A new home at Sea Ranch, a half-century-old enclave of rugged modernist houses on the Northern California coast, captures the spirit of its surroundings.
In Guilford, Connecticut, residents Suzanne and Brooks Kelley furnished the glass-walled living room of their cottage with an array of classic items paired with minimalist contemporary pieces, all in a soothing mix of neutral hues.
For his upstate-New York farmhouse, designer Tom Givone found the perfect marriage of high design, architectural salvage, and homespun hardware. In the light-filled master bathroom, Givone added a few rustic touches to a bright white space, then glammed things up just a touch with some dramatic lighting.
A self-taught designer with a respect for both new and old embarked upon a solo mission to resuscitate a 19th-century homestead in upstate New York. In the process, he carved out a stunningly modern kitchen in the rear of the rehabilitated 1820s farmhouse. He opened up the back wall with a facade of skyscraper glass and added contemporary finishes (like a striking Cor-Ten fireplace column and wraparound granite countertops) to complement older touches like salvaged ceiling beams and a farmhouse sink.
New Zealand transplant Debbie Gibbs and her young sun retreat from their New York city life to their custom prefab home in Lake Iosco, New Jersey. After seeing the Dwell Home competition designed by Joseph Tanney and Robert Luntz of Resolution: 4 Architecture, Gibbs contacted the pair to design a home where the line between indoors and out would blur. Working from a list of preferred materials and components that the architects could source easily, the result was a flowing, expansive breath of space. “The house’s narrow footprint works for us in terms of maximum exposure to the lake,” says Gibbs (shown here with son Blake and dog Max on the shore of Lake Iosco). "The old house was like a cave, and I wanted this house to be the opposite: a pavilion where you didn’t feel enclosed at all." Check out more of this lakeside prefab here.
The 100K House in our April issue is a paragon of inexpensive, green design. And Courtney and Chad Ludeman—its residents and developers—have applied their smarts to making East Kensington in Philadelphia a sustainable bastion of design within reach. I chatted with Chad about a few tips and tricks on keeping things affordable and green no matter what your situation.