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Category Archive: ‘Interesting Houses’

South Africa


Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects and Antoni Associates have designed a home for a family in Knysna, South Africa.  “The brief was to create a home for a Johannesburg based family that could eventually be used as a family home but would initially be used for holidays. The site enjoys spectacular views and it was important that the connection to these views was maximised,”






Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 4 comments

Carmel, CA


Perched atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the ocean, this Carmel residence strives to appear as a natural extension of the landscape while resolving competing private and public concerns.

The large area of the house was disguised by splitting the house into two wings, recessing the house into the site and locating nearly half of the space partially underground. The plan-split created a courtyard, the eastern wing providing privacy from Highway One and the western wing buffering the ocean wind. Secondary spaces are located on the lower floor and borrow light from above through three staircases. These spaces provide respite from the panoramic drama on the upper floor.

Walls are located only where absolutely necessary for privacy or structure and treated as monolithic elements. Stone cladding predominates, rooting the house in the site and visually connecting with the rocky cove.






Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 2 comments

Tiny-House Village

Aunt Nancy sent this in, and wants to see something like it in SD – hopefully there will be many creative housing solutions for young and old alike:

beautiful trailer park

DENSITY: 16–22 houses-per-acre

SIZE: 40 -70 beautiful tiny houses (RVs), each up to 400s.f., plus sleeping lofts

AMENITIES: A 800 – 1600 s.f. common house, private gardens, 1.5 parking spaces per house, shared outdoor space, private storage units, prominent pedestrian walkways out front with parking out back.

LOCATION: Northern California


INTENT: To create a contagious model for responsible, affordable, desirable housing.


Tiny House Village

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 9 comments

3D-Printed Houses


Hat tip to daytrip:

Architects around the globe are racing to build the world’s first 3D printed houses — a breakthrough with profound implications for housing affordability and customization.

In China, a company named Winsun this year said it built 10 3D printed houses in just one day. The reported cost for each: just $5,000.

In Amsterdam, a team of architects has started construction of the 3D Print Canal House, using bio-based, renewable materials. The site is both construction site and public museum; President Obama was among the visitors this year. Hedwig Heinsman, co-founder of DUS architects, the team behind the project, tells Business Insider that in addition to being ec0-friendly, “The main goal, I think, is really to deliver custom-made architecture.”

3D printers build structures layer by layer. But at USC in California, Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis is pushing the fabrication process one step further with what he calls “contour crafting.” He hopes to develop a gigantic 3D printer, able to print whole house in a single run, from its structure to its electrical and plumbing conduits.

The revolution in 3D printed housing, in other words, is well underway.

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 9 comments

Napa Estate

This is a tour of the Robin Williams’ $30 million Napa estate.  The video is quality – a clean presentation of the stuff you want to see, and the drone work is fantastic. It’s only 1:53-min. long.

There is a 15-sec. commercial, which I try to avoid. But the rest is worth it!

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Bubbleinfo TV, Interesting Houses | 0 comments

Del Mar Terrace


You could make a case that Del Mar Terrace is under-valued, compared to the rest of Del Mar.  The views are bigger due to fewer trees, and you can get to the freeway or beach in five minutes – how many places can say that?

Ken Rochetti was the architect of the featured home above, and quite a few others in the north coastal region – here’s one on Whale Watch in La Jolla with some trick drone work:

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Bubbleinfo TV, Del Mar, Historic Homes, Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market | 0 comments

Carpenteria Contemporary


This contemporary residence is designed to seamlessly open unto the panoramic coastal ridge-top site via expansive operable glazed walls. The glazed transparency is balanced and the home is anchored in place by substantial cut native sandstone walls. The architectural design evolved from our client’s desire for a home that is a tranquil place for living, art and retreat.

The project site is located on a ridge in the foothills of Carpinteria, ten miles down the coast from Santa Barbara. The program asked for a master suite, one guest room, a study for two, a more contained den and an informal open living space they could share with their children and grand children. The site strategy was to separate the guesthouse, pool and pool house from the main house, by locating them amongst the oaks on a lower terrace. The smaller structures were easier to place around the mature oak trees without disturbing their root systems. Each structure has its own orientation and privacy.





Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 3 comments