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  1. Domestic Ribbon
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    Domestic Ribbon

    Armed with a masters in architecture from Columbia University and only 3 years in the field, architectural designer Alan Y. L. Chan renovated a wreck of an apartment in an early 1900s building on...

    written by: Erika Heet
    10.08.09

  2. A Tale of Two Houses
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    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

  3. Worth the Wait
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    Worth the Wait

    Tucked into the side of a scenic San Francisco hill, one of the city’s more diminutive houses battles everything from dry rot to obstructionist neighbors in order to grow up.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Zubin Shroff
    04.30.09

  4. Where the Wild Things Aren't
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    Where the Wild Things Aren't

    In Vieira do Minho, a small village in northern Portugal, Guilherme Vaz designed a fortresslike retreat that embraces the natural landscape while keeping it at bay.

    written by: Kieran Long
    photos by: David Hughes
    01.16.09

  5. Norwegian Wood
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    Norwegian Wood

    Designing a house for this setting was a thrilling puzzle of aesthetics and terrain for a young architect. The house they built that year suited the couple for 30 years of long summer vacations,...

    written by: Margit Bisztray
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    03.04.09

  6. A Clean Slate
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    A Clean Slate

    A few big ideas—and some careful workmanship—transform the very small kitchen of a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment into an expansive space suited to a young professional with a taste for...

    written by: Mark Lamster
    photos by: Jeremy Liebman
    02.15.10

  7. Lucky 7
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    Lucky 7

    Thanks to Los Angeles’s Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, the developers of Auburn 7 were able to maximize their property’s potential. With a host of sustainable features, including...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    06.17.10

  8. Paint it Black
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    Paint it Black

    This family of cost-conscious Hamburgers (freshly back in Germany after years abroad) converted a kitschy turn-of-the-century villa into a high-design home.

    written by: Sally McGrane
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    01.19.12

  9. Halving It All
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    Halving It All

    David Sarti's little red house in Seattle's sleepy Central District proves that a bit of land, ambition, and carpentry know-how can go a long way.

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    01.19.09

  10. Green Zero-Energy Family Home in Santa Cruz
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    Green Zero-Energy Family Home in Santa Cruz

    How an unfussy, nearly zero-energy family home in Santa Cruz, California, wound up with hay bales in the walls, a state-of-the-art heat pump system, and six very happy residents.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gabriela Hasbun
    09.17.12

  11. Lucky's Break
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    Lucky's Break

    With a very limited budget and no construction experience, Lucky and Kim Diaz overhauled a wreck of a house into a sweet, 1,100-square-foot Los Angeles home with just $55,000 and a whole lot of...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: João Canziani
    01.14.09

  12. Love's Labors Found
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    Love's Labors Found

    Though the obstacles they faced were formidable, this couple’s perserverance brought them closer together and made their dream home a reality.

    written by: David Proffitt
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy
    04.30.09

  13. Modern Space-Efficient Family Home in San Francisco
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    Modern Space-Efficient Family Home in San Francisco

    To convert a musty mid-century house with a nonsensical floor plan into a modern and space-efficient family home, three intrepid designers played a bit of architectural Tetris.

    written by: Rachel Levin
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy
    10.20.11

  14. True Value
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    True Value

    The budget was nearly as tight as the space in this cheerful renovation of a 516-square-foot flat in Bratislava.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.27.12

  15. Sky Small
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    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

  16. Z for Two
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    Z for Two

    In Portland, Oregon, two adjoining six-story homes on a formerly run-down urban lot add to the neighborhood’s density and its green cred.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Shawn Records
    07.30.10

  17. The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block
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    The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block

    Hybridization is hit or miss (i.e., the jackalope). But this Houston home combines two housing types to create a conscientious alternative.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Misty Keasler
    05.04.09

  18. Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario
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    Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario

    On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forge a new kind of vacation house. 

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Lorne Bridgman
    04.19.12

  19. Modern Wooden A-Frame Retreat in France
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    Modern Wooden A-Frame Retreat in France

    Like a little chapel on the prairie, architect Jean-Baptiste Barache’s simply elegant retreat in the tiny Normandy town of Auvillier is a modern play on centuries-old forms and technology.

    written by: Michelle Hoffman
    photos by: Céline Clanet
    11.10.09

  20. Tunquen Treasure
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    Tunquen Treasure

    A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    05.16.11

  21. English Designer's Live/Work Home
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    English Designer's Live/Work Home

    In southwest England, interior designer and avid furniture collector Kathryn Tyler built her home around the vintage pieces she’d amassed over a decade.

    written by: Alyn Griffiths
    photos by: Andrew Meredith
    05.27.12

  22. Victorian Secrets
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    Victorian Secrets

    Have you ever walked past a house on your way to work and thought, Wouldn’t it be nice to live there. Artist Judith Brenner did. But unlike most of us, Judith loved the house so much that, in July...

    written by: Amanda Talbot
    photos by: Richard Powers
    01.19.09

  23. Roadside Attraction
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    Roadside Attraction

    A Colorado couple handles their freeway-facing lot with flair, and incorporates a long list of sustainable features to boot.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Ron Pollard
    03.16.09

  24. Sweet Nothing
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    Sweet Nothing

    We’re heading into an uncertain future, but two things are clear: Technology is getting better and the environment is getting worse. Fortunately, the former offers solutions for the latter,...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.08.09

  25. Swamp Thing
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    Swamp Thing

    With families in tow, architects Keith Moskow and Robert Linn settle in for a weekend of s'mores and camping in the unlikliest of locations: a simple structure built in the heart of the suburbs.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.02.10

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