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2014

The Great Outdoors

Dwell Magazine April 2014 Cover The Great Outdoors Endless Ideas for Modern Living
Endless Ideas for Modern Living
April 2014,
Vol. 14
Issue 05.
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Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway

An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.
Casis Elementary School Teaching Garden

Austin's Casis Elementary School Teaching Garden

Architect Burton Baldridge donated his services to Casis Elementary, his daughter’s large public school in Austin, Texas, to design and build an outdoor classroom that would augment an organic…
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A Family-Friendly Landscape Design in Virginia

Thanks to an earth-moving renovation, a hillside Virginia home located on a notch between two ridges becomes a place for play and repose.
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An Edible Learning Garden in Brooklyn

New York firm WORKac taps into society’s increased focus on heathy eating with a school’s learning garden.
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SLO Architecture's Dwell Vision Award–Winning Design

Our inaugural award for design innovation goes to a firm whose architectural orb is lean, green, and buoyant.
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Modern Landscape Designer Breaks New Ground

With a wild approach, award-winning designer Margie Ruddick pushes the boundaries of landscaping.
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Landscape Design for All Climates

Seven landscape architects across the United States explain how they mastermind inspired designs showcasing the best of their regions.
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Japanese-Inspired Landscape Design in Berkeley

For her largest commission to date, a young San Francisco architect channels Tadao Ando to create an outdoor room for a couple in the Berkeley Hills.
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Sustainable Retirement Home in Tune with California Landscape

A couple’s retirement home on a nature preserve in Carmel, California, emerges as a series of eco-conscious pavilions that rest lightly on the land.
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8 Essential Landscape Design and Gardening Books

We combed the latest publishing catalogs for a selection of tomes that illuminate all things green, from macro (land art) to micro (indoor planters).
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Creative Landscape Design for a Renovated Eichler in California

Landscape designer Bernard Trainor masterminds a seamless garden to surround a Silicon Valley Eichler.
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A Modern House in the Forest Designed for Aging In Place

An architect creates a long-term home for his parents around a glass enclosure built to celebrate the greenery of its Northwestern site.
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12 Outdoor Furnishings for Spring

Cozy up to nature with an all-encompassing look at terrestrial life from Dwell's April 2014 issue.
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4 Heavy-Duty Fabrics for Indoor-Outdoor Use

Unyielding in the face of weather and backsides, the latest outdoor fabrics are as durable as they are eye-popping—in fact, each of these qualifies as heavy-duty in Martindale or Wyzenbeek abrasion…
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13 Furnishings in Outdoor-Friendly Materials

Pro tip: For a colorful or light industrial feel, powder-coated metal is your best friend when it comes to outdoor furniture. When going the wood route, opt for teak, which oxidizes naturally.
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How To Create a Small Space Garden

Don’t have ten acres to stuff full of perennials? Fret not! Gardens can make a big impact even on a small scale. Four designers share their visions of how to landscape within a tiny footprint.
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Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island

In New York’s Nassau County, a 125-square-foot garden retreat offers a haven from bustling contemporary life.
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Inexpensive Gabled Garden Shed in Belgium

Using workaday materials, architect Indra Janda creatively constructs a backyard retreat that looks opaque during the day and glows at night.
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