This 92 square foot SIP panel, modular, backyard office has been designed by Sett Studio, located in the backyard of a beautiful home in Austin, Texas. The materials used in this outdoor home office are Shou-Sugi-Ban wood siding and Monotread wall sheathing. Burned-wood or charred-wood siding, Shou-Sugi-Ban is Japanese wood treatment used in various elements throughout Sett’s – interior and exterior. Not only does it deliver an attractive aesthetic, the burning also weatherizes the wood, prevents bugs and rot, and has enhanced fire-resistance.
Our signature interior surface, Monotread is a durable, seamless, sustainable material used on floors, walls and ceilings. Milled from OSB (Oriented Strand Board), Monotread is produced from fast-growing, underutilized, inexpensive wood species grown in carefully managed forests. The combination of wood chips allows a unique, monolithic presentation allowing various applications. Durable, seamless and sustainable, Monotread is produced from fast growing, underutilized trash trees. Sett Studio manufactures and sells mono tread in house starting at 14.99 a square foot.
The Sett Studio office is more like a pre-fab house, with a “water and ice shield roof membrane” and Drywall walls and Monotred flooring. You can add upgrades like air conditioning and heat, a built-in desk, stainless steel metal shingles and even planter boxes. You can even add a deck. The company is also working on a solar-powered version.
Waterfall House is a single family residence tucked away in the rolling hills of West Lake, in Austin, Texas, recently completed by Dick Clark + Associates. The home features efficient design and impressive views, a unique single family spec home built to attract a discerning group of potential owners. Though comfortably removed from the thick of the city in the hills of west Austin, the stunning skyline is the most influential factor in the design of the house.
To achieve the ideal view, the house is subtly perched on a raised foundation. The main spaces in the house are located along the eastern facade to have equal access to the skyline views. The seamless transition between the interior and exterior spaces of the house is achieved through material continuity, such as the tile floor that flows from inside to out, and through the massive sliding glass doors that open the living, dining, and kitchen spaces to be one with the exterior pool deck. The skyline, as viewed from this open indoor/outdoor space, is dramatically framed by an elegant negative-edge pool that disappears into the hills below.
The love of beautifully detailed architecture, shared by both the builder and the architect, are evident in the carefully executed lines, delicate proportions, and seamless spatial transitions in this high-end Austin home. The site placement of this house blurs the line between city and rural living, a characteristic that Austinites greatly value, just as the design itself softens the divide between interior and exterior.
Photos: Alexander Stross
Patios balance outdoor living at a nearby distance to indoor quarters. You don’t have to get in your car or travel a great distance to relax amidst the great outdoors. However, to optimize the patio experience, one must consider a number of implementations.
It’s time to take that vision of the perfect patio outside of your mind and into the exterior of your home. Here’s how to do it.
As an extension to indoor design, you want the outdoor ambiance to appeal to the naked eye. Purchasing colorful plant containers, placing bold colors (that may not be found naturally) about your yard. Moreover, low-maintenance plants, like lantanas, hibiscus, and scaevola, offer showy and cascading petals and flowers.
Plant multiple entities in one container; for example, place sweet potato vine along with petunias for a contrasting yet complementary effect. Mix sizes and shapes of containers; experts suggest using larger containers as vocal points amid patio furniture and dimensions of the house’s exterior.
Taking design a step further, consider the geographic location and time of year. For example, fiery, red flowers may go well in a sunny, spring setting. The ‘hot palette’ of colors is befitting to the time of year and heat of the sun.
Outdoor fences can be expensive; additionally, depending on the division of property, you may have to ‘share’ the choices of others. For example, a neighbor will erect a fence so that the aesthetic side is facing their yard, not yours. While choosing to put up a fence or not is your respective decision, planting a number of bushes and small trees can improve the sense of privacy in your patio area.
Tree-formed versions of popular shrubs, evergreen trees, and other varieties help emulate the privacy provided by a fence, yet shrubs and small trees are much more pleasant on the eyes than fences.
To complete the ‘feel’ of the outdoors, consider attracting additional animals to your property. Perhaps stray cats and flower-eating rabbits are not on your invite list, yet building a birdhouse to hang by the patio or hanging a hummingbird feeder as well as buying flowers that attract butterflies, add to the enjoyment of sitting outdoors.
Butterfly bush, zinnias, pride of madeira, and verbena are known to attract butterflies; so, you can add plant and animal life to your backyard via one purchase.
Of course, plants, shrubs and flowers enhance the bouquet of smells throughout your patio area but you may want to avoid smells that are too pungent. The following have strong odors attached: privet, female ginkgo tree, stinking hellebore, photinia, carob tree.
Depending on the season and location, your patio area may be great for growing a variety of vegetables. Speak with local farmers and plant stores about what foods are optimal for growing in your specific area. If you’re prone to buying fresh veggies at the store, you’re used to paying high prices.
However, you can add to the physical allure of your patio as well as feed your appetite by arranging a vegetable garden around your property. Free food puts money back in your pocket; visit online sites for additional ideas regarding an affordable patio.
Topiary is the ancient Greek art of trimming shrubs and plants for aesthetic and aromatic benefit. Through time, foliage adopts the definition of living sculptures that owners may modify at whim. Topiary, largely practiced up until the 1700s, fell out of vogue with aristocrats; yet, many commoners continued to modify shrubs and plants for the effect. Today, a number of gardens in Australia and all over host artful and aromatic pieces.
Don’t settle for imagining a grander patio any longer. Devote time to minding the above sentiments and begin enjoying the fruits of your intent’s labor.
About the author: Samuel Wendt enjoys entertaining outside in his patio. An avid blogger and DIY guy, you can find his interesting and informative articles on many blog sites online.
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This Hollywood Hills dream pad is a contemporary remodel of an existing home that was completed in 2010 by McClean Design, located on the Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, California. The 4,500 square foot home was originally designed in the French style during the 1970s and was in very bad shape. The existing house was stripped down to framing and rebuilt in a contemporary style to take advantage of the magnificent views over the city of Los Angeles below.
Both the house and pool are L shaped in configuration. Central to our concept for the house was to remove the existing pool which was located in the middle of the yard and push out a new pool to the extremities of the lot to produce a larger outdoor living space wrapped by the house and the infinity pool.
Ceiling heights were increased in the main living areas and the plan opened up to visually connect the different spaces. A key element of the design is the transparent sliding door systems which open the interior up to the outdoors and the view.
The house is laid out on one level, something of a rarity in the Hollywood Hills, and consists of 3 bedrooms in addition to the living, dining, kitchen and family as well as a small screening room or gym. We kept the palette of materials extremely simple using white limestone, brushed aluminum and stainless steel warmed by oak walls and cabinetry.
Photos: Courtesy of McClean Design
Expand your outdoor living room by creating summer lounging spaces on your property such as beautiful hammocks, daybeds, swinging beds and canopies. read more
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