Contemporary Homes 282 Stories

Houzz Tour: Original Charm and New Light in Seattle
The Fremont neighborhood in Seattle boasts a fair share of bungalows built around 1920, despite all the newly built condos and homes. Open the door of one bungalow in particular, and you'll discover an intriguing mix of contemporary and traditional style...
Houzz Tour: Bamboo Gardens Inspire a Serene California Home
When interior designer Tim Clarke was hired to work on a house in Pacific Palisades, California, the home had already been gutted down to the studs. "My clients needed...
Houzz Tour: A Half-Demolished Structure Becomes a Fresh, Modern Home
It’s not every day that a design-build team gets to be their own client. But when Nathan and Bettina Waller, who manage the Sydney-based residential renovations company Capital Building, found a half-demolished...
Houzz Tour: Openness Meets Intimacy in Wisconsin
I can’t help but hear my mother’s voice repeating a tidbit of parental wisdom: “Good things come to those who wait.” Well, seeing how designer Dino Maniaci fell in love with his dream home 25 years before actually purchasing it, let’s...
Houzz Tour: Mixing It Up in a Century-Old Edwardian
We get to see the results of designers' hard work for their clients here on Houzz, but we don't often get to peek into their own homes. For interior designer Shirley Meisels, her house is...
Houzz Tour: Modern Renewal for a Tired Texas Ranch
This 1970s ranch had a mix of great potential and big problems. After 10 years of piecemeal fixes and additions, this family was ready to take the plunge into a major renovation. The design–build team, Finn Sigurdsson and Taryn Hall of ísARK...
Houzz Tour: A Photographer's Picture-Perfect Home Comes Into Focus
As a well-booked commercial and fine art photographer in Los Angeles, this homeowner is known for having a talented eye. But when it came to her and her husband’s home in the Hollywood Hills, she left the visual work to Beth Holden...
Houzz Tour: A Revolutionary Renovation in Connecticut
A year before the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, a man named Joseph Wheadon built a modest, one-room house in New Milford, Connecticut. Wheadon cut the lumber by hand and scavenged foundation stones from the surrounding...
Houzz Tour: Living the Good Life on Lake Washington
When these homeowners bought their property on the west shore of Seattle's Lake Washington several years ago, they knew they had scored the equivalent of a winning lottery ticket, thanks to the views and vacation vibe of the home and neighborhood....
Graphic Patterns Snazz Up a Living-Dining Space Near Sydney
The owners of this house in Sydney's Turramurra suburb wanted to warm up the interior's sharp lines, so they turned to designers Adam Scougall and Ben Napier for help adding more personality to...
My Houzz: European Minimalism in the Canadian Treetops
Hard to imagine that this clean and bright home in the lush treetops of Vancouver was once "badly maintained, dirty and smelly, with dingy carpet," as its owner, architectural designer Anja...
Houzz Tour: Curves and Angles Among South African Sand Dunes
Crashing waves, a rocky slope, rolling sand dunes, a milkwood forest and jagged mountains form the landscape of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Rather than choose just one or a few of these elements as design inspiration for his client's house, architect...
Houzz Tour: Family, Fundraising and 'Familiar Modern' Style
The White House and Gracie Mansion are just two famous examples of residences built to house leaders; these are the homes of the president of the United States and the mayor of New York. This tradition also exists in nongovernmental institutions, such...
Houzz Tour: A Radical Reconstruction Raises an Austin Home
It’s a fact of life: Growing families require growing spaces. Architect J.C. Schmeil knows this firsthand. A decade ago he added 700 square feet to his 1935 bungalow in Austin, Texas, when his second son was born....
Houzz Tour: Natural Meets Industrial in a Canal-Side Washington Home
As a Seattle couple approached retirement, they decided to create a brand-new environment for the transition. About two and a half hours from Seattle via ferry and driving, this beautiful spot along Washington's Hood Canal serves as the setting for this...
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