Design Details: Blending Inside and Out

Nestled in the Pacific Northwest, this home’s south-facing deck is engineered to capture sunlight in winter months and offers expansive views year-round. Project: Vancouver Residence, Vancouver, Wash.; Builder: Hammer & Hand, Portland, Ore.; Architect: Scott | Edwards Architecture, Portland.

An operable glass wall provides an airy element to balance out the visual heft of a built-in wall of books. The project was a 2012 Custom Home Design Award winner. Project: Goodman Residence, Venice, Calif.; Builder: Oliver Construction Co., Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Architect: Abramson Teiger Architects, Culver City, Calif.

Even the master bath makes the most of this home’s wooded site by offering windows at every vantage point. The space was also appointed with plenty of glassy surfaces that reflect the foliage and bring the natural scenery inside. Project: Lyons Residence, Gladwyne, Pa. Builder: SJ Design Build, Wynnewood, Pa.

This sleek, modern porch enclosure offers an update on the traditional garden trellis, acting as a spa-like transition space between a bedroom and the rest of the home. The project won a 2012 AIA Housing Award. Project: Carmel Residence, Carmel, Calif.; Architect: Dirk Denison Architects, Chicago.

A dramatic skylight floods this California home’s living space with natural light while adding a bold sculptural element that maintains the design’s clean aesthetic. The project won a 2012 AIA Housing Award. Project: Carmel Residence, Carmel, Calif.; Architect: Dirk Denison Architects, Chicago.

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