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A modern family retreat in California gets LEED Platinum rating

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This two-story modern family retreat has been given a complete overhaul by JFAK Architects, located in Santa Monica, California. The ultimate in entertaining, the property features a brand new guest home, swimming pool and covered outdoor living spaces. Combined with the original residence on the property, this creates a compound for family living. The new 1,430 square […]



LEED Platinum contemporary ranch house in Northern California

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This two-story contemporary ranch house designed by ORR Design Office is LEED Platinum certified, located the town of Danville, in the San Ramon Valley in Contra Costa County, California. This stunning property was the second home in Contra Costa County to achieve the prestigious “Platinum” green status. LEED means Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, with Platinum being the […]

A Stunning European style cottage in Chicago’s North Shore

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Burns and Beyerl Architects designed this beautiful European style cottage for a family, located on a sprawling two acres in Chicago’s North Shore. This residence is home to five children who are all under the age of ten. With this in mind, the program requirements were very strict. The floorplan needed to be open and spacious, with […]

Phenomenal desert contemporary showcase home in Nevada

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This luxurious desert contemporary showhome was conceived by design-build firm Blue Heron, located in Seven Hills in the McCullough Mountains of Henderson, Nevada. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) selected this firm to design and build the 2013 New American Home. The design team acted as the architect, interior designer and builder for this three-story, 8,143 […]

Sustainable modern-rustic barn house in Pennsylvania

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A sustainably designed barn house was skillfully conceived by Moger Mehrhof Architects, nestled on a 10-acre property in Chester County, Pennsylvania. This beautiful farmhouse is blanketed by mature growth trees, creating a beautiful surrounding to enjoy this countryside home. A team of professionals worked on this home to conceptualize every details before beginning the construction process. The architect […]

Guest house in the Colorado Rockies partially buried into its landscape

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Anything but ordinary, this guest house designed by Gluck+ architects is not only integrated but accentuates its pristine rugged landscape in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. Consisting of 2,850 square feet of living space, this sleek pad features two intersecting bar shapes, one cantilevering over the other. Creating an elevated yard, the guest house is connected […]

A sustainable vineyard home in Sonoma Country surrounded by rolling hills

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This beautiful contemporary vineyard home was designed by architects Turnbull Griffin Haesloop, located above Cloverdale, a city in Sonoma County, California. The residence, which comes complete with green roof, is nestled on a steep south slope that overlooks the valley below it. The property itself is very ideal, surrounded by mature oak trees and rocky outcroppings; […]

Net-zero home in Sonoma features indoor-outdoor living and a green roof

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This contemporary net-zero was designed by architects Turnbull Griffin Haesloop, located on a property surrounded by mature oak trees and a natural pond in Sonoma, California. The homeowners wished to have the design of their home reflect and indoor-outdoor living environment to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. They wanted to provide their overnight guests with simple access to […]

California LEED-Platinum home centered on three living pavilions

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This spectacular LEED-Platinum home was designed by Butler Armsden Architects, located on a suburban property in Menlo Park, California. This residence is comprised of 3,542 square feet spread out over three pavilion living spaces. Careful attention was given to the design of the exterior facade, which faces a busy cross street, visible almost a quarter mile on […]

Ecoluxe villa in Mexico with amazing indoor-outdoor connection

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This ecoluxe villa was designed by architect Specht Harpman, in collaboration with interior designer Matthew Finalson, located on a narrow property facing a sheltered bay in Tulum, Mexico. Comprised of 4,800 square feet of living space, the residence was designed to be completely self-sufficient. Its openness helps to immerse its inhabitants in a diverse range of […]