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Hamptons house with a pool and cedar siding

Art-Filled Hamptons Vacation Home

Inspired by their clients’ bold art collection, a pair of architects designs a Hamptons vacation house that subverts tradition.
August 26, 2014
White staircase with under stair storage

Spacious All-White London Flat Is—Surprise!—Less Than 600 Square Feet

With clever storage and a retractable skylight, a London apartment feels larger than its 576 square feet.
August 18, 2014
Shaw Island Prefab Passive House kitchen.

Prefab Passive House on San Juan Islands

When two retired teachers decided to build a new home, they knew they wanted an energy-efficient, no-stress Passive House design that would support aging in place. The resulting 1,800-square-foot house is the first Certified Passive House on the San Juan Islands in Washington, and it’s only the fourth in the state. The home, designed by Olympia-based firm The Artisans Group, has a circular floor plan that centers around a prefabricated pod that contains the kitchen and two bathrooms. In order to achieve its Passive status, the residence features an air-sealed exterior shell that provides insulation, efficient windows and doors, and a heat recovery ventilator to keep it warm in the winter. In the summer, careful window placement and shades ensure the space won't overheat.
August 14, 2014
torres residence livingroom after

Bright Renovation of a 1970s Home

Finding undeveloped land in the idyllic Californian city of Carmel-by-the-Sea is next to impossible. So when Austrian architect Mary Ann Schicketanz decided to leave rural Big Sur, where she had lived for 21 years, and move to town, she looked for a good lot with a house she could tear down. But when she found a two-bedroom built in 1972, she instead embarked on a massive renovation of the structure. The end result? A LEED Gold-certified urban hideaway that bows to its modernist history, while giving off a distinctly contemporary feeling.
August 13, 2014
spare change floating mirror oak table oak flooring

Tiny, Streamlined Home Fit for a Family

A growing family in Brooklyn downsizes their living space while expanding their collective quality of life.
August 7, 2014
Bright modern living room with butterfly chairs

Modern Take on a Texas Farmhouse

A modern, gabled home in Austin is designed to feel like a "leftover railroad house that had been repurposed."
August 5, 2014
Modern living room with a concrete wall in Mexico City

Modern Open-Plan Retreat in Mexico City

A modern oasis for a family in Mexico City breaks from the local vernacular.
August 5, 2014
02 webster 2 house exterior corner

Modern Gabled House in Portland

In Portland, Oregon, a designer creates an open, environmentally sensitive house for a client on a 5,000-square-foot lot.
August 4, 2014
Moder cedar addition in the woods

Designing a Home to Accommodate Alzheimer’s

For a couple coping with Alzheimer’s, a thoughtful addition creates a comfortable, long-term solution.
July 25, 2014
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