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276 Ideabooks by John Hill
Houzz Tour: Tree Respect Drives a Dynamic Modern Addition
Protecting a heritage oak calls for creative thinking, and this Texas home shows the successful result
A house’s design is influenced by a number of factors, from the local climate and building codes to the preferences of the client and the character and proximity of neighboring buildings. This addition to a 1920s Craftsman bungalow in Austin, Texas,...
Houzz Tour: Tapping Midcentury Mod and Views in Seattle
A love of midcentury modern architecture and ownership of a structurally sound 1950s house may be a match made in heaven. But the owners of this home in Seattle wanted more, specifically mountain views (that could come only from a second-story addition)...
Houzz Tour: A Modern Home Rooted in Its Place
It's partially buried in the earth, but with a cantilevered roof and strong colors, this Ottawa home is anything but shy
Very few philosophers have tackled the subject of architecture, and when it has happened, the emphasis has been on aesthetics. Certainly Roger Scruton’s The Aesthetics of Architecture...
Mini-Me Mailboxes Add Curb Appeal
The spitting image of their parents or merely sharing some genes, these mailboxes show that good design goes beyond the front door
The mailbox can be a small but important ingredient in a house’s curb appeal. So the selection or design of a mailbox, its post and its enclosure should be considered greatly. Ideally, the mailbox should reflect the design of the house, in essence becoming...
Timeless Design Ideas for Small Spaces
Classic to inventive, these design moves use intelligence in the battle to live comfortably in a compact space
Inspiration can come in all shapes and sizes, and I’d argue that it can also come from any time. Architects and designers look to the past all the time, if to varying degrees, but generally the 21st-century tendency is to reward the new and the innovative....
Traditional Style Even a Modernist Could Love
At the beginning of the year I wrote a list of 10 resolutions for my ideabooks throughout 2013. Like many resolutions, the intent was sincere, based...
19th-Century Gem: The Glessner House Bucks Tradition
Architectural history is full of architects whose abilities were appreciated when they were alive, but very few who have a style named after them. Henry Hobson Richardson (1838–1886) is one who does. He is best known for Trinity Church (1877) in Boston,...
Houzz Tour: A Pond House in the Arizona Desert
With water in the back and a descent to get in, this skillfully designed modern home keeps its cool in the Southwestern sun
Some of the best modern residential architecture can be found in the U.S. desert Southwest. Phoenix can be considered the epicenter of many of these houses, which seem to rise from the desert through the use of materials like stone and Cor-Ten steel....
Keep Your Big Windows — and Save Birds Too
Reduce bird strikes on windows with everything from architectural solutions to a new high-tech glass from Germany
One of the consistent criticisms of the modern houses I often write about is that their large windows are bad for birds. Deaths of birds striking glass buildings is in the range of 100 million to 1 billion a year in the United States alone, so it is definitely...
Prefab Homes Expand Modern Design's Reach
Single-wide, Double-wide, T series, L series, Z series, Lifted Bar, Two-Bar Bridge, Three-Bar Saddlebag. Such is the lingo one uses in the world of New York City company Resolution: 4 Architecture (RES:4 for short). The architects design prefabricated...
Houzz Tour: Modern Minimalism in a Multigenerational Home
Connections are paramount in an extended family's new house in Dallas. What furnishings would you choose to enhance them?
When designing this house for a three-generation family, architect Joshua Nimmo developed a plan to enhance the relationships between family members by providing smaller personal spaces around larger family ones, indoors and out. The courtyard with pool...
The Gable Goes Mobile, Micro and Mod
The year 2013 may be remembered as the year when micro started to become cool. People had been talking about living in small houses as an alternative to oversize suburban houses and urban pads for decades, but a number of events and projects converged...
Sunlight Used Right: Modern Home Designs That Harness Solar Power
Embracing passive heating principles through their architecture, siting and more, these homes save energy without skimping on warmth
The changing colors of trees in fall signals that soon we'll need to turn on the heat. It makes me realize how valuable the sun can be for heating our houses, saving energy and reducing bills — the flip side of designing a house for living...
Houzz Tour: A Salvaged Airplane Becomes a Soaring Hillside Home
Made from a retired 747, this modern house in Malibu shows how architecturally stunning reuse can be
One of the many aircraft boneyards — where airplanes are taken when they're retired from service — can be found in the Mojave Desert, where natural corrosion is reduced by the dry air. It is here where Francie Rehwald and her architect, David...
Louis Kahn's Modern Residential Masterpieces Get Coverage at Last
See 9 of the celebrated architect's lesser-known projects, U.S. homes, in a new book filled with photos and details
History has a way of mythologizing people by embracing certain accomplishments over others. The great American architect Louis I. Kahn (1901–1974) is celebrated today for modern masterpieces that tap into a deep history: the Yale University Art Gallery...