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post updated October 17, 2021

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This page contains a selection of major American residential building designs, with links to individual project pages. We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of American houses. We cover completed US residential buildings and new property designs across the USA. The focus is on contemporary US properties.

American Houses – Residences from 2021

Residential Architecture USA, chronological:

Oct 14, 2021
Kanye West’s Original Bachelor Pad Beverly Hills, Southern California
Kanye West’s Bachelor Pad, Hollywood Hills

Oct 14, 2021
Suncrest Retreat, Orcas Island, Washington
Design: Heliotrope Architects

Suncrest Retreat on Orcas Island, WA

Oct 12, 2021
Lantern House, Austin, Texas
Design: Dick Clark + Associates
Lantern House Austin
photo : Jake Holt
Lantern House, Austin, Texas
The Lantern House sits on the perfect balance between being nestled into the hillside and rising above it. Designed as two levels for a local entrepreneur and family, the very linear “L” shape is able to spread the main spaces of the house out more evenly across the site in the direction of the topography.

Oct 12, 2021
Ridge Oak Residence, Austin, Texas
Design: Clayton Korte
Ridge Oak Residence Austin
photo © Chloe Gilstrap
Ridge Oak Residence, Austin, Texas
Originally designed in 1950 by prominent Austin architect Howard R. Barr, FAIA, Ridge Oak Residence a mid-century modern gem is located in the heart of Austin’s Highland Park neighborhood. When Clayton Korte clients bought it from Barr’s son in 2016, they hired the firm to design a complete renovation and addition.

Oct 5, 2021
Emmitt Smith’s Mansion, Preston Hollow, north Dallas, Texas
Emmitt Smith’s House and Dinner Date Dallas
photo : Douglas Elliman, courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals
Emmitt Smith’s House and Dinner Date, Dallas
Serious football fans have been presented with a rather unique encouragement to buy a house: a dinner date with NFL Hall of Famer, longtime Dallas Cowboys player and Dancing with the Stars season-three winner, Emmitt Smith.

Sep 30, 2021
Horseshoe Bay Retreat, Llano County, Texas
Design: Dick Clark + Associates
Horseshoe Bay Retreat Texas
photo : Dror Baldinger AIA
Horseshoe Bay Retreat, Llano County, Texas
Horseshoe Bay Retreat is a modestly sized and budgeted weekend residence for an urban couple with extended family. The primary goal was the creation of an optimal atmosphere for entertaining family and friends while capitalizing on the clear, panoramic views of Horseshoe Bay and distant Packsaddle Mountain beyond.

Sep 13, 2021
Al Capone’s Florida Home, Miami Beach, Florida
Al Capone’s Florida Home Miami Beach
photo : EWM Realty International
Al Capone’s Florida Home, Miami Beach
In 1928, Miami Beach’s polite society was rocked with the news that the infamous gangster, Chicago crime boss Al Capone, had purchased a home on Palm Island, one of the city’s newest and most prestigious addresses. Much to the consternation of the city fathers, local organizations and even the state governor, Capone continued to live there until his death in 1947, and his wife, Mae, held onto the house until 1952.

Sep 14, 2021
Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan – news

Aug 22, 2021
The High Housem Austin, Texas
Design: Ravel Architecture
The High House Austin Texas
photo : Chase Daniel
The High House, Austin, Texas
The High House is configured as a boomerang to accentuate the natural curvature of the land. It perches at the brow of the hill in order to maximize the site’s 180 degree view. The street side of the home includes high walls to provide privacy while allowing plenty of light.

Sep 9, 2021
Grant Park House, Atlanta, Georgia
Design: ARCHITECTUREFIRM
Grant Park House Atlanta
photograph : Garey Gomez
Grant Park House, Atlanta
The Grant Park House began with a classic Atlanta craftsman style bungalow in the historic Grant Park neighborhood that was in need of significant repair. The extensive renovation to the roof that was required allowed for a complete reconceiving of the home in plan and section, creating a new sky-lit single volume and wide open living spaces with a lofted floor above the more intimate bed and bath rooms.

Aug 24, 2021
Reimagined Adobe house, East Austin, Texas
Design: Side Angle Side, Architects
Reimagined Adobe house in East Austin, Texas
photograph : Casey Dunn
Reimagined Adobe house in East Austin, Texas
Architects Arthur Furman and Annie-Laurie Grabiel, of Side Angle Side, have designed architectural photographer, and long-term friend, Casey Dunn his dream Adobe inspired home in the heart of Texas. When Casey Dunn originally asked Arthur Furman to design a house on a double corner lot in the rapidly developing neighbourhood of East Austin, the brief focussed more on the design of the house rather than how he planned to live in it.

Aug 20, 2021
Water Mill residence, The Hamptons, Long Island, New York State
Design: Mojo Stumer Associates
Water Mill luxury house in The Hamptons, Long Island
photo : Mark Stumer
Water Mill residence in The Hamptons, NY
Designed by Long Island based luxury architecture and design firm, Mojo Stumer, this Water Mill residence is not what it seems at first. From the outside, it appears as a traditional, shingled Hamptons manor.

Aug 5, 2021
Massaro House,, Lake Mahopac, New York State
Design: Lazor Office
Massaro House Lake Mahopac NY
photo Courtesy of Douglas Elliman
Massaro House, Lake Mahopac New York State
The most famous architect in American history, Frank Lloyd Wright designed over 1,000 structures. Roughly 50 miles north of New York City in the middle of Lake Mahopac on its own island, there is a stunning house cantilevered over the water that has had its share of controversy.

Aug 11, 2021
Blue Bell Barn, Pennsylvania
Design: Voith and Mactavish Architects
Blue Bell Barn Conversion Pennsylvania
photo : Jeffrey Totaro
Blue Bell Barn Conversion, Pennsylvania
This early 19th-century bank barn converted into a house sits adjacent to the farmhouse the clients had lived in for 25 years, was initially planned as an entertaining space and guesthouse. However, they were convinced to think beyond their original plans and turn it into their primary residence.

Aug 12, 2021
Mirren-Hackford Mansion, Beverly Hills, Southern California
Mirren-Hackford Mansion, Hollywood Hills
photo : Coldwell Banker
Mirren-Hackford Mansion, Hollywood Hills
Now living most of the year in a secluded mountain home on Lake Tahoe, Helen Mirren and her director-husband feel that it’s time to either sell or rent their storied Hollywood Hills home of 30 years. Finding it a little hard to let go, they are offering it for sale at $18.5 million or for rent at $45,000 a month.

Aug 5, 2021
Friary on the Severn, Maryland Residence

Jul 30, 2021
Lone Madrone House Orcas Island WA

Jul 30, 2021
The Montreat, North Carolina Cottage

Jul 30, 2021
Telluride Glass House, Colorado

Jul 28, 2021
Collector’s Retreat Orcas Island WA

Jul 27, 2021
Eleonora R. Sears’ Massachusetts Mansion

Jul 9, 2021
Edward G. Robinson Mansion, Beverly Hills

Jul 1, 2021
Tiburon Bay Residence, Marin County, California

May 21, 2021
Portola Valley Barn, California

May 21, 2021
Historical Pasadena Mansion, California

May 20, 2021
Glass Cabin, Fairbank, Iowa Residence

Mar 14, 2021
Live Oak Residence, West Lake Hills, Texas

Mar 12, 2021
Greenwich Estate, Connecticut

Mar 10, 2021
Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument Villa

Mar 2, 2021
Villa Ruchello, Santa Monica

Feb 27, 2021
Sands Point Residence, Long Island City, Queens, New York City
Design: Mojo Stumer
Sands Point Long Island - American Houses
photo courtesy of architects studio
Sands Point Residence, Long Island
The renovation of this 90’s modern Sands Point Residence, NY, focused primarily on maximizing the transformation’s visual impact. The underlying structure and geometry of the home were to remain. Still, the homeowner’s central goal was to create what would appear to be an entirely new modern residence, with its own unique styling and a clear separation from the original architecture.

Feb 24, 2021
Inglewood Courtyard Residence, Austin, Texas, USA
Architect: Mark Odom Studio
Inglewood Courtyard Residence Austin
photograph : Casey Dunn
Inglewood Courtyard Residence, Austin
This 2,400 sqft light-filled home was designed around an entry sequence and circulation pathway that focuses on the courtyard and natural light. The existing trees were an integral element in the design of the home, both in terms of site preservation and heightening the relationship between the interior and exterior.

Terrace on Walnut, Kansas City

Straus House, Santa Barbara

American Houses – Residences from 2020

June 15, 2020
Riverbend Residence, Jackson, Wyoming
Design: CLB Architects
Riverbend Residence Jackson Wyoming - American Houses
photo : Matthew Millman
Riverbend Residence in Jackson, Wyoming
For the Riverbend Residence a spectacular site, artistic freedom and clients with vision came together to create the perfect opportunity for Carney Logan Burke Architects to design a modern art piece on the banks of the Snake River.

June 14, 2020
Enchanted Point Residence, Miami, FL
Architects: SDH Studio Architecture + Design
Enchanted Point Residence Miami Florida - American Houses
photograph : David Hernandez
Enchanted Point Residence in Miami
This family home is nestled on a magnificent radial lot surrounded by over 200 feet of water in Miami, Florida.

June 14, 2020
Red Rocks Residence, Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, Arizona
Architect: The Ranch Mine
Red Rocks Residence in Phoenix Arizona - American Houses
photograph : Roehner + Ryan
Red Rocks Residence in Phoenix, Arizona
Clinging to the side of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, a Spanish Colonial Revival style house has been transformed into a modern dwelling that creates and elevates a variety of experiences with both the natural and man-made environment.

June 10, 2020
Kayak Point House, Stanwood, Snohomish County, Washington
Architects: Christopher Wright Architecture
Kayak Point House WA - American Houses
photo © Benjamin Benschneider
Kayak Point House in Stanwood, Washington
This modern American home is nestled lightly between trees on the coast Christopher Wright Architecture created a gem grounded in nature to last generations.

Jun 3, 2020
The Preston Hollow Home, north Dallas, Texas
Architects: Specht Architects, interior design Magni Kalman
The Preston Hollow Home North Dallas
photo : Casey Dunn
The Preston Hollow Home in North Dallas
The design of this contemporary Dallas house was driven by the desire to blur the lines between inside and outside while providing a sense of privacy and seclusion from the street and surrounding neighborhood, at the homeowners request.

June 4, 2020
Westport Residence, Lake Champlain, upstate New York
Architect: Jill Porter
Westport Residence Lake-champlain New York State
photo © Jim Westphalen
Westport Residence on Lake Champlain
Situated on Lake Champlain in upstate New York, the 3,500 sf residence was built in the 1950s, and was added onto several times over the years. The clients purchased the waterfront home for long weekends away from city life in Brooklyn, NY.

May 31, 2020
Cheng Brier Residence, Tiburon, Marin County, California
Design: Swatt | Miers Architects
Cheng Brier Residence Tiburon California
photography : Marion Brenner and Russell Abraham
Cheng Brier Residence in Tiburon, California
This contemporary US residence is a 6,000-sqft home terracing down a steep sloped lot in Tiburon with dramatic views of the bay. The material palette elegantly combines bright white stucco, teak and gray limestone, with the street-facing facade featuring a dramatic teak screen.

May 22, 2020
Preston Residence, Venice, California
Design: Montalba Architects
Preston Residence Venice CA - American Houses
photography : Kevin Scott
Preston Residence in Venice, California
The design for this new US property began with its exterior so that the family could enjoy the perks of Southern California weather year-round. Woven into the home’s design are three ‘gardens’ varying in scale and function.

May 21, 2020
Rustic Canyon Residence, Santa Monica, California
Design: Conner + Perry Architects
Rustic Canyon Residence Santa Monica CA - American Houses
photography : Taiyo Watanabe
Rustic Canyon Residence in Santa Monica
Organic architecture experts Kristopher Conner and James Perry of Conner + Perry Architects were commissioned by a deeply-rooted Los Angeles couple to design a home that seamlessly fits their family and lifestyle, while also showcasing a world-class art collection and effortlessly blending into a beloved section of Santa Monica Canyon.

May 18, 2020
Collywood Residence, West Hollywood, California
Architects: Olson Kundig
Collywood Residence West Hollywood California - American Houses
photography : Nic Lehoux
Collywood Residence in West Hollywood, CA
A high-tech West Hollywood retreat is located just above the Sunset Strip and overlooks Los Angeles with sweeping views that stretch from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Maximizing access to these breathtaking views from all parts of the home was a key design directive.

May 13, 2020
Taylor Beach House, Malibu, California
Design: SPF:architects
Taylor Residence Malibu Beach California - American Houses
photography : Matthew Momberger
Taylor Residence on Malibu Beach, California
Renovation of a Malibu beach house, a 1977 home originally designed by noted California modernist Jerrold E. Lomax.

May 12, 2020
Mitt Romney’s Utah Mountain Ski Home, Deer Valley Ski Resort, Park City, Utah
Mitt Romney's Utah Mountain Ski Home USA
photography : Engel & Volkers
Mitt Romney’s Utah Mountain Ski Home
Soon after his first unsuccessful presidential campaign, former GOP presidential candidate and current Utah Senator, Mitt Romney, sold his luxury Park City mountain home he had built for his family.

May 5, 2020
LR2 Residence, Pasadena, California
Design: Montalba Architects
LR2 Residence Pasadena California
photography : Kevin Scott
LR2 Residence in Pasadena, California
The modern American esidence overlooks Pasadena and its adjacent mountains from its hillside perch. This new 4,200-sqft house is made up of several distinct living volumes and programs.

May 5, 2020
Little House, Seabeck, Kitsap County, Washington
Architects: mwworks
Little House Seabeck Washington State
photography : Kevin Scott
Little House in Seabeck, Washington State
Situated on a 1.7 acre site, this US home is nestled into a lush second growth forest on a north facing bluff overlooking Hood Canal with distant views to Dabob Bay. Designed to repurpose an existing foundation, the new building is just over 20 feet square.

Apr 21, 2020
Yellowstone Residence, Big Sky, Montana
Architects: Stuart Silk Architects
Yellowstone Residence Big Sky Montana
photo © Aaron Leitz
Yellowstone Residence in Montana
Perched at 8,100 feet on the side of a mountain in Montana’s Madison Range, the massing and materials of this residence are derived from the powerful landscape.

Apr 20, 2020
Boxy Bridge, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Architects: SILO AR+D
Boxy Bridge House Fayetteville Arkansas
photo © Aaron Kimberlin
Boxy Bridge House in Fayetteville, Arkansas
This multi-story urban infill house is located near the town center of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The architecture emerges from unique interactions between a compact and highly constrained site, a diverse local context, and the client’s demands for both a private enclave and extensive interior/exterior connections.

Apr 20, 2020
Heads House, Goshen, Arkansas
Architects: SILO AR+D
Heads House Goshen Arkansas
photo © Aaron Kimberlin
Heads House in Goshen, Arkansas
Heads House derives its name from a series of sculptural heads created by the client’s father, Richard Staples Dodge, who was a painter and sculptor. Many of these cardboard heads, with their playful often triangulated shapes, have adorned the client’s houses over the past 50 years.

Feb 16, 2020
Edgecliff Residence, Austin, Texas
Architecture: Miró Rivera Architects
Edgecliff Residence Austin
photography : Ibai Rigby and Miró Rivera Architects
Edgecliff Residence in Austin, Texas
Taking advantage of its unique site in Austin’s eclectic Travis Heights neighborhood on the southern shores of Lady Bird Lake, this contemporary residence is a play on contrasts: light and shadow, open and closed, organic and orthogonal.

Feb 6, 2020
Kingsbury Residence, Needham, Massachusetts
Design: SMOOK Architecture & Urban Design
Kingsbury Residence Needham Massachusetts
photography : Benjamin Cheung
The residence is a 2,800-sqft design interrupts the status quo of the greater Boston neighborhood with a fresh perspective.

Feb 6, 2020
Bouldin Creek Residence in Austin, Texas Home

Feb 4, 2020
San Diego Garage Remodel, California

Feb 4, 2020
Sazerac House in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Overview:

We have 5 pages of American Residential Architecture selections with links to many individual project pages.

American Houses : main page with key residences + new residential designs (this page)

American Homes : projects from A-F

American Residences : projects from G-M

American Home Designs : projects from N-R

American House Designs : projects from S-Z

Modern American Houses – post from March 17th, 2016

Possibly the most famous American House

Farnsworth House, Iliinois
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Farnsworth House
This residence is a classic example of 20th century modern architecture, one of the most significant works by one of the most celebrated architects of recent times.

American Houses Designs in 2019

Oct 23, 2019
Big Pine Retreat, Mazama, Washington
Design: Prentiss + Balance + Wickline
Big Pine House Mazama WA
photo : Eirik Johnson
Big Pine House in Mazama, Washington
Located in Washington’s Methow Valley, the Big Pine Retreat is nestled into a sloping site that is reigned over by a large, six-foot-diameter Ponderosa pine tree.

Oct 16, 2019
Nims Bezaitis Residence in Portland, Oregon

Mar 11, 2019
Mood Ring House, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Architects: SILO AR+D
Mood Ring House in Fayetteville Arkansas
photo : Timothy Hursley
New House in Fayetteville
A low-cost single family live-work house at walking distance from the city center.

Jan 19, 2019
Wilkinson Residence, Oregon
Design: Robert Oshatz Architect
Wilkinson Residence Portland Oregon - American Houses
photo : Cameron Neilson
Oregon Residence
The Wilkinson House by Robert Oshatz, completed in 2004, is an example of modern architecture at peace with its site. The house occupies a wooded Pacific Northwest site, on a steep slope which allows the main level of the house to sit among the tree canopy.

American Houses 2018

Nov 13, 2018
Trousdale Residence, Beverly Hills, California
Architects: Mayes Office
American Houses in Beverly Hills
photograph : Nathan Irick
Trousdale Residence in Beverly Hills
Located at the top of Beverly Hills is the newly constructed 7200 SF home on Trousdale Place. The property offers sweeping views from the Pacific Ocean to downtown Los Angeles.

Nov 11, 2018
Franklin Mountain House, Texas
Design: hazelbaker rush, Architects
Franklin Mountain House
photograph : Casey Dunn
Franklin Mountain House in El Paso
The Franklin Mountains extend into the north end of El Paso like a peninsula of rocky wilderness into the urban landscape of the city.

Nov 12, 2018
Stinson Beach Lagoon House, Marin County, California
Design: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
Stinson Beach Lagoon House
photograph : Shaun Sullivan Photography
Stinson Beach Lagoon House in California
Located in Stinson Beach, the site offers a southern exposure to the Seadrift Lagoon and a view to the north of the Bolinas Lagoon. This house creates an indoor / outdoor retreat.

Aug 13, 2018
Casa de Sombra, Rollingwood, Travis County, Texas
Design: Bade Stageberg Cox, Architects
Contemporary Rollingwood Home - American Houses
image from Chicago Athenaeum
Contemporary Rollingwood House

Jul 31, 2018
Neal Creek House, Hood River, Oregon
Design: Paul McKean Architecture
American Houses at Hood River
photo : Stephen Tamiesie
New House in Hood River
This modest weekend retreat in Hood River treads lightly upon its surroundings, maximizing valley and water views with minimal impact to the natural environment. The windsurfing and snowboarding owners were interested in a simple sustainable weekend retreat.

Jun 16, 2018
Shapeshifter Reno House, Reno, Nevada, USA
Architect: OPA
Shapeshifter Reno House, Nevada
photograph : Joe Fletcher
Reno House, Nevada
Two art collectors and dealers specializing in contemporary art and art of the American West decided to move from the arid high desert outside of Reno to a less remote site overlooking the city. They wanted a house that would both reflect the contemporary moment and be explicitly of the West.

Jun 15, 2018
Lot 6 House, Winthrop, Washington
Architects: Prentiss + Balance + Wickline
Lot 6 House in Winthrop WA
photograph : Eirik Johnson
House in Winthrop, WA
Sited at the toe of a dramatic, wooded slope, the long, low cabin appears to hover just above the surrounding meadow grasses. This 1,100 sqft cabin was designed for two outdoor enthusiasts who placed equal value on exterior and interior spaces.

Jun 14, 2018
Bailer Hill Residence, Friday Harbor, Washington
Architects: Prentiss + Balance + Wickline
American Houses in Friday Harbor
photography : Eirik Johnson
Residence in Friday Harbor, WA
Anchored to a rocky slope and looking out over expansive water views, this house is the expression of the clients’ desire to connect to both the immediate landscape and the view beyond. This new American house Cascades organically down the hill yet remains firmly rooted to the earth.

Jun 4, 2018
Barrio Historico House, Tucson, Arizona
Architect: HK Associates
Barrio Historico House in Tucson Arizona
photo : Bill Timmerman
Contemporary Home in Tucson
Located in Tucson’s Barrio Historico, this residence is a modern interpretation of the neighborhood’s traditional courtyard architecture. From the street, the house is anonymous, fitting into the Barrio context with façade proportions and door and window openings in keeping with neighborhood guidelines.

May 22, 2018
Laguna Street Residence, Californian
Design: Michael Hennessey Architecture
Laguna Street Residence in San Francisco - new American Houses
photograph : Joe Fletcher Photography
Laguna Street Home

Apr 4, 2018
New Houston House, Louisiana
Design: Viviano Viviano
American Houses in Houston
photo : Peter Molick and Jack Thompson
New Houston House
The massing of the house and choice of materials would need to maintain a dialogue with familiar house typologies and vernacular forms. The interior would be set up as a clean, streamlined backdrop for antique and vintage furnishings.

Feb 22, 2018
Home 901, Sabino Springs, Tucson, Arizona
Design: Kevin B. Howard Architects
American Houses in Sabino Springs Tucson
photograph : Matt Winquist and Robin Stancliff
Sabino Springs House
Kevin B. Howard Architects were very fortunate to work with a couple who, devoted to the ideals of minimalism’s stark allure, asked us to design a house in the foothills of Tucson, Arizona, located in the profoundly diverse Sonoran Desert.

American Houses 2015 – 2017

Jan 26, 2017
Los Altos Hills II House, CA
Design: Feldman Architecture
Los Altos Hills ii House
photograph : John Linden
Los Altos Hills Residence

Nov 10, 2016
Threshold House in Austin

Oct 13, 2016
Edgeland Residence in Austin

Oct 13, 2016
Annie Residence in Austin

Aug 28, 2016
Carved Cube House in West Austin

Modern American House

The Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House
Design: Richard Neutra Architect; Richard and Dion Neutra Architects
The Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House

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