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In Houston, where bigger means better and suburbanites in SUVs dominate the highways, architects Dawn Finley and Mark Wamble are anomalies: Their domestic lives fit into 1,200 square feet, and their commute to work is but a walk downstairs.
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  The house is sheltered from the speeding traffic on Highway 59 by a fortress of trees.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    The house is sheltered from the speeding traffic on Highway 59 by a fortress of trees.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  Architects Dawn Finley and Mark Wamble's 1,200-square-foot house in Houston, Texas, is clad in corrugated metal and contains their five-person firm, Interloop—Architecture.  Photo by: Daniel HennessyCourtesy of: Daniel Hennessy
    Architects Dawn Finley and Mark Wamble's 1,200-square-foot house in Houston, Texas, is clad in corrugated metal and contains their five-person firm, Interloop—Architecture.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

    Courtesy of: Daniel Hennessy

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  Angus opts to sleep on top of the bed rather than beneath it.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    Angus opts to sleep on top of the bed rather than beneath it.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  Leroy tools around on his mini turbo tractor while munching on a gigantic cookie; his parents look on with envy.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    Leroy tools around on his mini turbo tractor while munching on a gigantic cookie; his parents look on with envy.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  The kitchen is IKEA; the floors, like those in the bathroom, are Brazilian slate.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    The kitchen is IKEA; the floors, like those in the bathroom, are Brazilian slate.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  Leroy with his menagerie and the highway-spanning bridge beyond.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    Leroy with his menagerie and the highway-spanning bridge beyond.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  A work station in the couple's office.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    A work station in the couple's office.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  The office windows look onto the brick wall that buffers the property from the highway beyond.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    The office windows look onto the brick wall that buffers the property from the highway beyond.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  Finley rifles through one of the closets at the end of the living space next to the kitchen. The water-cut laundry-room doors and guardrail add a Houstonian touch to the otherwise spartan décor.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    Finley rifles through one of the closets at the end of the living space next to the kitchen. The water-cut laundry-room doors and guardrail add a Houstonian touch to the otherwise spartan décor.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  Custom exit sign are seen in the office.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    Custom exit sign are seen in the office.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  Angus, the family's Llewellyn Setter, sleeps in the master bedroom.  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy
    Angus, the family's Llewellyn Setter, sleeps in the master bedroom.

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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