This house looks historic, but modern surprises await behind the boldly hued front door. Although careful consideration was taken to preserve the historic significance of the building’s exterior, the interiors reflect all the comforts of a twenty-first-century home.
A new driveway and handsome landscaping enhance the charm of the nineteenth-century house and its hilltop location.
Black shutters offset the white-painted exterior of the 1940s-era home.
Insulated channel glass panels, walls of Corten steel, and a cantilevered roof define the entry to the house.
A material-rich palette of Corten steel, board-form concrete, repurposed snow fencing, and rough-sawn western red cedar lends texture and tone.
Architect Brian Mac created a dramatic twenty-eight-foot cantilevered roof and integrated upper terrace that engages beautifully with the landscape.
The house was designed to tuck into its wooded, rocky ledge. The fireplace, untouched in the renovation, is built of local stone. The stone porch looks out on a view of a pond.
The northwestern Connecticut home’s camp-style aesthetic-rough-sawn wide clapboards and white-painted, wood-framed windows-is characteristic of the work of Ruth Maxon Adams, who designed it in the 1920s.
Bénédicte de Blavous Moubarak on the hunt for new materials
Bénédicte de Blavous Moubarak on the hunt for new materials
When the Battles bought the historic Concord, Massachusetts, house, they painted the shutters Waterbury Green and removed several pine trees from the front yard to better highlight the picket fence.
Mariani’s husband, Patrick Barron, who once built trails for the National Parks Service, designed the landscaping.
The interplay between old and new in the Jamaica Plain home is evident from this perspective, which shows the bay, clad in standing-seam metal panels, that architect and homeowner Manuela Mariani added to the 1880 house.
Opportunities abound for catching ocean views, including a pair of second-floor roof decks. A honeysuckle hedge (with a safety fence hidden inside) safeguards the pool.
Sudbury Design Group’s landscaping plan includes a generous swath of hydrangeas that enhance the appeal of the handsome shingled house. Architects Lisa Botticelli and Ray Pohl’s design incorporates the classic details beloved by Nantucket residents.
Nestled into the hill and oriented toward the water, the house is mostly hidden from town despite being in the middle of it. The landscape plan is lush and natural looking.
The boathouse wears classic dark-green trim.
The home’s handsome stonework speaks to the rocky shore and helps connect the house to its surroundings. Cedar shingles and copper roofs further harmonize with nature.
In addition to ever-changing water views, the home’s breath-taking location captures vistas of the Adirondack Mountains to the west. "It was thrilling to be on this site and a privilege to work on such a special house," says designer Milford Cushman.
Balconies and French doors are plentiful throughout the house, giving the owners easy access between indoors and out. Gregory Lombardi’s landscaping plan unifies the pool and sitting and dining areas, creating an outdoor living room.
Details like the eyebrow dormer and curved balcony add extra interest to the elegant facade.
Architect George Penniman moved the -cottage back from the water’s edge and added a wing at a 90-degree angle. The revamped home has all the understated charm of the original, keeping the focus on the vast ocean views.
New Hampshire lakefront garden
The roof is planted with native grasses and plants, providing insulation, edible berries, and a sense that the house is below a "lifted field."
Landscape architect Todd Richardson, who was involved in the project from conception, placed local granite and plantings to appear as if they occurred naturally. Architect Will Winkelman designed the house to meld with the land.
Landscape designer Simon Johnson created a secluded garden room for the swimming pool.
A picket fence with climbing roses and a covered front porch provide the story-book look author Jane Green wanted for her "new old house."
Formal gardens, tree groves, and meandering walkways surround the New Preston house.
The smaller tower holds the original manual-powered elevator. Salamone’s office perches at the top of the other, and the first-floor sunroom is now a media room.
The eye-catching bull was a present to Salamone from Westcott. "Ken is my friend. We’re part of each other’s lives," she says.
The architect used restraint in making exterior changes, the better to preserve the original shape and proportions of the house.
The custom windows were fabricated by Marvin to mimic the originals.
Pergolas at either end of the pool create outdoor living spaces complete with a waterside kitchen and dining area.
Giant pots of rosemary and flowers mark the path toward the pool area.
Ahearn used exaggerated, symmetrical bays on the backside of the house; the guesthouse is visible to the far left of the main house.
Architect Patrick Ahearn, interior designers Andrea Georgopolis and -Kellye O’Kelly of Slifer Designs, and builder Peter Rosbeck teamed up to create this oasis on Martha’s Vineyard for a suburban-Boston family. The view from the second floor of the guesthouse encompasses the main house, pool, bocce court, and an ocean view.
Awning windows and sliding doors enhance the relationship between indoors and out.
Architect Jim Estes says he used stone walls, trellis, pergola, and stone paving to "soften the transition to exterior spaces, create outdoor rooms, and blend the house into the site."
The use of local stone connects the house to its surroundings.
The second-floor master suite opens to a terrace providing a heavenly respite for parents.
A granite exterior with custom limestone detailing gives the house presence
The back patio sits off the family room, accessible through French doors, and the master suite is perched above.
The original sandstone walls that border the property were retained, adding to the sense of history of the home.
Architect Dinyar Wadia designed this stately Colonial Revival home to feel like it’s been here for decades and to blend into its Greenwich neighborhood.
A graceful, cedar-shingled gambrel roof, stone sheathing, bracketed eaves, and a cupola give the diminutive structure the hallmarks of the Shingle style. Sitting on Long Island Sound, the pool house is a stylistic echo of the main house, which overlooks it from its uphill location.
The pool house sits close to the water and has its own dock; the land side is softened with a lawn and flower beds.