Situated on 350 acres just a couple hours outside Denver, the Aspen Grove Ranch is a truly palatial residence. Spread across its 24,400 square feet of interior space are 10 bedrooms and 15 full bathrooms, with two half baths thrown in for good measure. The master suite and guest house each get their own wing, connected to the main house by separate bridges that cross over waterfalls and streams while providing views of the surrounding mountains. The guest area also gets its own kitchen, giving the home a total of two, to go along with the home theater, elevator, multiple fireplaces, steam room, stables, wine cellar, billiards room, spa, fitness center, and bowling alley.
Make more use of your home's lot with a Backyard Room. Ranging in size from just over 5 to nearly 23 square meters, they can be configured as offices, pool houses, studios, or even full-featured dwellings. Each one is made primarily using wood from renewable, certified sources, and has other earth-friendly features like high-insulation floors, walls, and roofs, optional solar panels, and optional garden roofs. Best of all, they typically don't require a permit, can be designed and built in just six weeks, and can be installed in under a week. The bad news? If you live outside of Australia, you're probably out of luck.
Perched on a ridge in Australia's Blue Mountains, the Invisible House uses generous amounts of glazing to take advantage of its elevated setting. The concrete, glass, and steel exterior is protected by a massive cantilever roof that serves as both a thermal device and dam, reflecting sunlight off the water, lending to the home's covert namesake. Internally, the space maintains a palette of concrete, Mudgee stack stone, brass, and copper, while each of the four bedrooms are lined in plywood. Thanks to expansive openings in the east-facing walls, the Megalong Valley is on full display from nearly every inch of the interior.
Inspired by Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad's credo of providing well-designed products for the masses, the Backcountry Hut is a modular flat-packed shelter that can be placed nearly anywhere. They use a wooden post-and-beam frame filled in with prefabricated panels and an easy-to-attach window system to help make it as simple to assemble as any furniture you'll find at the blue blue retailer. The standard model strikes a good balance between rustic and modern, and the layout is easily customizable in terms of both design and dimensions.