Top Design Studio Features

  • Midwestern Modernist Firm Integrates Local Culture Into its Design Work

    By the time Residential Architect profiled him in our July 2005 issue, David Salmela, FAIA, had already achieved national respect for his sensitive regional modernism. Since then, rather than rest on his laurels, the Duluth, Minn.-based Salmela has continued to evolve as an architect.

     
  • Designing this rural home was all about creating a serene retreat.

    Western Light is Shielded by a Stunning Sunscreen

    With an expansive vista forcing a wall of west-facing windows, an oversized but elegant sunscreen keeps things cool.

     
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    Colorado Mountain Home in Aspen

    A stacked-log Colorado mountain house is a year-round retreat and takes its cues from the great lodges of the western United States.

     
  • Residential Roof Deck Review

    Sitting on a roof can feel like sitting on top of the world. And considering how little it takes to make a roof habitable, a deck up top may deliver the biggest bang for the buck in residential construction.

     
  • South Central Texas Getaway

    Designed as a weekend retreat for a Houston-based couple, Oak Road Residence stands about halfway between the owners’ Gulf Coast hometown and the Hill Country city of Austin. So it’s perhaps fitting that the compound of buildings reflects the inspiration of architectural traditions native to those...

     
  • A Northern California Home Works With the Elements

    Architect Neal Schwartz and builder Bruce Hammond made some counterintuitive choices when they built Crook | Cup | Bow | Twist. The strategy paid off.

     
  • Award-Winning Custom Outdoor Projects

    Custom Home editors have compiled a slideshow featuring the winners in the Outdoor Spaces and Accessory Building categories from our recent Custom Home Design Awards.

     
  • Far Pond, Southampton, NY

    Our jury awarded this laser-cut steel wall with a floating cooktop a Detail Award because they felt this “composed and highly detailed kitchen adds drama to the whole house."

     
  • A Coastal Cottage, Built the Modern Way

    Built in a 110 mph wind zone on the dunes of Cape Cod, a shingled cottage responds to its site while capitalizing on the views and using modern construction methods.

     
  • Successful Rooftop Transformation in Chicago

    A Chicago roof garden is lush and private, thanks to hardy plants, shoji screens, and well-camouflaged mechanicals.