Contemporary Homes 266 Ideabooks

My Houzz: A Family Home Embraces Treetops and Togetherness
As a child growing up in Dallas, Scott Powell had a penchant for building elaborate tree houses. That experience served him well when it came time to create a new home for his family on a large wooded lot in the city’s Lake Highlands neighborhood. Powell,...
Houzz Tour: Soothing Elegance in San Francisco
The owner of this home, in San Francisco’s Marina District, had operated it as a rental property for years. When she decided to use it as her city home, she tapped interior designer Angela...
Houzz Tour: Strong Enough for Storms, Comfy Enough for a Family
Builder Mark Batson loves to watch the boats go by his home on Lee’s Cut, in the town of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. But what the boaters don’t realize is how far their voices carry on the water. Batson gets quite an earful. “They...
My Houzz: Living Simply and Thoughtfully in Northern California
When Annette Ng and Steven Tjiang’s 1920s Greek revival home was in desperate need of upgrades, they saw an opportunity to start from scratch, building a new home that reflected their family’s desire for a simple, low-impact lifestyle. “Building...
Houzz Tour: Dressed Up With a Bow Tie in Arkansas
Think “bow tie” and most likely pasta or a gentleman wearing a tux comes to mind, not a house. But Bowtie House is the monicker that Tim Maddox and Tim de Noble of Arkansas’ deMx architecture gave...
Houzz Tour: Flexibility and Efficiency for a New Seattle Home
The owner of this new house in Seattle was so dedicated to rebuilding a new home where her old one once stood that she bought a used RV, parked it in the backyard and lived in it while overseeing construction. Her goal: create a healthy and energy-efficient...
Houzz Tour: Towering Above London in a 7-Story Home
As once-industrial portions of cities are being transformed into neighborhoods for living and working, the future of buildings that served as factories, warehouses and more is coming into question. Should they be torn down? Or renovated for uses compatible...
My Houzz: Sleek Lines and Innovations in Portland
Portland developer Eric Thompson of Oregon Homeworks wanted to create a custom contemporary house for his family that would leverage technology, materials and finishes to ultimately lower his overall utility costs. “We really tried to push ourselves...
My Houzz: Art Inspires an Aussie Remodel
A love affair with leafy streets and everyday conveniences brought Jenny and Sergio Benassi back to the suburb where they lived years before. They found a home that was, in Jenny’s words, “just right.” The 1934 home was in its original condition...
Houzz Tour: Curves Ahoy! See a Unique Floating Home
While I was watching Portlandia last week, the unique floating house where the sleazy character of Bacon (played by Fred Armisen) met with Marty, the celery guy (played by Steve Buscemi) made my eyes pop out of my head. When I happened upon it...
Houzz Tour: A New Home in an Old Backyard
Douglas Pierson and Youn Hee Choi had a growing family and nowhere to go. Pierson, an architect and principal at (fer) Studio, and Choi, an imagineer at Disney, loved their small house in Los Angeles’ Venice Beach...
Houzz Tour: Sleek and Neat in Toronto
When you’re renovating a house, every square inch counts. Losing space because walls need to be thicker to provide more insulation can be the difference between a comfortable room and one where the furniture doesn’t quite fit. In this 1,600-square-foot,...
Houzz Tour: Unusual Mixes of Old and New in Texas
Any architect will tell you that the key to a successful building is a good client. Of course, what exactly a “good client” is can vary greatly. For architect Hugh...
Houzz Tour: Cottage Style Goes Modern Rustic on Lake Wisconsin
This dark lake house needed to lighten up. After several years of living with dark cherry cabinets and trim and outdated faux-painted walls, the owners were eager for their summer home on Lake Wisconsin to reflect their own style. They spend most of June,...
Houzz Tour: From Doghouse to Contemporary Gem
When architect Jeff Sherman found this row house in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, it had gone to the dogs. The previous owner, who had grown up there, had rented it out for a number of years. When it became uninhabitable, he...
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