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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 Hufft’s...
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...
Houzz Tour: Ultramodern and Artistic in the New York Woods
A house in upstate New York can be a great respite from the big city, but it can also be a bit lonely at times. That’s why this house, at the base of the Shawangunk Mountains, is designed not only to embrace nature but also to encourage socializing....
Houzz Tour: A Base Camp Designed for Adventure, Durability and Style
Mazama is a small community in Washington state’s Methow Valley, east of the North Cascades National Park and near other wildlife and recreational areas. It is a perfect vacation spot for Seattle families any time of the year. One such family of four...
Houzz Tour: Seeing the Light in a Sydney Terrace House
Walls make a room, but this row house in Sydney’s Bondi Beach neighborhood shows how light and framed views define a space. When architect Matt Fearns of Fearns Studio was confronted...
Houzz Tour: 2 Modern Buildings on an Upscale Farm
When Charles Homcy and Diana Sylvestre bought a ranch house with 25 acres in California’s Sonoma County about 10 years ago, they envisioned a retreat where they could kick back with some wine and do occasional yard work. Instead the couple — he’s...
Houzz Tour: Just What Mom Wanted, Off the Washington Coast
For many architects, figuring out exactly what a client wants is a good chunk of the battle. But that wasn’t the case for Gary Gladwish and his latest client: his own mother. “I know what she likes and doesn’t like,” he says...
Houzz Tour: Diagonals Make a Point on a Modern Montana Home
Over the course of a house’s life span, its various components — from furniture, carpeting and siding to mechanical systems — are replaced every so often, depending on their durability. But one element often lasts longer than the house itself: the...
My Houzz: Sleekness and Soft Touches in a Midcentury Home
San Francisco architect Seth Brookshire of Porro Design was thrilled to find his midcentury dream home in the city. The only problem: The architectural gem...
Houzz Tour: A Marinwood Eichler Evolves
Stephen Shoup entered architecture school as a devotee of Craftsman style, but when he left University of California, Berkeley, he had evolved into a modernist. He went on to found building...
My Houzz: Modern and Chic in New Orleans
Dan and Serena Morin moved from New York to New Orleans five years ago with the hope of enjoying the warm climate and continuing their urban lifestyle. Dan, a cardiologist, and Serena, an elementary school teacher, are both fans of modern design;...
Houzz Tour: A Modern Home Rooted in Its Place
Very few philosophers have tackled the subject of architecture, and when it has happened, the emphasis has been on aesthetics. Certainly Roger Scruton’s The Aesthetics of Architecture...
My Houzz: Pure Simplicity Reigns in Salt Lake City
David Nuescheler believes that a home's interior should be able to stand alone "without the disruption of additional furniture," he says. His hillside house in Salt Lake City is a testament to that philosophy: Its spare, airy spaces balance dynamic...
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