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A Column lamp by Apparatus and concrete countertops join a Bertazzoni propane range. The brass pendant is by Workstead.
The master bedroom’s  custom bed has built-in storage. The lighting is by Workstead.
Bruce Livingstone’s seaside getaway in British Columbia features a remarkably open layout. The master bedroom flows into the living room, where Griffin lounge chairs by Lawson-Fenning face a fireplace clad in glass fiber–reinforced concrete panels by Wiersma Masonry.
At the entrance, Bruce is joined by his son, Sozé, and dog, Izzy. The 1940s shingled cottage was renovated by architectural designer Randall Recinos, designer Brian Paquette, and contractor Dylan Conrad.
The kitchen and bar millwork is ApplePly with a walnut veneer.
Custom curtains by Katie Koch Home offer privacy in the master suite, where Ron plays the trumpet. The couple own a mix of new and vintage Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs.
To revive the original architects’ vision, studioWTA restored a four-foot roof overhang above a wall of La Cantina sliders. The shade helps limit solar gain, while a pool by Evans + Lighter Landscape Architecture provides respite on sweltering summer days.
Dark beams contrast the glazing that fills the dining area with light, continuing the home's historic/modern mix.
A bright new kitchen is the highlight of the renovation. The pattern behind the stove call to mind traditional Persian motifs. A row of windows provides a light-filled alternative to a backsplash behind the sink.
A ladder leads to built-in book shelves.
A sunny home office is one of the highlights of the updated Philadelphia row house.
The panel ready dishwasher, with functional third rack, is tucked seamlessly into the kitchen island.
There's little concern about privacy considering the canopy of trees that surrounds the house. Alexander, and the chickens, take advantage of their sunny Northern Californian clime.
Chicken under glass? Apolo will settle for eggs for breakfast.
The family is never far from the outdoors, as this lush view from the dining room attests.
For a slightly funkier feel, opt for a variety of high-design chairs around your table. A less rigid approach to hanging art can also ease the hard lines of much modern decor and add to a more bohemian vibe to your home.
Apolo's bedroom is unmistakably that of a young boy, as the old-school computer font and clear debt to NASA suggest.
A garage full of cupboards can’t contain Orpilla’s toolkit.
Inspiration crowds Alexander’s studio desk.
Orpilla and Alexander’s first furniture purchase, a Christopher Deam credenza, now inspires a much larger collection of furniture.
Alexander walks from the bedroom pod into the living room under her freeway-inspired sculpture, titled Run A Way.
As his parents look on, Apolo plans his commute under a fire-top piece by the artist Michael Ricardo Andreev and alongside a Wiggle chair by Frank Gehry.
In the living room, local artwork and an elegant redwood ceiling watch over a side chair by Warren Platner for Knoll and an Easy Edges side chair by Frank Gehry for Vitra.
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Bruce and Kirsty are obsessively tidy, so copious storage was a must. An entire wall in their bathroom opens to reveal a cabinet that is exactly the depth of a fat roll of toilet paper, and one of their kitchen cupboards was specially fireproofed in order to house that dastardly appliance, the toaster.
Blond Dinesen Douglas-fir floorboards stretch the length of the house, framing its clean planes and lines. The stairs, which cantilever out from the house’s original bare brick walls, are mounted on brackets and made from the same material. The house and Dinesen itself are well matched: Both are just over a century old.
Bruce is a wine enthusiast and a stickler for efficiency, so this prefab concrete cellar with an ingenious passive ventilation system was a natural choice. It maintains a constant temperature, and its stacked horizontal bins can store up to 1,400 bottles of wine—–a good excuse to keep adding to the collection.
If tidiness is paramount for the family, a place for the kids to play outdoors is equally important. The climbing wall at the back of the garden is entirely the work of Mark Tiarks, who built the Composite House and who relished a chance to step out from beneath Tozer’s plans and design an aspect of the house himself.
The kitchen table.
Kirsty’s favorite space in the house is the living room, where she and her girlfriends curl up on the sectional sofa to gossip over a glass of wine.
The addition creates a narrow intermediary space between the yard and existing home. This sliver contains a staircase and two new sun rooms.
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Designer Monica Berdin—who is married to architect Clinton Cuddington—worked with Aloe Designs to cover two sides of their backyard studio in drought-tolerant flora. A sheltered deck features a custom fire pit and a pair of turquoise Condesa chairs.
Inside, where the dining and living spaces were reconfigured, the vibrant colors continue with smaller accents like the azure cabinetry.
The rivets in the corrugated aluminum siding run both horizontally and vertically. It took time for McInturff to persuade Kanner to embrace the contrast of the lines, but they're pleased with the results. “The exterior almost looks like a black pair of corduroy pants, but with the stripes going both ways,
A sober material palette, including polished concrete radiant floors and black ceramic tiles, defines the interiors. The cedar ceilings extend outdoors for continuity.
In the kitchen, a staircase with a wood backbone supports floating glass treads. The home’s main entrance is located on the top level, due to the property’s incline.
Gayfer turned the home's greatest weakness, its compact size, into an advantage by encouraging interaction. Ledges, benches, and built-ins were placed tactically to promote conversation. The Errol sofa is by Jardan.
Each inch is accounted for in the 1,916-square-foot home. Cabinets and clever storage for wine are tucked under the stairs.
The narrow kitchen is brightened by a soft material palette. A burnished concrete countertop flows like a waterfall into the Blackbutt timber flooring. The translucent blue Poly Pop pendant is by Tokenlights.
The Scyon Axon cladding of this gabled Melbourne addition gleams at midday. Designer Dan Gayfer punctuated the facade with sliding glass doors and a row of windows to fill the narrow home with sunlight.
Subway tile, another fixture of the urban landscape, envelops the bathroom.
A mix of DSW and DSRA Eames Plastic Side Chairs from Vitra are seated at the dining table, which extends from a stainless steel countertop.
Materials throughout the house are elemental, befitting its wilderness setting. The walls are made of cross-laminated timber and the floors are slabs of heated concrete.
Visitors can keep lookout for the St. Lawrence River’s resident marine mammals, which include Beluga and Sperm whales, from a pair of Adirondack chairs.
A chalkboard wall encourages creative exploration in the child’s room.
Dollops of black define the open-plan area, but in the bedrooms, brighter colors prevail.
The most immediately striking feature of this 1,400-square-foot in a 21-floor high-rise is the shelving unit/room divider between the kitchen and living area.
Seen from the guesthouse, the new home touches every corner of the property without overwhelming its natural beauty.
A mature Japanese maple was preserved during construction. The way we designed the entry sequence, with the front door not facing the street, but rather facing the Japanese maple tree relates to his concept of ‘entrance transition.’ A mature Japanese maple tree was preserved during the construction.
A wall of sliding glass doors collapses the divide between inside and outside.
The study faces the pool area.
Two black CH25 chairs by Hans Wegner mirror the baby grand piano behind them.
Honest materials appear throughout this Los Altos home. In the double-height living area, Mantis chairs by BassamFellows surround a custom live-edge dining table, fashioned from an old Claro walnut tree with help from Menlo Hardwoods.
The addition’s roofline rises northward to capture daylight through a series of operable skylights.

Dive into Dwell's photo archive of spectacular modern homes that embody great design. From midcentury gems to prefabricated units to eye-opening renovations, these inspirational projects are elegant responses to the site and the client's needs. Here, you'll find ideas for every room in the house, whether it be kitchen, bath, bedroom, living, or dining—and beyond.