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  1. By the Book
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    By the Book

    This modern log cabin from architecture students at Auburn University was designed to be completed for $20,000—an admirable solution for the down-at-heel looking to put down roots.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.09

  2. Loo & Improved
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    Loo & Improved

    When Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug, principals of Butz + Klug Architecture, began renovating the master bathroom of a nearly 120-year-old home in Brookline, Massachusetts, they made “all sorts...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.04.10

  3. Hide and Sleep
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    Hide and Sleep

    With the classic Murphy bed as muse, Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki transformed a standard Airstream into a versatile small wonder.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.06.10

  4. Sands Castle
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    Sands Castle

    Jeff and Larissa Sand cut their commute down to a few flights of stairs when they moved their industrial design studio, architecture office, and metalwork shop into the first two floors of their...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Justin Fantl
    10.18.10

  5. Pulltab's Mini Vertical Garden
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    Pulltab's Mini Vertical Garden

    Enlisted to renovate an apartment in Manhattan's East Village, architects Melissa Baker and Jon Handley, partners at the firm pulltab design, took inspiration from the city's plethora of...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.23.10

  6. Communal Living on a Budget in Brooklyn
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    Communal Living on a Budget in Brooklyn

    The Miner and a Major is an experiment in communal living and fantastical form. A New York story of creativity born from hardscrabble circumstance, the project grew out of the joint imagination of...

    written by: Mimi Zeiger
    photos by: Spencer Lowell
    02.24.11

  7. Lighting Up
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    Lighting Up

    A dim Toronto Tudor gets an airy new look, thanks to a top-level remodel and some bright ideas.

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    01.25.12

  8. A Sustainable Educational Center for the Boy Scouts of America
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    A Sustainable Educational Center for the Boy Scouts of America

    The Boy Scouts of America builds a sustainable tree house in West Virginia.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Joe Fletcher
    11.18.13

  9. 7 Modern Designs Featuring Exposed Beams
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    7 Modern Designs Featuring Exposed Beams

    Whether sleek and finished or rustic and aged there is something so romantic about exposed beams. Here, we take a look at a variety of designs from hotels to restaurants to homes featuring the...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    12.16.13

  10. A Custom Walnut Stair and Slide Hybrid in Chicago
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    A Custom Walnut Stair and Slide Hybrid in Chicago

    In the Windy City, a custom walnut slide offers a playful way for a small family of four to glide down to the basement.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Katrina Wittkamp
    01.29.14

  11. The Ultimate Indoor-Outdoor Bedroom
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    The Ultimate Indoor-Outdoor Bedroom

    Thanks to a folding glass wall and a custom-built bed, dreams of sleeping under the stars came true for a Cincinnati, Ohio, couple.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Ty Wright
    02.15.14

  12. Inexpensive Gabled Garden Shed in Belgium
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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.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Tim Van de Velde
    04.01.14

  13. A Dramatic Viewing Platform in Tasmania
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    A Dramatic Viewing Platform in Tasmania

    Australian firm Room11 creates a viewing structure that helps visitors understand their surroundings.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Ben Hosking
    04.03.14

  14. Inviting Kitchen Built on a Tight Budget
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    Inviting Kitchen Built on a Tight Budget

    In Austin, Texas, architect Sean Guess forges an inventive industrial kitchen for a cost-conscious couple.

    written by: Diana Budds
    10.24.14

  15. Amazing Transformation of a Musty Attic Into a Luminous Loft
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    Amazing Transformation of a Musty Attic Into a Luminous Loft

    In Seattle, an architect transforms a cramped space into a flexible family gathering spot.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Ye-h Photography
    12.12.14

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