Lucia’s Garden

Gongju-si, South Korea – studio_GAON Built Area:     35.44 m2 Year Built:     2013 Photographs:    Youngchae Park Lucia’s Garden is a refurbished small house that was first built in the 60s. The architects involved in the project took great care in the design of the house. The result is a home that pays respect to its […]

Manchon Hohojae

Manchon-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea – SMART ARCHITECTURE Project Year :      2017 Developed Area :     188.77 m2 ( 2038.71 Sq ft2 ) Photographs :     Yoon Dong-gyu, Moon Jung-sik The housing scene in Daegu, South Korea consists of small, compact houses that sit as close to each other as physically […]

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. […]

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 […]

Casa in Puglia

Puglia, Italy – Peter Pichler Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architects From a farmhouse to hotels and private residences, these houses in Puglia take a bit of its history to the present. The Arab, Greek, and Norman architectures are evident while modern elements are incorporated.   The old arches were renovated into […]

Pit House in Saijo

The inspiration for the design - a traditional pit house...

Saijo  Hiroshima Japan  –  Makoto Tanijiri Lot size:     246 m2  (2650 sq. ft.) Building envelope:    50 m2  (540 sq. ft.) Built area:    116 m2  (1,250 sq. ft.) Year built:     2007 Photographer:     Toshiyuki Yano We just love the name that this firm has chosen for themselves – Suppose Architects! […]

Haberfield House – a sympathetic restoration and extension…

Haberfield Sydney

Haberfield  Sydney  Australia  –  Andrew Burns Architect Photography:     Brett Boardman Photography Located just nine kilometres west of Sydney centre, Haberfield sits on Iron Cove, part of Sydney Harbour.  Home to historical Dobroyd Point, the suburb was dubbed “the garden suburb” in the early 20th century.  It has managed to retain its well-kept parks, […]

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 […]

In Memory of Mother England…

Redefining the boundaries...

Middle Park  Victoria  Australia  –  Matt Gibson Architecture + Design Older cities, narrow blocks.  Early Australian urban architecture followed the fashions in the ‘mother country’, England. Of course, the homes were entirely unsuited to the Australian climate. They were cramped with small windows and were often attached to their neighbour thereby reducing the options for […]

Black and White in Melbourne

Black and White Cottage

A classic timber cottage – Victoria Australia  Architect unknown Gardens by Paul Bangay There is something very appealing about timber and lace.  This home, built in 1890, has been extensively renovated and enlarged while still retaining all the charm of the original home. Click on any image to start lightbox display.  Use your Esc key […]

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 […]

The Peterson Home – Wyoming

Entry Foyer

This lovely home looks like it’s been here for a hundred years or more. It’s been built from pre-loved weatherboards, distressed timbers, hand-hewn logs and even rusty metal roofing to create that very impression. In addition to a heavy commitment to recycled materials, the owners have invested in thermal heating to reduce their impact on the environment. […]