150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)

Hampden Lane House

Architect: Robert M. Gurney Architect

Location: Bethesda, MD, USA

Photography: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

Architect Robert M. Gurney received a commission to build a house for a young entrepreneur who disliked the Craftsman-style house on the plot of land he’d purchased. This led to the demolition of the existing structure on the site. It was replaced by a more environmentally conscious house that provides comfortable, efficient living spaces and embraces a minimalist design.

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The house’s design was a deliberate departure from the typical architecture of other local homes. It’s important to keep in mind what fits a homeowner’s unique taste, not just what will make a home blend in.

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Designed as a cube with no unused or underutilized spaces, this house occupies a third less area than the original structure, and was placed to allow the greenery surrounding the house to shine.

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A minimalist approach to house-planning can maximize the use of available space. Avoid excessive use of partitions and use built-in cabinets instead of armoires and dressers to free up space.

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