Transitional Homes 42 Ideabooks

Natalie and Christian Kopp bought a 1930s ranch-style home in Austin with plans for a renovation and addition that would turn the dwelling into a more comfortable place to raise a family. The obvious location for the addition was the back of the house. The problem: A gracious elm stood smack-dab in the middle of the backyard,...
My Houzz: Garage Sale Meets Glam in Ohio
The Ohio home that Jennifer Harrison-Ciacchi and her husband, Raymond Ciacchi, built has seen many changes over the years, but through all the transformations and the raising of five children here, Harrison-Ciacchi has stayed with her mantra of keeping...
Houzz Tour: New Homeowners Find Their Style
Interior designer Kristina Wolf will get your design style out of you whether you speak to her or not. While she doesn’t observe her clients through a two-sided mirror, the former police captain uses the skills from her past career to find...
Houzz Tour: Baroque Minimalism in New Jersey
The four-story, 1890s brownstone in Hoboken, New Jersey, had potential. The problem was that the once-gracious home had been carved into three dim, grim apartments. Architect Jensen...
Walls Come a-Tumbling Down in a San Francisco Edwardian
Remodels are like any other change; sometimes they happen quickly, sometimes over time. The remodel of this family home in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood took the slow route, with pieces coming together over a period of months....
Houzz Tour: A Sophisticated Row House in the U.S. Capital
This 19th-century row house was in what a real estate professional would call “move-in condition” when Samantha Friedman’s client bought it. But, as we all know, serviceable doesn’t equal soulful. The homeowner hired Friedman, principal at
Houzz Tour: Scandinavian Charm in a Cambridge Victorian
Dee Elms, principal at Terrat Elms Interior Design, was a little nervous about taking on this project in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “One of the owners, Sally Peterson, is part...
Houzz Tour: A Georgia Foreclosure Gets a Major Overhaul
When you buy a house in foreclosure, you don’t always know what you’re getting. The owners of this 1925 Decatur, Georgia, bungalow hadn’t set foot inside when they submitted the winning bid on the steps of the local courthouse. Keys in hand,...
My Houzz: Traditional Meets Casual in a 1920s Florida Home
“It was in good shape but just needed some updates,” says Kristie Dowling about her family’s 1925 home. The English teacher, together with her husband, Steven Verano, an accountant, was relieved to have finally found a house in St. Petersburg, Florida,...
Houzz Tour: A Happy-Trails Home on a California Field
Before this Mill Valley, California, home was built, the owners told architect Ken Linsteadt that the property had served as the horse pasture for a long-ago (and long-gone)...
Houzz Tour: Steering Toward Subtle Nautical in Los Angeles
At a design meeting, clients of architect Jeff Troyer of JWT Associates handed him a striped Paul Smith shirt and asked, “Can you make the stairs look like this?” Troyer let this request,...
Houzz Tour: Rolling With the Seasons in a New York Beach House
“This place didn’t have a soul,” says interior designer Heide Hendricks of her Manhattan clients’ newly built vacation house in Oyster Bay, New York. The homeowners had a wonderful start with antiques and a photography collection, but the home’s...
Houzz Tour: Upping the Sophistication in a Charming Tudor
Few homeowners would willingly sacrifice a bedroom, but since the woman who owns this Tudor cottage in Palo Alto, California, a) lives by herself and b) has future plans for a second-story master bedroom suite, she took the plunge. Architect Kathleen...
Houzz Tour: A Peaceful Lake House Rises From the Rubble
The dream of a summer lake house seems to exist for a lot of us, perhaps planted by long-held family tradition, a beloved summer camp or nostalgic movies. The owner of this house on Lake Fairlee near Norwich, Vermont, had many great boyhood memories of...
My Houzz: Going White and Bright in Montreal
Architect Maxime Vandal and designer Richard Ouellette of Les Ensembliers loved the traditional features in their 1910 Arts and Crafts home and wanted to preserve them. But they also wanted a setting in which...
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