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  1. Two Houses Are Better Than One
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    Two Houses Are Better Than One

    Or is one house better than two? For Santa Monica–based architect Jesse Bornstein and his family, both are true.

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Catherine Ledner
    07.31.09

  2. Marcel Breuer Hooper House II
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    Marcel Breuer Hooper House II

    A new owner with a light touch has kept Marcel Breuer's 1959 Hooper House II a marvel of the mid-20th century whose life will extend well into the 21st.

    written by: Philip Kennicott
    photos by: Zubin Shroff
    02.08.09

  3. Well Thawed Out
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    Well Thawed Out

    At the end of 2000, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Icelandic natives and partners in the Santa Monica–based design firm Minarc, bought what was essentially a teardown in the...

    written by: Kathryn Harris
    photos by: Raif Seeburger
    02.01.09

  4. Walter Gropius, Hagerty House
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    Walter Gropius, Hagerty House

    Walter Gropius wanted the Hagerty House, his first commission in the United States, to be as close to the sea as possible. He sited the structure a precarious 20 feet from the shore and let the...

    written by: Jaci Conry
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    01.14.09

  5. Home Schooled
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    Home Schooled

    The house at 157 Congress Run in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming was a fine little place, a sturdy 1940s brick Cape with trim, boxy rooms and an undulating yard punctuated with old trees. In...

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Chad Holder
    01.16.09

  6. Stow Aways
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    Stow Aways

    How do you squeeze maximum functionality out of minimal space? Rosa and Robert Garneau make it happen with multipurpose furniture, a hydraulic Murphy bed, and secret compartments galore.

    written by: Heidi Mitchell
    photos by: Ian Allen
    02.17.11

  7. Casa H, Brussels
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    Casa H, Brussels

    When it came time for Hernan Rios to renovate his apartment inside a 1968 Louis Herman De Koninck building, he reached out to Matteo Colombo and Andrea Serboli's Barcelona-based firm CaSA...

    written by: Diana Budds
    05.03.12

  8. A Mid-Century Modern Home in Southwest Portland
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    A Mid-Century Modern Home in Southwest Portland

    Living in a state that’s saturated with rain for 
much of the year, Oregonians rightly have an obsession with sunshine.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: John Clark
    03.04.09

  9. Loo & Improved
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    Loo & Improved

    When Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug, principals of Butz + Klug Architecture, began renovating the master bathroom of a nearly 120-year-old home in Brookline, Massachusetts, they made “all sorts...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.04.10

  10. A Well-Grafted Home
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    A Well-Grafted Home

    Working creatively to meet strict preservation codes, architect Roberto de Leon affixes a modern annex onto a historic Louisville house.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Noah Webb
    09.06.11

  11. Dror-Designed Soho Synagogue
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    Dror-Designed Soho Synagogue

    Designed by Studio Dror, the new SoHo Synagogue in New York aims to translate the inspiration of Judaism to a new generation. Founders Rabbi Dovi Scheiner and his wife Esty Scheiner invited Dror to...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.01.11

  12. Lucky's Break
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    Lucky's Break

    With a very limited budget and no construction experience, Lucky and Kim Diaz overhauled a wreck of a house into a sweet, 1,100-square-foot Los Angeles home with just $55,000 and a whole lot of...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: João Canziani
    01.14.09

  13. Facade Focus: Wood
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    Facade Focus: Wood

    A Boston couple with a big extended family wanted to enlarge their brick neo-Georgian with an addition that would fit a generous kitchen and hangout space, all while avoiding superfluous detail....

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: John Horner
    05.02.12

  14. Dance Dance Renovation
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    Dance Dance Renovation

    The first time Houston-based architectural designer Barbara Hill set foot inside what would become her future second house, a 100-year-old adobe in Marfa, Texas, she found a cramped warren of rooms...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    photos by: Misty Keasler
    01.17.11

  15. All Together Now
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    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

  16. Take Two: 7 Adaptive Reuse Projects We Love
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    Take Two: 7 Adaptive Reuse Projects We Love

    As the way in which people use cities morphs form generation to generation, we're left with dormant buildings—those that have outlived their original purpose, but are rife for enterprising...

    written by: Diana Budds
    09.08.12

  17. Spirit of the South
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    Spirit of the South

    With neighboring duplexes supplying rental income, two Knoxville architects patiently—and affordably—craft their dream home.

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Hollis Bennett
    02.22.12

  18. Modern Bright Family Home Renovation in Washington, DC
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    Modern Bright Family Home Renovation in Washington, DC

    One family’s effort to “smuggle a modern house into a historic district” in Washington, DC, results in a brightly transformed space made for family life.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    photos by: Eli Meir Kaplan
    09.10.12

  19. Love's Labors Found
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    Love's Labors Found

    Though the obstacles they faced were formidable, this couple’s perserverance brought them closer together and made their dream home a reality.

    written by: David Proffitt
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy
    04.30.09

  20. Harlem Renaissance
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    Harlem Renaissance

    In her book Parisian Views, critic Shelley Rice hauntingly evokes the dislocating effects that the near-complete reconstruction of Paris in the 19th century had on its population. Thanks to the...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    06.02.09

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