Thanks to Matthew Hufft, Hannah and Paul Catlett have a new home in southwestern Missouri that’s a fresh, unconventional take on the traditional farmhouse. Here, Link Catlett and Butters, the dog, stroll alongside the home’s namesake wraparound porch, made of Brazilian ipe.
On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forged a new kind of vacation house. The vacation complex is designed to promote an easy flow between two families' spaces, which include guest cabins and a shared porch for hanging out and eating. The large wraparound porch links the two main houses and two guest cabins.
Working with a limited footprint, a daunting slope, and killer views, architect Bruce Bolander went vertical with a secluded canyon house in Malibu. To deal with a Malibu site’s sharp incline, Bolander set the steel, concrete, and glass house on caissons. A deep wraparound porch nearly doubles the home’s living space and offers the ideal perch for outdoor dining and taking in spectacular views of the surrounding canyon.
After Will Rosenzweig and Carla Fracchia bought this 100-year-old farmhouse in Healdsburg, California, they hired Arkin Tilt Architects and Earthtone Construction to make an eco-friendly example out of it. Located off the dining room, the deep covered porch features an outdoor countertop and sink for washing vegetables on their way from the garden to the table.
When high school classmates, architect Joe Osae-Addo and Sara Asafu-Adjaye reconnected while visiting their home country, Ghana, they embarked on a long distance relationship stretching from London to Los Angeles. It wasn't long before Osae-Addo suggested to Asafu-Adjaye that they build a house in his native Accra, the capital of the West African nation. Arranged in an L-shape, with bedrooms and TV room in one wing and the kitchen and dining areas in the other, the house has a balcony wrapping around it, inspired by both colonial English bungalows and the courtyard plans of rural Ghanaian houses.
Self-taught designer Tom Givone continues his practice of updating 19th-century farmhouses with unexpected details and salvaged materials with his latest creation—a torqued-volume addition to an 1850s family homestead in Pennsylvania. The client requested a porch, so Givone built one with columns made of anodized aluminum, the same material used in the siding of the addition, and stainless steel cables. "Even though it's a traditional, covered porch, it has very modern materials," he says.
Argentinean materials, a roiling economy, and a pinch of personal tumult served as the recipe for furniture designer Alejandro Sticotti’s Buenos Aires oasis. Upstairs, a giant deck off the master bedroom overflows with terra-cotta pots whose contents tell the story of the couple’s past and present lives: plants and cacti from their previous apartments and gardens; other people’s discarded plants, snagged off downtown sidewalks; and blooming souvenirs from their travels.
What happens when the guest house becomes home? Retired couple Suzanne and Brooks Kelley found out when a pair of brainy New Haven architects breathed new architectural life into the property they’ve inhabited for over thirty years. The approximately 1,000-square-foot building now opens up to the southwest, where the hilltop meadow gives way to the sound below. Enormous sliding glass doors open at the corner onto a small ipe deck, creating a seamless transition from the combined living and dining space to the yard outside.