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...

Holiday Home on a Budget

Stavanger, Norway - Tommie Wilhelmsen Built area:  24m2  (260 sq. ft.) Casa Kolonihagen is a small summer holiday residence comprising a sleeping nook and living space. The home reflects the modern Scandinavian way of life - not too flashy, nor too common with balance being a major factor of the design.  The two...

Minimum Maintenance Norwegian Retreat…

Skåtøy, Kragerø - Filter Arkiteketer Built area:    100 m2  (1,080 sq. ft.) Built:     2009 Photography:     Elisabeth Hudson Anyone who's owned a vacation home will attest to the reality that annual maintenance requirements can mean the death of a pleasant holiday.  In this home, dry-stacked stone walls, raw...

Summer House in Lithuania

BIRŠTONAS Lithuania - Architektu Biuras Land Area:     1,001 m2   (10,811 sq. ft.) Built Area:      286 m2  (3,089 sq. ft.) Year Built:      2011 The description of 'A Summer House' conjures up images of relaxing times in comfy clothes but somehow we can't see that here.  It strikes...

A Tiny Cabin in Maine

Ragged Island  Maine  USA - Alex Scott Porter Design Built:   2009 Area:   30m2 (360 sq ft) + veranda and outhouse of 14m2 (160 sq ft) Deciding to build on a small island 20 miles off the coast brings a few challenges with it.  Having to ship everything on an...

Truckee Retreat

Northern California - Studio 101 Designs Area:   368m2 (3,890 sq.ft) house plus 118m2 (1,280 sq.ft.) attached garage We're not here to act as a social conscience, so we'll leave you to decide if a vacation home of this size can be considered necessary, let alone 'green'. We like the design,...

Koh Tao is Calling…

Koh Tao, Thailand - Christina Saenz de Santamaria Photography: Ekapon Krobtong If you're currently in the grips of winter, this getaway in Koh Tao, Thailand  just might offer respite. Designed by Australian Interior Designer, Christina Saenz de Santamaria, The development comprises five villas, each having two bedrooms while four also boast private plunge pools. A...

Guest House – Sarasota Bay

Casey Key Sarasota Bay Florida   -  TOTeMS Architecture The style of this home is highly reminiscent of the works of Robert Harvey Orshatz with its curved, laminated beams, very extensive use of timber panelling and overall organic approach to design. Here are the architect's notes: “The guest residence, located on a...

Villa Krona

Kemiö island Finland  -  Helin and Co Architects Built:   2010 Floor Area: 130 m2 dwelling + 42 m2 decks Site area: 1.3 hectares   (3.21 acres) Thanks to fan Suzanne Martin for introducing us to this lovely home.  This part of the world is dotted with thousands of small, rocky islands. And...

The Chenequa Residence

Milwaukee  Wisconsin Designed: 2009  Completed: 2011  Architect Robert Harvey Oshatz Photography by © Cameron Neilson This is the fourth home we've featured from this extraordinary architect.  His homes flow and ebb into and around their environment.  Given that nature rarely produces right angles, we fell in love with his curves long...

Alone on an island – a summer home

Bohuslän, Sweden - Mikael Bergquist Architects Ltd Photography: Mikael Olsson Here's a quick quizz... how many islands are there in Sweden?  a) 221  b) 2210  c) 22,100  d) 221,000  You'll find the answer below the album but a clue is lots! Most of them are uninhabited for much of the year, but many...

Seaview House

Old Barwon Heads Victoria Australia   -  Jackson Clement Burrows JCB are internationally renown architects.  We like their innovative thinking and that they still seem to delight in doing simple residential projects.  This house is located in Old Barwon Heads on a street comprising an eclectic mix of post war beach...

We found your beach shack!

This is relaxed living at its absolute best.  It's green, clean and anything but mean.  And it's affordable as long as you're happy to move to Costa Rica.  We're thinking about it ;-} Click on any image to start the lightbox display.  Use your Esc key to close the lightbox....

Lalaland

Canggu, Bali - Valentina Audrito Built area:      560 m2 (6,027 sq. ft.) Photography:  Moch Sulthonn Lalaland is the affectionately named home of architect Valentina Audrito of design practice "Word of Mouth". The home is an amalgamation of three separate buildings that have been refurbished to the architects own...