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To keep flat ground for entertaining, the architects of this Mercer Island cabin on a hillside looked upward
To keep flat ground for entertaining, the architects of this Mercer Island cabin on a hillside looked upward
Houzz Tour: A Transformed Carriage House Opens for Play
“It might look simple, but there was nothing straightforward about this at all,” says Pam Swatkins, a project manager at design-build firm Conner & Buck. She had the job of converting...
Houzz Tour: Finding the Essential in a Compact Guesthouse
A few years ago, at the top of the real estate market, Jackson, Wyoming, architect John Carney and his wife, Elaine, bought a 5-acre stream-side lot in nearby Wilson, dense with aspen and pine trees that backed up to a national forest. “We had our...
Room of the Day: A Maine Guest Cottage Steeped in Charm
Before Gail Landry bought Flanagan Farm in 2011, the local fire department was planning to burn the place down as a training exercise. But Landry intervened and transformed the Buxton, Maine, property into a rural haven steeped in contemporary country...
See a Guesthouse Built by Grandpa for Summertime Fun
A pair of California retirees are creating wonderful memories for their grandchildren by running an annual summer camp for them on their farm. “They have platform tents set up on the property and wanted plans for a simple bathhouse they could build...
Houzz Tour: Movie Inspiration for a Texas Guesthouse
It’s no surprise these homeowners have comfortably nestled into their guesthouse, as one major inspiration for the home was the cozy English cottage Kate Winslet’s character owned in The Holiday. Their plan was to build the guesthouse in the...
Restoration Rallies a 1790 Stone Springhouse
Preservationists, rejoice. This 18th-century springhouse once appeared dilapidated beyond repair, but it has been restored to its former glory, thanks to the homeowners, the architects at Peter...
Discover a Hobbit House Fit for Bilbo Baggins
Nestled into a craggy embankment in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this combination art studio and guesthouse looks like something straight out of The Hobbit. Rugged stone walls seem to emerge out of...
Houzz Tour: 3 Small Buildings Maximize Nature Views
This Seattle artist wanted to build a home in Washington's San Juan Islands where she could be inspired to do her work for most of the summer, but she didn't want to spend the entire time in solitude. Her house needed to have living space, space for guests...
3-Season Rooms: Open-Air Living in a Guest Cottage Pavilion
When creating a guesthouse, the golden rule applies: Create a space where you'd love to spend time yourself. "This homeowner loves to head back to the pavilion with a glass of wine and a book," says architect Heather Young. "The space just draws people...
Houzz Tour: From Old Stable to Minimalist Guesthouse in England
Tucked away on the lush grounds of an English estate, this 1900s stable once housed prized racehorses before suffering decades of neglect. But despite the lack of electricity and modern plumbing, the structure was relatively sound and stood steady, so...
See a Guesthouse Carved Into a Washington Cliff
Living smack dab on the rim of the Columbia River Gorge in Washington state, Vince and Carol Bryan have some postcard-perfect views. Grassy plateaus and charcoal-gray basalt cliffs plunge thousands of feet down to the canyon and winding waterway...
7 Inviting Guesthouses to Inspire Your Own
A lot of times when I'm cruising guesthouses on Houzz, I'm ready to move right into them forever. Clearly those designers and homeowners know how to make a space welcoming, whether it's overstuffed and traditional, sleek and contemporary or somewhere...
Houzz Tour: A Warm Washington Barn Rolls Out the Welcome Mat
This 1970s barn on a Whidbey Island farm in Washington state had become dilapidated and had fallen out of use, but its owner loved its charm. Rather than knock it down, she brought it back to life, salvaging many of its original materials to create a...
Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen's Guesthouse Brims With Charm
Hollywood actors Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson's creative lifestyle called for a retreat where they could host friends and family, rehearse scripts and get some writing done. "Because everything we do begins with a written word, whether it is acting...
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