Silver House Hyde+Hyde Architects

Modern, small, and elevated, this beauty nestled in the Gower Peninsula of South Wales epitomizes what’s popular in architecture currently; and for good reason. Although not built yet, this concept employs some of the best ideas in recent memory. Elevated wrap around porches will always provide a natural extension of any open space (especially when using glass) while an angled roofline over the interior hallway create indoor separation. The interior design looks idealized towards a modern and retro combination, here’s hoping they can build a chimney for that gorgeous fireplace.

Huts on Sleds Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan

Measuring only 40 square meters, this little hut located on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula shows that density does not necessarily mean clutter. Storage space lines the interior walls and provides accessible compartments regardless of what floor the occupant is on. As with most small dwellings, the ingenuity of space lies in the feeling of openness. A large, collapsable door which can provide shelter from the elements also opens fully to a spectacular view and plenty of ocean breeze. These, along with a loft that doesn’t fully extend to the front wall, give the home almost a vacation suite feel without disrupting the simple, functional appeal.

Mountain View Hosensinn Architektur

A modern location scout for the “Sound of Music” would definitely put this house on the map. Located in the breathtakingly beautiful region of Bad Aussee, Austria, this modern retreat was built with it’s location front and center. Glass encases the back of the home which along with 2 porches and a pool provide mountain views any time of the day. Aesthetically, the interior of the home is simple, refined, and comforting. It mixes thin wooden planks, white walls, and glass to provide a welcome sense of openness  for the home no better seen then the view from the top of the first story staircase.

Summers in Milan Rangr Studio & Chartlet Design

Simple, elegant, maintainable. Originally designed as a weekend retreat for a couple who had rented in the area for quite some time, this house was built with a small budget in mind. While not exactly a head turner from the street, it’s the rear of the house that will create inspiring views. Located just outside Milan, NY, the rear of house provides some excellent views of the Catskill Mountains. Nothing is overdone or complex here, just a simple floor plan and a great porch located atop a peaceful hill with some room to breath. Sounds lovely.

704 Square Feet Source: NY Times

Gone are the days of bigger is better. Recently the trend has shifted to smaller, but more importantly, more efficient homes. Easily maintainable, potentially self sufficient, and environmentally responsible are now the traits more and more couples are looking for in their homes. Nestled in Portland OR, this 704 square foot home was custom built for roughly $135,000 (not including land purchase) and has more than enough room for the couple who built it.

Blue Ridge Hideaway Carlton Architecture

Residing the gorgeous Blue Ridge foothills of North Carolina, this Piedmont residence takes full advantage of it’s seclusion. Floor to ceiling glass surround the structure allowing for multiple rooms to have views on either side. A small lap pool just outside master bedroom is a perfect distraction from the mostly stone foundation which lies atop a rolling evergreen hilltop. Over hanging the ceiling past the full glass walls provides some much needed shade in the summer while keeping moisture away during the rain. This residence is a true getaway amongst the trees.

Distant Mirage Marmol Radziner

A concept car for prefab homes, this gorgeous vacation home in Desert Hot Springs was built as an experiment of sorts. A re-envisioning of mid-century aesthetics, the architect duo Ron Radziner and Leo Marmol created this uniquely striking home to test and idea: what if they could change the perception of what prefab homes meant. Removing the existing troupes of cheap, temporary, and mundane; a modern marvel of steel, concrete, and glass now stands in place of a unproven concept. Unfortunately however, this was still very much a prototype as replicating it would cost around $985,000.

Outpost Olson Kundig

In the middle of Idaho there exists a single bedroom masterpiece. Normally reserved for a much larger house, this outpost showcases an open floor plan at it’s finest. Three hundred and sixty degree views provide the perfect excuse for an experiment of stone and glass. Exposed beams in the ceiling, unfinished wood in the floors, and overall simplistic aesthetic goes a long way to matching it’s environment. Perfect for a couple who wants to get away or an artist with a creative block, this outpost in the middle of Idaho truly inspires.

Great Barrier House Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects

Located on Great Barrier Island in New Zealand, there a masterpiece of timber. Completely sustainable, this home was built with it’s surroundings in mind. It’s elevated timber exoskeleton reflects the neighboring trees and provides flood protection during the rainy season. The porches and exterior facing rooms are aligned for the greatest sun exposure, while still keeping the home cool in the summer. Without any neighbors close by, the living spaces are enclosed with sliding glass doors that the breeze can flow through during the warmer days while still providing excellent views during the colder days. Solar panels on the roof and a water tower provide ample resources for living on this is gorgeous piece a property nestled in the trees.