The double-height living room in architect Lynn Gaffney's self-designed vacation home in Sharon, Connecticut features warm-toned unfinished plywood cladding and numerous windows that further brighten the space.
Architect March Lithgow incorporated the existing structure of a garage when designing this home outside of Auckland, New Zealand. After peeling the roof off of the initial structure and adding large windows and a gable roof, the house acquired a much roomier feel, especially in the open-plan living space.
When Darcy Miro and her husband found an abandoned weedy lot in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, they couldn't help but see an opportunity for a new home. Wedged between two historic brownstones, the building incorporates its neighbor's brick exteriors as inner walls, and features a double-height living room that makes the home feel larger as a whole.
Architect Henri Sayes used inverted trusses to establish distinct spaces within the great room of his home in Auckland, New Zealand, making it feel both intimate and spacious.
The high ceilings in the living room of this tiny prefab cabin in Norway prove that you don't have to have a sprawling manse to feel luxurious. The plastered wall of the fireplace provides a nice counterpoint to the mostly wooden interior and is affixed with a staircase that leads to a sleeping loft.
Architect Jorge Gracia, a native of Tijuana, Mexico, has called his hometown "a city with no architecture,” though he is working to single-handedly change this. When building a home in a gated community of Tijuana, where space is at a premium, Gracia made sure to design an interior that felt bigger than it actually was, using a double-height in the dining room.