• Above It All

    Shaping a big house so it meets the land gracefully is one of architecture's most difficult challenges. That's why this 10,000-square-foot residence in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is such an achievement: it occupies a prominent hilltop setting in an exclusive gated community with aplomb. Elegant and...

     
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    Virtuous Venues

    From vacation retreats in wide-open parcels to tight urban lots bordered by busy streets, functional outdoor spaces extend the boundaries of home and enhance the lives of those who inhabit them.

     
  • Town House, Washington, D.C.

    Converted long ago to office space, this townhouse in the heart of Washington, D.C.'s downtown commercial district seemed an unlikely candidate for a return engagement as a residence.

     
  • Suite 4511, Washington, D.C.

    Asked to design a simple bathroom makeover, architect Robert M. Gurney and project designer Claire L. Andreas instead combined an existing master bedroom, bath, and closet into a single continuous space.

     
  • Harkavy Residence, Potomac, Md.

    Much of the ground floor of this exurban house opens to its wooded site via floor-to-ceiling glass.

     
  • Peterson Residence, Chevy Chase, Md.

    As remodeling candidates, some houses offer architects more to work with than others.

     
  • Buisson Residence, Lake Anna, Va.

    A wooded point of land on the shore of Virginia's Lake Anna presented architect Robert M. Gurney and project designer Claire L. Andreas with the perfect stage for this strikingly sculptural weekend retreat.

     
  • Born House, Little Compton, R.I.

    New England's archetypal agrarian forms, subtly refracted through a modernist lens, give this house-and-barn compound a timeless sense of belonging in its rural setting.

     
  • Structural Integrity

    There are a lot of people out there who can credibly call themselves green builders, but we don't know any custom builder who lives and breathes the green way more than David Warner.