Matthew Hufft designed the house that he shares with his wife, Jesse, and their three children to sit inconspicuously among its neighbors in the Roanoke Park area of Kansas City, Missouri. “I designed it so if you’re driving 30 miles per hour down the street, you don’t notice that it’s new,” he says. “It fits into the neighborhood, an ode to the modern using technology and steel.”
Tasked with creating a hybrid residence and art gallery, architect Jeff Dolezal of Omaha, Nebraska, firm Tack Architects called upon mid-century influences to create a showpiece of modern design in the city's Regency neighborhood.
In a South Minneapolis neighborhood, Julie Snow dreamed up a modern, modular home for Andrew Blauvelt and Scott Winter. The flat-roofed concrete, wood, and glass house consists of two joined 24-foot cubes, a similarly sized 16-foot-long walled courtyard, and a 24-by-24-foot garage.
When retired couple Peter and Joan Bracher decided to relocate, they broke with the usual city-to-suburb relocation pattern of most retirees. Instead, they moved to the center of Dayton, Ohio, where they built what is “by far the most avant-garde-looking house in the downtown area.”
Architect Scott Rappe designed this weekend retreat for a Chicago couple in Bridgman, Michigan. The house is built on a challenging hillside site and tucked behind a thicket of trees.
Keira Alexandra and Toby Barlow renovated a two-story townhouse in Detroit's Mies van der Rohe-designed Lafayette Park, the first urban-renewal project in the United States.
Kansas City firm Kem Studio designed an adaptable house for a musician on a budget. The maple floors throughout are composed of inexpensive “shorts” left over from other projects and sold at a discount.
About 200 miles northwest of Chicago, in the quiet village of Black Earth, Wisconsin, the 1,200-square-foot home of Bill Weber is the perfect location for comfortably viewing the area's rolling hills and dairy farms.
Once ashamed of his lackluster Chicago abode, architect Brad Lynch tore it down and started over with a family home that’s part retreat and part public stage.