A highly productive collaboration among a trio of creative Angelenas—and a good dose of Barragán—turned this dark and beleaguered mid-century house into a family home for the ages.
The first thing landscape designer Laura Cooper asked Devis and Purdy was to recall childhood gardens and outdoor play. In that spirit, she designed their backyard, integrating the high ground with the low just outside the “kids’ wing.” The resulting series of outdoor rooms on this quarter-acre is full of memory and play. Some 35 percent of the materials from the renovation were resurrected in the yard: Redwood panels became fencing. Blocks cut from original concrete patios form the snake wall. And Purdy plans to crochet colorful cozies over various branches and stumps.
Architect Ko Wibowo designed a house of prodigious proportions beneath the hulking rise of Mount Ranier. The Wibowo family spends most of their time together on the first floor. "We're always here, cooking or with the kids," Wibowo explains. "On a nice day, we open up the doors and eat outside."
Designer Shannon Baird conceived of this 796-square-foot dwelling off the back of a larger home in Portland. In the dining area, a garage door opens up to the adjacent courtyard, thereby doubling the size of the space. "The garage door simply lifts out of the way and does not need the same amount of space as french doors or even accordion walls," Baird says of the choice.
In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and build their perfectly proportioned family home. The family shares an alfresco lunch with Ikimau Ikimau, a friendly neighbor who helped build the house. The aluminum weatherboard cladding was custom-designed by O’Sullivan.
A couple embarked on a new life together by establishing a homestead on a dilapidated lot in a buzzworthy corner of San Francisco’s Mission District. Kiyoko Loh relaxes inside a concrete structure, one of three original buildings that occupied the San Francisco property she and her husband, Elliot Loh, purchased in 2012. Working with architect Todd Davis, the couple decided to cut the bunker-like edifice in half and use it as an outdoor dining area that opens to a courtyard.
Subverting the traditional, conservatively cozy British barn conversion, Carl Turner created a getaway in rural Norfolk for himself and his friends to visit, repose, and consider the beauty of agrarian minimalism. A picnic table, in a hue that matches the newly-built dwelling, sits between the home's old and new structures.
For this four-module prefab house off the Australian coastline, local firm Archiblox’s aim was “to create an inspiring double height living area with full glazing along the northern façade that could be enjoyed throughout the changing seasons,” according to architect Bill McCorkell. Click through the slideshow for a tour of the light-filled home.
The residents, a family of three, spread out over the house's four bedrooms and two living areas. In the kitchen, an island countertop serves as a mixed-use area for cooking, storage, and seating for up to five people. The room opens up to an outdoor dining area.
An airy addition on the back of a historic house in Boise is a model of sensitive renovation, seamlessly melding new and old. Since the house is in a historic district, architects Beebe and Skidmore’s interventions were constrained by local guidelines, including a stipulation that the walls of the addition couldn’t line up with the walls of the existing house. They bumped the walls in by five feet on either side and painted the addition, clad in siding from Capital Lumber, a color complementary to the original building’s deep, bright blue. “A guy from Boise’s preservation office came by and said, ‘This is a perfect example of how we’d like people to build additions,’” says the resident. “We were pretty proud of that.”