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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.

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 House – Latest Residences + Additions

Residential Architecture USA, chronological:

Oct 24, 2019
Hay Barn in Santa Cruz, California University

Oct 23, 2019
Big Pine House in Mazama, Washington

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

American Houses up to 2014

Jun 23, 2014
Mill Valley House, California
Design: CCS Architecture
American Houses in California - Mill Valley Residence
image from architect

Mill Valley House in California

Oct 24, 2013
Clifftop House Maui, Hawaii, USA
Design: dekleva gregorič arhitekti
Clifftop House Maui - American Houses
photo © Cristobal Palma

Clifftop House Maui
This house is dug into the ridge of an escarpement on the windswept north coast of the island. The ‘Roof house’ is for a windsurf sail designer who had moved with his family from Europe. They fell in love with this unpopulated area with high cliffs at the coast, fresh onshore breeze and undisrupted views to the ocean. Having found the perfect spot it took them three years to buy the land and several more to finish the house.

Oct 13, 2013
New House in Omaha, Nebraska
Design: TACKarchitects
New House in Omaha
photo from architects

New House in Omaha
This is an expansive timber-clad American residence which is inspired by the elegant residential projects by Richard Neutra.

Sep 20, 2013
Net Zero Energy House, Cupertino, California
Design: Klopf Architecture
Net Zero Energy House
photo : Mariko Reed

Net Zero Energy House
A partially-submerged lower level was designed with a pulled-back floor plate to create a light-filled atrium. In conjunction with the mechanical engineer, Klopf designed a net-zero energy home featuring insulated concrete forms, structural insulated panels, high-performance windows, cementitious siding and a solar photovoltaic system sized to cover all the energy usage.

Aug 20, 2013
Tred Avon River House, Maryland
Design: Robert M. Gurney Architect
New Real Estate in Maryland - American Houses
photo : Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

Tred Avon River House
This contemporary American house is crisply detailed and minimally furnished to allow views of the picturesque site to provide the primary sensory experience. The house was designed as a vehicle to experience and enjoy the incredibly beautiful landscape, known as Diamond Point, seamlessly blending the river’s expansive vista with the space.

Jul 15, 2013
Levin Residence, Arizona
Design: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
Levin Residence - contemporary American Houses
photo : Bill Timmerman

Levin Residence
Three simple volumes hover above the desert, responding to the challenges of the site and to an ethic of building with minimal disruption to the natural environment. The site slopes toward the west into a wash and is split by a smaller tributary valley, splitting the buildable area in half.

Jun 3, 2013
Glen Lake Tower
Design: Balance Associates Architects
Glen Lake Tower House
photo : Steve Keating Photography

Glen Lake Tower House
Directed to create “a sustainable retreat that reflects the timeless beauty and simple comforts of the area,” the architects responded by raising the primary living space above the dense surrounding woods in order to gain light, air and views of Glen Lake and Lake Michigan beyond. The central idea is to sandwich a 1400 sqft three-story plywood box between two metal-clad walls: this plywood box is then suspended a full story above ground level.

May 27, 2013
Capitol Hill Residence, Seattle, Washington
Design: Balance Associates Architects
Capitol Hill Residence Seattle - contemporary American Houses
photo : Steve Keating Photography

Capitol Hill Residence
With a compact form and several integrated sustainable systems, this residence achieves the client’s goals to maximize the site’s views and resources while responding to its microclimate. The roof rainwater collects into a steel entry water feature, day light penetrates deep into the house through a central translucent slot, and exterior mounted mechanical shades can prevent excessive heat gain.

May 23, 2013
New Canaan Residence, Connecticut
Design: Specht Harpman
New Canaan Residence Connecticut - new American Houses
photo : Elizabeth Felicella

New Canaan Residence
This residence is nestled into a lush hilltop site in a forested part of the state. The property is a renovation of a 1950’s house which had a series of unsympathetic additions, and whose owners originally wanted only a kitchen upgrade.

May 23, 2013
West Lake Hills Residence, Austin, Texas
Design: Specht Harpman
West Lake Hills Residence Texas
photo: Taggart Sorensen

West Lake Hills House
This project on a densely tree-covered site was a renovation and expansion of a modest 1970’s house. The alterations sought to erase all visible traces of the original house whilst retaining most of the structure.

May 22, 2013
Walloon Lake House, Michigan
Design: DUDZIK Studios
Walloon Lake House

May 21, 2013
Tucson Mountain Retreat, Arizona
Design: DUST Architects
Tucson Mountain Retreat Arizona
photo © Jeff Goldberg / Esto

Tucson Mountain Retreat
Elegant rammed earth house for Karen and David Francis whose primary residence is in San Diego. David grew up in Arizona so the Tucson Mountain Retreat and living in the desert are like a homecoming for him.

Modern American House News

Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut, USA – news
Philip Johnson Glass House

Miller House, Columbus, Indiana : Eero Saarinen – opens to public
photo Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Miller House

Recent American Houses

Apr 24, 2013
The Phoenix House, Arizona
Design: Messana O’Rorke
The Phoenix House Arizona
image from architect

Contemporary Arizona House
This vast and strikingly beautiful desert landscape is the inspiration for this simple contemporary residential design. The tectonic mechanisms responsible for the landscape, where mountain ranges seem to slide past each other, is emulated by massive parallel walls of the house.

Dec 3, 2012
Olnick Spanu House, Garrison, New York
Design: Alberto Campo Baeza
Olnick Spanu House
This is an elegant contemporary American house by a famous Spanish architect – the solid base is recessed into the ground whilst the upper storey is glazed and protected only by a delicate roof.

Apr 13, 2012
Cloud House, Colorado Plateau
Design: Axis Mundi
Cloud House
This new American residence is a weekend retreat, situated on a promontory high along a ridge, affording wonderful views. The house nestles in a grove of dramatic Aspen trees.

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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