In the Los Angeles suburb of Mount Washington, architects Alice Fung and Michael Blatt pushed back against the community's inibiting design restrictions. Fluid indoor-outdoor spaces and an upstairs meditation room with a pitched Lexan window distinguish the structure from the ranch homes that surround it.
Rather than facing any stringent building codes or angry neighbors, Peter Brancher had to overcome the limitations of a long and narrow lot when bringing his Richard Neutra-inspired home outside of Dayton, Ohio, to fruition. Placing the entry door on the side of the house minimized the sense of shotgun archictecture typical to the area.
This sculptural addition to a home in suburban Melbourne, Australia, mimics the sloped contours of the sloped site on which it rests, and encourages a stronger connection to the outdoors.
A sturdy 1940s brick Cape with trim, boxy rooms and an undulating yard, this home outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, was the kind of suburban nest that young parents dream of owning. But upon purchasing it, architect Terry Boling removed the enitre second floor, replacing it with an aluminum-trimmed box containing a new master suite that sits, slightly askew, on top of the original first-floor.
Though it initially drew the ire of a few community members, this Palo Alto home designed by architect David Baker now receives frequent visitors looking to sketch its back-turned facade that incorporates numerous exposed beams, columns, and supports.
Thanks to its triple-glazed windows, abundant skylights, fully automated HVAC system, solar hot water system, and spray foam insulation, this prefab home in Ontario, Canada, has become a trendsetter in suburban energy conservation.