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  1. Universal Appeal
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    Universal Appeal

    When David Carmel decided to propose to Kirsten Axelsen, he was at home in Manhattan and she was in Ethiopia, working to eliminate trachoma (the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness). No...

    written by: Fred A. Bernstein
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    01.15.09

  2. 10 Tiny Houses We Love
    House Tours

    10 Tiny Houses We Love

    We've dedicated the pages in our November 2012 issue to living large in small spaces, whether they're 235, 900, or 2,000 square feet. But there's more! The Dwell archive features scores of small...

    written by: Diana Budds
    10.05.12

  3. A Modern Beachside Trailer Home in Malibu
    House Tours

    A Modern Beachside Trailer Home in Malibu

    Having spent many years pining for her own space at the beach, Sofie Howard—photographer agent and owner of Los Angeles–based Commune Images—finally found it at Paradise Cove Mobile Home Park in...

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Spencer Lowell
    05.31.13

  4. NHR Apartment by Gut Gut
    House Tours

    NHR Apartment by Gut Gut

    In our March 2012 issue we toured this small Bratislava, Slovak Republic, apartment in the story True Value. Now we're having a look at another hip flat by the same firm, Gut Gut. This time the...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.30.12

  5. Compact Wooden Home in Japan
    Houses We Love

    Compact Wooden Home in Japan

    A distinctive wooden pattern lines the walls, floors, and ceilings of this compact home in Japan.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    05.14.13

  6. Come Sail Away
    My House

    Come Sail Away

    On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered creative ways to build on a budget.

    written by: Lisa Skolnik
    05.16.11

  7. Small Wonder
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    Small Wonder

    On a quaint, tree-lined street in Berkeley, California, architect Sarah Deeds of Deeds Design and carpenter John McBride placed a 120-square-foot office/art studio near their main house, a...

    written by: Erika Heet
    01.05.11

  8. 10 More Tiny Kitchens We Love
    Design 101

    10 More Tiny Kitchens We Love

    In the second installment of our series on tiny kitchens, we bring you space-savers in New York, Hollywood, Tokyo, and beyond.

    written by: Erika Heet
    12.06.13

  9. Upwardly Mobile Homes
    House Tours

    Upwardly Mobile Homes

    When it comes to real estate, the trailer park gets a bad rap. But some designers think that this forsaken corner of the market is worthy of reevaluation—and even resuscitation.

    written by: Rick Polito
    05.13.09

  10. Tunquen Treasure
    Green

    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

  11. Double Time: Bungalow Redux
    House Tours

    Double Time: Bungalow Redux

    Upon the birth of their first child, artist Stas Orlovski and food stylist Alise Arato felt that their 700-square-foot 1930s bungalow in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles was too small to...

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.09.10

  12. Compound Addition
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    Compound Addition

    A pair of environmentally attuned architects combined adjoining properties in a Los Angeles canyon to house their modernist menagerie.

    written by: Sarah Amelar
    photos by: Catherine Ledner
    05.13.09

  13. Welcome Hut
    House Tours

    Welcome Hut

    Toronto-based firm Levitt Goodman Architects is known for its green designs. "We've done lots of LEED-certified buildings, but we're looking toward the bigger picture of sustainability,"...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.27.10

  14. Minneapolis, MN
    House Tours

    Minneapolis, MN

    Linden Hills, a leafy neighborhood in southwest Minneapolis abutting recreational Lake Calhoun, is a spot where few fences divide the ranch houses from the Cape Cods and the bungalows, most of them...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Chad Holder
    01.16.09

  15. Mid-City Modern
    House Tours

    Mid-City Modern

    In the heart of Atlanta, Shawn Moseley worked closely with designer Scott Ball to design and build his new house not ten minutes from downtown.

    written by: Donovan Finn
    photos by: Mark Steinmetz
    09.23.09

  16. Where Pigs Fly
    Outdoor

    Where Pigs Fly

    Those looking for a more down-to-earth option might consider wallowing in a pigsty, which is essentially what designer Amir Sanei constructed for his two sons.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.05.09

  17. Nice Box
    House Tours

    Nice Box

    In October, the light in Norway is cold and diffused by rain. It's "our worst month," says John Roger Holte, a Norwegian artist and builder. The weather may be dismal here, but the...

    written by: Clare Dudman
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    02.26.09

  18. True Value
    House Tours

    True Value

    The budget was nearly as tight as the space in this cheerful renovation of a 516-square-foot flat in Bratislava.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.27.12

  19. Spiral Staircase Shapes Tokyo Home
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    Spiral Staircase Shapes Tokyo Home

    How is a 921-square-foot, 44-level house possible? Witness Tokyo architect Akihisa Hirata’s mind-bending, shape-shifting solution to small-space living.

    written by: Naomi Pollock
    photos by: Koichi Torimura
    11.12.12

  20. An Eco-Friendly Compact Cabin in Washington
    Houses We Love

    An Eco-Friendly Compact Cabin in Washington

    On Puget Sound, activist and filmmaker Anna Hoover collaborated with Les Eerkes, a principal at Olson Kundig Architects, on a 693-square-foot studio in the woods. Using freecycled materials and a...

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.16.14

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