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“We had these incredible live oak trees, and so we built the house around the trees and the view,” says Raike.
Throughout the day, light animates the limestone walls to various effects. “As the sun rotates around and is more oblique to the texture of the stone, it casts these wonderful shadows on it,” says Raike. “And you just get a real appreciation for the texture of the stone and the richness of the colors in it.”
“When we designed this floor plan, we aimed at making it feel like an indoor space—sheltered by the roof and the windows—but at the same time, somewhere in between in a continuum with the outside,” said the firm.
Stone stairs on the perimeter of a main courtyard ascend to a rooftop garden. Large windows on the other side of the living area overlook an enclosed water feature with a statue of a monk.
Water features pepper the gardens throughout.
The steel-and-glulam support system forms the covered corridor of the loggia.
Teak surrounds a minimalist outdoor shower.
See Arch restored the exterior fireplace wall and painted it a deep blue hue to match the repainted blue timber cladding.
The three attached structures house an office, guest suite, and game room, used by the family to watch football games.
“We always knew we wanted to do  prefab—here it is something interesting and beautiful that adds to the character of the street,” says TJ (on deck, with Jay, left, and Chloe). “There weren’t many options for staying in the area with  a growing family,” notes Stott.
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Santa Monica, California
Dwell Magazine : July / August 2017
The garden has been prepared with electrical and plumbing services in case they are required for the future installation of a summer house.
The addition increased the floor area of the single-level house to 2,228 square feet.
The outdoors are part of the cohesive design, embracing the vegetation, sites, and sunlight.
The living area features a Le Bombole ’07 sofa by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, a Chieftan chair by Finn Juhl, and a rotating hanging stove by FireOrb. The poufs are by Tazi Designs.
Margaret worked with interior designer Jessica Helgerson on the space planning of the rooms, interior finish materials, fireplace, plumbing fixtures, appliances, lighting, and the furnishing of the guesthouse. The living area features a Le Bombole ’07 sofa by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, a Chieftan chair by Finn Juhl, and a rotating hanging stove by FireOrb. The poufs are by Tazi Designs.
A large porch projects out from the main building.
The exterior of Connect 4L 1,600 sf 3 bed 3 bath 2 story modern prefab.
Full-height sliding doors blur the boundary between the interior and the garden outside.
Large boulders are given pride of place in the central courtyard.
The sand-colored fascia of the roofline allows the palapa to appear more integrated in its environment, as does the stone wall facade, which blends in with the boulders.
The massive curving wall serves as an alternative to the perimeter fence that's common to the neighborhood, an area which the architects says has developed a hodgepodge of architectural styles.
The couple often dine on the patio off the kitchen, warmed by a fireplace from Spark Modern Fires. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.
Architectural designer Sebastian Mariscal and project manager Jeff Svitak created a house in Venice, California, for Michael and Tamami Sylvester. Known as Dwell Home Venice for its role as an exemplification of modern architecture, the house is an homage to indoor-outdoor living. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.
Louvers protecting from the burning sun.
New addition and patio from outdoor garden: the concrete terrace extends into the garden, and receives daylight over the house from the southern sun.
Dining with a Scandinavian touch: Archi dining chair combined with Carver table.
Julie and Chris Hill’s home in Austin is built around a pair of massive oak trees, one of which shoots through an ipe deck, past a pair of Loll deck chairs, and into a void in the overhanging roof. “The hole also allows light to penetrate deeper into the house,” notes designer Kevin Alter.
In the back, ivy climbs across the garage’s raw cedar cladding next to a gate that allows access to the laneway—but the boys prefer to climb the fence.
The house is divided into three sections connected by a series of outdoor galleries. “When I walk from one room to another, I have to go outdoors and feel the weather and nature—rain, cold, and sun,” says Sævik. 

Instead of emphasizing the expansive panorama of oak, pine, and aspen trees, the house frames select views—a move inspired by Japanese design.
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Fashion designer Josie and her husband Ken Natori are big fans of traditional Japanese architecture, so when Brooklyn-based practice Tsao & McKown Architects designed their home in Pound Ridge, New York, they used a heavy, exposed-timber structure, and included Japanese-style gardens and landscaping.
Abernathy House
Cloaked House, as 3r Ernesto Pereira named it, blends into its hillside location.
Julie and Chris Hill’s home in Austin is built around a pair of massive oak trees, one of which shoots through an ipe deck, past a Loll deck chair, and into a void in the overhanging roof. “The hole also allows light to penetrate deeper into the house,” notes designer Kevin Alter. A limestone brick wall mirrors the curves of the Western red cedar roof, the edges of which are coated in stucco.

Whether it's a backyard patio, an infinity pool, or a rooftop terrace, these modern outdoor spaces add to the richness of daily life. Escape into nature, or get lost in city views. Wherever you are, let these outdoor photos take you somewhere new with inspirational ideas for yards, gardens, outdoor tubs and showers, patios, porches, and decks.