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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. Bedroom Addition in Seattle
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    Bedroom Addition in Seattle

    Growing families can quickly outgrow the homes purchased when the couple was just a twosome. In Seattle, Shed Architects designed a master suite addition for a family of five that was looking for a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.18.10

  4. A New Slant
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    A New Slant

    In Seattle, where others saw only a severe slope and lack of municipal hookups, one couple spotted their ticket to their dream home.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Philip Newton
    03.07.11

  5. Noe Valley Renovation
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    Noe Valley Renovation

    It's rare that in a resident-architect collaboration, the resident picks the more dramatic design scheme than the architect. But the homeowners of this recently renovated San Francisco Victorian,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Sharon Risedorph
    09.22.09

  6. High-Tech Green Family Home in Los Angeles
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    High-Tech Green Family Home in Los Angeles

    Though tricked out with high-tech touches, this house’s greenest feature is decidedly low tech: the family’s intention to make it their lifelong home.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.20.11

  7. Park Street Renovation
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    Park Street Renovation

    The renovation of Katie and John Eller's Park Street Residence in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco began with a referral from a friend: "She said, 'I want your architect and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.27.09

  8. Sunset District Renovation
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    Sunset District Renovation

    The residents of atelier KS's first renovation like stuff. When the couple, who lives in San Francisco's Sunset District, first invited the husband-wife design team to their home, the garage they...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.23.10

  9. The Best of Small Spaces
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    The Best of Small Spaces

    Small spaces have been on our mind (check out our June 2009 "Think Smaller" issue), and they’ve also been on the minds of the American Institute of Architects.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.23.09

  10. Sky Small
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    Sky Small

    Building a small home doesn’t equate to easy lifting. Before Tom Bayley could call in a crane to lift the materials for his 800-square-foot house to the roof of the building on which it&rsquo...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: John Clark
    04.14.10

  11. Tunquen Treasure
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    Tunquen Treasure

    A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    05.16.11

  12. Pacific Heights Remodel
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    Pacific Heights Remodel

    In the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, what started off as a decorating job turned into a full-blown renovation for Nicole Hollis, founder of Nicole Hollis Interior Design. "...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.24.09

  13. Butterfly Roof Meditation Hut
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    Butterfly Roof Meditation Hut

    Illinois resident Mary Kalanzis rises every morning with a view worthy of the next world. "I wake up to the vision of the hut everyday," she says. "There's something about the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.11.11

  14. Burchfield Penney Art Center
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    Burchfield Penney Art Center

    If there's one thing that describes Buffalonians, it's pride. Whether it's in the form of tirelessly cheering on our Buffalo Bills or even boasting about the annual snowfall, we'll sing it loudly....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.25.11

  15. Singapore Fling
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    Singapore Fling

    In December 2007, Nicolette de Waart, her husband, Joost Dop, and their four children moved from Heemstede, the Netherlands, to Singapore. While Dop began his new job, De Waart set out to find...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Jasper James
    06.02.10

  16. LA Tech-Habitat Home
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    LA Tech-Habitat Home

    Building for a client with specific desires can be difficult, but designing for one with few programming preferences can often be harder. Such was the case for a team of nine fifth-year students at...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.26.10

  17. Ahead of Its Class
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    Ahead of Its Class

    “How do you make a piece of architecture about architecture?” Mack Scogin asks. “That’s a heavy-duty objective.” Nevertheless, his firm, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Ian Allen
    04.06.11

  18. Renovating An Aging Mill in France
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    Renovating An Aging Mill in France

    In 1981, Londoners Anthony and Gillian Blee purchased the ultimate fixer-upper. The property in southwestern France was idyllic, but its old mill, built in 1822, and three flanking outbuildings had...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Sarah Blee
    01.19.11

  19. A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin
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    A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin

    Austin couple Anne Suttles and Sam Shah built a house to last their lifetime—and longer. Mixing new efficient systems with old upcycled materials, they keep it weird while keeping it green.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Brent Humphreys
    08.31.11

  20. Split the Difference
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    Split the Difference

    When the plan to add a second story to a century-old Montreal house crumbled due to a weak foundation, architect Marc-André Plasse eked out another 500 square feet with a clever...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Alexi Hobbs
    02.22.12

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