Small Lake House: cladded in copper


What I like about this home is that it’s not your typical house on the lake. With a total space of 900 sq. ft., spanning over three floors, this house makes up for its small space with plenty of character – cladded in flat-seam copper and elevated above a patio to preserve the flat portion of the site for outdoor use. Continue reading


North Beach: Summer Breeze


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


Coromandel Bach: A Shipping Container Getaway


This award-winning, coastal getaway is actually a recycled shipping container, that sits lightly on a seaside cliff in Coromandel, NZ. It belongs to the Crosson family, and is an attempt to provide an environment to capture the essential spirit and beauty of New Zealand. Continue reading


Kuaotunu House: Relaxed Coastal Living


This project is a renovation of an existing coastal home, located on a dramatic site in Kuaotunu, in New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula. The house belongs to the Sexton family and is full of cherished memories. It serves as a holiday home, consisting of a series of restrained pavilions composed for casual beachfront living. Continue reading


Scapehouse: A Coastal Getaway


This beautiful coastal home is located on a stunning site in Australia’s Eastern Victoria. The unique geometric design is based on how context and use transform a house from a simple box to an Origami-inspired creation. Continue reading


Pirates Bay House & Pavilions: Living Alongside Nature


I was in complete awe when I first saw this house. For me, it embodies the perfect combination of living alongside nature and simplicity. This wonderful coastal home enjoys breathtaking views of Pirates Bay from one side and the company of a Eucalypti forest, native birds and wildlife on the other. What more can you ask for… Continue reading


Arm End House: Small and Sustainable


Inspired by waterfront cottages on Tasmania’s Opossum Bay, this small house is efficient, stylish and affordable. The scale and profile of this semi-prefabricated structure is modest, based on the concept of reducing building scale as a core principle of sustainability. It serves as a home and a place of contemplation and retreat for a couple that emigrated to Tasmania from the United States.

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Coastal Hilltop Cottage: Nova Scotia Charm


Two LA-based interior designers fell in love with Cape Breton Island, in a remote corner of Nova Scotia, and decided to build a romantic wood-shingled getaway home for their family.

The design of this charming coastal cottage was based on the color palette of blue, gray and green – the colors of land and sky. It was inspired by local barns combined with pure Scandinavian aesthetic. Continue reading


South Beach Apartment: Miami Style


This South Beach weekend getaway was designed for a young couple. It was renovated to maximize ocean views, creating a relaxed, changeable, open atmosphere that is oozing with a sleek and contemporary ‘Miami style’.

The original 1,500 sq. ft. space included two bedrooms, a living dining area, two and a half baths, and an entry foyer. It was arranged in such a constraining fashion that each room had a small piece of ocean view. The idea was to create a flexible open space and allow the entire expanse of windows to be seen at once, bringing expansive ocean views into this modern beach apartment. Continue reading


Whaler’s Lane Residence: Shingle Shangle


An existing oceanfront beach cottage, located in Amagansett NY, has been renovated and expanded to include a new swimming pool, jacuzzi, and trellis, kitchen, second floor bedroom, and terrace.

The concept and individual style of the original cottage has been maintained in the new addition – the result – a unique coastal home, that consists of a series of shingle-wrapped exterior and interior spaces connected via wooden pathways. Continue reading