F-5 Residence is a beautiful modern vacation retreat designed for a Canadian family by Studio AR+D Architects, located on a valley site in Indian Wells, California. Comprised of 5,300 square feet, this one-story, four-bedroom, four bathroom home with adjacent guesthouse maximizes the site and takes advantage of expansive mountain views. The home offers a continuous connection between the interior and exterior landscape. The material palette is comprised of cast-in place concrete and masonry, corten steel, glass, and Ipe wood siding. Upon entrance into the home, a dramatic mountain view is framed by a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass doors that denotes the end of an open concept living, dining and kitchen area. In the outdoor living spaces, a covered patio encompasses a fire pit and bar, adjacent to a 60-foot sparkling pool. An Ipe deck breaks up the green landscaping, which is covered with drought-tolerant and and native plantings. The palms, cactus, yucca, fruit trees, desert grasses and boulders visually connects to the outdoor living spaces with the 460 square foot guesthouse and outdoor shower.
The interiors of the L-shaped home feel very spacious due to a well organized plan and organic palette. In the kitchen, a neutral travertine wall compliments wells with the light hued sofa and natural walnut dining table and chairs. In the great room is a double-sided fireplace, which is a lounge on the opposite side of the wall. The private spaces are situated down a long corridor just beyond the social spaces, with sliding glass walls that opens onto the swimming pool and outdoor living spaces. The terrazzo-style polished flooring (composed of glass, marble and black river rock encased in cement) helps create a harmonious flow through the home and provides a durable, maintenance-free upkeep.
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Studhorse Residence was designed as a four season family retreat by Olson Kundig Architects, situated in the remote Methow Valley, in Winthrop, Washington. Nestled in the North Cascades, the home is comprised of steel and reclaimed barn wood. The home was built with the client’s desire to experience and interact with the surrounding landscape. The compound consists of four separate and detached structures that encircles a central courtyard that houses a swimming pool. Each of the buildings is angled to take advantage of 360 degrees views and soak in dramatic features encompassing the home, such as the nearby Studhorse Ridge and Pearrygin Lake. Interior public spaces are comprised of a family room, kitchen and bar area, which are conglomerated into the main structure. In an adjacent structure are the private areas, comprised of the master bedroom suite, kids’ bedroom and den. A separate building houses the guest room, isolated from the rest of the buildings to allow for independent usage. There is a fourth building that frames a stunning view over the valley below, which houses a sauna.
This sensational home is a recipient of the 2015 housing awards, noted for its modest use of materials, such as “concrete flooring, concrete fireplace and OSB on the ceiling”. The jury liked that the home did not use historical references and was so different from the architecture that they have seen before. With the site plan being the center force, “the complex relations between the three parts is exciting but the courtyard locks it into place.”
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This Lubelso built residence is a contemporary home infused with natural light, designed by Canny Architecture, located in Malvern, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Ideally positioned near a primary school and beautiful park, the homeowners wanted the house to match the area. The 5,920 square foot (550 square meters) four bedroom home features an easy flow between living areas and a dissolved separation of the interior and exterior. The backyard of the property offers a cantilevered roof that overlooks a meticulous landscaping and a swimming pool as well as an outdoor entertaining space. The design of the home features distinctive elegant lines and a strong modern facade, adapted and refined to fit into the neighborhood. The homeowner’s top priority was to have a home they could entertain in, “with adaptable living spaces, generous transitions and a natural synergy between indoor and outdoor spaces.” This two story residence is luxury family living at its finest, with a clean, minimalist design aesthetic and close attention to detail.
This spectacular residence was winner of the 2012 HIA Victorian Project Home of the Year and 2013 HIA Australian Project Home of the Year.
The interiors of the spacious home is brimming with natural light and elegant lines, with high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass walls and doors that adds to the sense of space, light and luxurious feel of the home. The lower level offers three spacious living zones with an open plan concept and great flow. The living areas also spill out onto the sumptous outdoor spaces, which includes a beautiful pond oasis draped in lush greenery and outdoor entertaining spaces that leads to the sparkling pool. “Creating a sense of space and tranquillity was an important factor in this home and one that influenced the design direction.”
“Contrasting black and white in simple linear styles, with timber tones for warmth, adds to the calm, elegant atmosphere.” The fabulous gas fireplace is the main focal point to the open plan living room. With a concrete hearth extended across the room, it is the perfect spot for entertaining guests to kick back, relax and enjoy the warmth with a glass of wine.
” The American oak flooring’s rich tones warm the home and in the main bathroom, the Basaltina slabs lining the walls are full height, crisply contrasting with the white bathtub.”
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Collingwood Residence was designed as an elegant modern refuge by Landry Design Group, located high above the Sunset Strip, in Los Angeles, California. Offering sensational city and ocean views, this crib is sheltered behind a private gate and hidden from the street by a lush landscaping and hills. Interior architecture and designed was carried out by Franco Vecchio, who created a feeling of solitude while at the same time creating living environments that take full advantage of the California outdoor lifestyle. No design detail has been overlooked, showcased grand scale and bold design, luxurious living at its finest. Upon entryway into the home, oversized glass door open to welcome you into a spacious and airy great room. The back of the home is enveloped in glass walls, soaking in natural light and offering fabulous city views. Terrazzo marble floors in a custom designed hue travels throughout the interiors, adding warmth to the open, contemporary spaces.
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From the lower level great room, Fleetwood doors open and spill out onto the outdoor living areas, offering a built-in heating lamps, full bathroom, steam room and sauna. On the opposite side of the great room, a chefs kitchen opens to a outdoor cooking area with a grill, wrapping around to the back of the home. A negative edge pool and hot tub with a fire pit is nestled on the edge of the property.
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On the third story is the master suite wrapped with glass, a tower-like retreat with mesmerizing views and a retractable skylight. The master suite offers hardwood flooring, his and her walk-in closet, two fireplaces and a private terrace with a fire pit. The master bath adjoins the bedroom, a luxurious spa-like atmosphere with a freestanding soaking tub and more decadent views over the city. There are an additional four en-suite guest bedrooms situated throughout this elegant home, perfect for entertaining family and friends.
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The Lahaye Residence is a mid-century inspired home designed for family living by Nakhshab Development and Design, sited in Encinitas, San Diego County, California. Newly built for a family of four from Belgium, the single story home was required to have open and spacious entertaining areas and sight lines directed towards desirable views. Comprised of 3,000 square feet of living space, there are four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, a family room and spacious great room that encompasses a gourmet chef’s kitchen. With an L shape design, public and private spaces are easily delineated, with bedrooms and family room on one end of the home and guest suite and entertaining areas situated on the opposing end. The residence showcases surprising design features, including a cozy sunken family room, interior atrium, and a “spine wall” comprised of stone that runs along the length of the house. The project is working on getting its LEED certification, with sustainable features of solar energy, materials that have been locally derived, energy-star appliances and lighting.
The interior entertaining spaces are connected with the outdoor living spaces by way of twenty feet of retractable glass. The outdoor entertaining spaces are comprised of a lounge area, outdoor kitchen and bar as well as a sparkling pool. The interior atrium creates a beautiful focal point from just about every area of the home, bringing the outdoors in. Natural materials of warm woods, stone and native plantings were used in the design scheme to seamlessly blend with the natural typography of the land.
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This lovely home is a harmonious blend of traditional and modern brimming with character, designed for a couple of empty nesters by Bonadies Architect in Nashville, Tennessee. Situated on a spacious property that was once a Civil War battle site, the brand new home is surrounded by well manicured landscaping, tall grasses and mature trees. The homeowners vision was transformed through their southern values and a rock and roll attitude. This sophisticated home offers plenty of wonderful features that one could wish for in a dream home. The project is comprised of the main house, swimming pool with a pool house as well as a remodeled music studio. The exterior facade of this home showcases a culmination of California redwood siding painted in a beautiful shade of gray, stone and a roof comprised of slate with flat-seam lead overhangs. Intimate spaces in a private setting makes this home very harmonious with its environment. A well planned and thought out floor plan, all spaces are very functional with no wasted space. There is plenty of detail work in the mesmerizing home, such as the handmade railings, custom window jambs and metal awnings.
A cozy outdoor seating arrangement elevated on a concrete platform can be accessed from the the interiors through beautiful french doors. A great spot for enjoy warm sunny days, curling up with a book or having great conversation, this outdoor living area offers a great vantage point to viewing the beautiful surrounding property.
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A cozy outdoor living space surrounded by stone walls and meticulous landscaping, this is the perfect spot for entertaining family and friends, These hanging outdoor Edison bulb string lights set the mood, creating a welcoming ambiance in the evenings. They can be found at places such as Pottery Barn.
Bright and sunny, this warm living room features a cozy area rug over the sisal carpet to really make this space feel cozy. The double story fireplace creates a dramatic focal point and a perfect spot to create a seating arrangement around for invigorating conversation with family and friends.
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Healdsburg Ranch is a beautifully designed light-filled farmhouse by Arc Design and Jute Interior Design, located in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California. The stone clad vacation home is full of rustic yet refined luxury interiors with a muted palette and comfortable furnishings. With a wonderful mix of textures and textiles, the open plan interiors is delineated by cozy area rugs and perfect furniture arrangements. There are large expanses of metal factory windows to soak in the gorgeous views of rolling hills and vineyards. With high ceilings clad with wood, the home exudes warmth and comfort. Blurring the boundaries between indoors and out, this is the perfect home for entertaining family and friends Spacious outdoor living areas and a tantalizing swimming pool invite you to spend plenty of time outdoors.
This cozy living space offers a warm wood stove for cool evenings. The wood coffee table infuses warmth into the space. Comfy furnishings and pillows invites guests to sit and share great conversation. A wood door allows access to the meticulous outdoor landscaping. Have a look through the rest of the images and let us know what you think of this picture perfect getaway!
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Off the dining room are large French doors that open on three sides, making the interiors feel like spacious covered porch. It also allows fresh air to circulate throughout the inside of the home on a warm, sunny day.
Designed as an open concept with the kitchen, the family room is where the owners spend most of their time. This space also offers convenient access through arched french doors to the exterior living spaces and the swimming pool.
This main hallway in the house is used often by the homeowners, who use the entry door from outside into the mudroom which also houses a doggie shower on the left.
This cozy library space with a built-in nook is situated conveniently just off the master bedroom retreat.
The outdoor kitchen offers plenty of seating for entertaining, a wood burning oven, perfect for cooking pizza! String lights illuminate the covered space, casting a magical glow.
The beautiful topography was designed by landscape architects Lucas & Lucas, who planted these stunning ancient olive trees, on the property.
Photos: Lisa Romerein
This countryside farmhouse was created as a personal dream house by designer Isabel López-Quesada, located near the seaside town of Biarritz, in southwestern France. A dilapidated farm, the house was rehabilitated as a haven with freshness and light. The house is white with gray painted shutters and a gable roof, nestled on four acres of gentle hills, meadows and oak trees. A spacious pavilion was added to the original home, as well as a guest room and a swimming pool. Created with a shabby-luxe look, the home was restored to its former glory with everything left simple and natural, whitewashed walls, doors and old wooden beams. A relaxed sophistication was infused into the interiors through furnishings and recovered wooden flooring with textured area rugs. Some areas of the home was left a unfinished plaster on the walls such as in the kitchen, dining room, home office and master bedroom retreat. The designer mixed antiques and flea market finds with more expensive designer furnishings and some inherited furniture. Large objects were selected to fill the spaces to make the home warm and cozy.
The range of fabrics in white were chosen with splashes of blue and a touch of red. Natural selection in rustic finishes of linen, burlap and cotton were also infused into the design scheme. A mixture of fabrics were selected of Ikats, stripes, suzanis, Provencal and Basque-French. The designer likes to escape to this heavenly retreat to see the changing of the seasons. Preparing the landscape for spring planting, soaking up the beach in the summer and enjoying the changing of the leaves in autumn.
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Seaview Beach House is a contemporary beachfront home designed by Mackenzie Pronk Architects, located in Curl Curl, a suburb of northern Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Rising above its sandstone topography, all spaces throughout the home are comprised of elemental volumes with an overhanging roofline and projecting windows with sensational views projecting out to the sea. The home offers a range of passive and active sustainable features and a rugged landscape comprised of coastal plantings. The driveway is comprised of recycled timber sleepers and small pebbles, which is not only attractive but very durable. The garage door has been concealed with eye-catching hardwood cladding, an inviting waypoint to greet visitors to the home.
The balconies extending off the house offer sliding hardwood screens. The bedroom wing is defined by black stained plywood cladding. Garden walls are formed of dry sandstone that were recycled from old footings original to the site. They step down with the natural fall of the property line.
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Every room has been set on an angle to maximize views, and small balconies of both the dining and master bedroom offer viewing platforms to the ocean. The lower level family room spills out onto the lush landscaping and pool area. Located on the property are large cisterns for rainwater harvesting to re-use for the toilets and laundry.
The open plan kitchen and dining area opens out to hardwood timber decking, a perfect spot for enjoying the expansive ocean views.
Hardwood timber creates an outlines abstract form around this central staircase that leads upstairs and downstairs to the retained sandstone basement.
The view through the contemporary dining room looks on to the living room and out through to the covered BBQ deck.
The open plan kitchen and dining area offers expansive views out to the ocean. The flooring is a concrete slab that is cool underfoot and offers a sleek look.
A nighttime view from the balcony off the upper level master bedroom. Western timber screens offer incredible shading from the hot summer sun and privacy.
The timber stairs down to the beautiful deck and elongated swimming pool act as bleacher seating for the parents to watch their children frolicking in the water and a warm spot to read.
The entryway to the home is set with flagstone and decking, with a tiered garden of native plantings and drystone walls.
The beach house looks stunning at nighttime all lit up. The rooms are set set at hard angels to capture the views of the sea.
Photos: Roger D’Souza / Neil Mackenzie
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