Inspired by its natural surroundings, this family escape in the woods of Massachusetts is sided with local stone and cedar shingles interspersed with plenty of oversized windows that allow for a New England farm house feel while maintaining plenty of natural light. Window treatments sport black clad exteriors to complement the natural materials and standing seam metal roof. Inside, window casements are done in Douglas fir to match exposed beams and millwork. Project: Family Retreat, Tyringham, Mass.; Architect: Solomon Bauer Giambastiani Architects, Watertown, Mass.
Drawing on traditional Block Island forms, this home incorporates two blocks connected by an expanded shed porch. Large expanses of glass and windows allow nearly every room to take advantage of south-facing views. Project: Block Island House, Block Island, R.I.; Architect: Estes/Twombly Architects, Newport, R.I.
Carved into a hillside in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this contemporary home offers expansive views of the rolling countryside. Walls of windows along the south and west façades were assembled in a custom configuration of standard windows, creating a dramatic landscape view while keeping the design economically viable. A rainwater collection system harvests 80% of the water that falls on the roof for reuse in toilets and landscaping. Project: Leicester House, Asheville, N.C.; Architect: SPC Architects, N.Y.
An update and addition to this 1895 Neoclassical home stayed true to the original form thanks to thoughtful historical detailing. Project: Neoclassical Residence, Princeton, N.J.; Architect: Knight Architects, Princeton
To make room for a new kitchen and entertainment space, this home’s existing kitchen and dining room were combined and given a new addition in a design that makes use of 11-foot ceilings with clerestory windows atop large picture windows that invite the landscape in. Project: Utah Street Residence, Arlington, Va.; Architect: Jon Hensley Architects, Arlington
Once a school and private chapel, this 200-year-old estate now serves as a historic residence, thanks to a renovation and addition carefully crafted to match the original stone-faced structures. Plenty of windows frame views of surrounding gardens, cornfields, and beech woods. Project: Tynte Park Lodge, County Wicklow, Ireland; Architect: The Priory, Dublin, Ireland
This Minnesota lake home’s exterior offers an update of traditional farm house forms. However, once inside, the floor plan opens wide to allow for sweeping lake views, breezes, and modern living. Oversized double-hung windows help to bridge the gap between old and new styles, mimicking large picture windows while maintaining the exterior’s historic aesthetic. Project: North Woods Lake Home, Grand Rapids, Minn.; Architect: Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Minneapolis