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Architect Stephen Moser took one look at the Shelter Island setting in New York and knew exactly what style of house he wanted to play with for the design of his artist sister and her psychologist husband’s new weekend home. It seemed only fitting that he chose the saltbox...
Houzz Tour: Having Fun With a Half-Buried House
The email that architect Jeff Fountain received from his client was short: “This is going to be FUN,” it read. Curious, Fountain and his team at Copeland...
Houzz Tour: A Modern Take on a Montana Log House
After designing a house in the scorching climate of Tucson, Arizona, without air conditioning, architect Arthur Andersson brought a similar concept to a much chillier region. “I said let’s do a house in Montana that doesn’t have any central...
Houzz Tour: Flexing New Design Muscles on a Vermont Lake
Kristen L’Esperance never imagined she would move back in with her parents at age 30. But after graduating from the Pratt Institute with an architecture degree in 2009 and facing a tanking economy, she had no choice but to leave New York City...
My Houzz: A Modern Home Meets Its Neighbors Halfway
In 2010 Seth and Rachel Striefel saw the potential in a vacant piece of land sandwiched between two Victorian-era homes in the Central Ninth neighborhood of Salt Lake City. “The home on the site had burned down 15 years earlier,”...
Houzz Tour: Seamlessly Updating an Oglesby in Dallas
In 1969 a couple commissioned celebrated Dallas architect Enslie “Bud” Oglesby to design a home for their family on a sloping, wooded site overlooking a ravine and creek. Oglesby created a home that angled around the creek, affording views and light...
Houzz Tour: See a Concrete House With a $0 Energy Bill
Damon Gray has spent 10 years building wood-frame homes. That’s exactly why he stayed away from wood framing when he built his own home. Wait, what? “I got sick of renovating homes that were falling down,”...
Houzz Tour: Getting to the Bottom of a Midcentury Los Angeles Home
Architects do a lot of second-story additions. But architects Russell Shubin and Robin Donaldson had a head-scratcher with a home in Los Angeles that consisted of only a second story. “It was just one top floor built on a steel frame, and...
My Houzz: Modernism Takes a Natural Turn in Pennsylvania
When Gino and Mali Torriero designed and built their family’s Pennsylvania home, they prioritized light and natural materials. “Natural light should be everywhere, even if it’s small amounts,” says Mali, an architect at Luca...
Houzz Tour: Give Me a ‘Y’
As one ventures farther from cities and suburbs, the natural circumstances of a property have greater influence on a house’s design. Trees, soil and the path of the sun are just a few of the considerations that help to shape a house’s plan. This house,...
Houzz Tour: Stacking Up to a Modern Master in Kansas
Inspiration for the design of a new house can come from many places, such as a client’s interests and wishes, a place’s context or another building. The latter, referred to as a precedent in design circles, was one major influence on Matthew...
Houzz Tour: Fieldstone Divides and Connects a Wisconsin Home
Giving a house a name might not be as obvious as, say, naming the family car. But for architects it is common. A house’s name could be linked to the client (Smith Residence), an internal system (House IX) or even an important feature or concept...
Houzz Tour: Heavy Metal Rocks a Modern Missouri Home
Superman grew up in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas. But just across the eastern border of the state in Joplin, Missouri, lives a real man of steel. For Bill Perry, who owns a steel manufacturing facility, steel is his life. So when it came time...
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