More stories about custom %2F 3%2C500 square feet or less

  • ski house, sugar bowl, calif.

    At once deeply practical and cleverly articulated, this house in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is designed to withstand earthquakes and the 12-foot snow loads that are standard in this part of the country.

  • house on the connecticut river, essex, conn.

    Architect Chad Floyd’s house sits on the north cove of the Connecticut, River, in a colonial-era shipbuilding town.

  • additions to historic west st. mary's manor, st. mary's county, md.

    The orderly floor plan at this bold modern residence captured the judges’ attention. So did its restrained materials palette and spotless execution. “It doesn’t have a flaw,” marveled one judge, speaking of the entire project.

  • delta shelter, mazama, wash.

    Tom Kundig, FAIA, likes concrete and steel because they are indestructible materials, and the fact that many of the parts used in this tiny cabin could be fabricated off site and bolted together quickly and inexpensively.

  • matthew residence, brainerd, minn.

    Most of the cabins around this summer residence run parallel to the shoreline and sit as close to the water as possible. Asked to design a replacement for a cabin that had burned down, David Salmela proposed something a little more interesting.

  • pacific palisades residence, pacific palisades, calif.

    Just about every design decision architect Ivo Venkov made on this project—the home (and office) he shares with his wife and fellow architect, Rossi Venkov—related back to the site, a steep hillside overlooking the Pacific.

  • chicken point cabin, northern idaho

    The owners of this weekend retreat asked for a little cabin that opens to its natural surroundings.

  • freeman residence, bristol, r.i.

    The 1.2-acre waterfront site was the biggest influence on the design of this 2,600-square-foot house, says architect James Estes.

  • tatum residence, scientists cliffs, md.

    For this new 3,500-square-foot house in the Cliffs, architect Wayne L. Good sought to evoke the elemental, rustic spirit of those early summer homes.

  • zachary house, zachary, la.

    Simplicity doesn't guarantee elegance, but in the case of this project that's exactly what it achieves.