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  1. Castles Made of Sand
    Profiles

    Castles Made of Sand

    Iranian architect Nader Kahlili fashions affordable, easily assembled housing out of sandbags and concrete for a surprsingly striking result.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    04.30.09

  2. Hometta: Affordable Modern Home Plans
    Dwell on Design

    Hometta: Affordable Modern Home Plans

    Mark Johnson started daydreaming last year about how residential architecture in his native Houston would be improved if developers had a pool of pre-existing plans for small and attractive modern...

    written by: Drew Himmelstein
    05.11.09

  3. Pedigree Charted
    My House

    Pedigree Charted

    With an extended family apt to drop by at a moment’s notice, lifelong modernist Hannah Ferguson has a new home that’s all about heritage.

    written by: David Hay
    photos by: Amanda Prior
    06.17.09

  4. By the Book
    Finishing Touch

    By the Book

    This modern log cabin from architecture students at Auburn University was designed to be completed for $20,000—an admirable solution for the down-at-heel looking to put down roots.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.09

  5. The Great Compression
    House Tours

    The Great Compression

    In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and...

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    04.13.10

  6. Winners of "Healthy Homes" for Haiti
    Post

    Winners of "Healthy Homes" for Haiti

    In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, ARCHIVE, a non-profit whose efforts center on the use of housing as a strategy for preventing illness and providing care among...

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.12.11

  7. Appetite for Construction
    House Tours

    Appetite for Construction

    Six years ago, architect Jorge Gracia came to Dwell’s attention with a house he built for his family that was radically different from any other in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico, where the...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    03.29.11

  8. Slat Happy
    Finishing Touch

    Slat Happy

    Budget supplies become modern design gold in this Omaha home.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    11.01.11

  9. Region of Honor
    Houses We Love

    Region of Honor

    Tuned into its sylvan setting, this affordable green home in Hillsborough, North Carolina, is a modern take on the surrounding centuries-old structures.

    written by: Diana Budds
    02.18.12

  10. Spirit of the South
    House Tours

    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

  11. Living in Marina del Rey
    Renovation

    Living in Marina del Rey

    When Joe Borst saw an affordable bungalow in a Marina del Ray neighborhood filled with either condos or mansions, he knew he found a perfect place for him and his girlfriend Maria Torres to live in...

    written by: Carren Jao
    03.08.12

  12. Mr. Kate Sets a Dwell Table
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    Mr. Kate Sets a Dwell Table

    For this week's installment of entertaining tips, Dwell invited Los Angeles–based blogger, jewelry designer, and hostess extraordinaire, Kate Albrecht of mrkate.com over to set a table or two...

    written by: Olivia Martin
    09.04.12

  13. Architect Couples At Home
    My House

    Architect Couples At Home

    When architects fall in love, designing their own home can be both rewarding and challenging feats. Through compromise and collaboration, these couples successfully made their dream home a reality.

    written by: Kate Santos
    11.11.13

  14. Near Westside Story
    House Tours

    Near Westside Story

    Three houses in Syracuse win a sustainable design competition and reshape an urban neighborhood for $200,000 apiece.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Richard Barnes
    02.25.12

  15. Project: R-House
    House Tours

    Project: R-House

    Passive solar design, which promotes passive means of generating and retaining warmth over active—and expensive—systems, is central to R-House’s success. Solar gain—chiefly...

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Richard Barnes
    02.24.12

  16. Row on 25th: Affordable Housing Development in Houston
    House Tours

    Row on 25th: Affordable Housing Development in Houston

    By taking advantage of economies of scale, a Houston native and a pair of mod-minded developers team up to create nine affordable row houses in the Houston Heights.

    written by: Dan Oko
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    01.11.13

  17. An Affordable High-Design Vacation Home in Mexico
    Houses We Love

    An Affordable High-Design Vacation Home in Mexico

    By pooling their resources and giving their architect complete creative control, two busy Mexico City–based brothers built a high-design vacation home for just $70 per square foot.

    written by: Robert Landon
    photos by: Mauricio Alejo
    01.29.13

  18. Green and Affordable Living in Montana
    House Tours

    Green and Affordable Living in Montana

    A resourceful sound mixer sources some local design talent, rolls up his sleeves, and builds small, green, and affordable in Bozeman, Montana.

    written by: Heather Wagner
    photos by: John Clark
    01.27.12

  19. Labor of Loved Ones
    House Tours

    Labor of Loved Ones

    Designed by his son and daughter-in-law, and largely built by his family and a host of neighborly helpers, Bill Weber’s new home is all about strengthening the ties that bind.

    written by: Lee Bey
    01.16.09

  20. Lucky's Break
    My House

    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

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