Houzz is the new way to design your home.
A sloped lot lends itself to above-ground cisterns.
Gorgeous rooftop living room. Is that a pool in the background?
Note the perimeter walkway: green roofs are typically not accessible, meaning one does not walk ON sedum plants. Gravel or other walkways are important for maintenance and accessing the roof to enjoy it.
This urban example isolates the green roof to a small terrace. Planters are interspersed with an intensive green roof system and pavers for accessing the terrace.
From inside the house shown in the previous photo, the green roof terrace is a little slice of nature through the glass door. It's a strong draw from the house, with three walls looking upon the terrace.
This is a completely inaccessible green roof, composed almost like a Japanese rock garden.
Nice touch at the bottom of a downspout.
Build a house around a tree.
Love the eyebrow dormer, the stone exterior, and the green trim.
"Chimneys" lift excess heat and stale air out of a development at BedZed, Wallington, Surrey.
What looks like a green screen punctured by a glass box is exactly that, but what makes it particularly interesting is the fact that it sits in front of a ranch house. Great cheap way to hide an ugly house.
Beautiful details. Simple wood shower mat, rocks in shower pan, rain chain.
This garage leaps off the screen for the translucent doors that stand out at night. But it's safe to assume that most of the time the lights are off and the wood screen predominates, just as during the day. These horizontal slats continue in a band across the front of the house, creating a strong link between the two; this is strengthened in the garage's roof doubling as a terrace for the master bedroom.
An increasingly popular approach is to use a drivable grass surface, be it a product that is hidden beneath the blades or incorporating grass between pavers. Grass paving allows water that would normally run into the street and sewer to enter the ground and be naturally filtered. Here grass is found next to the garage, at the bottom of a more traditional driveway.
Mimic the grid of the door with the entry pavement.
Another way to hide an ugly house: wood slats.
Could do a green roof here.
Fallingwater: still a classic.
Colorful little house
This house belongs to the hillside. I love the exterior siding, and especially the lower window.
Beautifully coordinated with the landscape.
Staggered light fixtures in the stair risers.
Check out the driveway.
I like a flat, walk-around porch with no railing.
Bridge to the front door.