Well-known English architect Robert Paxton was revered for his ability to mix historic houses with modern additions or updates. This courtyard house for himself and partner Heidi Locher, however, is all about the new. A lap pool anchors the sunny courtyard/living room and reflects natural light into the adjacent master suite. Retractable glass skylights enclose the two-story courtyard and pool, so both places can be used year-round. The indoor/outdoor room acts as an oversized sitting area for the homeowners and their guests.

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