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October 18, 2013
Arresting vistas, alluring interiors, striking architecture, and handsome furniture: all elements of the following 10 spectacular dream homes that will fill you with serious house envy.
Cinematic Family Retreat in São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo architect Isay Weinfeld's Casa Deck offers cinematic vistas, a lush garden, and a retreat from Brazil's largest city. “The cinema is without a doubt one of the strongest influences in my life,” says architect Isay Weinfeld, who designed Alan and Ticiana Strozenberg’s home and gardens. And these filmic tendencies are evident even before you reach the Strozenbergs’ front door. Instead of a straight shot down a front walk, Weinfeld leads you on a more complex narrative of unforeseen turns and sudden surprises, as thick tropical foliage postpones, and at times hints at, the big reveal. — Robert Landon

Photo by: Matthew Williams

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Mhia on deck with the family dog.

With an angled roof designed to resemble the surrounding cliffs, a house in Maui, Hawaii, is built to meld with the landscape. The clients cite Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mrs. Clinton Walker House in Carmel, California, as a very loose inspiration for the design of their house. From the deck off the kitchen and living area, the residents take in an uninterrupted view of the Pacific Ocean. —Erika Heet

Photo by: Cristobal Palma

 

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Originally appeared in Clifftop House with Angled Roof in Maui
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Goddard mendolene residence house interior living room with vintage furniture

The living room of Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene looks like it was plucked from an episode of Mad Men. It features vintage furnishings by Harry Bertoia, Paul McCobb, and others, and overlooks the heavily wooded site, which adjoins a protected watershed. The duo replaced the original tile floor with a glossy coat of resin and restored the original ceiling.

Photo by: Jason Schmidt

Originally appeared in Blues Clues
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Hidden on a hill overlooking Australia’s Pittwater Bay, Rob Brown’s design for the James-Robertson house happily opens itself (and its occupants) to all that Mother Nature can dish out. —Davina Jackson

Photo by: Richard Powers

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Originally appeared in Cliff Hangers
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Prefab house in British Columbia

The efficiency and aesthetics of prefab proved appealing to the owner of this weekend home built on a rugged island off Canada’s western coast.

 

Originally appeared in Into the Woods
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Prefab pool area with shade cloth curtain

This Marmol Radziner–designed prefab house was built on a scenic Northern California site. In the foreground are Float beanbag chairs and poufs from Paola Lenti. Mamagreen sofas nestle near the house on the sun-dappled deck. A 9.5-foot-tall shade cloth curtain seals off the entire length of the house when the couple is away, keeping the heat out of the interior and preventing accidental bird suicides against the floor-to-ceiling glass walls. —Jaime Gillin

Photo by: Dwight Eschliman

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Originally appeared in A Simple Plan
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Modern prefab shed in Finland

Designer Linda Bergroth's prefabricated shed sited on a Finnish island provides a perfect summer getaway. “The first night I spent there beat any five-star hotel or chateau,” she says. “Nothing has ever felt as luxurious.” —Jordan Kushins

Photo by: Arsi Ikäheimonen

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Originally appeared in Shedded Bliss
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modern living room connecticut

What happens when the guest house becomes home? Retired couple Suzanne and Brooks Kelley found out when a pair of brainy New Haven architects breathed new architectural life into the property they’ve inhabited for over thirty years. —William Lamb

Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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Originally appeared in Striking Angular Cottage in Connecticut
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ching ian exterior front porch

Behind an unassuming 19th-century facade in Singapore's Joo Chiat neighborhood, Ching Ian and Yang Yeo's renovation of a typical shophouse venerates tradition while looking squarely to the future. —Daisann McLane

Photo by: Richard Powers

Originally appeared in Porches We Love Around The World
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Modern living room with a Canadian hayfield view

Surrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life. Out of “respect for the beams and their history,” Designer Omer Arbel insisted that not a single reclaimed plank—still marked by nailheads and chipped paint—be cut nor altered during ­construction, which gave the home its striking geometric motif. It’s what he refers to as the “alchemy between ­material and process,” which also inspired the textured ­concrete walls and crisply milled walnut furniture. —Jordan Kushins

Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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Cinematic Family Retreat in São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo architect Isay Weinfeld's Casa Deck offers cinematic vistas, a lush garden, and a retreat from Brazil's largest city. “The cinema is without a doubt one of the strongest influences in my life,” says architect Isay Weinfeld, who designed Alan and Ticiana Strozenberg’s home and gardens. And these filmic tendencies are evident even before you reach the Strozenbergs’ front door. Instead of a straight shot down a front walk, Weinfeld leads you on a more complex narrative of unforeseen turns and sudden surprises, as thick tropical foliage postpones, and at times hints at, the big reveal. — Robert Landon

Photo by: Matthew Williams

Photo by Matthew Williams.

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