Five Innovative Infill Homes

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April 28, 2014
As city populations grow, we continue to squeeze the most out of every square foot in our living spaces. These five infill homes manage to slip through the cracks.
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  On a 16-foot wide lot in a leafy Toronto neighborhood, architect Donald Chung devised a 2,100-square-foot home with three levels and series of double-height rooms and staircases. Photo by Dean Kaufman

    On a 16-foot wide lot in a leafy Toronto neighborhood, architect Donald Chung devised a 2,100-square-foot home with three levels and series of double-height rooms and staircases. Photo by Dean Kaufman

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  GRO Architects, Richard Garber and Nicole Robertson, took an unusual request from a client who bought a $45,000 corner lot in Jersey City and had only a $250,000 budget. The resulting cedar-slat home has a cantilevered deck with views of the Statue of Liberty, airy bright rooms, and space for a small garden. Photo by Samantha Contis  Photo by: Samantha Contis

    GRO Architects, Richard Garber and Nicole Robertson, took an unusual request from a client who bought a $45,000 corner lot in Jersey City and had only a $250,000 budget. The resulting cedar-slat home has a cantilevered deck with views of the Statue of Liberty, airy bright rooms, and space for a small garden. Photo by Samantha Contis

    Photo by: Samantha Contis

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  In San Diego, Jonathan Segal, is leading the march to infill projects with his coterie of 245 modern homes on odd and unused lots. He’s adamant that smart, simple housing can be built for a lot less than big, bad apartment blocks, which makes him more than a little frustrated. “Our stuff is less expensive than sucky architecture,” he fumes, “but you can’t mandate good design.” Here, his Titan tower eschews balconies and underground garages in favor of clean lines, sunny courtyards, and sunny rooms. Photo by Randi Berez  Photo by: Randi Berez

    In San Diego, Jonathan Segal, is leading the march to infill projects with his coterie of 245 modern homes on odd and unused lots. He’s adamant that smart, simple housing can be built for a lot less than big, bad apartment blocks, which makes him more than a little frustrated. “Our stuff is less expensive than sucky architecture,” he fumes, “but you can’t mandate good design.” Here, his Titan tower eschews balconies and underground garages in favor of clean lines, sunny courtyards, and sunny rooms. Photo by Randi Berez

    Photo by: Randi Berez

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  A 900-square-foot infill on San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill took six years to create, due to red tape and historic restrictions, but the finished contemporary translation of a Victorian bungalow was well worth the effort. Photo by Zubin Shroff  Photo by: Zubin Shroff

    A 900-square-foot infill on San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill took six years to create, due to red tape and historic restrictions, but the finished contemporary translation of a Victorian bungalow was well worth the effort. Photo by Zubin Shroff

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  Tom Kundig’s mixed-use infill project in Seattle, Washington, uses an 80-foot-tall hinge for hand-cranked doors. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

    Tom Kundig’s mixed-use infill project in Seattle, Washington, uses an 80-foot-tall hinge for hand-cranked doors. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

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