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April 24, 2015
These raised pools will have you rethinking your cannonball strategy.
Modern Texan addition and renovation with outdoor pool and cypress paneling and metal roof

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.

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Originally appeared in 1920s Bungalow Plus Modern Addition Equals Perfect Austin Home
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New York home lined with mahogany planks

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.

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Originally appeared in Modern Wood-Lined Family Home in the Hamptons
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Modern backyard pool patio BBQ area

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.

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Originally appeared in This Luminous Australian Renovation Packs a Lot Into a 23-Foot-Wide Lot
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reflecting pool in modern house in el salvador with creative roofing

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.

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Originally appeared in Striking Green House with a View in El Salvador
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Outdoor swimming pool by tall concrete fence and wood plank walkway

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.

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Originally appeared in Appetite for Construction
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Day takes a swim in a new lap pool framed by a lush Southern California garden. The lower wall next to the pool is made from stacked Pennsylvania bluestone, which was used for all exterior stone as well.

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.

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Originally appeared in Way Out West
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Modern pool house with seeded concrete walkway

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.

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Originally appeared in Master Stroke
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Dunlop demonstrates the deck’s secondary use: as a launching pad into the concrete plunge pool on the first floor.

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.

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Originally appeared in Hillside Family Home in Australia
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Modern Texan addition and renovation with outdoor pool and cypress paneling and metal roof

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.

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