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Modern Homes 131 Stories

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, the building platform was punctuated on the opposite side by a very...
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: Making a Comeback in the Hollywood Hills
Even though the rotting, crumbling 1912 cottage on this Hollywood Hills, California, property was beyond saving, Colin Rhys saw a golden opportunity for the site. As the principal of Xanadu...
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,”...
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,...
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