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February 20, 2013
Set amongst lush greenery, these houses break from standard suburbia and make friendly neighbors with nature.
Wilson house exterior backyard

Originally constructed in 1970, the Wilson residence was updated by the architect couple in 2004. They expanded the home by about a third, but the original design of the rear elevation (seen here at dusk) was largely maintained. Read more about this neoclassical plantation home here.

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Eric Laignel
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Bassam fellows house exterior patio

“The site drops away dramatically beneath the living room,” homeowner Craig Bassam notes. “You really feel like you’re in this big floating box way above the landscape.” Read more about this four-bedroom glass home here.

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Mark Seelen
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Andrens house exterior

Uninspired by the loft options in downtown Portland, Oregon, the Andréns opted to design and build their own freestanding version in the hills just minutes from the city. Read more about this sleek three-story loft here.

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John Clark
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A modern renovation near Milwaukee

Maintaining a connection to their wooded backyard was an important consideration for the Edstorms. The back wall is designed to let in as much light and air as possible. Read more about this spacious renovation here.

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Cameron Wittig
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Lauren Ewing’s stylish, but unassuming shotgun-style house in Vincennes, Indiana, is set into a hill overlooking a field she has known since childhood. Read more about this home made of local materials here.

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Kyoko Hamada
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Dotted by potted plants and lined with a simple iron gate, Casa Tuscania’s back patio aims to exist harmoniously with the wild environment just beyond. Read more about this home built in the rain forest outside San Salvador, El Salvador here.

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Paco Perez
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Wilson house exterior backyard

Originally constructed in 1970, the Wilson residence was updated by the architect couple in 2004. They expanded the home by about a third, but the original design of the rear elevation (seen here at dusk) was largely maintained. Read more about this neoclassical plantation home here.

Image courtesy of Eric Laignel.

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