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Striking urban oasis in Austin designed to encourage indoor-outdoor living

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A Parallel Architecture has created this urban oasis designed around an expansive central courtyard, located in the heart of Austin, Texas. Outdoor living spaces are arranged under a canopy of mature growth oak and pecan trees to shade from the hot summer sun. This dwelling’s roof canopy and deep overhangs were configured to maximize solar orientation and prevailing […]

LEED Gold home blends harmoniously in Appalachian mountain setting

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Samsel Architects is responsible for the design of this magnificent mountain modern lake house nestled in the mountains of Swain County, North Carolina. This LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified home integrates harmoniously with the surrounding Appalachian mountain setting. Boasting an understated exterior combined with a carefully selected material palette, this dwelling […]

Net-zero energy home with industrial-chic details in Northern California

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This net-zero energy home with clean and contemporary details was designed for a family of four by Atmosphere Design Build, located in Nevada City, California. With handcrafted details found throughout this home’s 1,600 square feet, the family was thoroughly committed to keeping the carbon footprint small. For the design of this two-bedroom, two bath dwelling, inspiration […]

Rustic lake house escape with Asian influences in the Adirondacks

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This rustic lake house escape was designed by Phinney Design Group, nestled on the west side of Lake George in Hague, New York. This design reimagines the footprint of an existing seasonal one story camp with influences from both Japanese and regional Adirondack styles.  Sensitive to fluctuations in use by season and as the young family of […]

The most amazing ‘off-the-grid’ tiny house in beautiful Ojai, California

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Sol Haus Design is responsible for the creation of this amazing tiny house, the designer’s own personal live/work habitat located in Ojai, California. After spending over two decades on the high-end corporate path, Vina Lustado (designer/owner) decided to focus her career on smaller-scale projects.  Staying true to her values, she completed the design and construction of her […]

Farmhouse style house in Oregon has absolutely delightful design ideas

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This absolutely gorgeous farmhouse style house was designed by Renaissance Homes, located in Wilsonville, a suburb of Portland, Oregon. Offering a bright and airy aesthetic, this 4,311 square foot family home combines the best of modern design, rooted as a contemporary farmhouse.  Boasting four bedrooms and three-and-half bathrooms, you will find trendy details throughout, inviting and […]

Modern net zero home in California is blissfully integrated with nature

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Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects designed this sprawling modern net zero home located on a 3.5-acre property in Woodside, small town in San Mateo County, California. Envisioned as a single continuous, flowing expression, this family estate links architecture, interior design, art and landscape into an integrated whole. Unified around the central living area, views radiate in four directions […]

Minimalist off grid cabin retreat overlooking Virginia’s wine country

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Designed and built by GreenSpur, this off grid cabin retreat provides a compact family getaway that is all about unplugging from technology and being one with nature. The cabin is located in Delaplane, Virginia, approximately 50 miles due west of Washington, D.C. Nestled on a 50-acre property along the coveted Appalachian Trail, the retreat offers unparalleled […]