Most San Francisco buildings are long and narrow with little to no views from the side, but because this lot was located on a corner, it allowed the architect to take advantages of the views from every angle.
A wood such as mahogany and a rough-hewn basalt wall of cherry, adds warmth to nearly every space in this luxury home. A strategically conceived floor plan beginning in the kitchen contributes to the house’s railing contrast with the feeling of unity.
Tucked away in a secluded enclave, this handsome single-family home enjoys a sense of peace and privacy while still being close to downtown Houston. In addition to a spacious two-car garage, the property boasts two stories with pella windows that offer an unobstructed view of nature.
This contemporary single-family home has dimension and personality, due to the multifaceted exterior. Peaked rooftops, varied window shapes and multiple materials add to the pleasing look of the house.
Popularly referred to as "The Flintstone House," this free-form, single-family residence is an iconic landmark in Hillsborough, CA. Built in the late '70s, the eclectic home incorporates a unique series of domes to naturally coincide with the surrounding hillside. At the same time, its bright orange exterior offers a striking visual contrast with the rest of the property.
As seen on Good Bones, this home had no powder room on the first floor, so Mina and Karen added one. The vanity and mirror tie together to create that elegant, industrial style to match the rest of the home.
Adding a single piece of original artwork is always a great way to start (or complete) a room design, and can take a family room from basic to stunning in the time it takes you to hang a picture. To highlight the unique artwork, keep other wall art to a minimum, and paint the walls white or another neutral hue to provide a backdrop for the art.
The crisp white color of this renovated midcentury modern home is a beautiful contrast to the rich green grass and the welcoming turquoise pool. The home truly embodies the concept of indoor/outdoor living, with giant glass doors opening the family room completely to a lovely porch area.
With a white picket fence covered in vines, this single-family ranch house in Los Angeles has all the charm of a country cottage. A brick pathway leads visitors to the front door, while a traditional roof provides shade from the California sun.
A Dutch door adds even more appeal to this single family home in Montecito, Calif., as it fills the interior with natural light and fresh air. Large windows bathe the living room in sunlight, too, and highlight the home's open floor plan and staircase.
The Noho Duplex in New York City has street level entry. With the windows on the front exterior of the space, this left little room for privacy in the home's previous design. The homeowners wanted an industrial feel for their home, so they wanted to stick with a more modern design and didn't want the clutter of having to hang curtains to get privacy, so designers created a two-fold privacy plan. First, they replaced the homes existing windows with frosted paned windows to obscure the view from the street. Then, they added custom fabricated, full height, glazed steel bi-fold doors with frosted glass panels to create a sort of "foyer" in the space. These doors are retractable, so once the family is in for they night, they can fold up the doors and enjoy the open spaces in their home.
As seen on Good Bones, Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak transformed a duplex into a single family residence. To make the space feel open and large, the pair removed walls creating a clear line of sight throughout the first floor.
The materials used in this home have been selected to reflect the sunlight and reduce the heat island effect, as evidenced by the light colored stucco, natural stone and single-ply rolled roofing for the flat roofs.
This home was formerly a two family dwelling and was converted to a single family residence consisting of a kitchen and dining room on the first floor. The second floor hosts the foyer, formal living room and den, while the third floor contains three bedrooms and bathrooms for the family. Black and white staircases connect all three levels.
West Wind, the awe-inspiring residence by architect Toshiko Mori, former architecture department chair at Harvard, is situated on north Casey Key, an eight-mile island with fewer than 400 single family homes, just south of Sarasota, Fla.