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Modern Homes 134 Stories

Karen and Grant Richards bought a 5-acre parcel of land between a creek and the shores of Lake Austin, in Texas, with the dream of building a home that would serve as a retreat from their busy careers in San Francisco and, someday, as a place where they could spend their retirement years enjoying the outdoors. They turned...
Houzz Tour: Organic and Natural in an Island Cottage
Going all natural is part of everyday life for interior designer Carrie McCarthy. She always wears gray, eats mostly organic food and prefers soft, neutral colors in her home. “There’s really no separation from the way I dress, eat or create a home,”...
Houzz Tour: Stylish Farmhouse Addition Keeps a Low Profile
Like many of the homes built in this area in the late 1960s, this Mornington Peninsula, Australia, farmhouse was a simple, single-story brick veneer bungalow that was ordinary in every way. Far from taking in the glorious valley views, the low-set L-shaped...
Houzz Tour: A Modern Loft Gets a Little Help From Some Friends
It’s good to have friends and family in the home remodeling business. Luckily for Jordan and Katie Macnab, there’s no short supply of them in their world. Jordan’s late father was a builder, and his mother is an architect. Katie runs the office...
Houzz Tour: A Great Escape Hugs Cliff and Tree
If you’ve heard the expression “between a rock and a hard place,” you’ve heard a description of the location of this house. Strung along a cliff edge on beautiful Waiheke Island, a 40-minute ferry ride from the city of Auckland in New Zealand,...
Houzz Tour: Nature and Efficiency Inspire a Woodland Home
When Clare and Jonathan Potter bought a piece of land in southeast England with a view to building their own home, they were determined to embrace sustainable living. The land is set amid 18 acres of glorious ancient woodland in the New Forest area, and...
Houzz Tour: A Modern Remake Brings Ocean Views Into Focus
Perched high on a hill with glorious, tranquil views over the Pacific Ocean north of Sydney sits a modern design marvel. In its former life as a simple beach house, it had failed to take advantage of this privileged position. So the...
Houzz Tour: New Twists for a Traditional New York Saltbox
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...
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,”...
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