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  1. Basic Instincts
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    Basic Instincts

    Matt Jacobson doesn’t just abide by the mantra “less is more,” he wholeheartedly embraces it. His Southern California home is a compact ode to minimal living.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    05.19.11

  2. The Airstream Life
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    The Airstream Life

    First came the idea. Then came the late nights of Craigslist searching. And then it happened quickly: a trip to a derelict horse ranch in the Salinas Valley, an exchange of cash in an old barn, and...

    photos by: Mark Compton
    09.24.09

  3. Fertile Grounds
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    Fertile Grounds

    Nestled in an apple grove in Sebastopol, California, the Orchard House is a rural idyll. And with the voracious design appetites of a family of gastronomically inclined clients, this concrete...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    02.26.10

  4. Coop Dreams
    Outdoor

    Coop Dreams

    Switching coasts from Brooklyn to Portland gave architects Mitchell Snyder and Shelley Martin a new set of unexpected clients: three young hens.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: John Clark
    10.18.10

  5. Five Inspirational Shipping Container Homes
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    Five Inspirational Shipping Container Homes

    Reclaimed shipping containers are ideal nesting spots for the residents of these five homes. Whether lured by the relatively inexpensive costs, ready supply, or aesthetic charm of containers, the...

    written by: Diana Budds
    07.20.12

  6. Reader DIY: A Modern Granite Grill
    Home Work

    Reader DIY: A Modern Granite Grill

    We love hearing stories about how our magazine and website have inspired readers to tackle their own modern design projects, at any scale—whether it be a full-blown house or, as featured on...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    09.13.12

  7. Hide and Sleep
    Finishing Touch

    Hide and Sleep

    With the classic Murphy bed as muse, Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki transformed a standard Airstream into a versatile small wonder.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.06.10

  8. Raise High the Roof Beams
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    Raise High the Roof Beams

    Creative bartering and a healthy dose of sweat equity allowed a young Charleston couple to transform a derelict 19th-century structure into an inspired living space.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Daniel Shea
    08.29.11

  9. Green and Affordable Living in Montana
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    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

  10. A Simple Plan
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    A Simple Plan

    A Marmol Radziner–designed prefab house, trucked onto a remote Northern California site, takes the pain out of the construction process.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Dwight Eschliman
    11.23.11

  11. A Tale of Two Houses
    Design 101

    A Tale of Two Houses

    When Ulrich Fleischmann approached architect Maki Kuwayama, of Unit A Architecture in Stuttgart, Germany, to design a home and office space, he was looking for a deal. Fleischmann wanted two houses...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.01.09

  12. Living in a Mini House
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    Living in a Mini House

    When San Francisco–based architect Christi Azevedo and her partner bought an investment property in Oakland, what was billed in real estate listings as a 'detached garage' turned out to be a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.17.10

  13. On the Waterfront
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    On the Waterfront

    After purchasing a revered archetypal lake house designed by American architect Richard Meier, a retired couple launches into the home’s second renovation in 35 years.

    written by: J. Michael Welton
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    08.22.11

  14. Beauty in Decay
    Books

    Beauty in Decay

    In the beginning of Beauty in Decay: The Art of Urban Exploration, collaborators Jeremy Gibbs ("RomanyWG") and Patrick Potter posit that "the strange thing is not that Urban...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.09.10

  15. 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

  16. Grateful Shed
    My House

    Grateful Shed

    A family discovers the joys of DIY design—and muddy feet—in their home made up of distinct pods that blends harmoniously with its surroundings in the rainy mountains of Kauai.

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Linny Morris
    03.12.12

  17. Looking Inward
    My House

    Looking Inward

    For Paul and Shoko Shozi, a pair of retiring Angelenos, the goal was to shut out the neighborhood but bring in the sunny skies. Their new prefab home, the Tatami House, designed by Swiss architect...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.17.11

  18. A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach
    Green

    A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach

    For all the joys of beachfront living, it’s not without its risks. But with some smart design and sound engineering, this small coastal house stands tall against the threat of rising tides.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Mathew Scott
    03.11.10

  19. The Brick Weave House in Chicago
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    The Brick Weave House in Chicago

    Born as a horse stable, the Brick Weave House in Chicago is all about transportation and transparency. A clever renovation has made it the most compelling architecture on the block and home to a...

    written by: Blair Kamin
    photos by: Gregg Segal
    08.31.09

  20. An Atypical Tree House
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    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,...

    written by: J. Michael Welton
    10.28.09

  21. The Tiny Hollywood Home of Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser
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    The Tiny Hollywood Home of Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser

    Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser has all he needs in his compact, 580-square-foot Hollywood abode.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Joe Pugliese
    10.21.13

  22. Plan of Steel
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    Plan of Steel

    The Blue Sky prototype home tiptoes gracefully across the desert landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park. Nestled amid piñon and juniper trees and outcroppings of boulders, the...

    written by: Brendan Newnam
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    03.07.10

  23. A Lot to Love
    Green

    A Lot to Love

    In a leafy residential area a few miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, an enterprising architect saw opportunity where others saw trouble. He took a sloping, triangular lot and designed a new...

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Mike Sinclair
    02.12.10

  24. A New Slant
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    A New Slant

    In Seattle, where others saw only a severe slope and lack of municipal hookups, one couple spotted their ticket to their dream home.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Philip Newton
    03.07.11

  25. Modern NASA-Inspired Cricket Trailer
    Outdoor

    Modern NASA-Inspired Cricket Trailer

    Part tent, part RV, the NASA-inspired Cricket Trailer is the go-to camper for the modern road tripper.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Sarah Wilson
    08.30.11

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