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Simple Getaways: 8 Prefab Cabins

Cabins are modest by nature, a design quality that makes them conducive to prefabrication. Here are eight prefabs that tread lightly on the great outdoors.
November 4, 2014
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Inviting Kitchen Built on a Tight Budget

In Austin, Texas, architect Sean Guess forges an inventive industrial kitchen for a cost-conscious couple.
October 24, 2014
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Simple and Affordable Portland Home

In Portland, Oregon, an industrial designer's house blends economy and simplicity.
September 12, 2014
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8 Surprising Uses for Cinder Blocks

Cement blocks, commonly used to strengthen and insulate a building, are usually covered up. Left bare, they can also offer a minimalist variation on the traditional red brick theme.
August 26, 2014
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Modern Gabled House in Portland

In Portland, Oregon, a designer creates an open, environmentally sensitive house for a client on a 5,000-square-foot lot.
August 4, 2014
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Transformative House Renovation in Seattle

A couple, both architects, give their 1918 bungalow a modern update.
July 15, 2014
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Circular Affordable Housing Prototype

Inside the shell of the Oyster House prototype lies a new shape for affordable housing.
June 27, 2014
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8 One-Room Wonders

Savvy homeowners prove that with clever storage and other space-saving solutions, living in a one-room apartment can be both practical and comfortable.
June 17, 2014
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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 six-footed foundation to rein in construction costs, Hoover and Eerkes created a distinctive structure that treads lightly on the land.
January 16, 2014