Each summer, a family of six enjoys the sparkling waters of this swimming pool, which also overlooks the Long Island Sound from Connecticut. The architect installed the pool and an outdoor fireplace on the east side of the house, which previously belonged to the homeowner's grandparents. The outside pathways and decks are paved in ipe and bluestone.
Just a short walk away from New Zealand's coastline, this family spends summers and school vacations at the bach (an archetypal New Zealand beach house). With relatively mild winters, this group can essentially use the house year-round.
Its precise location on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand means this hilltop escape is sheltered from cold southern winds. The homeowners elected to keep the landscaping as minimal as possible, as if the home had landed on its site with as little disturbance or alteration as possible.
On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends and their families occupy this shared vacation complex, designed to promote an easy flow between the two families' spaces, which include guest cabins and a porch where they can all hang out and eat together.
Believe it or not, this high-design retreat was built for just $70 per square foot. The Mexico City vacation home, shared by two brothers and their families, is oriented toward the expansive backyard, where the family spends 80 percent of its time.
The homeowners of this New Zealand summer home, have journeyed to Onemana, on the North Island, for over a decade. When they finally decided to build a house, they hired a team of architecture students to create an 807-square-foot prefab that they could enjoy with their family.