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.
This project, designed by the architectural firm of Lorena Troncoso Valencia, is located in the area of Pinto, Chile, an area recognized by tourism in extreme high mountain sports such as sky. It was carried out in 2016 and has an area of 105 square meters.
The area has a lush vegetation of native trees overlooking the Andes; in the center, there is a small ravine with a depth of 15 meters, on which the project is located. The cabin is posed in an asymmetrical triangular shape in its upper part, inspired by the iconic shape of the mountain that can be seen behind. You can also observe from its terrace the landscape of the ravine in its maximum splendor.
The project is conceived as a large space with two levels, communicated with each other by a double height and a bedroom area on the first level. In the central space, we find the kitchen and living room that is connected spatially with the second level bedroom and at the same time this is connected through a bridge with a desk area. All these spaces are projected towards the main terrace that looks at the ravine.
The window of the main façade is retracted diagonally to generate shade during the period of greatest sunlight.
The glazed walls welcome the abundant foliage of the trees inside the hut, fusing the exterior and interior.
By Magaly • Apr 24, 2018
This project is marked from start to end by the personality of the owners, who, with their rebellious, restless and nonconformist character, made the design of this house add personal experiences and dreams. The responsible for carrying out such a precious project was the Mano de Santo architecture studio in 2014. A project that has 400 square meters and is located in the beautiful city of Valencia in Spain.
Its development supposed a challenge and a stimulus at the same time, since the plot presents a very steep slope and an orientation and spectacular views towards the sea and the city of Valencia. The house is located at the highest point of the plot and consists of two volumes, one embedded in the ground and the other placed on top of this slightly separated and light appearance using in this case materials and prefabricated dry execution systems and light (prefabricated concrete).
The most private bedrooms and rooms are arranged in the upper volume from where you can enjoy the comfortable privacy of the wonderful views over the city.
The design, layout and systems of facilities used in the house, result in an energy efficient building.
By Magaly • Apr 23, 2018
Forest and House is a contemporary home designed by Jung Hyowon of JHW IROJE architects&planners, a firm based in Seoul, South Korea. The home covers a total ground area of a little over 1,200 square meters, and was completed in 2016. It is located in Sunchang, South Korea.
The home was designed for a client who is both a professor and an engineer, and who will be retiring in three years’ time. This home is intended to be a space for him to spend his “second life,” and enjoy the peace and quiet of a home surrounded by a natural landscape.
From the perspective of the architectural firm, the plot of land on which the home sits is borrowed from nature, and so they decided to disturb it as little as possible in order to remain respectful. The end result is that the home is finished without a yard, as it was a mere human pleasure that would further intrude unnecessarily upon the natural landscape that surrounds the structure. This also serves to make the connection between the home and its surroundings all that much stronger, since, almost as soon as one steps outside of its walls, one finds oneself surrounded by raw nature.
By Magaly • Apr 20, 2018
This fantastic villa of enrapturing interiors is located at the edge of the Tramuntana Mountains, overlooking both the sea and the famous nearby island of Ibiza, from its perch on the island of Mallorca, Spain. It dates from 1986 and has been designed with the unique Mallorcan style. The exterior and interior design are inspired by the natural vegetation surrounding the area, flush with pine, almond, orange trees, and lots of cacti. Colors and materials are raw and evoke the earth.
This luxurious 6 bedroom villa is the perfect mix of traditional Mallorcan design — with natural stone and terracotta tile — and stylish Ibiza accents of white built-in furniture, beautiful lighting, and a relaxed environment. With stunning forested views extending to the sea, Villa Son Font is the ultimate Mediterranean hideaway, where you can slow down, enjoy nature, and relax in a calm and comfortable setting with family and friends.
In its design we can clearly see how the old and the new complement each other in such a way that they create a cozy and pleasant space that invites you to relax and enjoy it.
The interior designer Bente Tang-Henriksen was in charge of the design, and worked alongside Mikkel Tang-Henriksen.
By Magaly • Apr 19, 2018
With an area of 290 square meters, this unique house was built in a wooded area of Douro-Dummer, Ontario, Canada that has fabulous views of an absolutely breathtaking lake. The authors of the design, the architects Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster, challenged the abrupt topography of the soil on which this peculiar construction is located.
This vacation home consists of two volumes stacked one on top of the other. The lower volume huddles in the landscape so that you barely see it when you approach the house. The upper volume rests on the lower one, as well as on a concrete pier to form a bridge and a cantilever. This concentration strategy allows for greater access and permeability of the site and emphasizes the charged relationship between the building and the land.
The upper volume contains living spaces and opens onto the lake, while the lower volume is more closed and houses bedrooms. Responding to the need for accessibility for guests with disabilities, as well as thinking about the ability of customers to use the building in the future, a study/bedroom mix and an accessible bathroom are provided on the main level. The roof of the lower bar becomes a terrace that allows elevated views and a direct connection to living spaces
By Magaly • Apr 18, 2018
PV Cabin is a private residence located in Pinto, a town and commune in Ñuble Province, in the Biobío Region of Chile. It was designed by Lorena Troncoso Valencia in 2016, and covers a total ground area of merely 24 square meters.
The clients for this cabin are a young couple of climbers who love participating in rock sports, so they chose an area of Chile known for its mountain range landscape. The problem of the structure’s limited space was solved by building in a vertical manner, so that the space was expanded with a double height. In this way, all needs — sleeping, eating, cleaning, and some room for leisure — were covered.
The home is located in a small clearing at the end of a winding and wooded road, and is surrounded by lush trees and backed by a high wall of grey rock, and it is raised on wooden piles one and a half meters above the ground to avoid contact with the snow in the winter season. This privileged location ensures sun, ventilation, and plenty of natural light for the home.
The ground floor of the home holds the kitchen, dining room, and a working area; the bedroom sits upstairs.
By Magaly • Apr 16, 2018
This holiday apartment is located in an old fishing village in Camogli, a famous holiday destination near Genoa, Italy. It has been designed by the Italian architectural firm Gosplan in 2017.
It is located on the first floor of a tall structure, in a typical Ligurian building, on the edge of the historic center of the city, and with an open view to the sea, so that its interior is bright and enjoys an abundance of natural light.
The house is arranged around a large living room with two windows open towards the horizon. Behind a gray wall there are two bedrooms, connected to the living room by two doors that were part of the original structure and were repurposed. The other two sides of the living room are surrounded by a large white L-shaped cupboard that contains all the facilities of the house: a guest closet, a toilet, a bookcase, a pantry, a fridge, an oven, and a cellar.
This solution allowed the architects to free up the living room of all the technical furniture, which is usually found in the kitchen area, arranging it behind a variable sequence of doors with hinges made with white vertical planks.
The original wooden ceiling was brought to light, restored and painted white to highlight the brightness of this space.
By Magaly • Apr 11, 2018
Located on the edge of the mangrove swamp of Puerto Morelos, just 50 meters from Cancun, an area especially known for its fabulous beaches and resorts, in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, this house is surrounded by lush vegetation, typical of location. However, with the height granted by the project to the house, when you go up, you will see the sea, so the views will evolve from floor to floor: from the intense green, to the clear blue of the sky and the water. Does not this sound wonderful?
The project, carried out by the architectural firm Eduardo Cadaval & Clara Solà-Morales and with the collaboration of Juan Carral, Eduardo Alegre, Nora Sevilla and David Vázquez, was carried out between 2014 and 2017 and has a total area of 280 square meters.
The architectural project wants to reinforce the neutral identity of the house towards the street and prevent openings, while concentrating all the magic inside.
The construction and finishes of the house seek to be as austere as possible, using simpler construction techniques, such as load-bearing walls. Everything is painted in a continuous color. In the end, it is the space, with its opening to the mangrove, to the sea, to the vegetation and to the white light of the north, the main protagonist of the house.
By Magaly • Apr 10, 2018
This beautiful house, surrounded by thick vegetation and with the calm waters of the bay as the only companion, seems like something out of a tale.
It is located in Wroxham, Norwich, United Kingdom and has 165 square meters of construction. The firm responsible for carrying out the project in 2016 was Platform 5 Architects, located in London, United Kingdom.
The new design by Platform 5 Architects replaces an obsolete bungalow on a promontory of a secluded lagoon in Norfolk’s stables. The design of a new building for the plot offered the opportunity to improve the environment by establishing an elegant counterpoint to neighboring houses of more traditional design, respecting the peaceful location. A key objective was to create simple and contemporary living spaces in the center of the house that are well oriented to benefit from the views of the surroundings. The property is also available for vacation rentals.
Each space has a carefully thought-out design and carried out with built-in furniture to set the stage for family life. A palette of materials in soft tones is used in each of the spaces, where a range of colors and textures creates a cozy but variable atmosphere.
By Magaly • Apr 6, 2018
Slow House is a private residence designed by the South Korean architectural firm KDDH, which is based in Seoul. The home was completed in 2015, and covers a total ground area of a little over 100 square meters. It is located in Janghyeon-dong, South Korea.
The home sits on a street 8 meters wide, facing the foot of Mt. Hwangbang, which is expected to suffer a high amount of traffic. As a result, it was necessary to create an architectural design that would ensure and preserve the privacy of the residents. In order to do this, the architectural firm separated the private areas from the public ones. The inner part of the house is divided into three sections — a family area, an area for the children, and an area for the parents.
The lowest part of the house holds a kitchen, a dining room, and other areas where the family might spend time together. The upper level has a series of rooms, all quite small, but each with a differently shaped ceiling, which creates a sense of dynamism that adds character and a touch of fun to the interior. A low corridor creates a division between the spaces designated for the children and those designated for the adults, the latter of which are located in the highest point of the structure.
This villa, with an area of 142 square meters and whose purpose was to be used as a space to share with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere, is located in Iran. It was redesigned in 2015 by the architectural firm ZAV Architects under the leadership of Mohamadreza Ghodousi, Fateme Rezaie Fakhr-e-Astane and Soroosh Majidi.
The project was defined with some main strategies: rehabilitate the villa with technology and local workforce while also maintaining the existing structure, integrate the open and closed spaces as much as possible, with the flow of air from the garden to the most intimate spaces of the villa. Apart from all this, it was important to incorporate shades and colors into the geometry of the villa.
The interior of the villa was designed entirely in white, imitating the sensations of a temple that reinterprets some of the Iranian architectural principles.
The building consists of three interrelated spaces on two levels. The entrance on the north side of the villa leads to an open space full of light and shadows.
The ground floor rises through a staircase to the space where there are two wide steps that function as resting platforms, on which one can lie down and spend some time relaxing.
This imposing construction of high concrete walls has been designed by the architect Cherng Yih Lee, who works for the architectural firm FORMZERO, in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The home was completed in the year 2017 and covers an extensive area of 900 square meters, distributed across its three levels.
It is located right on the edge of a reserved forest, perfect for those who like to enjoy the outdoors and nature. However, one of the points on which its designers focused was avoiding, at all costs, that the existing windows became the most direct element with which to define the relationship with the outdoor space. When a house is surrounded by other houses, the relationship is immediately blurred by dropping a curtain. The question was … How to restore that relationship with the outer space without compromising the necessary privacy inside?
From east to west, this house is wrapped in an additional layer consisting of a wall of perforated concrete that looks like a shell. In addition to acting as a thermal protection with cross ventilation, the carapace is the first layer to control privacy. Between the house and the concrete framework, several levels of landscape are inserted to create an ambiguous condition that makes the landscape look more like an interior space.
By Magaly • Apr 4, 2018
This 1,500 square foot multipurpose barn project in Ancram, New York, USA, was completed in 2017 by the architecture firm Worrell Yeung Architecture, under the direction of its architecture professionals Max Worrell and Jejon Yeung.
The space is located on the side of a 30-acre property, with an existing traditional house and other structures. This modern barn adopts an unmistakably contemporary design approach, while incorporating elements of the Hudson Valley agrarian lifestyle. The general shape of the building is clean and simple, and its volume is a single and discreet structure of gable roof that sits on the hillside. The retaining walls create a playground between the barn and the house.
The barn has parking capacity for two cars, along with a garden area and a flexible and covered outdoor room. This space has large gates that strategically frame the views of the Berkshires Mountain. Inside, the prefabricated wooden scissor frame structure and the wooden frame are exposed.
The selection of materials everywhere was made to be durable and low-maintenance, given the climatic zone. The roof is made of black metal and the exterior is covered with hemlock wood with vertical black spots, while the interior is covered with the same natural wood.
By Magaly • Apr 3, 2018
The architectural firm Laurynas Žakevičius Architects designed this fabulous house in 2014. The wonderful exterior is perfectly complemented by its interior, an exhibition of good taste and a perfect example of the capabilities of architects Laurynas Žakevičius, and Evelina Gumuliauskaitė.
The house, located in Vilnius, Lithuania, has an area of 275 square meters and is situated on a slope, which has been coupled to create a continuous space. The site is divided into two areas at different levels: an approach area and an inner courtyard for relaxation. The main entrance and technical facilities are one level lower than the main house area.
Access to the patio rises along the naturally sloping ramp below the house, directing visitors towards the back of the site. Inside the interior garden, the floor merges with the floor of the living room, dining room, and bedroom areas of the house.
You can go to the lawn directly from the bedroom. The concrete lining of the front elevation was selected to match with the retention of concrete walls. The remaining part of the house is covered with black stone tiles and natural wood.
The light and minimalist house style and the dark natural colors of the building merge harmoniously with nature and the surroundings.
By Magaly • Apr 2, 2018
Brunhais House is a private residence designed by Rui Vieira Oliveira, a Portuguese architectural firm with offices in Guimarães, Portugal and Naples, Italy. It is located in Póvoa de Lanhoso, a parish of Brunhais, a small village surrounded by mountains and characterized by good weather and clear blue skies, itself located in the north of Portugal. The project was begun in 2011 and completed in 2016.
The house is part of a set of three different projects belonging to three brothers. The intention was to create a structure that could host a couple and support the activity of the family business. The adaptation of the building to the slightly uneven terrain allows for two volumes to overlap, thus allowing the demarcation of these two separate functions. The white structure holds the living quarters, while the gray one is made of a natural stone, and denotes a more functional purpose.
The interior of the buildings is stark white, which creates a strong contrast against the clear blue skies, as well as reflect the light of the strongly shining sun, easing the illumination of the entire structure. Clear glass walls allow this same light to flow into the interior, rendering artificial light virtually unnecessary.
By Magaly • Mar 30, 2018
In Sjusjøen, one of Norway’s most popular areas for skiing, this fabulous cabin is located, has 133 square meters and the project was carried out in 2017 by the architecture firm Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter. It is a fast and concentrated development of cabins, tilted to the west with views of the Gudbrandsdalen valley and strong winds from the north. This makes it important to try to protect yourself from the wind and establish private spaces near the building.
The cabin is built with prefabricated solid wood elements, visible on the interior walls and ceiling. The walls and the exterior ceilings are covered with charred wood panels, which makes the cabin stand out in the white winter landscape.
The plan is solved within a strict geometric concept. 12 identical triangles make up the shape of the cabin, and the levels and interior rooms are organized within the geometry. Along with the minimal details, this gives the building a dynamic and clear presence. The continuous windows connect all the rooms with the view of the valley. The larger windows are next to a covered terrace, inside the kitchen and the living room, and through the hall where the rooms are located.
By Magaly • Mar 29, 2018
Designed for a young couple who were looking for a refuge that would take them away from the outer chaos and create a space of tranquility, this concrete house has plenty of spaces inside that inspire and reflect that peace and serenity.
It was designed by the architectural firm Espacio 18 Arquitectura in a family complex in the city of Puebla, Mexico in 2018 and has 3 levels. On the ground floor, the social areas are open to the courtyards, where the program extends and is joined by glass screens. On the first level are the bedrooms, with open views to the garden. Spring definitely blossoms here, and we will be able to enjoy the change nature undergoes during this time. Finally, on the second level we will find the entertainment area, the bathrooms, and the roof garden with a panoramic view of the volcanoes.
Inside, furniture, carpentry, and wooden beams provide warmth, pleasant odors, and textures in all spaces. In the bathrooms, the works of Oaxacan artist Francisco Toledo introduces us to this home’s artistic side.
The facade responds to the idea of a house inside the walls, avoiding openings to the street and unnecessary elements.
Internal garden at night hoursView in gallery