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  1. Modern Victorian House Preservation in Oakland
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    Modern Victorian House Preservation in Oakland

    Mike McDonald, an Oakland, California–based builder, faced a common problem for Bay Area homeowners: an aesthetically pleasing, historically significant, but structurally shaky Victorian.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Jason Madara
    01.15.09

  2. The First Wave
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    The First Wave

    In Sydney’s cramped beachside suburbia, architect Steve Kennedy defied a small footprint and a terrible drought with a generous double-height extension and a cutting-edge custom-made water...

    written by: Karen Pakula
    photos by: Richard Powers
    11.01.07

  3. Pastoral Manner
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    Pastoral Manner

    Santiago Suarez is a man who craves challenge, a knight errant, if you will, whose exploits are in the realm of the intellectual and artistic. His wife, Bonnie, has been his game companion and...

    written by: Jaimie Epstein
    photos by: Juliana Sohn
    01.16.09

  4. Small Amidst Sprawl
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    Small Amidst Sprawl

    Rising out of the Texas bayou, Houston is both a sprawling metropolis and the largest city in the United States without zoning regulations. This cause-and-effect relationship has, over time,...

    written by: Amos Klausner
    photos by: Misty Keasler
    01.18.09

  5. Cooler Ranch
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    Cooler Ranch

    After searching in vain for an empty lot to build on, architect Brian White settled for a nondescript 1960s ranch that nobody else wanted—and proved that building from the ground up doesn’t always...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: John Clark
    01.18.09

  6. Victorian Secrets
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    Victorian Secrets

    Have you ever walked past a house on your way to work and thought, Wouldn’t it be nice to live there. Artist Judith Brenner did. But unlike most of us, Judith loved the house so much that, in July...

    written by: Amanda Talbot
    photos by: Richard Powers
    01.19.09

  7. Community of Vision
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    Community of Vision

    A mere eight miles from Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Georgian neoclassical plantation home, and just nine miles south of Old Town Alexandria, the colonial bastion that provides much...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Eric Laignel
    03.16.09

  8. The Bellwether of Belvedere
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    The Bellwether of Belvedere

    Sustainable consultant to the stars Jordan Harris convinces Hollywood starlets to go hybrid, but when it came to greening his own home, he enlisted outside help.

    written by: Chloe Veltman
    photos by: Todd Hido
    04.17.09

  9. Way Out West
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    Way Out West

    Leaving the bustle of Washington, D.C., architect Joe Day and his wife return to California and discover that life in a single-family dwelling isn't as isolated as they had feared.

    written by: Raul Barrenche
    photos by: Gregg Segal
    06.15.09

  10. Bedroom Addition in Seattle
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    Bedroom Addition in Seattle

    Growing families can quickly outgrow the homes purchased when the couple was just a twosome. In Seattle, Shed Architects designed a master suite addition for a family of five that was looking for a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.18.10

  11. Campbells' Coup
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    Campbells' Coup

    Modernist furniture may signal worldly tastes, but its American origins lie in Michigan’s humble reaches. It’s here that Keith and Mary Campbell renovated a lakeside cottage into a...

    written by: James Griffioen
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    01.25.10

  12. Portland's Cape Cod Remodel
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    Portland's Cape Cod Remodel

    With its slim profile and sleek gray exterior, Lola Oyibo and Eric Boardman’s home in Portland, Oregon bears little resemblance to the house it used to be. Unable to afford the 40% down...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    01.24.11

  13. Long Island Found
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    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

  14. Almost Perfect
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    Almost Perfect

    Inspired by tansu chests and raw materials that show patina, a pair of Sydney-based architects renovated their own home—slowly.

    written by: Mimi Zeiger
    08.21.11

  15. 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

  16. Parksite Residence, Rotterdam
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    Parksite Residence, Rotterdam

    A former ambulance garage may seem like an unusual option for a home, but in the hands of innovative Rotterdam design office Doepel Strijkers it proved to be an inspired choice. The strongest point...

    written by: Jane Szita
    02.16.12

  17. 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

  18. An Airy Addition to a Historic Boise Home
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    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. Gable-Roofed Rural Weekend Home in Connecticut
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    Gable-Roofed Rural Weekend Home in Connecticut

    To create their rural Connecticut getaway, Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi layered their modern design sensibility atop an early 20th-century stone foundation.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Andrea Chu
    10.03.12

  20. Oakland Aesthetics
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    Oakland Aesthetics

    Perfectly content in San Francisco, the Pfeiffers couldn't help falling in love with a charming mid-century house, across the Bay in Oakland, with stunning views, plenty of trees, and a murky past.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    03.16.09

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