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Vacation Homes 92 Ideabooks

In spite of this house's then-uninhabitable status, its owners envisioned their dream island cottage the moment they stepped inside its moldy walls. "The house had been closed up without heat for years and was a moss- and nicotine-soaked nightmare," says homeowner Ian McLeod. "Most people considered it a teardown,...
Houzz Tour: A Peaceful Lake House Rises From the Rubble
The dream of a summer lake house seems to exist for a lot of us, perhaps planted by long-held family tradition, a beloved summer camp or nostalgic movies. The owner of this house on Lake Fairlee near Norwich, Vermont, had many great boyhood memories of...
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: Fly-Fishing Heaven on a Colorado River
At this Colorado vacation home, one can tie a fly and throw on waders on the porch, walk a few steps down to the Gunnison River, cast a fly rod for a few hours, head back up to the porch, hang up the gear, rinse off in an outdoor shower and grab a beer...
Houzz Tour: Just Being Modest on Lake Superior
When you’re building a custom home from scratch, it’s only natural to want to add things to the project. “While we’re at it” becomes a familiar refrain, and before you know it, that little project has grown. That wasn’t the case for...
Room of the Day: 3 Brothers Share 1 Big Bedroom in Hawaii
When an American couple living in Asia decided to build a vacation home on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii, they asked architect Tony De Jesus to create a single bedroom...
Houzz Tour: Strong, Modern Lines Stand Up to the Trees
The owners of this home live primarily in Brooklyn, but their hearts reside on a bucolic, tree-surrounded spot in Woodstock, New York — despite the fact that they jokingly call it Bug Acres. Joe Smith, principal at Hall...
An Idyllic Sauna by the Shore
Sail past this Lake Huron island too quickly and you might miss the surprise nuzzling the shore. Michael and Agneta Owen's cozy, 112-square-foot sauna may just be a speck on the rocky Georgian Bay waterfront, a few hours north of Toronto, but it...
Houzz Tour: From Fixer-Upper to Family Ski Retreat
Interior designer Janet Tight and her family love to play together, especially when it comes to skiing. For years the family has spent every winter enjoying the slopes at California's...
My Houzz: White Interiors Brighten a Dutch Cottage
Tessa Weerdenburg jumped at the chance to buy a country cottage in the Netherlands right next to one owned by her parents, where her family spent summers when she was a kid. Now she's able to keep the tradition going with her three daughters. But...
Houzz Tour: 3 Small Buildings Maximize Nature Views
This Seattle artist wanted to build a home in Washington's San Juan Islands where she could be inspired to do her work for most of the summer, but she didn't want to spend the entire time in solitude. Her house needed to have living space, space for guests...
Houzz Tour: Farm Style Suits a Vineyard's Rolling Hills
Located on 50 beautiful acres in Sonoma Valley, California, that include a working vineyard, this cottage looks as though it's been nestled in the rolling hills for a century, but in fact, it's new. "You see buildings like this all over the valley in...
My Houzz: A Rustic Log Cabin Charms in the Mountains of Alabama
Like many great ideas, this one began with a sketch on a cocktail napkin. While having dinner with their contractor Carl Jones, Mary Beth and Dan McCrary shared their design ideas for a rustic log cabin in the mountains of Alabama and Jones drew up a...
My Houzz: Saltbox Charm in a Heritage Fishing Community
Elizabeth and Ed Burry's second-generation saltbox home sits on a small hill in the historic fishing community of Trinity in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada — population 150 in the summer, as few as 38 in the winter. The waterfront town is as charming...
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