Maison C is a stunning modern family home that has been designed by Lode Architecture, located about twenty kilometers from Paris, in Île-de-France, a region of France. Completed in 2010, the clients wanted for this new home a voluntary architectural approach, free from conventions, and totally bespoke. The main themes were quickly identified: continuities and discontinuities, sharing spaces and intimate spaces, distances and visual relationships between children and parents, arrival sequence and position of the garage and integration of the pool.
Revisiting the uninhibited Californian architecture houses, windows and widely adapted to the context of the larger suburbs, the project scripted the comings and goings of vehicles and staged the pool at the center of family life. Across the width of the plot, the horizontal shape of the house is organizing a garden at the front and a patio on the back. The whole house fits into the natural slope of the land to be part of the landscape. The old orchard is fully architected.
We discover the house flowing along the garden before slipping under the volume that houses the parking. A private staircase leads directly to the heart of the house. The rear of the house is built around a patio. This protected view of the surrounding houses space creates a visual game between the space of parents and children. The sequence kitchen-dining-room-pool is organized on an axis that connects the pool deck to patio. The lounge overhanging glazed and hand-else, enjoys sweeping views overlooking the garden and open views over the rooms for children.
The choice of a single storey house offers here, in the absence of compactness, the ability to guide all living areas to the south. Solar gain in the summer is controlled by advanced roofing and controlled by external sliding shutters. The pool and terrace also benefit from the most favorable exposure. Pond water is heated by the roof panels. A heat pump also provides heating and hot water in the house. The patio planted north opposite the mineral soil of the south facade accentuates the temperature difference between the two facades. This architectural feature promotes natural cooling by convection of the house without using air conditioning. Isolated from the outside house, enjoying the large inertia of the concrete slabs. If the architecture of the house incorporates these devices sustainability in design, aesthetics tends to break free, in the idea of a mature ecology: an invisible ecology.
Photos: Courtesy of Lode Architecture
Oakwood Residence is a stunning two story contemporary pad that has been designed by Boswell Construction, located in Los Angeles, California. This newly constructed home boasts 6,500 square foot of living space, showcasing beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces with corner glass multi-slides, expansive 30 foot ceilings at the entryway, and an exterior waterfall movie projector. This home was built for entertaining in mind, where guests can interact with each other in cozy living spaces. The open plan enables the homeowners to cook in the kitchen while allowing them to visit with family and friends who are residing in the living room.
Working in custom residential new construction, large residential renovations, value engineering and design build services, Boswell Construction builds trust and partnerships with each client through our integrity, dependability and transparent communication.
Photos: Courtesy of Boswell Construction
The Willow House is an incredible open and airy home taking advantage of it’s surrounding natural environment, designed by Guz Architects in Singapore. Completed in late 2012 for a young family, the home features an open floor plan that integrates koi ponds, swimming pools, shallow reflecting pools and a central courtyard with an oculus that allows a tree to grow from the ground floor through to the green roof.
The architects tried to take advantage of the hilltop position by opening up the building plan to make the most of the prevailing breezes and of what little wind there is in Singapore. Orientation and massing of the house was instrumental in encouraging those breezes.
We always wanted this to be a home with soul, so designing spaces where a family could live together and interact was always part of the brief, and hopefully the design reflects this. We have tried to draw nature in as much as we can in the relatively dense urban environment of Singapore.
Photos: Patrick Bingham Hall
A modern home built for outdoor living, Villa Escarpa was the vision of architecture studio Mario Martins, located near the village of Praia da Luz, in the district of Lagos, Algarve, in the South of Portugal. A condition of the planning permission was that the new house be constructed in the space occupied by a previous building. This had little architectural or technical merit, but was located in an exceptional position on an escarpment overlooking the Algarve coastline and village of Praia da Luz.
The footprint was therefore predetermined; on a very steep slope, and exposed to the prevailing winds. Paradoxically, it is these constraints and difficulties that underpin the conceptional basis of the project.
In an architectural language, pure and contemporary, we created sheltered terraces and courtyards for outside living. These are cut from the horizontal volume which is white and highly transparent. This volume gently sits upon an exposed concrete support giving the appearance of the house floating above the landscape. The touch on the environment, which we want to preserve, is minimized and resolves the difficult balance of the building with its physical support . This ensures a desirable visual lightness.
The house merges with a long water surface which dissects the wide living and kitchen spaces. These spaces are complimented by terraces protected from the wind, but open to the sun and impressive views. This is the social area of the house; open and fluid.
Four bedrooms are located in a private area with access from a corridor that runs alongside a central courtyard. In this private courtyard the natural light is filtered, creating an intimate and desirable space.
The lower area provides garaging and technical support. The roof terrace accentuates the visual lightness of the floating building in its environment.
Espiritu Del Mar Estate 17 villa is perched along an ocean-view ridge with sweeping vistas of Palmilla Bay, San Jose’s city lights and the mountains of the East Cape in Los Cabos, Mexico. Situated in the heart of Espiritu Del Mar, a world-class destination resort, the 5,320 square foot, five bedroom, seven bath property is just a stroll away from the Club Espiritu health and fitness retreat and a quick golf cart ride from the Club Ninety Six beach club.
Estate 17 is designed to seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor living so that you and your family can fully enjoy the highlight of life in Los Cabos – year-round sunny weather and ocean breezes. Enjoy spectacular ocean views from the infinity edged pool with cascading spa. Relax by the poolside fire pit, and rinse off in the outdoor shower beside the outdoor powder room. In true Cabo fashion, the home is surrounded by the sound of cascading water, with multiple fountains and water elements throughout.
The elegant interiors include a spacious great room with 18-foot vaulted, beamed ceiling and an inviting, open floor plan. The large formal living and dining room features a stone fireplace and dining area for at least ten. Natural light floods the great room through clerestory windows and a cupola over the chef’s kitchen. A dedicated bar in great room, complete with island seating, is perfect for entertaining, as is the kitchen, with an island (w/seating) overlooking the great room and opening onto an intimate, shaded terrace. A separate butler’s prep kitchen flows to shaded BBQ and outdoor cooking area, and there is a separate service staff entry adjacent to the laundry and prep kitchen. Also enjoy an additional family/media room and powder room.
Sleep in comfort, with both upper and lower master bedroom suites, boasting private ocean-view terraces, walk-in closets, dual vanities and seated make-up areas. There are also two guest bedroom suites in the main house – one with ocean-view terrace – and a detached ocean-view guest casita featuring a private shaded terrace and mini kitchenette. Estate 17 can comfortably accommodate large families and groups of friends; it is the perfect vacation home for both a relaxing getaway and large-scale entertaining.
Espiritu is a world-class destination resort where owners enjoy an unparalleled package of amenities, including:
- Club Ninety Six, Mexico’s finest private beach club
- Club Espiritu, Mexico’s finest private fitness club with spa
- Espiritu Park, with tennis and basketball courts
- 24-hour security and emergency medical services
- Carefree ownership with superlative residential and resort concierge services
- Private chef and butler service (upon request)
- In-residence spa program
- Access to 27-holes at Pamilla’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course
- Access to the Palmilla Tennis Club
This terrace house renovation has been designed by Luigi Rosselli Architects, located in Paddington, a suburb of east of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Faced with the age old problems presented by much loved terrace housing – damp, dark and introverted – the architects sought to create a luminous space to give a full family a much needed dose of vitamin D. Introducing some fluid lines with a light filled stairwell at the center and a sun drenched kitchen and living at the rear, the new configuration of old and new proves an enriching experience.
An awning at the rear allows the living area to be shaded or bathed in light.
Family room features bold colors and rich textures.
Accustomed to muted tones, and a subtle palette, a much needed spring was put in our step by the bold use of colors, delphinium blues, cadmium yellows, beautiful artworks, exotic patterns and rich textures carefully selected by the interior designer in residence, Heidi Correa. The lush landscaping at the rear provides a verdant backdrop to family life. The final result knocked even us off our feet.
Grooved lining boards bring a touch of Palm Beach to Paddington.
Bright colors pop against white walls and cabinetry.
The stair draws light to the heat of the home.
Bent wood chairs relax around an Eero Saarinen tulip table.
Cool colors and a variety of textures emphasized by the white backdrop.
Wallpaper adds texture to the powder room.
A large pendant light over the bedside table.
Marble mosaic and terracotta tiles in the ensuite.
Sunny Breakfast nook.
Living room opens onto the rear deck.
Lush foliage by Secret Gardens.
Heidi Correa, resident interior designer.
Photos: Justin Alexander
Franco Residence is a warm and elegant home design recently completed by KZ Architecture, located in a small beach neighborhood of Golden Beach, Florida. An expression of Modernism in the tropics, this residence was one of the last single family enclaves along South Florida’s coast line. The home was developed for a family of six on an infill island lot fronting the Intracoastal Waterway.
With adjacent homes to the North and the South, the house is designed around a Western courtyard, with all the rooms, including the living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast, family room and bedrooms organized around it. A series of outdoor spaces was developed in order to weave a continuity of spaces and materials from the street to the water. Starting at the covered entry path, the visitor is engaged by the intimate outdoor front courtyard, which connects through the great room of the house to the rear covered outdoor spaces that front the water views.
The long and narrow pool serves as the focal element in the courtyard, just like the sculptural stair serves this purpose for the great room inside. In both outdoor and indoor spaces, the two slate walls—the one framing the entrance and the one in the rear that cloaks the BAR-B-Q –are in dialogue with each other to emphasize the continuity from front to back. The sequence culminates with the wooden dock which evokes the entry courtyard of the same material. The same wood, Ipe, also frames the geometry of the balconies on the second floor.
Large projecting canopies allow for protected sun light to envelope every corner of the house. Clearstory glass penetrates the office area in the master bedroom and the access area to the children’s bedrooms on the second floor. Overall, horizontal and vertical planes of glass, stone, wood and white stucco are activated by the pervading light to accomplish an indoor-outdoor integration of spaces and form.
The front of the house expresses the larger two story volume in the background with the one story elements in the foreground , flanking the slate stone wall.
View of the rear courtyard, (excluding the metal canopy) with all the spaces in the house organized around it. The linear pool offers the focal element, balanced by another slate wall that contains the BAR-B-Q grill within.
Photos: Robin Hill Photography
After a long, stressful day, a hot tub spa incorporated into the deck in your backyard is simply the perfect must have luxury for relaxing soaks. Hot tubs can be challenging, you need to integrate them into your landscape so that they fit attractively into your design scheme. In order to determine the best location for the spa, you will want to consider privacy, access to the house, and whether you would like to have the tub in sunshine or shade. You will want the hot tub to integrate and flow with its surroundings, without being intrusive, you may want to consult with a landscape designer if you wish to DIY your hot tub spa design. Be sure to add some plants to soften the appearance and help to integrate your hot tub into your backyard. You can consult with your local garden center for advice to picking out the perfect plants.
Keep in mind that a typical round hot tub is six feet in diameter and takes up about 30 square feet. A rectangular tub requires roughly 48 square feet. You will also require additional space for sitting and walking around the tub. An additional factor to keep in mind, a hot tub full of water will weigh approximately 2 tons, so it will require a foundation that is independent of the deck’s foundation. We have a collection of some fabulous hot tub design ideas below, with some tips and tricks to create your dream hot tub, have a look!
If you are seeking some additional outdoor inspiration, have a look out one of our past articles on, 19 Incredible natural swimming pools, 48 Most fabulous swimming pools on 1 Kindesign and 31 Inspiring and stylish outdoor room design ideas.
A winding set of steps takes the visitor up the hill to a redwood hot tub, set in a deck amongst walls and stone pillars, overlooking the property, in San Francisco, California.
A second floor deck garden, built in outdoor tub, planters and operable shade screen.
The HGTV dream home 2012 features an incredible six-seat hot tub design with six interchangeable jetpaks that control and customize the hydro-massage experience for each user.
A multifaceted deck helps to dress up an off-the-shelf spa. In narrow urban landscapes, a side yard creates the perfect spot for a narrow deck or spa. Placed with its top level aligned with the deck’s floor, an in-deck hot tub becomes less obtrusive. An outdoor-resistant rug adjacent to the hot tub offers a spot to dry off. Since the spa is sunk into the deck, the railings serve as a privacy screen. Above the sofa, a few hooks offer the perfect spot to hang towels.
A small-scale spa enlarges outdoor living space. A brick patio naturally extends into a design element in this spa. Mortared pavers forming the pool’s edge. Casual seating provides a place to rest when the spa is not in use. Rigid borders go by the wayside in this spa, which is cleverly cut into a curved niche in the retaining wall. Stonework in the adjacent fireplace repeats in the spa’s backdrop to create continuity in the yard. A few blooms crest over the retaining wall, creates the perfect backdrop for spa users to rest their eyes.
This hot tub sits on 2.5 acres of land just outside of Palm Springs, California. A vacation retreat for a builder, evening hikes usually end at this “cowboy” hot tub comprised of two nested
A pool/spa combo creates a backyard refuge. Sometimes a swimming pool and hot tub are separate spaces, but integrating them can be a natural fit. Instead of a fence, a distinctive stone wall offers a border for the pool/hot tub combo. Two fountains, one in the spa and one in the pool, creates a dramatic vertical interest. If your budget allows, try using stone pavers to provide an attractive and texturally interesting deck around a pool. Small niches of plants helps to soften the stone’s edges.
Naturalist, hot tub with flagstone, stone fire pit, adirondack chairs makes a great outdoor living space. The oversized cedar hot tub was added as a place to soak on summer days, and it doubles as an emergency water source.
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A patterned Lannonstone wall creates a private backdrop for the heated spa, featuring a sheer water weir pouring from between the wall’s mortar joints. Generous planting beds provide seasonal texture and softening between paved areas. The paving is Bluestone.
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Sunrise Vista is a contemporary renovation by Coop 15 Architecture to create a new and spacious family home, situated in the Sand Point Country Club community of Seattle, Washington. This project was the renovation of a structurally sound 1950’s home. The owners sought to capture views of mountains and lake with a new second story, along with a complete rethinking of the plan.
Basement walls and three fireplaces were saved, along with the main floor deck. The new second story provides a master suite, and professional home office for him. A small office for her is on the main floor, near three children’s bedrooms. The oldest daughter is in college; her room also functions as a guest bedroom.
A second guest room, plus another bath, is in the lower level, along with a media/playroom and an exercise room. The original carport is down there, too, and just inside there is room for the family to remove shoes, hang up coats, and drop their stuff.
The focal point of the home is the flowing living/dining/family/kitchen/terrace area. The living room may be separated via a large rolling door. Pocketing, sliding glass doors open the family and dining area to the terrace, with the original outdoor fireplace/barbeque. When slid into adjacent wall pockets, the combined opening is 28 feet wide.
The design is primarily about the plan, and therefore about the people who live in the home. The palette of materials—original Roman brick, fiber-cement planks, bamboo composite decking, PVC roof (most of it is a green roof), and aluminum windows and doors were selected for minimal maintenance and a restrained aesthetic.
In the great room, sliding, pocketing doors disappear into walls, creating a 28 foot opening to a private, intimately scaled courtyard with the original fireplace and a translucent roof, encouraging outdoor living.
The second story roofline of the master suite tilts up to the sunrise. Other roofs are completely “green” and maintain a low profile.
Photos: Courtesy of Coop 15 Architecture