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Off-the-grid guest house beckons on the Santa Barbara coast

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This minimalist, modern guest house was designed by Anacapa Architecture in collaboration with Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. The home is nestled into an isolated hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, just north of Santa Barbara. The homeowner’s objective was to preserve and protect the natural environment of their property. To do so required that the home fit discretely […]

Sustainable forest retreat in Washington with light-filled interiors

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In the foothills above Snoqualmie is a beautiful house built for two mountain guides not far from their work in North Bend, Washington. The 2,100 square foot, three bedroom residence has been designed by Johnston Architects and built by Tall Tree Construction, accommodating both professional and practical demands, but also fulfilling a deep desire to do what […]

Industrial modernist home features extraordinary Seattle skyline views

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This industrial modernist home was designed by Janof Architecture to take full advantage of its spectacular panoramic views, located on Seattle’s Queen Anne hill. The architects accommodated a modest budget for a family with two young children. The 5,663 square foot house honors the owner’s desire for a domestic refuge while maximizing the experience of its location. […]

Spectacular Italian home submerged into the mountainside: Villa Alibia

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Villa Alibia is a striking home excavated into the mountainside and submerged into the landscape, designed by Michel Boucquillon Architects located in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. Spread out over three levels, this 4,305 square foot home was designed as a family home and work studio, offering five bedrooms and five bathrooms (three ensuite). The home-studio is totally self-sufficient […]

Impressive modern home with dramatic views of the San Francisco Bay

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Located in San Mateo, California, Oculus Design & Architecture in collaboration with interior designer Jay Jeffers designed this modern home to be connected to the outdoors throughout. The homeowners, a family of four, purchased two lots with incredible views to create one single property. The cedar-lined house took three years to build, offering modern—clean lines, comfortable […]

Mountain modern lake house nested in the Great Smoky Mountains

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This mountain modern lake house was designed by Samsel Architects, located in Bryson City, a small town in North Carolina, which is a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This impressive home has achieved LEED Gold status, designed to integrate harmoniously with its surrounding Appalachian mountain setting. The understated exterior and carefully selected palette […]

LEED-Certified home features brilliant modern details in Connecticut

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This LEED-Certified modern home was designed by Amanda Martocchio Architecture, located in Greenwich a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The project entails a complete refurbishment of a 1960’s home, where the original foundation was preserved as much as possible. The design team created an addition to the residence, increasing the square footage, along with reconfiguring […]

Rustic Meets Contemporary: Hillside Home in the Rocky Mountains

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Granite outcrops, steep slopes and spectacular views defines this contemporary family home designed by Renée Del Gaudio Architecture. The dwelling is located on the beautiful alpine hillside of Sunshine Canyon, just west of Boulder, Colorado. Two linear volumes are stacked and crossed, reaching out to mountain views to the south, and city lights to the east. […]