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297 Ideabooks by John Hill
Breezy and Bug-Free Modern Porches
Screening keeps pests out of these diverse porches across the U.S., while thoughtful designs keep them visually appealing
The brutal winter of 2014 has finally given way to spring and warmer temperatures. So now it’s time to start thinking about what comes with those higher temperatures: bugs. As great as it is to be outside in the spring, summer and fall, it’s even...
Houzz Tour: Stacking Up to a Modern Master in Kansas
A nearby Marcel Breuer house was the inspiration for this double-volume home, but it beautifully fits its time and place
Inspiration for the design of a new house can come from many places, such as a client’s interests and wishes, a place’s context or another building. The latter, referred to as a precedent in design circles, was one major influence on Matthew...
Houzz Tour: Modern Style With Wood, Stone and Color
Think “modern house” and most likely one with glass walls comes to mind, such as Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. Even though that iconic building, completed over 50 years ago, has had a...
Step Right Up: Expressing Movement on Modern Stairs
In a previous ideabook I looked at how people and pets bring interior photos to life, and it included a couple of photos of people traversing stairs. In that piece I said that “stairs are static entities...
Houzz Tour: Fieldstone Divides and Connects a Wisconsin Home
Modern architecture looks right at home on its site, thanks in part to a bold north-south wall of local stone
Giving a house a name might not be as obvious as, say, naming the family car. But for architects it is common. A house’s name could be linked to the client (Smith Residence), an internal system (House IX) or even an important feature or concept...
Meet Shigeru Ban, Winner of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize
This humanitarian’s vision includes inspiring new uses for everyday materials, in relief housing and other structures the world over
Considered the Nobel Prize of architecture, the annual Pritzker Architecture Prize is given by Chicago’s Hyatt Foundation. It honors a living architect (or architects) whose built work demonstrates...
Houzz Tour: Sleek and Neat in Toronto
Clean lines and generous hidden storage give a renovated home for 4 a more spacious look without a bit of clutter
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: Ultramodern and Artistic in the New York Woods
Connecting with the forest but standing out from it too, this well-appointed home brings life and socializing to its 8-acre parcel
A house in upstate New York can be a great respite from the big city, but it can also be a bit lonely at times. That’s why this house, at the base of the Shawangunk Mountains, is designed not only to embrace nature but also to encourage socializing....
Houzz Tour: Welcoming Light and Gatherings in Melbourne
Large dinner parties are now easier for an Australian homeowner, thanks to a sunny addition that merges with the outdoors
Architect Warwick Mihaly of Mihaly Slocombe subscribes to the theory that a homeowner’s presence should be felt in the home’s furnishings, paint colors and even architecture. It’s...
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: A Base Camp Designed for Adventure, Durability and Style
Rugged materials join refined good looks and clever details in a Washington family’s all-year getaway
Mazama is a small community in Washington state’s Methow Valley, east of the North Cascades National Park and near other wildlife and recreational areas. It is a perfect vacation spot for Seattle families any time of the year. One such family of four...
Houzz Tour: Natural Beauty in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Generous glass opens this home to its acres of views, while wood and steel keep it strong and grounded
Many considerations go into determining where to live and where to build a house. For much of our lives, jobs and schools are a determining factor, but other things come to the fore later — nature, climate and nearby amenities. For a couple of Connecticut...
Houzz Tour: 2 Modern Buildings on an Upscale Farm
When Charles Homcy and Diana Sylvestre bought a ranch house with 25 acres in California’s Sonoma County about 10 years ago, they envisioned a retreat where they could kick back with some wine and do occasional yard work. Instead the couple — he’s...
Houzz Tour: Dappled Light Inspires Artistic Wrapping
Cor-Ten cut with circles mimics the effect of a massive pine tree’s canopy, for a striking look inside and out
Inspiration can come from a place visited overseas, a photograph, or a lifetime of memories. But when it comes to our homes, inspiration often comes from nearby: the neighborhood, across the street or the land upon which the house sits. In this...
Houzz Tour: An Updated '70s Home Puts Art on Show
In 1973 architect W. Crutcher Ross designed a house in Charlotte, North Carolina, for Henry and Mary Miller. It was designed in the Sea Ranch style, inspired by the famous residences north of San Francisco that featured shed roofs and...