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  1. Heart of the Country
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    Heart of the Country

    Driving through the leafy country lanes on the outer edges of London’s commuter belt, it’s hard to imagine the city is just an hour away by train. But the Sussex fields around the...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    photos by: Nigel Shafran
    02.26.09

  2. 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

  3. Good Mews
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    Good Mews

    Brad Smith’s compact former coach house, tucked away in one of London’s many hidden cobbled mews, was in need of a radical over-haul when his partner Brian Brennan moved in. Scape...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    photos by: Peter Marlow
    05.28.09

  4. 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

  5. On the Level
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    On the Level

    Judged by contemporary design standards, the typical postwar suburban split-level house has little to recommend it. Usually spotted in a tract with dozens of similarly shaped units, the classic...

    written by: Carolann Rule
    photos by: João Canziani
    01.16.09

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. San Juan, PR
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    San Juan, PR

    After three rainless weeks a welcome tropical shower blew into San Juan, Puerto Rico, one afternoon last May, awakening Casa Delpin with the sound of trickling water.

    written by: Michael Cannell
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    02.26.09

  9. Highway Hideaway
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    Highway Hideaway

    Most beachfront houses treat the ocean as part of the visual landscape with panoramic views and wraparound balconies. Tom Lloyd-Butler’s beach house by Ernest Born, however, is deeply interior, and...

    written by: Katrina Heron
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    01.16.09

  10. Sun Mun Way Cool
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    Sun Mun Way Cool

    In Los Angeles, California, a family of four inhabits a polychrome fantasia in the heart of Chinatown. Formerly a restaurant, punk rock night club, and furniture warehouse, the Berniers’ loft is...

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Bryce Duffy
    01.16.09

  11. 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

  12. Architectural Adventure
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    Architectural Adventure

    When people ask architects Apurva Pande and Chinmaya Misra where they live, they never get a straightforward answer. The couple's home lies at the end of a cul-de-sac somewhere between Culver City...

    written by: Chloe Veltman
    photos by: Bryce Duffy
    01.18.09

  13. Garage Brand
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    Garage Brand

    With no space to waste, London-based designers Kim Colin and Sam Hecht turned a 1924 garage into the perfect home product.

    written by: Amelia Thorpe
    photos by: Ben Anders
    01.18.09

  14. 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

  15. Taking Liberties
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    Taking Liberties

    Designed and built in 1878 for Judge John Murphy, a 4,400-square-foot white structure has, from the outside, the undeniable characteristics of a classic San Francisco Victorian. Stepped back from...

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    01.19.09

  16. 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

  17. Solar Inspiration
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    Solar Inspiration

    A husband-and-wife architect team proves a house can be good for the environment—and look great too.

    written by: Sydney LeBlanc
    photos by: Marvin Rand
    01.19.09

  18. 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

  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. Worth the Wait
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    Worth the Wait

    Tucked into the side of a scenic San Francisco hill, one of the city’s more diminutive houses battles everything from dry rot to obstructionist neighbors in order to grow up.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Zubin Shroff
    04.30.09

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