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We conclude our countdown of the 100 most-popular homes in Dwell.
Modern sustainable house by the beach

We conclude our countdown of the 100 most-popular homes in Dwell. Find the top 20 projects published here.

Tunquen Treasure

A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer. Photo by Cristobal Palma.

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Originally appeared in Tunquen Treasure
1 / 20
The tree house is perched on a hill that offers canyon vistas and views of downtown L. A. and the Getty Museum.
An Atypical Tree House

When a 40-year-old pine tree fell over at the rear of a Brentwood estate in Los Angeles a few years back, its owner, an art lover and a philanthropist, let it lie. The tree revived itself, continuing to grow from its newfound horizontal position. At that point, the owner decided to honor its resilience by incorporating it into a 172-square-foot office / guest house.

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Originally appeared in An Atypical Tree House
2 / 20
Modern Nakashima-inspired wooden bookshelf cabinet
Wood Works

Faced with the challenge of a diminutive New York apartment in desperate need of a refresh, architect Tim Seggerman went straight to his toolbox to craft a Nakashima-inspired interior.

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Originally appeared in Space-Saving Wood-Paneled Apartment in Manhattan
3 / 20
The chairs and end table in the living room are of Eric’s design.
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.

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Originally appeared in Oakland Aesthetics
4 / 20
Playroom view of row house
Separate Boîte Equal

From the leafy sidewalk outside Paul Bernier and Joëlle Thibault’s home in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood of Montreal, there’s no clue that their brick home is all that different from its neighbors. But step inside, and perceptions quickly shift. Photo by Alexi Hobbs.

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Originally appeared in Separate Boîte Equal
5 / 20
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Farm Fresh

Nobody ever said farming was easy, but the rewards of a homegrown harvest are great. On six acres of fertile land in the heart of rural Iowa, Geoff and Joanna Mouming mix modern home design with a traditional way of life. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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Originally appeared in Farm Fresh
6 / 20
A sliding glass door and breezy cross ventilation make Louis Molina’s modest living room appear more generous than its actual dimensions.
Echo Chamber

After architectural designers Louis Molina and Laurent Turin of Good Idea Studio revamped a tiny, dilapidated 1923 clapboard house in 2004, they moved their Los Angeles office into the ground level and have taken turns occupying the 578-square-foot living quarters upstairs. While Turin is supervising the firm’s office in his native Switzerland, Molina, who also teaches at the Woodbury University School of Architecture in Burbank, gives us the tour of their diminutive-by-design Echo Park remodel.

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Originally appeared in Echo Chamber
7 / 20
A modern renovation near Milwaukee
Opened House

A few years after moving into their stocky, cavelike 1970s bi-level 20 miles southeast of Milwaukee, JJ and Eric Edstrom decided it was time to renovate. New to the world of architecture and construction, the Edstroms turned to Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The creative young couple—Eric is a songwriter and JJ is a life coach—provided the architects with a list of must-haves to accommodate their flexible-but-busy lifestyle. The result is a warm, modernist update that embodies their core Midwestern values: simplicity, connection to nature, and strong family ties. Photo by Cameron Wittig.

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Originally appeared in One With Nature
8 / 20
Bassam fellows house exterior patio
Pursuing Perfection

Resuscitating a classic can be time-consuming and pricey, but when it comes to the rehabilitation of neglected masterpieces, one Connecticut couple finds it’s worth every minute and cent. Photo by Mark Seelen.

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Originally appeared in One With Nature
9 / 20
Modern fold-out Murphy bed
Designed for Dialog

Dr. Kenneth Montague’s Toronto loft is both home and art gallery—and the ultimate party house, thanks to two kitchens, a rooftop deck, and no shortage of conversation pieces. Photo by Naomi Finlay.

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Originally appeared in Party-Friendly Apartment in Toronto
10 / 20
Everhart southwest elevation
Farmhouse Redux

Architect Chad Everhart came across an old farmhouse near Boone, North Carolina. He could tell it dated back to the Great Depression by the 1930s-era cardboard—once used as insulation—that he found stuffed down between its tongue-and-groove walls.

Originally appeared in Organic Living
11 / 20
Backyard of 2 Bar House in Menlo Park
Bar Method

When plans for a prefab home flopped, Rian and Melissa Jorgensen were introduced to Jonathan Feldman of Feldman Architecture, whose custom design was able to deliver an environmentally conscious modern home that met all budgetary restrictions and exceeded all expectations.

Originally appeared in Bar Method
12 / 20
The facade of the Leiniche Navitsky residence.
An Epic Plot

Architect Steve Bull designed a high-impact, low-maintenance home for a pair of intrepid clients in Alaska, but that was only the beginning of the adventure. Photo by Erik Johnson.

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Originally appeared in An Epic Plot
13 / 20
“Wonbo had to be able to stand in the sleeping area,” architect Kyu Sung Woo says of his son. “By combining two dimensions—the height of the bed and that of the closet (the top of which forms the bedroom floor)—we made that possible.”
Big City, Little Loft

New York City is the nation’s capital of cramped quarters. But for a select lucky few, scant square footage adds up to a cozy home to call one’s own. Photo by Adam Freiberg.

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Originally appeared in Big City, Little Loft
14 / 20
Tiled pool with descending wood plank
Master Stroke

In Santa Monica, California, where pools are plenty but not always eye-pleasing, Padraic Cassidy lifted one 30 inches off the ground­—dramatically elevating its aesthetic appeal. Photo by David Allee.

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Originally appeared in Master Stroke
15 / 20
Modern home interior with pink and yellow walls
The Homemakers

A highly productive collaboration among a trio of creative Angelenas—and a good dose of Barragán—turned a dark and beleaguered mid-century house into a family home for the ages. Photo by Lisa Romerein.

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Originally appeared in Colorful Remodel in Los Angeles
16 / 20
The open kitchen and dining area of Romero and Bradford’s LV Home is flooded with natural light. Dining table and chairs by IKEA. Antique jukebox by Wurlitzer.
All You Need is LV

In the most unlikely of places—rural Missouri—Rocio Romero has designed and built a prefab empire. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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Originally appeared in All You Need Is LV
17 / 20
Street signs provide an exterior siding.
Sign of the Times

Looking for directions on the road to sustainability? At Leger Wanaselja Architecture's multifamily development in Berkeley, California, all signs point to green. Photo by Randi Berez.

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Originally appeared in Sign of the Times
18 / 20
Architect Grant explains that the recessed orange wall with built-in storage shelving is a counterpoint to the view of Boston in the opposite direction.
Urban Usonian

It might have seemed like an oxymoron to Frank Lloyd Wright, but it’s a reality in this Boston photographer’s flat, designed to fit into a preexisting 1,500-square-foot space. Photo by Kent Dayton.

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Originally appeared in Urban Usonian
19 / 20
Choosing tile for the kitchen backsplash was the biggest struggle of the project, according to Brechbuehler. They settled on light gray horizontal bars by Ann Sacks.
A Clean Slate

A few big ideas—and some careful workmanship—transform the very small kitchen of a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment into an expansive space suited to a young professional with a taste for design. Photo by Jeremy Liebman.

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Originally appeared in A Clean Slate
20 / 20
Modern sustainable house by the beach

We conclude our countdown of the 100 most-popular homes in Dwell. Find the top 20 projects published here.

Tunquen Treasure

A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer. Photo by Cristobal Palma.

Photo by Cristóbal Palma.

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