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July 31, 2013
You've had a long day. Take a moment to daydream and picture yourself relaxing on any one of these beautiful porches, patios, and terraces from farmhouses to island getaways. You're welcome.
Re-clad with rigid insulation and painted Hardie-board, and topped with a ventilated roof with deep overhangs, the old Victorian is many times more comfortable and energy-efficient than it used to be, while still retaining its original character.

IDEAGARDEN ECO-FARMHOUSE

After Will Rosenzweig and Carla Fracchia bought this 100-year-old farmhouse in Healdsburg, California, they hired Arkin Tilt Architects and Earthtone Construction to make an eco-friendly example out of it. Here, we enjoy the view from the porch.

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The terrace at the front of the house.

RAY KAPPE-DESIGNED MULTILEVEL HOUSE IN LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe built a multilevel house for his family back in 1967, and the results still resonate today. Here, we see the terrace at the front of the house.

photos by: João Canziani

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Joe Day and Nina Hachigian relax on their terrace overlooking the hills in Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.

WAY OUT WEST

Leaving the bustle of Washington, D.C., architect Joe Day and his wife return to California and discover that life in a single-family dwelling isn't as isolated as they had feared. Joe Day and Nina Hachigian relax on their terrace overlooking the hills in Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.

photos by: Gregg Segal

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Modern outdoor roof pool

RUG DESIGNER NANI MARQUINA'S SERENE HOME IN IBIZA

In a quiet corner of the famed Spanish party island, rug designer Nani Marquina and photographer Albert Font have carved out a serene, site-sensitive home. The architects discreetly sunk a pool into the roof terrace of the old corral. In order to shade part of the terrace, the architects designed a freestanding sun shelter.

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Catovic Hughes’s design for the Morelands is all about embracing the outdoors. Rick spends as much time on the patio as he can. The undulation of the aluminum cladding makes a regular, rhythmic backdrop for the yards-high bamboo he lovingly tends.

SOUTHERN GREENS

A change of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, neighborhood for Rick and Susan Moreland meant a chance to create a thoroughly modern house that owes its sleek, sustainable form to its vernacular roots. The architects design for the homeowners is all about embracing the outdoors. They spend as much time on the patio as they can.

photos by: João Canziani

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Modern porch walkway with square stepping stones

MODERN TAKE ON A TRADITIONAL FARMHOUSE IN MISSOURI

Thanks to Matthew Hufft, their envelope-pushing architect and longtime friend, Hannah and Paul Catlett have a new home in southwestern Missouri that’s a fresh, unconventional take on the traditional farmhouse. The homeowners call the house Porch House after it's majestic wraparound porch.

photos by: Joe Pugliese

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Re-clad with rigid insulation and painted Hardie-board, and topped with a ventilated roof with deep overhangs, the old Victorian is many times more comfortable and energy-efficient than it used to be, while still retaining its original character.

IDEAGARDEN ECO-FARMHOUSE

After Will Rosenzweig and Carla Fracchia bought this 100-year-old farmhouse in Healdsburg, California, they hired Arkin Tilt Architects and Earthtone Construction to make an eco-friendly example out of it. Here, we enjoy the view from the porch.

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