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Sustainable, Solar-Powered Family Retreat in California

Designed to harness the sun, architect Birgitte Hovmøller's vacation house features a roof full of solar panels and plenty of space for an extended family to relax.
April 2, 2014
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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.
April 1, 2014
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A Sustainable Home in Silicon Valley

Spatial efficiency meets energy efficiency in this Bay Area home designed by an architect for his parents.
March 29, 2014
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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.
March 28, 2014
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5 Green Homes from Dwell's April Outdoors Issue

Dwell's April 2014 issue is now on newsstands—here's a sneak peek of the intelligent homes, outdoor products, and green building methods you'll see in its pages.
March 26, 2014
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Midcentury Kitchen Renovation in Austin

With the goals of improving storage and flow in their midcentury home, two Austin residents hired Rick and Cindy Black Architects to reunite their kitchen with an open-plan living space.
March 26, 2014
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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.
March 26, 2014
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A Renovated Eichler Home in San Rafael, California

Faced with the unique challenge of renovating the work of mid-century master, design principal Stephen Shoup of building Lab worked to replace austerity with intimacy. Adding fencing and windows, he softened this San Rafael, California, Eichler home, providing a sense of filtered connection between the home, its landscape, and its history.
March 25, 2014
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Swingtones: Musical Swings Built by Kids

At a summer camp with power tools, the campers helped design their own amusement: a set of musical swings.
March 24, 2014
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