Sam Shah and his wife Anne Suttles turned a once-dilapidated 1920s bungalow in Austin’s Travis Heights neighborhood into their dream home. Shah, Suttles, and their daughter, Tesla, use their outdoor space as an extra room.
Two idiosyncratic Andrew Geller structures get a new lease on life as part of a modern-day family compound designed by Hamptons architects Bates Masi. As the facade of the home in Water Mill, New York, rises from eight to 14 feet high, the mahogany planks subtly widen.
Though the front of this 1880s home in Adelaide, Australia, maintains a traditional facade due to strict heritage laws, the rear is modern eye candy at its best, especially when paired with a sleek pool.
A green house near the coast of El Salvador captures the best of its naturally striking setting—filled with sunlight, invigorating breezes, and sweeping views of lush woodlands. The back patio overlooks a swath of forest.
Despite Mexico’s strong modernist tradition, Tijuana hasn’t been its beneficiary. Architect Jorge Gracia has since managed to find a family prepared to take the modern leap, resulting in Casa Becerril. “In a place like this, you have to ask a client to have faith, and faith to me has always been the belief in something you can’t see," says Gracia.
Leaving the bustle of Washington, D.C., architect Joe Day and his wife return to California and discover that life in a single-family dwelling isn't as isolated as they had feared. Day takes a swim in a new lap pool framed by a lush Southern California garden.
In Santa Monica, California, where pools are plenty but not always eye-pleasing, Padraic Cassidy lifted one 30 inches off the ground—dramatically elevating its aesthetic appeal.
An unvisited ocean-facing plot of land, a couple of architect neighbors, and one giant leap of faith have netted a pair of Londoners a dream home of their own in northeast Australia. Stefan Dunlop, one of the home's residents, demonstrates the deck’s secondary use: as a launching pad into the concrete plunge pool on the first floor.