Modern, Environmentally Friendly Home

This modern home combines comfort, function and style with an environmentally friendly HVAC system, drought-tolerant plants and a unique interior design.

Photo By: Lee Manning

Photo By: Lee Manning

Photo By: Lee Manning

Photo By: Lee Manning

Photo By: Lee Manning

Photo By: Lee Manning

Photo By: Lee Manning

Photo By: Lee Manning

Modern Rancher With Drought Tolerant Landscaping

The full renovation of this modern 1959 rancher included the seamless integration of an environmentally friendly HVAC system. The landscaping was replaced with drought-tolerant species that blend into the surrounding hills.

Paver Walkway Flanked by Bamboo

The entry courtyard was replanted with bamboo and features a paver walkway. The round wicker chair on the stone landing was a flea market find and enhances the Asian-inspired aesthetic.

White Modern Foyer With Pop Art Print

New limestone tiles were added to this modern foyer. The original brick was exposed and restored for a textured backdrop for the vibrant pop art.

Contemporary Open Kitchen With Eat-In Bar

The kitchen was opened up to the dining room and living area to create a free-flowing floor plan. The light cabinetry and stainless steel appliances make the space feel bright and inviting.

Serene Open Kitchen With Contemporary Cabinets

The open plan kitchen enjoys the natural light from nearby sliding glass doors. Pale wood cabinetry and sleek drawer pulls are contemporary in design.

Teak Floating Vanity in Spa Bathroom

This bathroom was reconfigured to take advantage of the view overlooking the pool. A teak floating vanity and tub backsplash add exotic elements to the spa bathroom.

Contemporary Frosted Glass Sliding Door

Frosted glass sliding doors were added to separate the bathroom from the dressing area in this contemporary master bedroom designed by Jeff Troyer Associates.

Resurfaced Swimming Pool With View

This swimming pool was resurfaced in Pebble Tec, a durable and textured finish that is built for natural elegance. A solid privacy wall was replaced with a new cable-rail fence to limit obstruction of the spectacular view.

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