A Contractor Spills His Secrets

A builder of luxury homes reveals how he created his weekend retreat on a budget.

A Contractor Spills His Secrets

A builder of luxury homes reveals how he created his weekend retreat on a budget.

Thai Island Retreat

This six-bedroom private residence on the island of Koh Kood comes with a solar-powered golf cart and the option of live-in butler service.

English Country Opera House

This 12-bedroom Jacobean manor house in Garsington, England, was the country retreat for many of the literary Bloomsbury Set and, more recently, the setting for summer opera productions.

Three-Pond Retreat in New Zealand

The owners of this six-acre home in Coatesville, New Zealand, added three ponds and planted thousands of plants and trees.