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Award-Winning Custom Outdoor Projects

Award-Winning Custom Outdoor Projects

  • The studio/archives pavilion mirrors a guest cottage 240 feet away, overlooking Lake Tahoe.

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    The studio/archives pavilion mirrors a guest cottage 240 feet away, overlooking Lake Tahoe.

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    Stephen Cridland

  • The studio entrance. Each structure contains a single floor-to-ceiling glazed room and storage components in clerestoried adjacent areas.

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    The studio entrance. Each structure contains a single floor-to-ceiling glazed room and storage components in clerestoried adjacent areas.

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    Stephen Cridland

    The studio entrance. Each structure contains a single floor-to-ceiling glazed room and storage components in clerestoried adjacent areas.

  • Natural materialsmahogany, concrete, and glassblend into the setting.

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    Natural materialsmahogany, concrete, and glassblend into the setting.

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    Stephen Cridland

    Natural materials—mahogany, concrete, and glass—blend into the setting.

  • Polished brown concrete floors, mahogany built-ins, and exposed-aggregate concrete decks reinforce the colors and textures found on the site.

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    Polished brown concrete floors, mahogany built-ins, and exposed-aggregate concrete decks reinforce the colors and textures found on the site.

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    Stephan Cridland

    Polished brown concrete floors, mahogany built-ins, and exposed-aggregate concrete decks reinforce the colors and textures found on the site.

  • The guest house faces the archives pavilion across a boardwalk and a Swedish aspen allee.

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    The guest house faces the archives pavilion across a boardwalk and a Swedish aspen allee.

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    Stephen Cridland

    The guest house faces the archives pavilion across a boardwalk and a Swedish aspen allee.

  • Guest house entry. The two-pavilion composition fits the scale of its environment better than a single larger building.

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    Guest house entry. The two-pavilion composition fits the scale of its environment better than a single larger building.

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    Stephen Cridland

    Guest house entry. The two-pavilion composition fits the scale of its environment better than a single larger building.

  • The guest pavilions transparent room overlooks the lake. Viewed from the water, the buildings almost disappear into the trees.

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    The guest pavilions transparent room overlooks the lake. Viewed from the water, the buildings almost disappear into the trees.

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    Stephen Cridland

    The guest pavilion’s transparent room overlooks the lake. Viewed from the water, the buildings almost disappear into the trees.

  • Restrictive zoning on the lake edge limited building area coverage. Basins buried under the gravel sculpture garden help keep all the storm water on site.

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    Restrictive zoning on the lake edge limited building area coverage. Basins buried under the gravel sculpture garden help keep all the storm water on site.

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    Stephen Cridland

    Restrictive zoning on the lake edge limited building area coverage. Basins buried under the gravel sculpture garden help keep all the storm water on site.

  • The buildings are oriented toward views of Lake Tahoe.

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    The buildings are oriented toward views of Lake Tahoe.

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    Stephen Cridland

    The buildings are oriented toward views of Lake Tahoe.

  • Clerestories and glass walls bring the lush scenery into the yoga studio.

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    Clerestories and glass walls bring the lush scenery into the yoga studio.

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    Joe Fletcher

  • Two cabins fit more easily into the steep hillside than one large addition.

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    Two cabins fit more easily into the steep hillside than one large addition.

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    Joe Fletcher

    Two cabins fit more easily into the steep hillside than one large addition.

  • The artist studio, above, overlooks the yoga studios planted roof.

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    The artist studio, above, overlooks the yoga studios planted roof.

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    Joe Fletcher

    The artist studio, above, overlooks the yoga studio’s planted roof.

  • The buildings blend into the surrounding vegetation.

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    The buildings blend into the surrounding vegetation.

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    Joe Fletcher

    The buildings blend into the surrounding vegetation.

  • The curved roof mimics the lands natural forms.

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    The curved roof mimics the lands natural forms.

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    Joe Fletcher

    The curved roof mimics the land’s natural forms.

  • Stepping up the hill so one is perched over the other, each room offers a different point of view.

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    Stepping up the hill so one is perched over the other, each room offers a different point of view.

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    Joe Fletcher

    Stepping up the hill so one is perched over the other, each room offers a different point of view.

  • The lower cabins green roof became a garden art project.

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    The lower cabins green roof became a garden art project.

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    Joe Fletcher

    The lower cabinís green roof became a garden art project.

  • The detached cabins invite the owners to engage with the landscape.

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    The detached cabins invite the owners to engage with the landscape.

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    Joe Fletcher

    The detached cabins invite the owners to engage with the landscape.

  • A low-pitched, terne coated stainless steel roof floats above a dry-stacked slate wall and mahogany volume.

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    A low-pitched, terne coated stainless steel roof floats above a dry-stacked slate wall and mahogany volume.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    CHDA 2012
    Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion, Bethesda, Md.
    Accessory Building
     

     Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect, Washington, D.C.
  • Pivoting doors open the pavilion in summertime; in winter a Rumford fireplace and heated floors warm the space.

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    Pivoting doors open the pavilion in summertime; in winter a Rumford fireplace and heated floors warm the space.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    Pivoting doors open the pavilion in summertime; in winter a Rumford fireplace and heated floors warm the space.

  • Intended for year-round use, the pavilion is set close to the woods, providing a threshold between the manicured gardens and adjacent woodland.

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    Intended for year-round use, the pavilion is set close to the woods, providing a threshold between the manicured gardens and adjacent woodland.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    Intended for year-round use, the pavilion is set close to the woods, providing a threshold between the manicured gardens and adjacent woodland.

  • Five steel-framed glass doors and mitered glass corners put the lush surroundings front and center.

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    Five steel-framed glass doors and mitered glass corners put the lush surroundings front and center.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    Five steel-framed glass doors and mitered glass corners put the lush surroundings front and center.

  • Natural materials include bluestone flooring, stone and mahogany walls, and a Douglas fir ceiling.

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    Natural materials include bluestone flooring, stone and mahogany walls, and a Douglas fir ceiling.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    Natural materials include bluestone flooring, stone and mahogany walls, and a Douglas fir ceiling.

  • The mahogany volume houses a bath.

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    The mahogany volume houses a bath.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    The mahogany volume houses a bath.

  • A new swimming pool, stone walls, and terrace behind the existing house organize the rear yard and connect the house and pavilion.

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    A new swimming pool, stone walls, and terrace behind the existing house organize the rear yard and connect the house and pavilion.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    A new swimming pool, stone walls, and terrace behind the existing house organize the rear yard and connect the house and pavilion.

  • Section

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    Section

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney

    Section

  • Floor plan

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    Floor plan

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney

    Floor plan

  • Axonometric

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    Axonometric

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney

    Axonometric

  • New paths, trees, and plantings reinforce the pavilions geometry.

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    New paths, trees, and plantings reinforce the pavilions geometry.

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney

    New paths, trees, and plantings reinforce the pavilion’s geometry.

  • Standing alone in the woods, the building consists of a steel-clad box floating above a half-buried concrete base.

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    Standing alone in the woods, the building consists of a steel-clad box floating above a half-buried concrete base.

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    John J. Macaulay

  • Tucked into the hillside, the lower level contains equipment storage space.

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    Tucked into the hillside, the lower level contains equipment storage space.

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    John J. Macaulay

    Tucked into the hillside, the lower level contains equipment storage space.

  • Back-lit translucent material fills the gap.

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    Back-lit translucent material fills the gap.

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    John J. Macaulay

    Back-lit translucent material fills the gap.

  • The walls, roof, and glass doors are highly sound insulating.

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    The walls, roof, and glass doors are highly sound insulating.

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    John J. Macaulay

    The walls, roof, and glass doors are highly sound insulating.

  • A green roof tops the lower level.

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    A green roof tops the lower level.

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    John J. Macaulay

    A green roof tops the lower level.

  • The longitudinal building section

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    The longitudinal building section

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    Courtesy Johnsen Schmaling Archi

    The longitudinal building section

  • An exploded axonometric rendering

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    An exploded axonometric rendering

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    Courtesy Johnsen Schmaling Archi

    An exploded axonometric rendering

  • The design concept

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    The design concept

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    Courtesy Johnsen Schmaling Archi

    The design concept

  • Positioned along the edge of the lot, this guest-house addition creates a backdrop for the pool and a generous outdoor room.

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    Positioned along the edge of the lot, this guest-house addition creates a backdrop for the pool and a generous outdoor room.

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    Michael Moran

    2011 CHDA Outdoor Spaces
    Sunscreen: A Guest Pavilion, Sullivan's Island, S.C.

    Entrant/Architect: Stephen Yablon Architect, New York; Builder: NBM Construction, North Charleston, S.C.; Landscape architect: Wertimer & Associates, Charleston, S.C.; Living space: 1,500 square feet; Site: 0.5 acre; Construction cost: $655 per square foot; Photographer: Michael Moran.
  • A sustainably harvested cypress ceiling adds refinement to the southern-style ??porch.??

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    A sustainably harvested cypress ceiling adds refinement to the southern-style ??porch.??

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    Michael Moran

    A sustainably harvested cypress ceiling adds refinement to the southern-style "porch."

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    Michael Moran

    Standing-seam metal, a common local roofing material, shields the rear facade.

  • The study.

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    The study.

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    Michael Moran

    The study.

  • Sliding gates at the entrances close off the courtyard in the evenings or when the owners are away.

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    Sliding gates at the entrances close off the courtyard in the evenings or when the owners are away.

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    Steve Keating

    2011 CHDA Outdoor Spaces
    Wolf Creek, Winthrop, Wash.

    Entrant/Architect: Balance Associates Architects, Seattle; Builder: Bjornsen Construction, Winthrop, Wash.; Living space: 1,810 square feet; Site: 5 acres; Construction cost: Withheld; Photographer: Steve Keating.
  • Scored concrete, raised beds, and sitting areas direct the path to the front door.

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    Scored concrete, raised beds, and sitting areas direct the path to the front door.

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    Steve Keating

    Scored concrete, raised beds, and sitting areas direct the path to the front door.

  • The master bedroom has its own intimate courtyard.

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    The master bedroom has its own intimate courtyard.

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    Steve Keating

    The master bedroom has its own intimate courtyard.

  • The house??s shape and orientation block the strong wind and sun.

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    The house??s shape and orientation block the strong wind and sun.

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    Steve Keating

    2011 Merit Award - Wolf Creek, Winthrop, Wash.
    Entrant/Architect: Balance Associates Architects, Seattle; Builder: Bjornsen Construction, Winthrop, Wash.

    The house's shape and orientation block the strong wind and sun.

  • Floor plan.

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    Floor plan.

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    Courtesy Balance Associates Architects

    Floor plan.

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    Chris Richards

    2010 CHDA
    Grand Award / Outdoor Spaces
    Play Yard at the Winter Residence, Tucson, Ariz.

    Project Credits
    Entrant/Architect/Landscape designer:Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, Tucson, Ariz.
    Builder:Repp Design + Construction, Tucson
    Structural engineer: Harris Engineering Services, Tucson
    Living space: 1,676 square feet (play yard only)
    Site: 3 acres
    Construction cost: $24 per square foot
    Photographer: Chris Richards
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    Chris Richards

    2010 Out Spaces' Awards

    2010 Grand Award - Play Yard at the Winter Residence, Tucson, Ariz.
    Entrant/Architect/Landscape designer:Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, Tucson, Ariz.; Builder: Repp Design + Construction, Tucson

    A garden wall keeps young ones in and desert critters out, while a slatted steel cube offers shelter from the sun.

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    Chris Richards

    The desert landscape beyond the yard holds both beauty and danger.

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    Chris Richards

    The shade cube consists of a welded steel frame and galvanized steel stud tracks.

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    Chris Richards

    A concrete bench provides a work counter for children and a back-saving seat for adults.

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    Chris Richards

    A strip of turf separates the sunken play area from the house.

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    Chris Richards

    A rendering of the play yard.

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    Chris Richards

    The play yard plan.

Steve James, AIA, led a panel at the 2013 International Builders’ Show that offered tips on transforming even ordinary outdoor areas like driveways and sidewalks into special places. James is a principal at DTJ Design in Boulder, Colo., a firm that does residential architecture, community planning, and landscape architecture. James’ approach is to integrate the landscape with the house design and not limit that philosophy to large chunks of space, but every spot where a building connects to the outside. He says he strives to bring a resort atmosphere into his clients’ daily lifestyle.

James adds that exterior living and entertaining spaces are more important now because houses tend to consume greater portions of their lots, so traditional yards are becoming less common. That philosophy also expands inside where James recommends continuing exterior finishes into interior rooms to strengthen indoor-outdoor connections. Natural materials, daylight, and outdoor furniture used inside are other ways to blur the lines between inside and out. James shared several specific techniques for creating a house that offers relaxing, special spaces where homeowners can enjoy the soothing effects of nature in different ways. Below are his suggestions along with a slideshow of past winners in the outdoor spaces category of the Custom Home Design Awards to demonstrate how James ideas can be realized.

  • Courtyards—James looks for any opportunity to create a courtyard whether the project involves a large compound that wraps around an inviting exterior gathering space to dense urban infill sites where a pocket courtyard works to bring natural light deep into a home and presents a private outdoor space for occupants. 
  • Driveways and entryways—Making the most of walkways, driveways, or stairs that lead to the house not only adds curb appeal, but can generate friendlier relations with neighbors. It also turns otherwise unused and sometimes unattractive necessities like the driveway into a functional exterior room. James likes to make these often neglected spaces exciting by creating “a magical journey to the door” through the use of elongated steps that can double as seating, thoughtful plantings that reveal the path slowly, splashes of color, secret nooks, and unexpected but easy to navigate twists and turns. He also suggests pushing the garage either closer to or further away from the street and blending it into other hardscapes between the street and house.
  • One-room deep floor plans—Integrating outdoor spaces into the house starts with the floor plan says James. Most of his designs feature multiple spaces that enjoy two exposures to daylight and he likes to capture corner views whenever possible. His inspiration originated with the Eichler houses in southern California and even working in a cold-weather climate, James incorporates as many windows and glass walls as possible. 
  • A balance of hard and softscapes—James says hardscaped outdoor spaces provide a level of comfort and low-maintenance that means they will be used more often, but a healthy dose of plants and gardens complements those exterior rooms with the serenity of nature.
  • Climate control—“Outdoor rooms furnished with an indoor attitude,” is how James describes his philosophy on how to make an exterior space functional and comfortable year-round. He likes to add fireplaces, especially ones that double as stoves, big fans, artificial lighting, and luxurious cozy furniture to outdoor rooms.
  • Reserve budget for bridge spaces—Those moments of moving from inside to out or vice versa often get overlooked or cut when a project runs over budget James explains. He feels that how someone enters a house or the way an interior room opens up to the outside can be the difference between an outdoor area being used every day or not at all.