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Productive rooftop garden Helvetia

Dezeen's top five houses of October 2023

Four out of five of October's houses of the month are renovations or extensions, from a Hamptons home styled on a Bond villain's lair to a Victorian terrace in Melbourne interspersed with mini gardens.

Our latest monthly roundup of the five most popular residences featured on Dezeen also features a pale-brick family home in Berlin, a barn-like villa in rural Belgium and a copper-clad house in northern California.

Read on to find out more about Dezeen readers' favourite houses this month:

Hamptons home of interior designer Timothy Godbold
Photo by David Mitchell

Southampton Lair, USA, by Eugene L Futterman

The most popular house on Dezeen this month was in fact built 50 years ago, having been designed by mid-century architect Eugene L Futterman.

Interior designer Timothy Godbold overhauled the Hamptons property that is now his home, painting the exterior black and renovating the inside to resemble a villain's lair from a James Bond movie.

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Fohlenweg house in Berlin by O'Sullivan Skoufoglou
Photo by Ståle Eriksen

Fohlenweg, Germany, by O'Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects 

London studio O'Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects used the walls of an existing bungalow as the basis for this three-storey family home in Berlin.

A band of limestone now separates old and new, complemented by a pale-brick facade.

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Wood-clad gable end of the extension at Villa VD by Britsom Philips
Photo courtesy of Britsom Philips

Villa VD, Belgium, by Britsom Philips

Hidden in a woodland clearing in the Flemish village of Waasmunster, Villa VD is a timber-clad, thatched-roof home that was recently extended by Britsom Philips.

The Belgian studio retained only the core of the existing home, adding double-height gabled forms in every direction to create light-filled minimalist living spaces.

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Helvetia side view including rooftop garden
Photo by Derek Swalwell

Helvetia, Australia, by Austin Maynard Architects

Austin Maynard Architects was given a brief to provide new spaces for nature at this Victorian terraced house in inner-city Melbourne while retaining and reusing existing materials.

The studio responded by introducing no fewer than five distinct garden areas, including a rooftop garden and a fish-pond atrium.

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Madrone Ridge by Field Architecture
Photo by Joe Fletcher

Madrone Ridge, USA, by Field Architecture

Madrone Ridge sits within northern California's Sonoma Valley, an area with dry summers but heavy rainfall during the winter.

Palo Alto studio Field Architecture therefore based its design for the home around the concept of the presence and absence of water, choosing a flowing form consisting of three fanning, copper-clad pavilions.

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