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  1. Backyard Retreat
    Finishing Touch

    Backyard Retreat

    When sustainable building advisor Megan Lea set out to build a backyard retreat, she knew that reclaimed materials would figure prominently into the design. What resulted is a polychrome of...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Uwe Schneider
    12.06.11

  2. Neutra Box
    Product

    Neutra Box

    When Hector Perez couldn't find the ideal mailbox to install outside of his Eichler in Oakland, California, he decided to make his own. "It was really born out of frustration," says Perez...

    written by: Diana Budds
    05.30.11

  3. Winners of "Healthy Homes" for Haiti
    Post

    Winners of "Healthy Homes" for Haiti

    In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, ARCHIVE, a non-profit whose efforts center on the use of housing as a strategy for preventing illness and providing care among...

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.12.11

  4. Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island
    Outdoor

    Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island

    In New York’s Nassau County, a 125-square-foot garden retreat offers a haven from bustling contemporary life.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Dustin Cohen
    03.24.14

  5. Buffalo's "Blank Snow" Park
    A Great Idea

    Buffalo's "Blank Snow" Park

    A few weeks ago, the possibility of snow at sea level here in the San Francisco Bay Area raised quite a stir. Will it? Won't it? Should we ready our toboggans and show shoes? Nary a flake has...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.16.11

  6. Dwell Design Lab Recap
    Event Spotlight

    Dwell Design Lab Recap

    Over the weekend of October 29th and 30th, Dwell hosted its first ever Design Lab in San Francisco. Bay Area-based designers, architects, and landscape architects gathered at the Millennium Tower...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Tammy Vinson
    10.31.11

  7. Sunken Outdoor Fire Pit
    Houses We Love

    Sunken Outdoor Fire Pit

    Hufft Projects carves out a sunken seating area in an outdoor scheme designed for entertaining.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Mike Sinclair
    08.21.12

  8. A Modern Treehouse in Belgium
    Outdoor

    A Modern Treehouse in Belgium

    Design firm Baumraum’s modern tree house in Belgium sparks a dialogue about nature and architecture.

    written by: Diana Budds
    04.04.13

  9. Chicago's Green Mile
    Interviews

    Chicago's Green Mile

    Chicago bills a one-and-a-half-mile-long stretch of Cermak Road as "the greenest street in America," a surprising characterization considering it was once one of the grittiest industrial...

    written by: Diana Budds
    04.24.13

  10. 5 Modern Saunas
    A Great Idea

    5 Modern Saunas

    A stint in a sauna rumored to have myriad benefits from the social and heath standpoints and if you've considered building one of your own, here are five examples from the Dwell archive. For more...

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.08.13

  11. 5 Public Landscapes of Isamu Noguchi
    Outdoor

    5 Public Landscapes of Isamu Noguchi

    With a body of work spanning sculpture, dance, furniture, lightning, and landscapes, Isamu Noguchi is one of the most revered figures in the 20th-century canon. Buckminster Fuller once called...

    written by: Diana Budds
    09.20.13

  12. 7 Houses with Creative Courtyards
    A Great Idea

    7 Houses with Creative Courtyards

    For outdoor dining or a private place to lounge in the sun, nothing beats a courtyard. Here are seven such spaces.

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.11.13

  13. Highlights from Dwell on Design 2011
    Dwell on Design

    Highlights from Dwell on Design 2011

    Temperatures were sweltering in L.A. over the weekend, but the 20,000 plus attendees at our sixth annual Dwell on Design conference—who took to the Convention Center in droves—were able...

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.28.11

  14. 7 Outdoor Entertaining Areas Done Right
    Green

    7 Outdoor Entertaining Areas Done Right

    The season for pool parties, barbecues, and eating al fresco is afoot. Take a spin through our collection of fire pits, backyards built for cookouts, and dining areas tailored for consummate...

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.03.14

  15. From Torrent to Current
    Outdoor

    From Torrent to Current

    In her book Du Torrent au Courant, des Barrages et des Hommes en Savoie (From Torrent to Current: Dam and Man in Savoy), photographer Céline Clanet documents the infrastructure of hydropower...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Céline Clanet
    09.26.11

  16. Inexpensive Gabled Garden Shed in Belgium
    Finishing Touch

    Inexpensive Gabled Garden Shed in Belgium

    Using workaday materials, architect Indra Janda creatively constructs a backyard retreat that looks opaque during the day and glows at night.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Tim Van de Velde
    04.01.14

  17. A Design-Minded Solution to a Narrow Landscape
    Outdoor

    A Design-Minded Solution to a Narrow Landscape

    With aptly applied angular concrete details and ornamental plantings, landscape architect Terence Lee transforms his slender Northern California backyard.

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.03.14

  18. Landscape Architect Bernard Trainor
    Outdoor

    Landscape Architect Bernard Trainor

    We're thrilled to welcome Bernard Trainor to Dwell on Design this year. The Monterey-based, Australia-born landscape architect has a knack for crafting gardens that complement their built and...

    written by: Diana Budds
    05.15.13

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