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  1. Small Amidst Sprawl
    My House

    Small Amidst Sprawl

    Rising out of the Texas bayou, Houston is both a sprawling metropolis and the largest city in the United States without zoning regulations. This cause-and-effect relationship has, over time,...

    written by: Amos Klausner
    photos by: Misty Keasler
    01.18.09

  2. Sky Small
    House Tours

    Sky Small

    Building a small home doesn’t equate to easy lifting. Before Tom Bayley could call in a crane to lift the materials for his 800-square-foot house to the roof of the building on which it&rsquo...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: John Clark
    04.14.10

  3. Skinny Dip
    Outdoor

    Skinny Dip

    An elegant new pool house keeps competitive swimmer Sydne Didier in top form, and out of the Connecticut River.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.24.09

  4. Singapore Apartment Renovation
    House Tours

    Singapore Apartment Renovation

    Paul and Elsa Seah, a lawyer and high school teacher living in Singapore, turned a 925-square-foot government housing flat—complete with bomb shelter—into a sleek but cozy home. The...

    written by: Margot Dougherty
    11.28.10

  5. Short Stays: 10 Tiny Hotels
    Travel Reports

    Short Stays: 10 Tiny Hotels

    Size doesn’t always matter when it comes to these diminutive but design-savvy hotel rooms.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    06.26.14

  6. Shelter Island Retreat
    House Tours

    Shelter Island Retreat

    Architect Cary Tamarkin designed his family's summer house for snoozing. “It lends itself to massive relaxing,” he says of the 2,800-square-foot cottage on Shelter Island overlooking...

    written by: J. Michael Welton
    photos by: Bart Michiels
    06.30.10

  7. Shelf Life
    House Tours

    Shelf Life

    Though he appears to live alone, this graphically inclined Parisian commissioned an apartment that deftly houses his many roommates—scores of beloved comics—as well.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Céline Clanet
    01.04.10

  8. Self-Contained
    House Tours

    Self-Contained

    Having purchased a 3.5-acre plot of land in Topanga, California, with a very rustic, 750-square-foot cabin on it several years ago, architect Christof Jantzen found himself in need of a fairly...

    written by: Erika Heet
    06.03.10

  9. Second Floor Living
    Houses We Love

    Second Floor Living

    Whether it’s a first apartment or a penthouse in the sky, these notoriously small spaces can house big style. Click through the slideshow to see some of our favorite fancy flats.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    05.06.13

  10. Savvy Prefab Pod Concept for South Africans
    Houses We Love

    Savvy Prefab Pod Concept for South Africans

    The attractive POD INDAWO concept offers South Africans a starter home.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    11.20.14

  11. San Diego Cadres
    House Tours

    San Diego Cadres

    In 2006, architect Nathan Lee Colkitt, whose firm has designed affordable, modern housing, a challenged athletes foundation and a conceptual Cuban immigrant museum, was in search of a live/work...

    written by: Erika Heet
    10.22.10

  12. Salvaged Jungle Kitchen
    Food

    Salvaged Jungle Kitchen

    In the jungles of Maui, artist and builder Tom Sewell has built his own oasis. Using discarded materials from the Hawaiian island's sugar mills, he's created his own home and outbuildings as well...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.06.10

  13. Salone 2012: Charlotte Perriand's Mountain Prefab
    House Tours

    Salone 2012: Charlotte Perriand's Mountain Prefab

    For the first time ever, Cassina has constructed a prefab mountain dwelling conceived by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret from the drawings the pair created in 1938.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    04.16.12

  14. Rising to the Occasion
    Green

    Rising to the Occasion

    Gerard Kitchener is fond of talking about the weather, especially as it pertains to Waratah Bay in southeastern Victoria, Australia.

    written by: Catherine Franklin
    photos by: Peter Hyatt
    02.02.09

  15. Renovated Garage is the Ultimate Modern Party Space
    House Tours

    Renovated Garage is the Ultimate Modern Party Space

    A vacation home’s renovated garage fuses art and architecture.

    written by: Brian Libby
    photos by: Grant Harder
    09.08.14

  16. Pretty Super
    House Tours

    Pretty Super

    The super's unit was anything but in this Upper West side co-op, however architect Brad Zizmor saw potential in the apartment nobody could love. A re-imagined interior and gracious new outdoor...

    written by: Michael Cannell
    photos by: Roland Bello
    01.15.09

  17. Post Bale
    House Tours

    Post Bale

    Boulder, Colorado, straddles a dynamic geographical border where miles of Rocky Mountains descend into flat plains that stretch all the way to the Appalachians. With four picture-perfect seasons...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    01.15.09

  18. Portland's Cape Cod Remodel
    House Tours

    Portland's Cape Cod Remodel

    With its slim profile and sleek gray exterior, Lola Oyibo and Eric Boardman’s home in Portland, Oregon bears little resemblance to the house it used to be. Unable to afford the 40% down...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    01.24.11

  19. Pod Living
    Green

    Pod Living

    A pair of Arizona–based architects prove that sleeping in a pod is hardly an extraterrestrial experience.

    written by: David Proffitt
    photos by: Bill Timmerman
    04.21.09

  20. Plan of Steel
    House Tours

    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

  21. Peter Fehrentz’s 7 Tips for Transforming A Small Space
    Design 101

    Peter Fehrentz’s 7 Tips for Transforming A Small Space

    Previously featured in our November issue, Small Spaces Big Ideas, Dwell toured the inside of Peter Fehrentz's recently renovated 646-square-foot apartment in Berlin. With many clever space-saving...

    written by: Jami Smith
    11.27.13

  22. Palace Intrigue
    House Tours

    Palace Intrigue

    In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, architect Rytis Mikulionis spent several years property hunting for his first nesting ground and finally ended up inside a former Soviet army barrack, which...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    01.16.09

  23. Outside In or Inside Out?
    Outdoor

    Outside In or Inside Out?

    Among the kitschy, gnome-loving chalets of Holland's community gardens, Krill Architects created an anomalously spare and highly adaptable Garden House.

    written by: Jane Szita
    09.10.09

  24. Orchard Jam
    House Tours

    Orchard Jam

    The McKenzie residence sits within the grid of a commercial apple orchard, its roof and upper parts floating above the trees to echo the surrounding hills. Although its steel cladding is suggestive...

    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    05.13.09

  25. Operation Desert Shed
    Green

    Operation Desert Shed

    Architect Lloyd Russell’s design for this desert getaway passively mitigates the elements with a utilitarian solution, turning a modest modern retreat into a hardy, region-appropriate home.

    written by: Nate Berg
    06.17.09

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