After some renovations, the house retained some of its original character while forging ahead with modern design elements, like floor-to-ceiling windows looking onto the pool and a stunningly landscaped front yard featuring hearty desert plants.

Wooden accents were a prevailing theme in the home's renovation.

He discovered a gem of a home in the form of this 1960s rancher that just so happened to have appeared in a 1966 issue of Playboy.

More: Tour the rest of this industrial-style cabin A San Francisco couple discovered a 1885 former homestead in Sonoma County's Glen Ellen, and decided to revamp it on their own.

Maintaining the structure's integrity was paramount, and it took a year of weekends to transform the space.

“It’s something a native Northwesterner might not think about,” Harry says.

“Even in winter when it’s storming, we can have the bathroom door open to the deck, like a hot tub.” More: See the complete dreamy modern cabin Celeb designers Cortney and Robert Novogratz took their design savvy to the next level in their 5,000-square-foot vacation home in Trancoso, Brazil.

Balancing a laid-back vibe with the needs of a family of nine (the couple has seven children), they strove for design elements that pay homage to the home's exotic locale and also infuse the space with a sense of playfulness.

Take this amazing 600-square-foot treehouse on the property, built using local materials and featuring a staircase that wraps around an existing tree.

Seattle architect Thomas Lawrence melded their vision to create a small house on the 1-acre lot.

In addition to a small footprint, the couple also wanted their home to be environmentally friendly.

A cantilevered roof allows for a deck on top of the home.