First-time home buyers and veteran home owners alike look for ideas and vision when it comes time to look for a new house. Remodeling projects can also benefit from a spark of creativity spurred by viewing great houses that you love. HomeDSGN has gathered fabulous homes from across the world and design style spectrum to feed your need for beautiful house inspiration.
By Magaly • May 24, 2018
This construction, belonging to a young couple who, after suffering for several years the harsh winters of the area, decided that it was time to do something to remedy the situation by renovating the house and turning it into a thermally comfortable home. It is located in Linden, Australia, and covers an area of 273 square meters.
In 2017, Blue Eco Homes and Thornton & Blake of the architectural firm Alexander Symes Architect, went to work and tried to reuse as much as possible of the existing form, services and structure, to reduce waste and manage costs, while shaping the project. The clients originally wanted to maintain the two existing pavilions: one for the accommodation of guests and the other for auxiliary spaces and create a new home to the east, increasing the space to accommodate a family.
The close proximity of the natural scrubland meant that the outer casing had to be robust and incombustible to meet the highest level of forest fire protection construction established, so that the house is effectively wrapped in the zincalume lining (a metallic coated sheet steel) with fire protection.
The design and construction teams worked in an integrated manner, the result is a very elaborate house that celebrates its natural environment and offers a comfortable home with little operational energy.
By Magaly • May 23, 2018
Located in the north of Vilnius, Lithuania, in an old neighborhood of summer houses whose spirit still persists in its surroundings, this house was designed by the architect Margarita Kaučikaitė of the architectural firm Kubinis metras for a young family interested in the philosophy of minimalism, something that also inspired the architecture of the structure.
It covers an area of 80 square meters and is bordered by neighboring houses on three of the four edges of the plot and by a road on the fourth, which brought about the challenge of creating a quality outdoor space. A conscious decision was made not to build a fence so as not to limit the space physically, visually or socially.
The size of the house is minimized to the basic needs of a family of four. Therefore, it is divided into two main parts: sleeping and living.
The sleeping part consists of three small bedrooms, a bathroom, a laundry room and a small lounge. The spaces simply serve their purpose. The living space, on the other hand, is the focal point and occupies almost half of the house, and includes the functions of cooking and eating, spending free time, playing and working.
This wonderful house with eclectic architecture and impressive gardens of varied flora is located in the city of Zapallar, in Chile. It covers an area of 150 square meters and was designed in 2017 by the architectural firm PAARQ Arquitectos under the direction of Patricio Araya Rodriguez. Zapallar, a coastal city with harmonious streets, is a place where tradition and modernity come together.
The people of the city are migrating, selling their property at good prices and yielding to new constructions. This house reflects the austerity of the day to day, without pretensions; with the simplicity of a beach house. In the middle of the city, a clear volume emerges which tends to be closed to the south, opening to the light of the north and towards the landscape.
The skeleton of the house is made out of wood, and it has a widely ventilated façade. The shade of gray used is the result of a mixture made to highlight the texture, which is conditioned by the different types of light that shine on it throughout the day.
The interior is done completely in white, and is filled with spaces framed by a double height that allows a wide space of natural light and the encounter with the open interior spaces.
By Magaly • May 22, 2018
This spectacular simple and minimalist design, created by the architectural firm FGR Architects, hand in hand with its professional team made up by Raffoul Feras and Williams Liau in the city of Portsea, Australia, is meticulous, and at first sight seems to be floating on the crest of the small hill where it is located.
Carried out in 2016, this project covers an area of 340 square meters and was designed with the premise that it was important to maintain privacy and maximize the incredible views that the house offers towards the beach of Portsea. In this way, the family is able to look out and see the world but remain private and away from external viewers.
A striking point of the interior was the design created in the bathrooms, in which the external elements were imitated, thus creating the illusion that one is showering outside.
Its external design is of a modern style, as well as the design used in the interior, in which modern furniture of great quality and elegance have been used to populate each one of its environments.
Both in the kitchen and in the bathrooms, a gray and white marble of great quality and beauty has been used.
By Magaly • May 21, 2018
The architectural firm Tom Robertson, led by Tom Robertson and David Ascroft, has reconfigured a small cabin located in Melbourne, Australia, to bring light and volume to the once dark spaces of this site. The resulting forms create a feeling of spaciousness and adapt to a more contemporary lifestyle. The house uses a strong monochromatic palette everywhere, starting in the new façade and continuing in the kitchen, done in black and white, farther in. Internally, the feeling is clean and quiet, with natural wood flooring and a striking staircase that provides warmth and softness.
To overcome the size restrictions of the site, a large double-height space has been created, which allows light to flood the open space in the center of the site. A loft is suspended within this volume, providing an escape.
A modern and elegant kitchen has been designed in close collaboration with the owners. This customization allows a highly functional and refined aesthetic. The bathrooms have been decorated with white porcelain countertops and thick black keys. Just above the shower cabin, a large skylight allows for views of the sky and the passage of natural light.
If you frequently have guests over your home for an extended period of time, then you know how useful it can be to have your guests stay in a cozy place that allows them to feel just like home. Having a guest bedroom is always a great idea. However, having a guest house that is an extension of your home is even better. It allows your guests to have their very own personal space while still remaining part of yours. Here are a few modern guest houses that are one of a kind.
Kearsarge Guest House by Kurt Krueger Architects
The unique aspect of this Kearsarge Guest House is that it is a stand-alone home. What this means is there isn’t a main home attached to it. Due to, this the guest house on the property of the 1968 M.G. Residence which makes it part of the home without being fully attached to the home. Think of this guest house as the smaller version of the main house with a water feature on the outdoors and all. There is even a small space in the front that doubles as a porch. The guest house has everything the home does, but on a smaller scale.
Elegant Guesthouse Designed by Architectural Firm Janson Goldstein
A modern yet elegant guest bedroom was the initial thought when creating this home. This guest home is an addition to the contemporary home that includes not only the guest house, but a swimming pool adjacent as well. Furthermore, the exterior of the home does not stay behind on the modern concept as the exterior consists of glass walls and black metal. The guest house is divided in two sides, one side is a gym for the homeowners and the other is a living room and bedroom for the guests.
Villa Z Guest Home in Moscow, Russia
Villa Z is a beauty in its own special way. Not only is Villa Z sitting right next to the main home, but it is also a very unique shape. These contemporary homes were built to resemble each other not only on the outdoor structure, but on the inside structure as well. They are so close in resemblance that they are almost identical.
Mountain Guest House by Dom Arquitectura
Mountain guest house is one of a kind. It is the perfect guest home for those that want a relaxing addition to their residence. Designed to have a cabin feel this guest house features wood from top to bottom including the furniture. The deck roof to this guest bedroom is the best feature as it is made out of wicker however it is waterproof and isolated. Due to, this you have the roof of the home protecting it in a modern manner while still have the wicker extension that covers the deck.
Atelier and Guest House by C.F. Møller Architects
When you think of a guest house a home like this one is exactly what you think of. The Atelier and Guest House by C.F. Møller Architects offers a main house with an updated extension of a guest house directly connected to the home. The idea is to have your guests feel as part of your home instead of being in a separate wing. Furthermore, the updated guest wing is modern with views of the coast.
Casey Key Guest House by TOTeMS Architecture
The Casey Key Guest house is the epitome of contemporary guest home. This guest house was created on the concept of “house in the trees”. Furthermore, the idea was to create the perfect quiet space that looks like a tree house, but feels like home in the most modern way. Due to, this the home was built within a mature hammock. The interior and exterior of the home are constructed of Oak in order to provide that classic calming effect that the homeowners were seeking.
Shipping Container Guest House by Jim Poteet
Shipping container homes have become quite popular not only because of their size, but because of their convenience. Therefore, having a shipping container guest house like this one just makes sense. At 320 square feet, this shipping container sits in the backyard of the homeowner. The container home is equipped with a heating and air conditioning system along with plants on the roof that help regular the temperature of the home regardless of how it is outdoors.
Ocean Guest House by Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects
This ocean guest house was designed in a contemporary manner with a unique purpose behind it. Furthermore, the shape of this home was constructed to help the home breathe while still protecting it from the natural elements. The house itself is a two-story structure that has unique views on every wing. Its west wing is the most impressive as it offers views of the garden, pool and the ocean.
House by the Pond by Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects
Designed by Bridgehampton-based studio Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects in Water Mill, New York this guest house offers all of the beauty a home would. The house by the pond was constructed with natural elements such as anodized aluminum, cedar, and cement. These specific elements were selected because of their low maintenance, great cost value, durability, and longevity. Just like the outside of the home was constructed in a very specific manner the inside was as well. It offers an open layout with a pavilion feel separated by space that is broken down with large glass doors. Not only that, but the street front pavilion showcases the pool area and the wildlife of the pond.
Guest House Rivendell by IDMM Architects
The structural design of this guest house Rivendell by IDMM Architects is a work of art in itself. Measuring at 7,760 square feet and located in North, Korea this guest house is a must see. The entire guest house is spread out with different areas that appear like limbs. Unlike a traditional home, this building offers an upper and lower space that is divided by long rows of windows. The windows allow for the amazing view to be seen throughout every single floor and space of the home. This was done because nature was a huge concept when it came to the structure of the home.
To conclude, owning your own home is great, but having a space where your guests can feel just as welcomed is even better. Which of these guest homes is your personal favorite?
This abandoned greenhouse, located in Guangzhou, China, was transformed into a spectacular office full of green plants that give life and color to all the spaces that comprise it. It has beautiful areas of plants and gardens, perfectly created and cared for by professionals of the area, which surround the whole exterior of the house and where they stand out against the wood.
Its interior, full of large and luminous spaces that are connected visually with each other, enjoys an atmosphere where the air flows freely. This wonderful transformation was handled by the firm Architecture O-office. Divided into two levels, the modern structure looks no less stunning on the outside than on the inside.
In its interior, wide stairs with asymmetrical steps, where some have been used as pots for plants, connect both levels. The metallic walls create a perfect combination with the glass used in the rest of the walls, and give a luminous touch to the space.
In the second level, the ceiling has been pierced with skylights through which natural light seeps in and fills each one of the spaces.
The internal gardens, with trees growing and refreshing the space, giving it vibrancy and, at the same time, filling it with color with their greenery.
By Magaly • May 15, 2018
This dramatic transformation of a small Victorian house covering an area of 175 square meters, and located in Clapham, London, England, in the United Kingdom, is a perfect show of the excellent work done by the architectural firm MWArchitects and its collaborators Matthew Wood and Melissa Robinson in the year 2015.
Its exterior is enchanting, with its very traditional and wonderful brick walls against which its white windows stand out. Glass walls were installed to add a modern touch to the building and, at the same time, allow the interior to receive natural light from the outside and enjoy the beautiful views of the garden.
The garden, divided into several levels, has many areas in which flowers have been planted, as well as fruit trees and vegetables. It has several terraces located strategically in the different levels of the garden.
Inside, we find open spaces and shared areas full of light. Wooden floors contrast with the white used on the walls. A simple, far from ostentatious, and traditional décor fills the spaces.
The studio, a place made to immediately catch our eye, is really charming, with old wooden floors and lots of natural light that passes through the glazed glass walls. It also has a large library where we can find all sorts of books – truly a lovely space.
Wonderful House with a Modern Structure Built out of Red Brick and with Glass Walls Located in Dnipro, Ukraine
By Magaly • May 14, 2018
This wonderful house, with a modern structure built out of red brick and with glass walls, is located in Dnipro, Ukraine, and was built in 2015 by the architect Alexei Obraztsov. The home has beautiful exteriors, perfectly manicured gardens, and wonderful views, and its interior is no less spectacular.
The spacious, modern, and elegant living room has wonderful views of the garden and the river.
On one side, a modern and spacious dining room-kitchen in black and white complete the ground level of the house.
To another side, the staircase, accompanied by a wooden wall, takes us to the second level. There, a magnificent bedroom, with beautiful wooden floors and decorated in a simple, contemporary style, shows us fascinating views through the glazed glass walls that overlook the river.
A large bathroom with wooden floors and white fittings is located at the far end of the bedroom.
The stairs again take us to the next level — the uppermost level of the house. There, we will find a second living room arranged in such a way that we can enjoy the views of the river from the comfort of its seats.
In the evening, the view of the house from the banks of the river looks lovely, projecting calm and tranquility.
By Magaly • May 14, 2018
This elegant house, done in a contemporary style, covers an area of 700 square meters and was designed by the architectural firm MY Group Architecture. The project was completed in 2017. It is located in Dar Essalam, a new luxury suburb in Rabat, Morocco.
The design was focused on creating an open area full of light with a very clear separation between the private and public areas, as well as employing a very modern architectural style. The villa consists of three levels where the architects’ main goal was to create a wide and functional space.
The ground floor contains the reception area, as well as a kitchen, a guest room, and an integrated bathroom. There is a smart mix between a modern and traditional Moroccan style in the living room, which stands alongside a glass wall leading to the swimming pool. This allows natural light to seep into the room, flooding the entire space.
On the second floor we find two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a parental suite. The underground level contains a wet kitchen, a bar, and a multi-purpose area which opens on a courtyard. The villa is surrounded by a beautiful garden of typical vegetation, with tall palm trees that shelter the place and the entrance, giving shade and providing privacy for the swimming pool area.
By Magaly • May 8, 2018
This project is located within sight of the beach, in a typical but beautiful urban part of the Belgian coast. This seaside residence offers areas with marvelous views to the landscapes surrounding it, as well as the awe-inspiring ocean that laps at its feet.
It was designed by the architectural firm CUBYC Architects in 2015. It covers a ground surface area of 525 squared meters.
The modern black and white structure contains an elegant interior within, also done in a modern style. We’ll find a gorgeous kitchen, brought to life with a minimalist style, as soon as we walk in. The glass walls allow natural light to illuminate the interior throughout the day, all the while allowing us to take in the beautiful vistas while the corresponding tasks are carried out. All the social areas (kitchen, dining, and living room) are located on the last floor.
The bedrooms are on the ground floor, creating intimate spaces that safeguard the privacy of its inhabitants. The neutral colors used in the décor help create a coherent and consistent style between the various areas. On the roof, a terrace has been built. From there, the fresh air is sure to accompany us as we take in the sights.
By Magaly • May 3, 2018
This cabin undoubtedly has an interior that is marked by the rustic quality of the materials used – mostly wood in its rawest state, brick, and stone, a combination that always gives us as a result a warm and cozy atmosphere, as it almost automatically grants spaces a feeling of home and comfort.
It is located in Limone PIemonte, in Italy, and was designed by Luca Soave of the firm Interior Design JCC. The ceiling, which is built in waves that form arches, is completely made out of brick, giving the space a marked sense of character without making it too dark.
For me, and I am sure that for many other people, a rustic atmosphere is welcoming, as it brings a feeling of belonging to the place, and feeling like we can relax completely in them. Nevertheless, in its furniture we see a touch of a very current style. In the dining room, the chairs keep a modern touch that perfectly fits with the table of thick wood and creates a cozy space.
The kitchen, made completely out of wood, was equipped with modern appliances to provide all the imaginable comforts.
Stairs made of thick wood that form a single piece from beginning to end seem to float in the air. We find the same in the bedrooms, where contemporary beds with modern lamps in platinum metal illuminate the spaces without subtracting for a second the charm that the rustic details give them.
By Magaly • May 3, 2018
This contemporary home – Villa Lavāsān – was designed by DASH Office, an architectural firm based in Tehran, Iran, by a team comprised by Reza Eslami, Amirhosein Rostami, and Mojtaba Mirhoseini. The home is located in Lavāsān, an affluent town in Shemiranat County, Tehran Province, Iran. It was completed in 2016 and covers a total ground area of 480 square meters.
The home space is distributed across several levels, with terraces in the back overlooking the backyard and the inviting pool. At the far end of the backyard sits a round hot tub, perfect for romantic evenings or intimate gatherings with a glass of champagne and select company to share it with.
The interior is luxurious and classy, with polished surfaces and sophisticated design. A granite dining room table sits beside the elegant kitchen, equipped with stainless steel appliances and illuminated by modern light fixtures. An additional dining room table sits farther out, closer to the glass walls and the enjoyment the views to the outside of the home can bring.
By Magaly • May 1, 2018
Although the exterior of the home is simple and austere, the interior is completely different, and our first impression is that of a vast and open space. From there, the patio is followed by a complete room with two floors. The ceiling that continues to rise from the entrance is interrupted once in the part of the patio, and descends slowly from the top.
In a rectangular site with a long, perfectly adaptable depth in urban areas, the building, at first glance, looks only like a one-storey warehouse from the side of the road. In reality, however, it is a perfectly planned house.
The entrance door was designed on one side, where a roof and a wall were also fixed, which allows ingeniously to maintain a perfect balance between privacy and storage space.
This work was carried out by the architectural firm CAPD in the city of Tokushima, on the island of Shikoku, in Japan, and is the end result of a collaboration between the architects Kazuo Monnai, Hirokazu Ohara, Dai Tsunenobu, and Kazuya Masui. It was completed in 2017.
It covers an area of 137 square meters, which are distributed in an elongated manner, so the internal spaces have been designed following this direction.
By Magaly • Apr 30, 2018
The Little Big House is located on the eastern slope of Mount Wellington in Australia, 450 meters above sea level, within a wooded landscape. During the cold months of winter, this is delicately covered in a beautiful show of glistening snow.
It was designed in 2010 by the architectural firm Room11 Architects with the help of its professionals Megan Baynes and Thomas Bailey and has an area of 160 square meters.
It was constructed to be in the shape of a box. A clean volume with two exceptions; a service core and an air lock input. The walls, floors and ceilings in the main space are treated uniformly, in white, to create a simple light interior. The entrance, kitchen and bathroom spaces are designed in small sizes and finished in black, in contrast to the larger white volume.
The house is designed to be intensely private. Given the cool climate, the house has two essential strategies: keeping warm and finding light.
The Little Big House is lined with vertical unfinished woods that continue the traditions of local construction in southern Tasmania.
Each piece of wood is handmade to guarantee longevity.
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A couple of fashion designers felt a powerful attraction for this construction and, thinking that they could enjoy a pleasant life-style in this place, decided to build their new nest here, so to speak! It was love at first sight, from the different recreational options offered by the area, to the pleasant spaces where they knew they could enjoy a pleasant walk with their cute dog.
The architecture firm Cho and Partners, led by its team of excellent professionals Hyeonjin Cho, Haewook Jeong and Kyuhwan Kim, were in charge of carrying out this significant project in 2017. It is located in Yeonnam-dong, South Korea and has an area of 277 square meters.
The couple, whose children have all moved out to start their own lives away from the nest, wanted to have a set-up where the living room and the bedroom were united instead of making them each separate spaces. Their goal was to make the entire house feel closer to itself, eliminating any unnecessary barriers that could stand between them. To carry out this unique idea, an equally unique space was made taking one space and creating two rooms by placing one of them (the bedroom) above the other (the living room).
This house of open spaces and full of light is located in the city of Thành phố Nha Trang, Vietnam and has an area of 445 square meters. It was designed in 2016 by the architecture firm MW arch studio under the direction of the architecture professionals Le Minh Quang and Nguyen Ai Thy.
It is a project of individual house and is close to a noisy environment, a densely populated area with many polluted emissions of motor vehicles with very large volumes, very typical in the urban zone of the city of Vietnam.
This area usually lacks natural light, so they use a lot of artificial lighting to counteract the lack of light.
However, this house is designed in such a way that it makes use of wind and natural light, so it does not need artificial lighting during the day, as well as air conditioning. At night, it is lit using LED bulbs, which are ecological. It also takes advantage of clean wastewater and recycled rainwater to irrigate green plants. Therefore, the house greatly minimizes its waste for the environment.
In the living spaces, the openings with lots of natural light between the floors, the wind and the green trees are organized smoothly extending inside the house. Together with the sliding glass door system, the space is tightly connected, but still can provide privacy total when necessary.