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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. Swamp Thing
    Outdoor

    Swamp Thing

    With families in tow, architects Keith Moskow and Robert Linn settle in for a weekend of s'mores and camping in the unlikliest of locations: a simple structure built in the heart of the suburbs.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.02.10

  3. On a Rock in a Hard Place
    House Tours

    On a Rock in a Hard Place

    In an unlikely mountaintop locale, Anderson Anderson Architecture crafted a home out of a complex composition of off-the-shelf components, paving new paths for the prefabricated construction industry.

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: John Clark
    05.01.09

  4. Baltimore Tree House
    Outdoor

    Baltimore Tree House

    The wooden structure next to Laurie and Peter Stubbs' house outside Baltimore is made out of trees and is nestled in the woods but it isn't technically a tree house. "The trees here are...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.04.09

  5. Butterfly Roof Meditation Hut
    House Tours

    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

  6. Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket
    Interviews

    Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket

    The path to a better world isn't through pavers but via plants, says artist and Woolly Pocket founder Miguel Nelson. "I love architecture but I think if everyone was gardening instead of...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.05.09

  7. Architect Leo Mieles
    Interviews

    Architect Leo Mieles

    Leo Miele’s Georgian Bay Cottage was one of five first-class cabins we featured in our November 2009 Concepts feature—which showcased works with a modern twist to the familiar log model...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.03.09

  8. Lath House Doghouse
    Post

    Lath House Doghouse

    I was recently in Palm Springs, California, to help judge doghouse designs for BARKitecture CHIQue 2009, a pet-sized architecture competition and auction to benefit Gilda’s Club Desert Cities...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.03.09

  9. An Introduction to Modern Playscapes
    Outdoor

    An Introduction to Modern Playscapes

    In honor of our family themed July/August issue, we've invited guest writer Paige Johnson, who spearheads the blog Playscapes, to share her perspective on some of the most innovative contemporary...

    written by: Paige Johnson
    07.11.11

  10. First-Class Cabins
    Houses We Love

    First-Class Cabins

    From the familiar log model to Swiss chalets and Swedish friggebods, cabins are the simplest of structures, made from local materials in forms that respond to climatic and cultural needs. However,...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    11.02.09

  11. Big Sur Airstream Renovation
    Renovation

    Big Sur Airstream Renovation

    "I found the Airstream in the high desert of Anza, California, and thought it was a pure TLC job. Wishful thinking!" says interior designer Caroline Brandes, who also rents renovated...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.08.11

  12. Grow Bottles
    Product

    Grow Bottles

    If you live in an apartment or otherwise lack a patch in which to plant a garden, Potting Shed Creations' Grow Bottles (also available at sustainable-living shop Branch) might be your answer to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.16.11

  13. A Tree Grows in the Dogpatch
    A Great Idea

    A Tree Grows in the Dogpatch

    Located in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, Treehouse Gallery is part of a movement of contemporary artistic practice that reconsiders the gallery space as a place for community dialogue...

    written by: Meredith MacKenzie
    04.11.11

  14. Bridges We Love
    In The Modern World

    Bridges We Love

    Cables and abutments went fancy for a distinct purpose: to convey passersby—not folks whizzing past on vehicles—with personality. Here’s a selection of bridges that are anything...

    written by: Tim Newcomb
    01.27.12

  15. Cool Chicken House
    Outdoor

    Cool Chicken House

    Who doesn't love a chicken run? This cool coop is by David Rosen, an Associate Producer at CBS News in New York. His goal, in addition to sheltering four egg-laying hens, was to design a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    12.23.10

  16. On the Fence
    Outdoor

    On the Fence

    This “landscaped outdoor room” near Farrar Pond, Massachusetts, uses simple construction to create complex effects.

    written by: Michael Grozik
    photos by: Charles Mayer
    02.04.09

  17. Seattle, Part One
    Travel Reports

    Seattle, Part One

    Seattle did nothing to cast away its stereotype as the country's wettest city earlier this week. I traveled north from our Dwell headquarters in San Francisco to visit a house that will be featured...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.27.10

  18. Master Stroke
    Outdoor

    Master Stroke

    In Santa Monica, California, where pools are plenty but not always eye-pleasing, Padraic Cassidy lifted one 30 inches off the ground­—dramatically elevating its aesthetic appeal.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: David Allee
    01.04.11

  19. Blair Niche Project
    Houses We Love

    Blair Niche Project

    At just $167 per square foot, this high-design, low-cost barn in rural Wisconsin is an American idyll.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.20.12

  20. Outdoor Tableware

    Outdoor Tableware

    The hour is nigh for alfresco dining, but there’s no reason to schlep that crystal decanter under the stars. Join us as we share our favorite unbreakable wares, from melamine dishes to...

    05.10.10

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