Our Favorite Indoor-Outdoor-Inspired Homes of 2018
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Our Favorite Indoor-Outdoor-Inspired Homes of 2018

Another year, another crop of beautiful homes featuring fresh, contemporary architecture, stunning décor, and seamless transitions between inside and outside spaces. Peruse our picks below to find the inspiration — or the motivation you need to make indoor-outdoor living part of your next home design.
Stunning and Sustainable

Stunning and Sustainable

On the outskirts of Dallas, the big brains of 5G Studio Collaborative designed a certified LEED platinum home meant to blend in with its surroundings near a greenbelt conservation area. The façade is fully one-third glass and, during the day, the residence can be illuminated using only natural light. “The home really presented itself to the landscape,” says 5G’s Paul Merrill. “The profile is amazing and pleasing to the eye.”

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Hillside Retreat

Hillside Retreat

A previously undeveloped one-acre Berkeley-area hillside lot was the perfect site for a home whose glass and cedar exterior, monolithic concrete chimney, and butterfly roof is the very definition of eye-catching, capturing the energy of the site’s topography. Designed by ODS Architecture, this 5,000-square-foot house allows its residents to enjoy the hilly views from almost any place in the house. “Functionally, as well as aesthetically,” says architect Alan Ohashi, “the design gives the house a lot of advantages in terms of more glass area, which means more view and more sunlight.”

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Positively Provo

Positively Provo

Salt Lake City-based Blackbox Design Studios set out to maximize some gorgeous views. By using as much glass as possible on this stunning home’s west façade, the homeowners have unrivaled vistas of Provo and the huge Utah Lake beyond the city. Besides the amazing vistas, the big glass served another purpose, according to Blackbox’s Richard McCann. “The owners have a less-conventional décor taste that really benefits from a lot of light,” he says.

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Denver Delight

Denver Delight

Few remodels in 2018 had more “wow” factor than this one in the Denver suburb of Englewood. In a previous life, this home was dark, dreary, and dated Cape Cod-style home. Thanks to Denver-based Architectural Workshop, now the 7,660-square-foot residence is a bright, modern-looking home with an open floor plan, huge glass, and a bit of Old World flair. “We had the opportunity to maximize the openings,” says architect Brett Linscott, “and we were able to offer a through-house transparency that did not exist before.”

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A Refreshing Idea in Beverly Hills

A Refreshing “Idea” in Beverly Hills

The popular Sunset Idea House 2018 in Beverly Hills was a true stunner: a classic 1955 ranch-style home turned into a modern statement complete with an open floor plan and huge potential for indoor-outdoor living. “Large openings and big glass were essential to bringing the indoor-outdoor living aspect of the home to life,” says designer Joe Bowcott of Pemwood Designs.

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