devices. Many people do not have a striking feature in their garden that really draws the attention of guests, unless you count a new gas grill that the male visitors want to try out for themselves. But it doesn’t need to be like this, and achieving a feature in your garden might actually be easier than you think.
Of course, it always helps to have a bit of design inspiration, so check out these ideas below. These grand designs can be scaled down to suit the everyday backyard, but if you have the space you can always try to replicate what you see…
Hot tub gazebo
It is one thing to have a hot tub in your garden, but it is another kettle of fish to have a special home for it. Freestanding hot tubs look great, but it is wonderful to have a structure for it, and some of them are especially nice to look at. Have a look at this one from a company called Arctic Spas – it has a pleasing combination of wood colorings, and the darker shades complement those that are mid toned. As an added extra, there is a 12 foot fold-down bar on the exterior, perfect for hosting a summer party. Visit the website to read full details.
If you already have a mature garden, you may have certain hedges and shrubs that could be perfect for a masterpiece. Shaped bushes have fallen in and out of fashion over time, but retro looks always find a way of coming back into the current environment. You will probably want to do a bit of practicing before you take on anything too ambitious, or you could just call in a specialist gardener.
You often see a bandstand area when walking in a public park, but why not bring one to your very own garden? Whether you have a couple of friends who are into the guitar, or your kids are learning an instrument at school, it can be a great place to get together for a mini concert, especially during the summer months.
A flat garden doesn’t inspire many feelings of pride and love, but the same cannot be said for ones that incorporate different elements and heights. Simple ways of achieving this include a raised decking area, or flower beds that are lifted off the ground. Hanging baskets and light fittings are also ways of incorporating interest at different levels.
Working from home can be made so much easier when you have a separate area to get stuck in to your tasks. This is why a summerhouse can be ideal, as well as being a point of interest in the garden. There are many shapes and sizes available on the market; it will be up to you to choose one that fits in with the overall theme of your garden, or brings something completely different to the table.
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Balaclava Road residence is a contemporary dream home dsigned by COS Design, situated in Caulfield North, a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Here is a statement about the project from the architects, “David McCallum of DDB Design and Build decided it was time for him to build his very own dream home and turned to Steve and team at COS Design to compliment this amazing piece of architecture. The combination of the two parties resulted in MBAV home design of year award. The rear pool space is simply breathtaking yet minimal, a true testament to design at its best.”
Photos: Tim Turner Photography
Casa HS na Quinta da Baroneza is a beautiful countryside home that has been designed by Studio Arthur Casas, built to be completely open to a beautiful golf course just outside of São Paulo, Brazil. The program is quite extensive, comprised of over 10,764 square feet (1,000 square meters) of living space. Its understanding is quite simple though: a volume for the children and guests, another one for the couple and the common spaces of the house. The dichotomy between these two programs generated a horizontal volume for the guests in contrast to a cube that hosts the parents, both are completely open to the landscape.
The couple hosts a lot of guests, but in the weekends where they’re by themselves they didn’t want to lose the domestic scale of the house. The solution found was to have all the necessary programs of the house in the first volume, with living room, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor, home theater and the master bedroom in the first floor.
Between the first volume and the guesthouse a patio establishes the boundaries of the programs. A retractable roof allows the sun and the wind to penetrate the space that has a vertical garden and a water basin.
Seen from the street, the house is a discrete building, with a long facade made out of perforated metal panels, protected from the view of the street by the landscape design with several trees and bushes. These panels can be opened revealing the bedrooms, large sliding doors integrate them with the corridor. Glass sliding doors also integrate the corridor with the landscape, transforming the volume in a pavilion completely open to nature.
In front of the guest pavilion a large wooden deck extends to the swimming pool, a space open to the golf course.
The living room has a Double height ceiling, with 6 meter tall glass doors that slide to the side integrating the space with both the terrace and the wooden deck.
Underneath the house there’s a private gym, sauna and technical spaces, forming the base of the house that takes profit of the high inclination of the terrain. On the side of the street the house appears as a low and long horizontal line, from the golf course the volumes sit upon a stone base, with a large water basin in front of it bringing lightness to the building
This house has a large variety of paths inside a rich program, through a simple design that allows a clear reading of the functions, an architecture that is open to contemplate nature.
JKC2 house has been designed by architecture firm ONG&ONG, comprised of three volumes positioned around a central courtyard interacting together to be viewed as an independent entity in Singapore. The home’s interiors and outdoor areas are configured with flexibility of space in mind so that the house can be adapted to suit a broad spectrum of homeowners.
A balance is struck between the man-made spaces and the natural ones, with the building formed from basic elemental shapes with raw-finished materials, such as fair-faced concrete, stone, mild steel, tropical wood and clear glass. The dialogue between the components of this palette reflects a sense of warmth and immediacy with nature.
Photos: Aaron Pocock
Monsoon Retreat has been designed by Abraham John ARCHITECTS, situated in Khandala, a famous hill station in the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra, India. The 8,363 square foot (777 square meters) private residence is surrounded by a swimming pool and evergreen gardens. The living room was conceived as an “outdoor space” with abundant light and natural ventilation. It opens onto decks and gardens on either side, in keeping with the concept. A continuous wall serves as a textured backdrop to the living room and continues onto the deck, lending it a rustic feel. The cantilevered wood and steel staircase connecting the two floors is set against imposing double height windows; it is bathed in light, allowing luxuriant indoor plants to thrive. The indoor courtyard pathway continues from the staircase area towards the garden. Showers of light are suspended from the ceiling creating a serene ambiance.
The Villa showcases Five Bedrooms (optional Media Room) with attached Bathrooms and balconies. In addition there is a Staff Room, a Kitchen and a Powder Room.
Landscape and lighting design play an essential role in the project: outdoor areas and even indoor courtyards, namely the staircase and dining courtyards abound with greenery. Earth was mounded up, boulders & exotic plants were added to create an interesting entrance. The parking area was paved using green paver blocks which allow grass to grow.
The Dining Room suspends over the private pool, giving the room an island-like feel; the tree in the dining area adds an element of surprise. The Dining island becomes an exotic “outdoor” space where one can enjoy the breeze, the proximity to the water and to the greenery.
The open floor plan makes the Living – Dining – Swimming Pool and Deck areas feel like an expansive lounge.
Three bedrooms are situated on the first floor. The master bedroom is separated from the other two bedrooms via a bridge that spans across the double height space of the living room. The Master Bedroom is a complete suite by itself, made up of a large bedroom looking onto a private terrace, a master bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe. Wooden rafters span the entire Master Suite ceiling, giving it an earthy, out-of-town feel. The bedroom’s wooden flooring brings in beauty and warmth. A walk-on skylight is a unique feature between the bedroom and the terrace overlooking the garden.
One with nature:
The villa is designed in response to site conditions. Sloping roofs have been designed to withstand the extreme monsoons rains experienced in the area. This house allows one to experience nature. The indoor/outdoor boundaries disappear as every room opens up to a private outdoor space (terrace or garden). Outdoor decks and landscaped gardens serve as expansive entertaining areas with artful illumination and mood lighting. Indoor courtyards, skylights, double height sliding-folding windows add to the outdoor feel. Light and shadow add warmth & texture. The carefully chosen, limited palette of materials ensures consistency in design, minimizes maintenance and encourages sustainability.
Spaces created harmonize with their surroundings and encourage sustainability by using “green” materials that accentuate warmth & transparency, whilst aging beautifully: natural sandstone & engineered wooden flooring, large sliding and operable double–glazed windows, which cut down on solar radiation and air conditioning load, allowing for uninterrupted views and access to landscaped areas; automation & LED lights reduce electrical consumption. Cross ventilation ensures minimum use of the AC.
Photos: Alan Abraham