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Atherton Residence: A perminent vacation retreat

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Located on the peninsula south of San Francisco, the Atherton Residence is a modern family home that feels like a vacation retreat. It sits on an internal suburban flag lot with mature landscaping, replacing an old 1950s house.

The atmosphere is open and airy, blending indoors and outdoors, as an ideal getaway should. Just look at this house… Who needs to go on vacation when you can live here year round? Continue reading

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North Beach: Summer Breeze

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North Beach Residence is an award-winning project nestled among mature fir trees in Orcas Island, Washington. This beautiful, modern beach house is based on a long linear form with walls of glass opening out to the beach and an upland meadow. Continue reading

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Doe Bay Cabin: Prefab SIPs Box

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This modern prefab cabin sits in a beautiful location on Washington’s Orcas Island, a short walk from Doe Bay Resort. It serves as a small getaway home for a couple and their two young children. The challenge was to design a modest cabin in size and cost (but not in character) that will capture the spirit of its surroundings while reflecting the Japanese and Chinese heritage of the owners. Quite a task… Continue reading

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Bluesky Prefab Home: Flat Packed

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The Bluesky Home in Yucca Valley, California, is a beautiful, modern prefab. Nestled among impressive rock formations, this small, prefabricated house blends perfectly with its desert surroundings, ensuring minimal site disruption while maximizing views and retaining privacy. On top of that, it’s also adaptable, sustainable, modestly scaled, durable and economical. Continue reading

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Historic Home Extension: Everett House

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A circa-1930 residence in Louisville, Kentucky has been extended and renovated with a small 485 sq. ft. addition. The new extension is based on the concept of a lantern, that allows natural light to filter inside by day, while serving as an artificial light source in the garden at night. Continue reading

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Top Floor Apartment: 19th Century Small

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Period style architecture is not easy to come by – either you got it or you dont. This beautiful, top floor apartment has loads of charm, big time. Built in 1898, this small 110 sq. meters home boasts lovely features, such as art nouveau ceiling centerpieces, stucco decorations, well-maintained window mirrors, high ceilings, a working tiled stove, and oak parquet floors. Continue reading

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Treehouse On A Sloped Lot

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This tree house is both for kids and grownups. It’s the home of Prentis Hale ,a Seattle-based architect, and his family. Located on a very challenging site, down a hill at a 50% slope, the structure floats at the edge of a wooded park, nestled among tree branches, and cladded in colored strips of asphalt roll roofing, creating a bark-like appearance. Continue reading

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Stone Creek Camp: Firewood, Stone and Grass

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With mountains forming the perfect backdrop, this modern camp home is nestled in a forest, overlooking the shores of Flathead Lake in Bigfork, Montana. Situated on the flanks of a long hill, the camp is slowly discovered through a pebble and earth path leading down the hill to the master house, lodge, and guest house. Continue reading

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Barn Conversion: Contempo/rustic Country Living

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Barn conversions are common in rural surroundings. You already have the space, so why not utilize it as your home, a guesthouse, a studio or even a home office… Nowadays, these large open spaces can be renewed with a modern touch or preserved by keeping their original country feel.

In this project, the owners succeeded in combining the best of two worlds, transforming an old barn into a contemporary living space with a rustic touch. Continue reading

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Garage Conversion: A Small, Cozy Retreat

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This conversion has been done beautifully, creating a useful, modern space for living, working, and sleeping. The exterior is painted dark blue, while inside walls are painted white combined with a dark wooden floor. This small house has a series of windows flooding the space with natural light. A cozy retreat, indeed. Continue reading

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