A Creative Couple Build a Home and Art Studio on the Edge of a Brazilian Forest
Architect Rodrigo Simão gets carte blanche to design a home and studio for an empty-nester couple in Petrópolis.
A Taiwanese Couple’s Retirement Home Conquers Tricky Terrain With Prefab Construction
Built on a tight budget of $120,000, a retirement home in the mountains delivers unexpected contemporary design to a rural...
An Architect Couple Create Their Ideal Family Home in London
This renovated London home is filled with daylight, hidden nooks, and clever storage solutions.
This Modernist Seaside Retreat in Cornwall Is One Couple’s Retirement Plan
A renovation with coastal views brings a tidy wooden box—and a dose of contemporary cozy—to a neighborhood of traditional...
A Culinary Couple’s Retirement Plan Helps Revitalize a Cincinnati Neighborhood
A husband and wife decide to retire in a historic downtown enclave—and in the process, they reimagine what the area could be.
Ahead of Retirement, a Los Angeles Couple Reimagine Their Home for What’s Next
Aanda Architects and HYCArch turn a single-story Spanish-style residence into an idyllic haven for aging in place.
An Outdoors-Loving Couple Build a Dreamy Retreat in a Pristine Pacific Northwest Forest
At Saltwater Farm, a rural retreat on San Juan Island, five cabins surround a home that serves as communal gathering point.
A Texas Couple Builds Their Cast-In-Place Concrete Dream Home
Finding inspiration in the work of Tadao Ando, a Houston couple designs the concrete house of their dreams.
An Actor-Turned-Designer Couple Build a Dream Home in Oregon
This residence in Lake Oswego cascades down a hillside to embrace its waterfront locale.
A Brazilian Couple’s Prefab Cabin Is the Perfect Outpost for Forest Bathing
A green-roofed retreat slots gently into a wooded dell in southern Brazil.
Retired Couple Build Modern in Mexico City
A retired couple looking to downsize find the solution right in their backyard.
A Connecticut Couple Build an Off-Grid Dream Home in the Prairies of Uruguay
MAPA Architects revitalizes an old ranch house in rural Uruguay—more than 5,300 miles away from the clients’ primary home.
A London Couple Design and Build the Home of Their Dreams for Less Than $110K
This vibrant remodel of a run-down London home proves that high design can be achieved on a low budget.
How to Build a Floating Home
We spoke with architect Eric Cobb about the process behind building a floating home.
A Couple’s Home in Australia Is a Canvas for Changing Light
Centered in a lush garden, the single-level dwelling by Edition Office features softly textured brick and burnished concrete that...
A Couple Builds Their Dream Retreat in the Hudson Valley
Long before a 3,500-square-foot home stood on this secluded 12-acre site, this land was just a favorite campsite for two New...
Budget Breakdown: A Maui Couple Build an Off-Grid Tiny Home For $45K
Custom-built from the ground up, a 360-square-foot tiny house on wheels is an affordable, off-grid paradise for a family of three...
Two Brothers Build a Woody, Hexagonal Studio in the Forest
The studio, a dream getaway for a busy mother and doula, is set in the woods of British Columbia.
A Couple’s Cherished Vacation Home is Given a Second Life
By building a modern property next to their traditional cabin, a couple starts fresh on familiar land.
A Designer Couple Build a Dream Home That Takes Indoor/Outdoor Living to the Next Level
John and Denise Schack of Revolve Development prioritize permeability in their Seattle residence with ample al fresco spaces.
Aloft in the Forest
Among the many problems of urban living in Portland, Oregon, are raccoons, deer, and falling trees.
This Artist Couple’s Off-Grid Dream Home Was a Decade in the Making
After escaping over the years to Lake Huron’s Manitoulin Island, a pair of painters tap Solares Architecture for a sustainable...
A Canadian Couple’s Luminous Home Draws From Midcentury Tradition
Influenced by the Case Study Houses and Frank Lloyd Wright, Chevalier Morales weaves a riverside dwelling into its bucolic...
An Architect Couple Handcraft a Rustic Haven at the Edge of a Belgian Forest
Apart from the structural work and technical fittings, nearly everything was built by hand.
A Stoic Structure in Oaxaca Gives Way to a Couple’s Convivial Home
Designed for gatherings, Nuestro Sueño features living spaces that flow one into the next, all surrounding a central open-air...
Black Aluminum and Cedar Wrap a Traveling Couple’s Tiny Home
French builder Baluchon created Ala Köl for their clients’ life on the road.
A Couple’s Home Strives for Sustainability in an Olive Grove Near Madrid
Slow Studio uses passive design techniques to create a brick house with a surprisingly light footprint.
A DIY Couple Build a Scandi-Inspired Guesthouse and Office for $275K
Tarah and Drew MacAlmon dreamed big to create The Lofthouse, a collaborative workspace and Airbnb in their hometown of Black...
A Couple’s Melbourne Home Uses Geometry to Tell a Love Story
Taking inspiration from a John Donne poem, FMD Architects brings in angled shapes that represent the union of two former clients.
A DIY Couple Build a Farm-Fresh Retreat in the Canadian Countryside
Working with architect Nova Tayona, a Toronto-based couple create a family farmhouse that merges past and present.
A Creative Couple Build a Sanctuary for Living and Working Outside Montreal
The residence by designer Nicholas Francoeur features a mono-pitched roof, soaring, light-filled interiors, and a series of...
An Adventurous Couple Build an A-Frame Cabin in the Mountains of Quebec
Available on Airbnb, La Cabin Ride & Sleep is a 256-square-foot base camp for mountain biking, hiking, skiing, and more.
Discuss: What Would Be Your Ideal Vacation Home?
Tell us what and where you would build for your dream retreat.
Two Designers Build an Idyllic Cabin—and a Lifelong Friendship—in an Oregon Forest
Though this 190-square-foot hideaway is a solo retreat, the act of creating it proved to be uniting, not isolating, for Rico...

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