Archives For Outdoor Living

It seems there’s still room for innovation in the DIY department after all.

We found this fantastic projects over at A Beautiful Mess. A combination outdoor coffee table/herb garden, this project only costs about $75. (You can find the full instructions and materials list here.)

So next time you’re relaxing on your patio, you can freshen up your cocktail with home-grown herbs—plucked from the coffee table.

Source: A Beautiful Mess

Images: Joshua Rhodes and Sarah Rhodes

Featured on Home Adore, the base of this Massachusetts house actually began as one of almost 70,000 Sear’s Catalog Homes sold in North America between 1908 and 1940. Also known as Sears Modern Homes, these kits were shipped by mail order via railroad boxcars, and included a choice of designs along with all the materials needed to build a house.

Though The Shirley Road House had been renovated before LABhaus (a “client-centric” design firm specializing in modern housing) began their redesign, “the existing structure offered only very small-scale spaces which couldn’t really accomodate family and guests looking for escape to the countryside.” LABhaus ultimately doubled the home’s floor space by adding two beautifully scaled rooms, needed utility space, an additional bathroom, an outdoor shower, and a large covered loggia for outdoor living space.

The pocket doors to the outside, the loggia, and the large windows, allow this house to blend seamlessly into its surroundings. And with all the winter weather happening all over the country, we can’t help but wish we had a house like this to enjoy the snow!

Check out additional photos of The Shirley Road House below:

Source: Home Adore, LABhaus, Wikipedia

Photos: Home Adore

medium_b24f6069-dee1-400a-9603-08df173395a9This post and beam compound in Beverly Hills epitomizes the ultimate indoor/outdoor lifestyle that is synonymous with Southern California. Renovated by Colombian architect Alejandro Ortiz, this 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom mid-century style home features floor-to-ceiling glass, an open living room and kitchen, a library/study, gym, and scenic canyon vistas. Outside the main residence includes a one-bedroom detached guesthouse and a lush, sunken central courtyard featuring a flat, grassy lawn, a connecting bridge overlook, outdoor lounges, multiple decks, and a saline pool.

9551 Oak Pass Road is listed with David Kramer of Hilton & Hyland and is on the market for $4,495,000.

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medium_3540e62d-b09f-422d-b449-0b5069926e96Southern California is known for having beautiful homes with stunning views of the ocean. This modern home near Malibu is one that can’t be missed, situated on 5 acres with striking views of the ocean and mountains. For $3.9 million this home features 4 bedrooms, a den and 6 bathrooms in 4,788 square feet.

Originally built in 1996 the home was restored in 2012 by renowned architect David Montalba. The home features a smooth stucco exterior complete with enormous windows and doors that slide open to the outdoor space. Inside the open kitchen is ceasarstone countertops, teak, walnut and concordia velvet stone floors and all new systems. The home’s modern style is also shown in the outdoor living space with a pool, hot tub, large lawn and al fresco dining. The peace and quiet of this home will make you feel as if you are on a vacation in another country.

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This Hawaiian estate is our Property of the Week!

Positioned on nearly 5 acres of rich farm soil on the Big Island of Hawaii, the property includes two estate size homes, a variety of outdoor features, and tropical fruits growing throughout the property to make the most of living in paradise. With a total of 16 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms, the owners will also enjoy the huge pool, shuffleboard area, tennis courts, cabanas, and a gathering pavilion complete with big screen for outdoor entertainment.

The best part? “Estate Coffee and cocoa production for the guests at the Kona Plantation Estate is a real treat,” said broker Leonora Prince of MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty. Pretty much like living having your own private island retreat.

77-360 Judd Trail, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, is on the market for $3,995,000.

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