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  1. New Prospects
    My House

    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

  2. All Together Now
    House Tours

    All Together Now

    When Svetlin Krastev and Dessi Nikolova had their second child, they saw two options: Go broke buying a bigger apartment, or renovate their existing 620-square-foot home.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: David Allee
    02.06.11

  3. Living in a Mini House
    House Tours

    Living in a Mini House

    When San Francisco–based architect Christi Azevedo and her partner bought an investment property in Oakland, what was billed in real estate listings as a 'detached garage' turned out to be a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.17.10

  4. Long Island Found
    House Tours

    Long Island Found

    When the Fisher family’s 1960s Long Island beach bungalow started to crumble, they sought an architect who’d preserve the home’s humble roots and mellow vibe, while subtly...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Richard Foulser
    06.06.11

  5. Light-Filled Family Home Renovation in Copenhagen
    House Tours

    Light-Filled Family Home Renovation in Copenhagen

    In a former fishermen’s cottage outside Copenhagen, a young family has carved out a cozy, light-filled home.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    03.08.12

  6. Building a Prefab House
    Renovation

    Building a Prefab House

    A highlight of reporting "A Simple Plan," my story about the Marmol Radziner-designed prefab in Ukiah, California (in our December/January 2012 issue, and online here) was sitting down...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.24.11

  7. Soho Row House Renovation
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    Soho Row House Renovation

    The New York City-based firm Delson or Sherman Architects assembled this duplex apartment in a Soho row house from two stacked apartments and a new rear extension. Their clients were a single...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.06.10

  8. 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

  9. A Potrero Hill Renovation
    House Tours

    A Potrero Hill Renovation

    San Francisco architect Cary Bernstein recently completed this renovation and expansion of an old cottage in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood. The cottage had suffered a series of...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Cesar Rubio
    12.05.11

  10. Flemish Farmhouse Kitchen
    Finishing Touch

    Flemish Farmhouse Kitchen

    For this farmhouse in the Flemish town of Outgaarden, the Belgian architects 51N4E were charged with designing a new kitchen and adjacent storage space. They decided to split their allotted budget...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.02.10

  11. Making the Corian Shelf
    Renovation

    Making the Corian Shelf

    When people enter Svetlin Krastev and Dessi Nikolova's one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan—featured in our March issue and online here—the first thing they see is the sculptural Corian...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    02.07.11

  12. Charming Weekend Cottage Renovation in Marin
    Outdoor

    Charming Weekend Cottage Renovation in Marin

    A Bay Area landscape designer works her yard like a jigsaw puzzle, packing a bevy of distinctive destinations into a steep and diminutive plot.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    07.23.13

  13. Magnetic Walls, and Storage Made Sexy
    Finishing Touch

    Magnetic Walls, and Storage Made Sexy

    When architects Hayes and James Slade of Slade Architecture renovated a three-story brownstone in Brooklyn for Ricky Kenig, the owner of the New York City's ubiquitous Ricky's NYC stores, and his...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.17.10

  14. Designing the Ruche Sofa
    Renovation

    Designing the Ruche Sofa

    When I was in France earlier this year to report our latest Process story, which appears in our February 2011 issue and online here, I had the opportunity to not only tour Ligne Roset's...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    01.03.12

  15. 7 Creative Tips for Small-Space Living
    House Tours

    7 Creative Tips for Small-Space Living

    A tiny 900-square-foot house on a steep hill in San Francisco offers a bevy of clever tips and tricks for small-space living.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Zubin Shroff
    08.29.13

  16. Mini Apartments and Next-Wave Prefab, Part 1
    Renovation

    Mini Apartments and Next-Wave Prefab, Part 1

    This seven-part blog series profiles a new prefab development in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood—a LEED Platinum-targeted building containing 23 "micro-studios". Built in a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.03.12

  17. IdeaGarden Eco-Farmhouse
    House Tours

    IdeaGarden Eco-Farmhouse

    After Will Rosenzweig and Carla Fracchia bought this 100-year-old farmhouse in Healdsburg, California, they hired Arkin Tilt Architects and Earthtone Construction to make an eco-friendly example...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.13.11

  18. An Airy Addition to a Historic Boise Home
    My House

    An Airy Addition to a Historic Boise Home

    An airy addition on the back of a historic house in Boise is a model of sensitive renovation, seamlessly melding new and old.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Lincoln Barbour
    10.01.12

  19. Pulltab's Mini Vertical Garden
    Finishing Touch

    Pulltab's Mini Vertical Garden

    Enlisted to renovate an apartment in Manhattan's East Village, architects Melissa Baker and Jon Handley, partners at the firm pulltab design, took inspiration from the city's plethora of...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.23.10

  20. Bemz's Bright Idea
    A Great Idea

    Bemz's Bright Idea

    Last week I met with Lesley Pennington, a Canadian living in Sweden who in 2004 launched Bemz, one of the cleverest companies I've heard of recently. Bemz makes affordable custom-order slipcovers...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.30.10

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