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January 26, 2015
Here comes the sun.
Concrete beam going across the roof of a modern Hawaiian home

The defining gesture of a house on the Big Island of Hawaii by architect Craig Steely is a 139-foot-long, four-foot-tall concrete beam spanning the roof. Owners Craig Mayer and Rick Penland relax on the lanai, or porch.

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Originally appeared in This House Conquers the Big Island in Hawaii
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venice home indoor outdoor dining room

Sebastian Mariscal and Jeff Svitak created a house in Venice, California, for Michael and Tamami Sylvester. Known as Dwell Home Venice for its role as an exemplification of modern architecture, the house is an homage to indoor-outdoor living. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.

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Coral von Zumwalt
Originally appeared in New Bungalow, Old Neighborhood
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Architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena’s design may be strict in its layout and proportion, but it lends itself to casual living.

This renovated Los Angeles bungalow may be modest, but an 11-foot-tall and 26-foot-long glass wall that slides completely away into a closet and opens up the entire living space to the outdoors makes it as dramatic as any of the mansions across town.

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Originally appeared in How a Bungalow Went from Bland to Brilliant
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Modern backyard pool with Trex decking

By pooling their resources and giving their architect complete creative control, two busy Mexico City–based brothers built this high-design vacation home in Cocoyoc for just $70 per square foot.

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Originally appeared in Two Brothers Bring Their Families Together to Share a Scenic Getaway
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Beach house living room view of outside

This vacation home in Paraparaumu, New Zealand—a 45-minute drive north of Wellington on the North Island’s west coast—opens onto a wooden deck and wide steps hat lead to a lawn and a short path to the sea.

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matthew williams
Originally appeared in Bach to the Beach
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Traction Architecture beach house Florida concrete hurricane proof

This family beach house on Anna Maria Island, Florida, is essentially a bunker on the beach: Its structure and envelope are constructed entirely of poured-in-place concrete to resist hurricane force winds while enabling dramatic cantilevers and unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Traction Architecture
Originally appeared in Angular Modern Beach House in Florida
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Modern house with solar panels and smart energy systems

This family home in Culver City, California, has sliding glass doors that connect the living room to an engawa deck.

Originally appeared in A Dream House for the Ages
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A modern house in Winter Park, Florida

This house in Winter Park, Florida, was designed to integrate the kitchen, living, and dining rooms with a patio and swimming pool out back.

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Stephen Allen Photography
Originally appeared in A Modern Home for a Design-Savvy Family in Florida
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Concrete beam going across the roof of a modern Hawaiian home

The defining gesture of a house on the Big Island of Hawaii by architect Craig Steely is a 139-foot-long, four-foot-tall concrete beam spanning the roof. Owners Craig Mayer and Rick Penland relax on the lanai, or porch.

Photo by Ian Allen.

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