RD’s Favorite Vacation Homes 2021

We’ve updated one of our most popular online features with more vacation homes that we’ve run in the past year. Now, more than ever, we fantasize about exchanging the four walls we’ve been trapped within for more expansive and uplifting surroundings. Even if we can’t get out of town ourselves, we can spend a little time inside and outdoors in the following projects, dreaming of better days ahead and more beautiful, healthy, and peaceful environments.

Meanwhile, our next issue will feature vacation homes. If you have a fantastic vacation or weekend home you’ve designed, send it our way asap. Projects must have been completed within the last three years. For more on how to submit your work, see our primer here.

X House

Marquette, Michigan














ARCHITECT: Principal-in-charge: Julie V. Snow, FAIA; principal: Matt Kreilich, FAIA; project architect: Tyson McElvain, AIA; project designer and architect: Carl Gauley, RA; Mary Springer, AIA; project manager: Pauv Thouk, AIA, Snow Kreilich Architects, Minneapolis; consulting architect: James Larson, RA, Building Solutions, Minneapolis

BUILDER: Gregg H. Seiple Construction, with Hall Contracting, Marquette, Michigan


Chilmark House

Chilmark, Massachusetts


ARCHITECT: Robert Linn, AIA; Keith Moskow, FAIA; Sarah Carlisle, Moskow Linn Architects, Boston

Rural Retreat

Southwest Wisconsin













ARCHITECT: Principal-in-charge: Mark Larson, AIA; project architect: Ryan Bicek, AIA; Laurel Johnston, AIA, Rehkamp Larson Architects, Minneapolis

BUILDER: Justin Halverson, owner; Tom Parr, sawyer; Eric Nedland, superintendent; Travis Gnewikow, foreman, Bad Axe Log Homes & Supply, Viroqua, Wisconsin

Lawless Retreat

Jones, Michigan














ARCHITECT: Principals-in-charge: Greg Howe, AIA, and Pam Lamaster-Millett, AIA; project architects: Laura Lee McAllister, AIA, and Lauren Dellinger, AIA, Searl Lamaster Howe Architects, Chicago

BUILDER: Jake Estkowski, Estkowski Construction, St. Joseph, Michigan

Retreat on a Pond’s Edge

Dedham, Maine













ARCHITECT: Principal-in-charge: Matt Elliott, AIA; project architect: Isaac Robbins, Elliott Architects, Blue Hill, Maine

BUILDER: William Perepchuk, Acorn Builders of Maine, LLC, Hancock, Maine

Damariscotta River View Cottage

Boothbay, Maine













ARCHITECT: Jessie Carroll, AIA, associate principal; Rob Whitten, AIA, principal, Whitten Architects, Portland, Maine

BUILDER: Marden Builders, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Lookout House

Truckee, California














ARCHITECT: Gregory Faulkner, AIA, principal-in-charge; Christian Carpenter, Jenna Shropshire, Gordon Magnin, Darrell Linscott, Breanne Penrod, Garrett Faulkner, Faulkner Architects, Truckee, California

BUILDER: Rickenbach Development & Construction, Olympic Valley, California

Sands Point Residence

Sands Point, New York















ARCHITECT: Henry Myerberg, FAIA, principal-in-charge; Miranda Danusugondo, Maarten Wessels, Sharlene Yaqui, HMA2 Architects, New York, New York

BUILDER: Sal P. Spezio, Jay Paul Associates, Port Washington, New York

Little House/Big Shed

Whidbey Island, Washington













ARCHITECT: David M. Van Galen, AIA, Seattle

BUILDER: Dan Neumeyer, Jade Craftsman Builders, Freemont, Washington

Tranquil Abiding

Glen Spey, N.Y.













ARCHITECT: Marica McKeel, AIA, principal-in-charge; Colbi Campbell, project architect, Studio MM, New York, New York

BUILDER: Hobbs, Inc., Saddle River, New Jersey

Eco House

Long Island, N.Y.

ARCHITECT: Vibeke Lichten, Atelier Vibeke Lichten, New York

BUILDER: A2 Investment Group GC

Big Cabin/Little Cabin

Fairplay, CO

ARCHITECT: Renée del Gaudio, Renée del Gaudio Architecture, Boulder, Colo.

BUILDER: Brian Peoples, People’s Construction, Breckenridge, Colo.

Camp Frio

Leakey, Texas

ARCHITECT: Tim Cuppett, AIA, and David Kilpatrick, AIA, Tim Cuppett Architects, Austin, Texas

BUILDER: David Dalgleish, Dalgleish Construction, Austin

Orchard House

Sonoma County, California

ARCHITECT: Cary Bernstein, AIA, principal; Charles Boyd, project designer, Cary Bernstein Architect, San Francisco

BUILDER: Bill Tomrose, Tomrose Construction, Petaluma, Calif.

Hillside Sanctuary and Hillside Retreat

San Juan Islands, Washington

ARCHITECT: Steve Hoedemaker, AIA, principal in charge; Todd Beyerlein, project architect, Hoedemaker Pfeiffer, Seattle

BUILDER: Josh Williamson, project manager, Schuchart/Dow (now Dowbuilt), Seattle

Box Camp

Northern Wisconsin

ARCHITECT: David O’Brien Wagner, AIA, principal in charge; Caitlin Dippo and Katie Leaf, AIA, project team, SALA Architects, Minneapolis

BUILDERS: Nick Allen, Handmade Homes; David Tworek, Tworek Construction, Hayward, Wisconsin

Quahaug Point House

Westerly, Rhode Island

ARCHITECT: Peter Twombly, AIA, principal in charge; Adam Titrington, AIA, project architect, Estes Twombly Architects, Newport, Rhode Island

BUILDER: Evergreen Building Systems, Stonington, Connecticut

Makani Eka

Kona, Hawaii

ARCHITECT: Greg Warner, AIA, principal in charge; David Shutt, senior project manager/architect; Rob Campodonico, Rina Wiedenhoeft, Anja Hämäläinen, job captains; Boyce Postma, designer, Walker Warner Architects, San Francisco

BUILDER: Oakes Management, Hawi, Hawaii

Hither Hills House

Montauk, N.Y.

ARCHITECT: Paul Masi, AIA, Bates Masi + Architects, East Hampton, N.Y.

BUILDER: Keith Romeo, K. Romeo Inc., East Hampton

Franzen Project

Gibson Island, Md.

ARCHITECTS: James Rill, AIA, Rill Architects, Bethesda, Md.

BUILDER: Horizon HouseWorks, Crofton, Md.

Double Diamond House

Quogue, N.Y.

ARCHITECT: Stuart Disston, AIA; project manager: Josh Rosensweig, Austin Patterson Disston, Southport, Conn., and Quogue, N.Y.

BUILDER: George Vickers, George E. Vickers Enterprises, Westhampton Beach, N.Y.

Wayzata Residence

Wayzata, Minn.

ARCHITECT: Matthew Kreilich, FAIA, and Julie Snow, FAIA, principals-in-charge; Kart-Keat Ching, AIA, project architect and project manager; Christina Stark, AIA, designer; Kevin Ellingson, AIA, designer; Snow Kreilich Architects, Minneapolis

BUILDER: Welch Forsman Associates, Minneapolis

Clinton Corners Residence

Clinton Corners, N.Y.

ARCHITECT: Bill Aylor, AIA, project manager; Evan Morris, project architect; Joshua Leger, intern, Lake|Flato Architects, San Antonio and Austin, Texas

BUILDER: Jason Jones, Ingrained Woodworking, Rhinebeck, N.Y.

House on the Point

Water Mill, N.Y.

ARCHITECT: Viola Rouhani, AIA; Luca Campaiola; Damen Hamilton; Alexa Baker; Jessica Twiggs; Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects, Bridgehampton, N.Y.

BUILDER: Fountainhead Construction, Bridgehampton

Whistler Residence

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

ARCHITECT:  Peter Bohlin, FAIA, principal; Robert Miller, FAIA, principal in charge; David Miller, AIA, project manager; David Guthrie; Adrienne James; Niklas Koenig; Emma Nowinski; Terrence Wagner, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Seattle, in association with Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects

BUILDER: Mike Ciebien, project manager, Durfeld Construction, Whistler

Owl Ditch Ranch

Jackson, Wyo.

ARCHITECT: John Carney, FAIA, principal in charge, and Maria James, project manager, Carney Logan Burke Architects, Jackson

BUILDER: John Jennings, Peak Builders, Jackson

Meadow House

Eastern Vermont

ARCHITECT: Project team: Pi Smith, AIA, John Vansant, AIA, Ira Clark, AIA, Stephen Branchflower, White River Junction, Vt.

BUILDER: G.R. Porter & Sons, Inc., Norwich, Vt.

The Coyle

Quilcene, Wash.

ARCHITECT: Geoff Prentiss and Dan Wickline, Prentiss + Balance + Wickline Architects, Seattle

BUILDER: Todd Hulbert, Hulbert Custom Construction, LLC, Port Townsend, Wash.

Fantasia Residence

Sebago Lake, Maine

ARCHITECT: Jeremiah Eck, FAIA, Eck/MacNeely Architects, Boston

BUILDER: Greg Lanou and Andy Seymour, Wright-Ryan Homes Division, Portland, Maine

Cloverdale Residence

Cloverdale, Calif.

ARCHITECT: Mary Griffin, FAIA, Turnbull Griffin Haesloop, San Francisco, Calif.

BUILDER: Tim Kennedy, Kennedy Construction, Healdsburg, Calif.

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