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  1. Welcome to the Jungle
    My House

    Welcome to the Jungle

    In Central America, Spanish colonial architecture prevails. But the creeping tide of modernism—represented here by the home of architect José Roberto Paredes—is signaling that...

    written by: Sonja Hall
    photos by: Paco Perez
    04.14.09

  2. PISE Does It
    Green

    PISE Does It

    From an ecological perspective, pneumatically impacted stabilized earth (PISE) is a nearly perfect building material. A new house, halfway between Carmel and Big Sur, near California’s...

    written by: Adam Fisher
    04.14.09

  3. The Jonathan
    House Tours

    The Jonathan

    Tired of waiting for innovative architecture to come to San Diego, this proactive architect added developer to his job description, and brought it there himself.

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Randi Berez
    03.17.09

  4. Roadside Attraction
    Green

    Roadside Attraction

    A Colorado couple handles their freeway-facing lot with flair, and incorporates a long list of sustainable features to boot.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Ron Pollard
    03.16.09

  5. Community of Vision
    House Tours

    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

  6. Alaska: The Final (Architectural) Frontier
    House Tours

    Alaska: The Final (Architectural) Frontier

    “I always wanted to live in a glass house,” explains Valerie Phelps, as she stands surrounded by the 40 feet of floor-to-ceiling windows that are the only walls of her living room. Laid...

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    03.16.09

  7. Oakland Aesthetics
    My House

    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

  8. Transforming TIjuana
    House Tours

    Transforming TIjuana

    In August of 2004, a weekend-long party took place at a new house in the Hacienda Agua Caliente neighborhood of Tijuana, Mexico. The house was raw and unfinished, with bare concrete floors and...

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: Gregg Segal
    03.16.09

  9. Eco-Friendly Rustic Cabin Retreat in Canada
    Green

    Eco-Friendly Rustic Cabin Retreat in Canada

    With windows recycled from a Toronto skyscraper, Barerock is both rustic cabin and high-tech, eco-friendly retreat.

    written by: Dominic Ali
    03.14.09

  10. Inside Job
    House Tours

    Inside Job

    Designing an innovative house is a rite of passage 
for many young architects. But building in a city doesn’t always make experimentation easy; after all, neighbors have their own ideas about...

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Juliana Sohn
    03.04.09

  11. Nature Nurtured
    House Tours

    Nature Nurtured

    On the shores of New Zealand’s Lake Wakatipu, architects Bronwen Kerr and Pete Ritchie designed a relaxed family home that reclines into its spectacular landscape.

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Stephen Oxenbury
    03.04.09

  12. Norwegian Wood
    My House

    Norwegian Wood

    Designing a house for this setting was a thrilling puzzle of aesthetics and terrain for a young architect. The house they built that year suited the couple for 30 years of long summer vacations,...

    written by: Margit Bisztray
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    03.04.09

  13. Long Island Summer Home Gets a Modern Addition
    House Tours

    Long Island Summer Home Gets a Modern Addition

     “I can show you what it was…and what it is,” 
Joe Dolce says, delineating the slight, 250-square-foot addition to his Long Island summer home.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    03.04.09

  14. Eric Corey Freed Reviews 6 Sustainable Flooring Options
    Product Reviews

    Eric Corey Freed Reviews 6 Sustainable Flooring Options

    There’s trouble underfoot if you’re building a green home without considering your flooring. Take stock of these sustainable wood options that let you tread lightly on the land.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    03.03.09

  15. Reclaimed Wood

    Reclaimed Wood

    Salvaged from buildings, plantations, mines, and railroads. Stock is sold as mixes of wood sorted by color, such as Cinnamon Mix (composed of merbau, alan batu, and other species from mine shoring...

  16. Sustainably Harvested Woods

    Sustainably Harvested Woods

    Wood laminated in vertical strips adhered with natural glues. Available in birch, beech, pine, ocoumé, meranti, poplar, or deal wood.

  17. Cork Mosaic Tiles

    Cork Mosaic Tiles

    Two circle sizes. Available in natural or more than 100 custom colors. Made from the waste of the cork bottle-stop industry.

  18. Global Passage Collection

    Global Passage Collection

    Photograph of wood grain laminated onto particleboard. Nine choices available, including Indian tigerwood, Brazilian cherry, and African padauk.

  19. Engineered Flooring

    Engineered Flooring

    A layer of hardwood bonded to two wood sublayers. More than 15 choices of wood available, including Australian chestnut, White tigerwood, and Chocolate oak.

  20. Neopolitan Bamboo Plywood

    Neopolitan Bamboo Plywood

    Strips of different lengths and widths of bamboo glued to a solid core of plywood with natural adhesive. Bamboo is from managed forests in China.

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