Loft Remodeling

Loft Remodeling - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota – Christine Albertsson Photography: Dana Wheelock Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer  If you liked this project, you will also like viewing …  

Leachachan Barn

Once a barn - now a vacation home

Loch Duich, Scotland – Rural Design Architects Built area: 120m2 Completion: 2011 Photography: Nigel Rigden Leachachan Barn, once used as a byre for working horses, sits on the southern shores of Loch Duich looking out at the Five Sisters of Kintail. The barn has been redesigned and transformed into a modern house while retaining the original […]

Gahanna Residence

Gahanna Residence - Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio – Michael Matrka, Inc It’s interesting that Michael Matrka describes himself as a master renovator and builder rather than the other way around. But when you look at this example of his work, you can understand why. It is always much easier to start with a clean slate and new design than it is […]

The Temperance Tavern

Five bedrooms, five 1/2 bathrooms and 221 years of memories...

Gilmanton, NH – Roy Sanborn Built area: 5,500 sq. ft.  (509 m2) Land area:     1 acre  (4,000 m2) Year built: 1793 Price:     $550,000 Older than the oldest residential building in Australia, yet cheaper than the average Australian home!  Australians have the dubious record of the most expensive homes in the world. […]

Green Oasis – Cat Heaven

A paradise for pets

Santa Barbara California  USA  –  Trillium Enterprises, INC The design brief was a peaceful, get away from it all, paradise. The result is this four bedroom, two and a half bathroom home where people and animals co-exist surrounded by lush gardens and playful colours.   The design is totally cat friendly with cat walks everywhere.  And […]


Layer upon layer upon layer - 24H Architecture

Lake Övre Gla, Sweden  –  24H Architecture Netherlands based firm, 24H have an enviable record having designed and developed some of the world’s most interesting architecture. It seems that no material or concept is ‘out of bounds’ for them with finished projects ranging from the latest alloys, steel and glass, through to bamboo, rammed earth […]

Koya No Sumika

A young couple's sanctuary...

Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan – mA-style Architects Built area:     77.8 sqm (840 sq. ft.) Year built:     2013 Photography:     Kai Nakamura When two adult families share a home, stresses inevitably arise. The Japanese are masters at respecting privacy. Traditional homes have – quite literally, paper-thin walls or screens called shoji. Even modern Japanese homes […]

Villa Alfhem

1904 revisited...

Stocksundstorps  Sweden  –  BA Sjösteen Lot area: 1628 sqm Built area:     257 m2  (2,775 sq. ft.) of living + 67 m2  (723 sq. ft. storage/basement) Year Built:     2004 Year Renovation: 2009-2010 Traditional homes always seem sturdy and substantial. Of course the reason might just be that those that were never sturdy […]

Haus am Moor

All timber was sourced and milled locally

Vorarlberg, Austria – Bernardo Bader Architects Lot area:     900 m2   (9,720 sq. ft.) Built area:    170 m2 residence and 50 m2 office  (1,830 sq. ft. + 540 sq. ft.) Year built:    2013 Photography:     Adolf Bereuter The Bregenz Forest is known for it’s natural beauty, it’s cheeses and it’s traditional Bregenzerwald […]

Urban Townhouse

Urban Townhouse - New York, USA

New York, USA – GLUCK+ Year built: 2009 Photography: Raimund Koch and Erik Freeland Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer 😎 You’ll find a link to a video below the image gallery. If […]

Moor Street Apartment and Office

Moor Street Studio - Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia – Clare Cousins Photography: Shannon McGrath Another great example of ‘walk to work’, in this case through an interconnecting doorway that separates two large warehouse apartments. From a warehouse to a residence and office, this project exemplifies how buildings can be upcycled rather than demolished for urban renewal projects. This renovation gives justice to the […]

Casa Kike – 16,000 books and a grand piano

Casa Kike - Costa Rica

Beachfront  Cahuita  Costa Rica  – Gianni Botsford Architects Year Built:     2007 Surely, one of the toughest gigs an architect must face would be designing a home for his father. But in this instance, Keith Botsford, a writer, gave free rein when he decided to retire from Boston, USA to Costa Rica. The over-riding requirement […]

Life in a Fishbowl

Not designed for the retiring personality!

Roppongi (Tokyo) Japan  –  Mejiro Studios Built area:     87.5m2  (945 sq. ft.) This is definitely a home for very confident people.  The entire focus of the home is the bathroom (or wash-room) as they are thought of in Japan.  Fully walled in glass, the bathroom sits in the centre of the home which is itself, a single […]

The Hackney Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

Hackney  London  –  Laura Dewe Mathews Built:     2012 Area:     80 m2  (864 sq. ft.) It’s always interesting seeing what an architect designs and builds for themselves.  In this instance, it’s a one-bed home, built on the site of and using some of the structure of an old box factory. The architect […]

Rock Mountain Cottage

Rock Mountain Cottage

North Carolina, United States  –  Travis Mileti/MountainWorks Lot size: 5 acres Built area: 1,500 sq. ft. (139 m2) This home won the 2011 ARDA (American Residential Design Awards) ‘Best Model Home Under 2,500 sq. ft.) award.  It’s in a lovely creek front setting some 3,700 ft. above sea level where the style and design are certainly […]

Killarney – Aging Gracefully

Byron Bay - fabulous beaches - spectacular hinterland...

Byron Bay – NSW  Australia Built:     1904 Refurbished:     2012 Site area:     3,060 m2  (33,000 sq. ft.) Built area:    290 m2  (3,132 sq. ft.) If you’ve visited Byron Bay in recent years, it’s easy to forget that the area was once a quiet ‘hide-away’ with few homes and lots […]

Barrier Island House

Renovate or rebuild?

Vero Beach  Florida  USA  –  Sanders Pace Architecture Built Area:     2,400 sq ft  (222 m2) Year Built:     2011 Great site and views and surrounded by friends and long-standing neighbours, the original intent was to refurbish the existing but tired,1950’s home. But as is so often the case, the economics of major […]

Casa Talia

Casa Talia

Sicily, Italy – Marco Giunta and Viviane Haddad Photography: Andrea Ferrari Marco: “My wife and I once organised a workshop for architects in Tuscany. We thought about place, hospitality and food. For us, it was a good opportunity to feel how nice it is outside of the big city. Then, in 2001, we came to Sicily […]