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  1. The High Life
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    The High Life

    Tired of being terrestrially housebound? Four homes go out on a limb and find their place in the trees.  

    written by: James Nestor
    04.20.09

  2. Dream Hatcher
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    Dream Hatcher

    Our latest special issue, Dwell Outdoor, is on newsstands now and available to order here. A guidebook of sorts for making super-livable indoor/outdoor space, Dwell Outdoor pulls out some...

    written by: Carren Jao
    04.15.12

  3. Secret Garden
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    Secret Garden

    In Arlington, Virginia, architecture firm Höweler + Yoon contends with spatial and budgetary constraints to carve a microcourtyard, complete with Japanese maples and a cascading concrete fountain,...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.05.13

  4. Best Modern Desert Houses
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    Best Modern Desert Houses

    Few climates offer the extreme heat and extreme cold (all in one day) of the desert. Throw in the fact that they're sparsely populated, offer few municipal services, and are often in the middle of...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.20.13

  5. 7 Tiny Backyard Retreats
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    7 Tiny Backyard Retreats

    From a nature writer’s off-the-grid Puget Sound getaway to a Texan’s shipping container guesthouse, these retreats may inspire you to make that backyard retreat you’ve been dreaming of a reality.

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.27.13

  6. 6 Rooftop Hangouts
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    6 Rooftop Hangouts

    With forethought and engineering, a rooftop can be a very valuable bit of real estate. Here are six cool roofs that not only work overhead, but underfoot.

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.29.13

  7. 5 Modern Courtyards Part Two
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    5 Modern Courtyards Part Two

    As Previously looked at in 5 Cool Modern Courtyards, Dwell takes another glance at 5 modern homes with outstanding elevated terraces.

    written by: Jami Smith
    10.08.13

  8. 7 Fantastic Backyard Buildings
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    7 Fantastic Backyard Buildings

    Whether the room brings the backyard in or vice versa, these dwellings mesh the beauty of the outdoors with the comfort of being inside.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    11.27.13

  9. Aspiring Architects Build a Pavilion in the Vermont Forest
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    Aspiring Architects Build a Pavilion in the Vermont Forest

    In a Vermont forest, architecture students design and build a pavilion for quiet contemplation.

    written by: William Lamb
    01.23.14

  10. SLO Architecture's Dwell Vision Award–Winning Design
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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.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    03.04.14

  11. Tiny Vacation Shelters in the French Countryside
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    Tiny Vacation Shelters in the French Countryside

    La Nuage, a system of waystations in Bourdeaux, France, lets hikers live in the cloud.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.12.14

  12. 11 Ways to Dine Alfresco
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    11 Ways to Dine Alfresco

    Spring is finally here, bringing more opportunities to hit the terrace for meals. Here are 11 of our favorite ways to set up for modern outdoor dining.

    written by: Erika Heet
    04.08.14

  13. Celebrate Modern Backyards for Earth Day
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    Celebrate Modern Backyards for Earth Day

    We showcase seven swoon-worthy backyards in honor of Earth Day, April 22.

    04.21.14

  14. A Low-Maintenance Landscape for a Midcentury Denver Home
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    A Low-Maintenance Landscape for a Midcentury Denver Home

    Working with a strict budget, a team from Three Sixty Design reimagines a Denver yard.

    written by: Erika Heet
    10.15.14

  15. Recycled Outdoor Furniture from a Former Skateboard Park Company
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    Recycled Outdoor Furniture from a Former Skateboard Park Company

    Born in Minnesota out of a need to repurpose excess skate ramp material into outdoor furniture, Dwell on Design Los Angeles exhibitor Loll shares the latest creations they'll be bringing to the...

    written by: Erika Heet
    01.16.15

  16. 7 Front Yards That Make you Want to Live Outside
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    7 Front Yards That Make you Want to Live Outside

    Houses from Houston to Hamburg that feature verdant front yards prime for playing, lounging, and more.

    written by: Diana Budds
    02.03.15

  17. A Modern Lakeside Boathouse in Ontario
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    A Modern Lakeside Boathouse in Ontario

    A Toronto firm crafts a serene waterfront structure for a family in Georgian Bay.

    written by: William Lamb
    02.14.15

  18. 5 Hot Tubs We Love
    Outdoor

    5 Hot Tubs We Love

    We celebrate the magic of a good soak in nature with a look at our favorite hot tubs beneath the stars.

    written by: Erika Heet
    03.05.15

  19. 6 Water-Saving Modern Gardens with Native Plants
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    6 Water-Saving Modern Gardens with Native Plants

    It’s time to get the backyard in great shape for spring, and water-wise native plantings are the best option. Gain inspiration from the following drought-friendly landscapes.

    written by: Erika Heet
    04.10.15

  20. An Inside Look at How Public Spaces Can Be Redesigned for Resiliency
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    An Inside Look at How Public Spaces Can Be Redesigned for Resiliency

    What if there were a way to build public spaces to proactively prevent damage from natural disasters while making communities safer and happier? That's exactly the thought behind resilient design,...

    written by: Heather Corcoran
    05.26.15

  21. 8 Wraparound Porches and Balconies
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    8 Wraparound Porches and Balconies

    Take a look at how these eight homes extend livable space beyond their interiors with wraparound porches and balconies.

    written by: Andrea Smith
    05.29.15

  22. 8 Modern Homes with Breezeways
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    8 Modern Homes with Breezeways

    Take a look at how these eight houses connect their freestanding interior spaces with outdoor corridors.

    written by: Andrea Smith
    06.01.15

  23. 5 City Porches and Patios That Pack Outdoor Space in Small Packages
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    5 City Porches and Patios That Pack Outdoor Space in Small Packages

    These five urban abodes make the most of patios, porches, and yards to grab a bit of green space in the big city. For more inspiring outdoor design ideas, pick up our June issue, on stands now.

    written by: Heather Corcoran
    06.04.15

  24. 5 Urban Rooftops Made For Lounging
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    5 Urban Rooftops Made For Lounging

    These designs elevate city living with an outdoor view fit for the summer season.

    written by: Aileen Kwun
    06.05.15

  25. How to Make a Totally Green Wall
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    How to Make a Totally Green Wall

    Woolly Pocket has introduced its Living Wall Planter 2—self-watering, easy to hang, and perfect for creating a simple to maintain green wall for summer and beyond.

    written by: Erika Heet
    06.11.15

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