At a house in Joshua Tree, California, hikes often end at the the “cowboy” hot tub: two nested Hastings galvanized livestock feeders. The tub is surrounded by a Veranda faux-wood deck and fed with hot water from the house’s solar hot-water system.
A pre-WWII bungalow in Victoria, Australia is now a bold experiment in indoor-outdoor living. The outdoor area features an Apaiser tub. Opposite the house, on the other end of the garden, sits a music studio. "We are aiming to have the garden and house flow into each other,” says resident Michelle.
More than just a clever cover, the ipe wood shell of Mark Erman's spa, thanks to its 40-foot tracks, niftily navigates the rocky straights between spa shelter, dapper deck, and bespoke buffet table.
Fusion Landscape Design worked with PATH to remake the backyard of this Portland renovation into a grown-up playground. Under the stairwell sits a tiny custom cedar sauna and an outdoor shower—just a literal hop, skip, and jump away from the sprawling in-ground eight-by-ten-foot hot tub. Down three short stairs, Gloster’s Elan dining table from Design Within Reach is surrounded by Spark chairs by Don Chadwick for Knoll and a built-in fire pit and DCS grill by Fisher & Paykel—all resting on a smooth surface of bluestone pavers.
Utterly dynamic, this house on an urban peninsula in Sydney is rich with inventive and thoughtfully considered spaces. Walls become windows and screens slide shut to repel (or entice) the changing weather. The glass and wood walls of the bathhouse, like other retractable panels on the house, offer shade with a view.