Best of Houzz 2013: Most Popular Design

Take a look at the image of the living/dining space with doors opening to a pool beyond. This is an elegant, finely-appointed room with aged, hand-hewn beams, dormered clerestory windows, and radiant heated limestone floors. But the real power of the space derives less from these handsome details and more from the wide opening centered on the pool.

The occupants of the room feel like they’re poolside, even while inside. When they’re entertaining, it matters little whether guests are on the terrace or in the living room; it all feels like one great space. The four-wide bank of doors is designed so that the central two are hinged directly to the flanking ones. Thus, when opened, they are precisely aligned, it seems as if there are somehow only two doors, and the assembly appears less cluttered.

A mechanized, roll-down screen descends from above to completely secure the opening against insects. When the screen is in use, the doors at the far ends are used for passage (a word of advice: make sure to devise a screening solution in any multi-door design).
Nautilus Architects
Ideabooks1,019
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Guest House
“want to buy it” — binyam wilde
Pool House
Ideabooks5,740
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“interesting design of ceiling to windows” — jjbranham
Lyme Hills
Ideabooks1,602
Questions1
“front yard hardscape” — Tom Haluza
Lyme Hills
Ideabooks124
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“Perhaps good idea around front windows...??? gravel path on east side maybe” — jo_ncr
Lyme Hills
Ideabooks630
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“Cross gable” — shadywalnut
Lyme Hills
Ideabooks7,041
Questions8
“masterroom” — helensita4
Lyme Hills
Ideabooks18,748
Questions13
“Wood trim” — Erin Glover
Lyme Hills
Ideabooks21,090
Questions32
“Simple” — stephandted
Lyme Hills
Ideabooks393
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“Beams” — bethharwood
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