Inspiration for Our New Home
These are some of the designs, materials, and features we want to share with our architect and builder for insight into our expectations. Some may be out of our scope, but hopefully we can scale some of the features into our new home.
The house has a simple elevation and roof line. The large windows and extended overhangs look very open and tropical. The landscape helps as well. The material combination of stone and metal roof look durable. It looks bullet proof and sleek.
We really like the access to interior pool space. The clerestory windows probably provide a lot of great natural light as well.
This is another photo from a home we like which accesses the pool.
Exposed structural elements. Lots of glass opening up the backyard. Kitchen, dining, and living room all in one.
Another great example of Living, Dining and Kitchen exposed to the outdoor space. Throw in a pool and we're set. The kitchen materials work well for me as well. More in our 'Kitchens Ideabook', but it's the white surfaces combined with wood cabs. Though the idea of glossy white surfaces is becoming more appealing to us.
This would make a great space on the North corner of the property. There are two live oaks on that side which would be visible while maintaining privacy from the street.
I like the open floor plan separating the library/living room form the office. The expose structure is on the money.
A view from the other corner revealing the media space. Very nice idea to utilize the space.
This kitchen is our style. Despite the perceived hard-to-clean white theory, I believe white makes grime easier to see therefore easier to clean. The dining set alone makes this kitchen IMO. Plus, the high gloss finishes are easy to clean. It's bright, and not a stainless steel shrine like so many kitchens seem these days.
The white cabinetry and mirrored backsplash. I especially like the idea of using mirrors in unusual places to reflect natural light. I'm sure it's easy to clean as well, even though it may need cleaning more often.
The article indicates the owner repainted the interior high gloss white to prevent the discoloration issues from the previous flat white. They claim it really brightens up the place, and I believe its makes clean ups easier as well. The drawers in the kitchen island seem more practical than cabinets and shelves.
My wife wants a breakfast nook. I like the idea that the table is not built-in so it can be a more versatile space. She probably appreciates the well lit space as well.
Even though this differs from our taste in bright surfaces, the natural light balances the brightness. The counter height windows on each side are great if privacy isn't an issue. Obviously this home has a private space.
First, I like the island which has the leg space extending around to add more stools. Secondly, the entire house is amazing. I especially like the pool access from so many different rooms.
Appliance storage with easy access to kitchen.
Great idea for sauce and sauté pan storage. According to the designer this is burnished steel. We'd like to have our larger dutch ovens, stock pots, and braising pans stored on shelves though.
This is a spacious pantry which appears to built with some inexpensive materials.
We like the idea of a rear entry mud/utility room since we want to exploit our alley access. This is not very representative of our style but the features seem to meet a lot of our desires for a very functional rear entry. Our "Utility/Laundry Ideabook" has some better examples of our style.
I don't think this is suitable for our needs, but the night and day (shown) shots are very nice.
A spacious dressing room to eliminate bedroom furniture is a definitely a requirement for us. Natural light would be a nice touch as well.
I like the clerestory window and set in the full wall mirror. I bet the window works very effectively to light the person using it.
The entire home.
I like the idea of removing clothes storage from the bedroom and having direct access from the closet to the bath. Having dual access to the bath and bedroom would make things ideal. The additional hanging rod on the face of the closet is nice touch as well.
Awning windows near cooking area to help with ventilation.
Laundry and pantry combined for efficient use of space.
Dual closets separating the bedroom from the bath.
This is an ideal example of our outdoor space. Most interior spaces over look the area. The sitting area is more indoor and protected from the sun and insects. The pool is not covered by a screen cage.
Like the bug free pool.
Minimalist courtyard home.
I like the flat ceiling and exposed structure.