After commissioning Klopf Architecture to design an addition to their ranch-style property more than 10 years ago, a Burlingame, California, couple with three children started looking for a modern space they could make into a permanent home. The duo tapped Klopf once again to design the contemporary house they’d been seeking from the start, and their vision finally came to fruition this year with a remodeled Eichler.
From the kitchen to the laundry rooms, this home has been completely transformed into a clean, open space with rooms that blend seamlessly into each other. The living area opens beautifully into the outdoor area, which is a key design element of Eichler homes. Photo by Mariko Reed.
This unique Japanese architecture-inspired Southern California home features a unique courtyard; residents and guests enter by passive over a large koi pond on a cast-concrete footbridge chiseled to look like stone.
Diane Cheatham, a professor of architecture, and Edward Baum, a developer, teamed up to try to make the Dallas of their design dreams a reality. One of their house is organized around three courtyards. The largest serves as an outdoor room between the living space and Baum’s office, which he calls the “flex room.”
Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe built this multilevel house for his family back in 1967, and the results still resonate today. Wooden beams extend beyond the structure to create shading trellises for the terraces at the front and the back.
Along the entire west side of this Austin home is a lush courtyard creates private exterior space that can be enjoyed during much of the year, particularly with large shade trees overhead. The entire ground level of the house opens onto the courtyard, including the first-floor shower.
Located deep in the countryside of New Zealand’s South Island, the Lake Hawea Courtyard House digs into the earth with a low form and a simple, square plan that recalls the modest settler buildings of the region.
With its expansive, geometric design and wide concrete-slab walkways, its enclosed central courtyard around which the house is organized creates outdoor space protected from the sometimes-inhospitable wind out of the northeast.
Jacek Kolasiński took on this massive renovation project in his dream neighborhood. The house’s new lime plaster walls, seen here in the courtyard, contrast with the old brick wall that divides the house from Kolasiński’s adjoining carpentry shop. Though the house itself is small, the outdoor spaces and furniture studio bring its total square footage to nearly 11,000 square feet.