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I like this waterfall along the stairs
The most astonishing thing about this home is that one can bathe outdoors, up in the treetops.
his potting shed on a farmhouse property provides storage for larger tools and a lawn mower, while a bench outside is covered by the roof. We'll get to potting sheds in a future ideabook. For today, we'll admire the shade provided by the roof — much needed in hot central Virginia summers.
This 300-square-foot sunroom is the only new addition to the house. "It used to be that the way the whole house functioned, the nicest views were from a bedroom but the bedroom didn't really open to the view," Parker says. "[Now] throughout the house there are linkages to the garden and landscaping." The floors are made by From These Hands using mud taken from the home's site. "It feels great underfoot," Parker says.
The deep overhang is part of what shades the house based on certain desirable light levels inside, so they can control the sun," Parker says. "On rainy days they can open windows at kitchen table and not worry about water inside."
he tree trunk was framed in wood, and the branches are a steel frame. Both were finished with epoxy resin and synthetic materials.
A space like this would be the perfect hangout for entertaining visitors of all types. Call me odd, but this dome of glass has a peculiar way of making me feel like a dollhouse miniature sitting beneath a glass cloche.
While this photo may have been pulled from your wildest dreams, it's still fun to imagine such an inviting space. This is probably where I'd be typing right now if I had something like this hanging off the side of my house. Oh, and the pool is just an added bonus.
Create drama. The most critical aspect missing from the average ranch is a little bit of drama. In my dreams, I give my ranch drama with turrets, chimneys and grand additions. In my reality, I am inspired by designs that inject drama into an average ranch. The wood plank wall, the modern portico and the plantings give this home pizzazz, and I am simply smitten.
Replace the front door. Replacing a worn or outdated front door is a great investment — and in a ranch style home the impact is even greater.
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Exterior views are accessible from every corner.
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Look closer: Avoid flooring that looks too uniform, edgy or mass produced (this is not the time to lay vinyl tiles or experiment with concrete). The slate in this entry bears striking variations in color that show nature's hand at work, and each piece has a one-of-a-kind pattern that no machine could duplicate.
Emphasize the horizontal. Ranch style homes are long, low and horizontal in orientation. Adding a pathway bordered by brick columns and iron fencing repeats the same long, low line, but orients it towards the visitor. This balances the entire look of the home and draws your eye to the gorgeous front door.
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This house, also in Seattle, features a dramatic overhang on the second floor that extends over a patio adjacent to the open living space below. Note how the lighting is placed on the exterior wall, highlighting the roof's wood structure.
Windows. This "Sixties Solarium" in Washington, DC was renovated to improve the thermal performance of a 1969-era addition to a 1929 house. Translucent panels comprise the second floor wall above glass doors
Accentuate the base. Try accentuating the color of your front door by using a similar color in a contrasting material around the base of your home. WINDOWS
If you have a grove of redwood trees, you'll get cool air sinking out of the trees and down to the ground," Parker says. "We designed the house to take advantage of that natural convection to cool it in the summertime." Passive solar design provides warmth. "It doesn't look like a typical passive solar house with big south-facing windows designed to soak up sun and heat," he says. "We studied the length of every overhang to see how much sun and heat you're going to get from them at every time of year and day." The house also has a radiant hydronic heating system to provide additional warmth.
"From the kitchen you can now see the front door as well as the redwood groves," says Parker. "Or open the French doors to a beautiful south-facing patio," which is shown here. "The kitchen became one wing that now stretches out into the yard."
A covered outdoor room. Many of you are dreaming of a three-season outdoor room. This room's usefulness is extended by a wood-burning stove to keep loungers toasty while they enjoy the spectacular Vermont fall foliage.
This property's depth keeps its steep retaining wall from overwhelming the view. The natural rock provides an interesting contrast to the modern architectural lines.