holiday homes that celebrate the American landscape

On this Fourth of July, we're rounding up some of the best holiday homes in the US to enjoy the vacation, including a woodsy hideaway, a lakeside retreat and a cabin with mid-century modern style.

The Blue Lake Retreat, Texas by Lake Flato

Ample amounts of glazing and a cantilevered terrace deck allow holidaymakers to enjoy views of a lake in Texas Hill Country from this tall home, which was designed by US studio Lake Flato to rise above the surrounding trees.

The residence, named Blue Lake Retreat, is made up of a hybrid system of steel and wood anchored into a hillside in Marble Falls, a small town situated about 50 miles (80 kilometres) northwest of Austin.

The Watermill House, New York by Office of Architecture

This introspective house in a seaside village in the Hamptons is wrapped around a central courtyard and an infinity pool to provide guests with a secluded holiday experience.

Its interior features neutral colours and natural materials like Jerusalem grey-gold limestone, chosen by local designers New York studio Office of Architecture to imbue the Watermill House with a sense of calm and refinement.

Tumble Creek Cabin, Washington by Coates Design

This big vacation home in a wooded area in Washington's Cascade mountain range was completed by Seattle firm Coates Design for a large extended family to host parties and gatherings.

Among the generous communal spaces in Tumble Creek Cabin is an open-plan and double-height kitchen, living and dining room that opens out onto a terrace sheltered by the roof's dramatic overhang.

The Taghkanic House, New York by Hariri & Hariri

Set in the bucolic Columbia County area of upstate New York, this countryside retreat features ipe wood and stone cladding and an infinity pool overlooking the verdant, rolling terrain.

Taking cues from nearby farms, American firm Hariri & Hariri Architecture designed the three structures that make up the Taghkanic House with slanted walls meant to mimic "swaying barns ready to fall down".

Triangle House, New York by Edgar Papazian

A large pitched wooden roof and warm-coloured Douglas fir interiors feature in this cottage located in Long Island's Sag Harbour, which is accessed by a small ramped footbridge.

In order to make the "woodsy hideaway" for his family of four, architect Edgar Papazian of New York studio Doon Architecture renovated a dilapidated A-frame cabin dated from 1965.