McConnell Lake Home
This modern rustic home was designed by the builder and owner of the home, Kirk McConnell of Coal Mountain Builders. This home is located on Lake Sidney Lanier in Georgia.
Photograph by Jessica Steddom @ Jessicasteddom.com
Sheltered outdoor space, harmony with environs – justin_streufert
Hidden Canyon Retreat
Nestled in its own private and gated 10 acre hidden canyon this spectacular home offers serenity and tranquility with million dollar views of the valley beyond. Walls of glass bring the beautiful desert surroundings into every room of this 7500 SF luxurious retreat. Thompson photographic
Back view, integrated – webuser_372958
Old Greenwich House
Mid-sized minimalist multicolored two-story mixed siding exterior home photo in New York
Amazing modern design but crappy location – elizabeth_gallo4
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I like the different textures and elevations of the front. I like the sidewalk with the gaps. – webuser_724464063
East Exterior Elevation – Welcome to Bridge House – Fennville, Michigan – Lake Michigan, Saugutuck, Michigan, Douglas Michigan – HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Large minimalist beige two-story wood flat roof photo in Los Angeles
idea: expand living room out over garage to jazz up the exterior elevation, instead of adding a front deck. this wb nice if view is out the front. – tinakastning
Lake side cantilever
View of walk-out lower level on lakeside. Photo by Chad Holder
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2nd floor sticking over patio creates an overhang. Looks a bit heavy though. – webuser_745880
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2-story modern – Malibu beach house-ish – wendy_johnson105
Sophisticated Desert Modern
Large modern beige one-story adobe flat roof idea in Phoenix
The lines and different materials used in the home that make it modern – diana_diaz188
The problem this Memorial-Houston homeowner faced was that her sumptuous contemporary home, an austere series of interconnected cubes of various sizes constructed from white stucco, black steel and glass, did not have the proper landscaping frame. It was out of scale. Imagine Robert Motherwell’s “Black on White” painting without the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston’s generous expanse of white walls surrounding it. It would still be magnificent but somehow…off.
Intuitively, the homeowner realized this issue and started interviewing landscape designers. After talking to about 15 different designers, she finally went with one, only to be disappointed with the results. From the across-the-street neighbor, she was then introduced to Exterior Worlds and she hired us to correct the newly-created problems and more fully realize her hopes for the grounds. “It’s not unusual for us to come in and deal with a mess. Sometimes a homeowner gets overwhelmed with managing everything. Other times it is like this project where the design misses the mark. Regardless, it is really important to listen for what a prospect or client means and not just what they say,” says Jeff Halper, owner of Exterior Worlds.
Since the sheer size of the house is so dominating, Exterior Worlds’ overall job was to bring the garden up to scale to match the house. Likewise, it was important to stretch the house into the landscape, thereby softening some of its severity. The concept we devised entailed creating an interplay between the landscape and the house by astute placement of the black-and-white colors of the house into the yard using different materials and textures. Strategic plantings of greenery increased the interest, density, height and function of the design.
First we installed a pathway of crushed white marble around the perimeter of the house, the white of the path in homage to the house’s white facade. At various intervals, 3/8-inch steel-plated metal strips, painted black to echo the bones of the house, were embedded and crisscrossed in the pathway to turn it into a loose maze.
Along this metal bunting, we planted succulents whose other-worldly shapes and mild coloration juxtaposed nicely against the hard-edged steel. These plantings included Gulf Coast muhly, a native grass that produces a pink-purple plume when it blooms in the fall. A side benefit to the use of these plants is that they are low maintenance and hardy in Houston’s summertime heat.
Next we brought in trees for scale. Without them, the impressive architecture becomes imposing. We placed them along the front at either corner of the house. For the left side, we found a multi-trunk live oak in a field, transported it to the property and placed it in a custom-made square of the crushed marble at a slight distance from the house. On the right side where the house makes a 90-degree alcove, we planted a mature mesquite tree.
To finish off the front entry, we fashioned the black steel into large squares and planted grass to create islands of green, or giant lawn stepping pads. We echoed this look in the back off the master suite by turning concrete pads of black-stained concrete into stepping pads.
We kept the foundational plantings of Japanese yews which add green, earthy mass, something the stark architecture needs for further balance. We contoured Japanese boxwoods into small spheres to enhance the play between shapes and textures.
In the large, white planters at the front entrance, we repeated the plantings of succulents and Gulf Coast muhly to reinforce symmetry. Then we built an additional planter in the back out of the black metal, filled it with the crushed white marble and planted a Texas vitex, another hardy choice that adds a touch of color with its purple blooms.
To finish off the landscaping, we needed to address the ravine behind the house. We built a retaining wall to contain erosion. Aesthetically, we crafted it so that the wall has a sharp upper edge, a modern motif right where the landscape meets the land.
roof pitch with straight modern line as well – webuser_240785744
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Tower the repeat on side and garage door side – vosssc
Cube House – John Maniscalco Architecture
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This last view of the Victorian renovation illustrates how the articulation of the windows with wood framing reinforces this space’s role as a connection to nature. The wood is also a fitting foil to the bamboo and rock garden.” – ettennaej_10
Blue Ridge Modern
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Good entrance Idea. Super simple structure, but slight change of material and imprint, and you can make something interesting. – aaronyoungjones
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exterior window shape, light stucco – babe1955
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like the windows on the top floor – mark_schlander19
The Lantern House
The Palo Alto Lantern House adds a new vision of modern living to the eclectic styles of its surrounding suburban neighbors. The house features an open plan of public spaces on the main level, all connected by a floating cedar ceiling that extends into the outdoor space. A playful circular opening in the cedar ceiling creates a view of the sky while filtering geometric patterns of natural light that evolve over the course of the day onto the patio below. A slender screen that runs the height of the front stairwell casts rays of sunlight inside during the day and emits horizontal stripes from the stairwell’s warm lanterns at night. Large glass doors serve as seamless transitions between the house’s interior and its expansive rear yard, and steel eyebrows above its large bedroom windows shade the sun in its brightest hours. A cedar screen wraps the base of the building, and a stair tower vertically links the orthogonal forms of the house’s façade and interior spaces. Above, each second-floor bedroom offers a view of the surrounding canopy of gingko trees and the green roofs on the living and dining spaces below.
Original inspiration for our house. Want this feel inside and out. – tobinrogersphotography
Large modern multicolored two-story mixed siding exterior home idea in Austin with a shingle roof
cool garage nice mix of wood and gray – heidifinberg
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