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  1. The Shipping Muse
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    The Shipping Muse

    Shipping containers are ubiquitous in Houston, though unlike the four that make up this new home, they're usually filled with foreign goods rather than flourishing lives.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    08.31.09

  2. Built-In Style
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    Built-In Style

    In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy home of their own by redefining the functionality of walls and windowsills.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    05.13.09

  3. The Great Compression
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    The Great Compression

    In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and...

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    04.13.10

  4. Project Runaway
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    Project Runaway

    Driven by the death of several appliances, a San Francisco family finds that a spanking new kitchen delivers a good dose of domestic harmony along with the excuse to execute a complete home makeover.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.05.10

  5. Mod Men
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    Mod Men

    Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene have a spring in their step since completing their restoration of the near-derelict 1957 home of architect Arthur Witthoefft, who says, “I can’t get...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Jason Schmidt
    01.20.10

  6. Storage-Smart Renovation in New York City
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    Storage-Smart Renovation in New York City

    Living small is par for the course in New York City, but accommodating a family of four in under 700 square feet rarely looks as effortless as in this storage-smart renovation.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    05.13.09

  7. Fertile Grounds
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    Fertile Grounds

    Nestled in an apple grove in Sebastopol, California, the Orchard House is a rural idyll. And with the voracious design appetites of a family of gastronomically inclined clients, this concrete...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    02.26.10

  8. Prefab, Proven
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    Prefab, Proven

    In January 2003, we issued a challenge to 16 architects: Design a modern prefab home for $200,000. Here’s the story of the house that resulted from that challenge—and what we learned...

    written by: Allison Arieff
    photos by: Roger Davies
    10.19.09

  9. A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach
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    A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach

    For all the joys of beachfront living, it’s not without its risks. But with some smart design and sound engineering, this small coastal house stands tall against the threat of rising tides.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Mathew Scott
    03.11.10

  10. New Prospects
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    New Prospects

    A Brooklyn architect shows what a little elbow grease, a healthy dose of naïveté, and a decade can accomplish.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Dustin Aksland
    08.13.11

  11. A Lot to Love
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    A Lot to Love

    In a leafy residential area a few miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, an enterprising architect saw opportunity where others saw trouble. He took a sloping, triangular lot and designed a new...

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Mike Sinclair
    02.12.10

  12. Green and Affordable Living in Montana
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    Green and Affordable Living in Montana

    A resourceful sound mixer sources some local design talent, rolls up his sleeves, and builds small, green, and affordable in Bozeman, Montana.

    written by: Heather Wagner
    photos by: John Clark
    01.27.12

  13. Raise High the Roof Beams
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    Raise High the Roof Beams

    Creative bartering and a healthy dose of sweat equity allowed a young Charleston couple to transform a derelict 19th-century structure into an inspired living space.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Daniel Shea
    08.29.11

  14. Dance Dance Renovation
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    Dance Dance Renovation

    The first time Houston-based architectural designer Barbara Hill set foot inside what would become her future second house, a 100-year-old adobe in Marfa, Texas, she found a cramped warren of rooms...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    photos by: Misty Keasler
    01.17.11

  15. Green Urban Housing in Philadelphia
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    Green Urban Housing in Philadelphia

    By keeping the budget strict, the insulation tight, and its values clear, Philadelphia’s Postgreen Homes shows a little brotherly love for green, urban housing.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Mark Mahaney
    03.22.11

  16. Contemporary Nordic Town House
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    Contemporary Nordic Town House

    With their light, white house that owes equal debts to its Nordic surroundings and to the Japanese provenance of its architects, a pair of design-minded art lovers are boldly making their mark on...

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    07.19.10

  17. Just Redo It
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    Just Redo It

    What do you get when you give a couple of designers unlimited creative license on a very limited budget? For Andrew Dunbar and Zoee Astrakhan, the possibilities were limitless.

    written by: Zahid Sardar
    photos by: Justin Fantl
    01.24.11

  18. Composite Index
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    Composite Index

    Corporate high-flyers and admitted neat freaks Bruce Thatcher and Kirsty Leighton couldn’t handle the chaos anymore. With two small boys and demanding jobs (he works in hedge funds, she&rsquo...

    written by: Nicola Twilley
    photos by: Matthew Williams
    01.11.10

  19. Shelf Life
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    Shelf Life

    Though he appears to live alone, this graphically inclined Parisian commissioned an apartment that deftly houses his many roommates—scores of beloved comics—as well.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Céline Clanet
    01.04.10

  20. A Simple Plan
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    A Simple Plan

    A Marmol Radziner–designed prefab house, trucked onto a remote Northern California site, takes the pain out of the construction process.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Dwight Eschliman
    11.23.11

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