Architect: Dualchas Architects, Location: Scotland, United Kingdom
From the vacation rental site: "Where else can you whale watch from within a luxurious sitting room, with a wood-burning stove crackling in the corner? With a stay at Wood H, you are at once immersed in the vast natural offerings of the Isle of Skye, while safely secluded in contemporary style and comfort. Tranquil yet dramatic, on land yet at sea, remote yet connected, Wood H weaves disparate elements together to create a richly dynamic tapestry unlike any other."
Architect: CTA | Cushing Terrell, Location: Eagle, Idaho
From the architect: "The owners envisioned a family oasis that could be restful and serene yet open and welcoming, and capable of entertaining large gatherings. They envisioned an environment that blended interior and exterior, seamlessly integrated into its stunning surroundings. The interior and exterior are connected by operable glass hanger doors which frame vistas of the lake, landscaping, beach, and distant architecture."
Architect: Wheeler Kearns Architects, Location: Michigan
From the architect: "Overlooking Lake Michigan, the home is designed for a family seeking respite from city living and immersion along the quiet beach. The aesthetic of the project grew out of the client’s desire for a year-round, minimal, low-maintenance, and intimate retreat. A sequence of layered planes, textures, and spaces achieve a balance between privacy and openness to the outdoors. The two-story, opaque volume parallels the adjacent property to provide seclusion, while the public, glassy volume bridges the lakeside beach landscape and the roadside wooded landscape."
Architect: Hoedemaker Pfeiffer, Location: Puget Sound, Washington
From the architect: "The owner of this property came to Hoedemaker Pfeiffer looking for a personal retreat inspired by a home lost to fire decades earlier in the hills of Appalachia. The firm’s task was not to recreate that home but rather to give its spirit new form in the Pacific Northwest. Taking inspiration from its remote site in the San Juan Islands, our team envisioned a series of simple stone volumes. From that concept emerged the main house and a guest house, each responding to its own unique location on the site. Together they provide friends and family with comfortable accommodation while offering a sanctuary for the owner at the main home."
Interior designer: Melanie Gaither Interiors, Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon
From the interior designer: "This down-to-the-studs beach house renovation focuses on the breathtaking view of Haystack Rock. The client, a couple in their fifties with a large family and a love for entertaining had been searching for the perfect beachfront home for nearly two decades. To accentuate the view as much as possible, we vaulted the ceiling and added oversized windows and a sliding door. The client has a large family and spends a lot of time entertaining—opening up the floor plan and allowing for plenty of seating ensured that everyone could be in one space at once."
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