Richard T. Broderick, A.I.A.
Fidalgo Island Lookout
2020 Kansas Avenue
Designed by Richard T. Broderick of Sparkitecture Design Solutions. This 2500 square foot cliff house is elegantly sited on a commanding bluff with ocean and vivid San Juan Islands sunsets. The site falls in a number of steep intervals onto a lower terrace before tumbling further still into a lush tangle of brush and evergreens bordering protected wetlands below. The structure opted for simple, site-informed massing - a trio of stacked rectangular boxes, one more elongated than the last, wedged into the cliffside. The three floors were arranged according to a distinct functional hierarchy – living/social areas on the main first level; master suite in the middle incorporating two separate
Charles Dubois, A.I.A.
Palm Springs Lifestyle - In The Indian Canyons
2406 S Caliente Drive
Palm Springs, CA
Designed by Charles Dubois, A.I.A., and built by Roy Fey in 1980, this home is located in the highly desired Indian Canyons neighborhood of south Palm Springs. Inside, soaring ceilings appear to float above clerestory windows with views of the San Jacinto Mountains and swaying a palm trees. Expanses of glass in the living areas frame views of the pool and simultaneously connect the indoors to the outdoors. With it custom maple cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, the spacious kitchen is ready for entertaining. The large pool, spa, outdoor kitchen/bar and fire feature, surrounded by inviting seating areas, complete the outdoors. The stage is set for living the Palm Springs
Jules Gregory, Architect
315 Goat Hill Road
Voted one of the 10 Best Houses in America by Architectural Record. A sweeping roofline floats effortlessly amidst an open woodland landscape. Mid-Century Modern architect Jules Gregory's masterpiece allows the eye to enjoy a poem formed by the architectural joinery of wood, glass, native stone, and landscape. A footbridge over a seasonal stream leads to a guest quarters' serene sanctuary that artfully counterbalances the main home's exotic curves. Privacy abounds on this 10-acre modern estate. Just beyond the riverside towns of Lambertville and New Hope, the property is minutes to Princeton with easy access to NY and Philadelphia. Furniture is also available.
Marc Atlan Design with Oller & Pejic, Architects
Black Desert House
Yucca Valley, CA
Beyond shelter, Black Desert House is an artistic counter-point to a landscape born of fire, and sculpted over the last 100 million years. Conceived to read as a shadow cast within great piles of monzogranite boulders, the residence offers the quintessential desert experience: immersion into the timelessness of the vast desert panorama. By day the residence protects like a cave; at night it dissolves in the surrounding array of stars. Informed by the modernist aesthetic, the geometry of the structure minimizes distractions, while curtain glass walls eliminate indoor-outdoor distinctions. The public spaces open to the sheltered entry courtyard, broad view terraces, and the private swimming
Frank Ferris, Architect
The Crescent Bath House, 1887
201 West Graham Avenue
Lake Elsinore, CA
Capitalizing on the eclectic American interpretation of neo-Moorish vernacular architecture, Frank Ferris and business partner Franklyn Heald built their Crescent Bath house directly across the street from California Southern Railroad train station on the corner of Graham and Spring Street.
Colorful bulbous spires and intricately crafted inverted horseshoe arches that frame windows and doorways accentuate its exotic, other worldly Victorian architecture- surely a sight for weary Mid-westerners seeking respite from their lengthy journey. Ten private baths along an eighty-five foot long corridor to the rear of the building provided treatment for a variety of ailments that were
Blue Sky Systems Architecture
The Graham Residence, 2011
56040 Nelson Avenue
Yucca Valley, CA
With little disruption to the natural environment during its construction, Blue Sky Building Systems’ sustainable Graham Residence is enhanced by the ten-acre rugged terrain in which it sits. Upon first sight, the right angles of the structure may appear to conflict with the rounded granite surfaces surrounding the house, but the rectilinear geometry of the structure is the perfect counterpoint to an otherwise undulating terrain of ancient rocks and desert landscape. Rather than demonstrating humankind’s prowess to conquer nature by manipulating the environment to suit human needs, the Graham Residence changes the dialogue from conquering nature to being part of nature, while opening up
Valentino Agnoli, Architect
Owl and Beaver House, 1997
27604 23rd Place
The Owl and Beaver is a raised curvilinear sculptural building on the crystal clear Ichetucknee river. The house was designed and contracted by San Francisco architect Valentino Agnoli, an architect known for curvilinear structures, for physician author Michael Samuels as a meditation and writing retreat. It is 600 feet with a kitchen dining room, living room, bedroom and bath on the main floor and a bedroom under the bow. It was built to be like a poem or a meditative vision. It resembles an upside down boat and it's ridge pole and keel come together to support the structure like a kiss. It is up in the trees of an ancient cypress forest like a tree house, and it has views of the
Malcolm M. Appleton, Architect
Shaker Hill, 1974
124 Shaker Hill Road
Exquisitely designed and thoughtfully sited on an extravagant setting in Starksboro, Vermont. Designed by Vermont architect Malcolm Appleton, with input from the homeowners, the interior space invokes peace and tranquility. Floor to ceiling glass gives you the sense of being one with the outdoors. Large sunken living room with exposed beams and a glorious fireplace is centered in the home with a master suite and office on one end and the kitchen, dining and two guest suites on the other. Covered porches, stone walls, playful yard, trails through the woods all add to the charming character of this much loved home.
Starksboro, Vermont is convenient to many well-known ski areas
Gracia Studio, Architects
Minimalist Baja Beach House
Todos Los Santos, MEX
Modern architecture at its most powerful: Pure air, water and light enrich a majestically minimal 2006 beach house, designed by Gracia Studio of both Mexico and San Diego. Nearly a thousand miles by road from the U.S. border, in the blessedly low-profile area around artist-colony Todos Santos in Baja California Sur.
Barely two hours flight time from L.A, this retreat is a rare offering. At entry, a concrete patio floats above desert sands and a swimming pool, offering panoramic views of the blue Pacific. This generous sun patio merges with the living room space via folding glass doors and brise-soleil shutters on mild winter days. City water allows lush cocoanut palm and