Ziger/Snead Architects constructed this ode to rowing in rural Virginia for a Baltimore couple who share a love of sculling. “Everywhere in the house you can see the moment where land meets water,” says Douglas Bothner, an associate at the firm.
This Georgian Bay home shared by two families was an architectural experiment in communal living. Two-year-old Annika and five-year-old Soren make music on the "nap swing," a popular hangout spot for kids and adults alike. View 13 more photos of the home here. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
Nestled in Stinson Beach, an oceanside community about 45 minutes north of San Francisco, this green home offsets its energy consumption with a PV array and solar hot water system. “You can sit in any part of the house and feel this exquisite harmony. And it’s nice to know that in the future, my children and their children will be treading gently on nature—and won’t have to pay any utility bills!” says the resident. See more photos of the house here and read the full article here. Photo by Matthew Millman.
Casa Cuatro is sited on a cliff that rises 180 feet above the Pacific ocean. The green-minded house in Chile was built atop piers to minimize environmental impact, features locally sourced stone in its walls, is surrounded by drought-tolerant landscaping, and derives much of its electricity from rooftop solar panels. See more photos of the house here. Photo by Cristóbal Palma.
We first featured the Phelps-Burke house in 2005, but the serene setting feels timeless. "Laid out in a 270-degree panorama in front of the house is the frosty expanse of Cook Inlet, cascading rocky mountains, and a white sun as big as a dinner plate," writes James Nestor about the house. Find the full story here and flip through our slideshow here. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.
On the northeastern side of Lake Huron, residents of this buoyant summer home live the life aquatic. “This place is my heaven,” says Becca Worple, who has made the trip every year of her life. “Every day is unpredictable and magical.” Glimpse our photo gallery of the house here. Photo by Raimund Koch.
In Hobe Sound, Florida, this passively cooled residence overlooking a custom-built water-ski circuit is hardly par for the course. “The home is really driven by exposure to the landscape,” says architect Scott Hughes. Read the full story here. Courtesy of 2011 Thomas Winter.
When Margaret and Grant Pomeroy set out to build their boat house along the shores of Ontario's Balsam Lake, they insisted it recede into the surrounding landscape. "We really wanted to enjoy our views of the sunsets," says Margaret. Read more about the Houdini-like project here.
Resident Tom Givone likens the renovation of his 18th-century farmhouse to “an archeological dig: messy but rewarding.” The long porch is cantilevered over a stream that runs through the property. View 11 more photos of the project here. Photo by Mark Mahaney.
“It lends itself to massive relaxing,” says architect Cary Tamarkin of his 2,800-square-foot cottage on Shelter Island overlooking Long Island Sound. “There's lots of napping, and big dinners on the teak tables out on the porch.” See more of the project here. Photo by Bart Michiels.