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  1. A Piece of Home
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    A Piece of Home

    Made of hardy Scottish materials and holding a Japanese heart, this Edinburgh house shows that two architects from disparate cultures can design a home that bridges the gap.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Ben Anders
    07.27.11

  2. A Potrero Hill Renovation
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    A Potrero Hill Renovation

    San Francisco architect Cary Bernstein recently completed this renovation and expansion of an old cottage in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood. The cottage had suffered a series of...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Cesar Rubio
    12.05.11

  3. A Well-Grafted Home
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    A Well-Grafted Home

    Working creatively to meet strict preservation codes, architect Roberto de Leon affixes a modern annex onto a historic Louisville house.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Noah Webb
    09.06.11

  4. A Zero-Energy Community: Part 4
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    A Zero-Energy Community: Part 4

    Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of the zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 4: A...

    written by: Brad Liljequist
    10.26.11

  5. A Zero-Energy Community: Part 5
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    A Zero-Energy Community: Part 5

    Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of the zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 5:...

    written by: Brad Liljequist
    11.16.11

  6. All Together Now
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    All Together Now

    When Svetlin Krastev and Dessi Nikolova had their second child, they saw two options: Go broke buying a bigger apartment, or renovate their existing 620-square-foot home.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: David Allee
    02.06.11

  7. Almost Perfect
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    Almost Perfect

    Inspired by tansu chests and raw materials that show patina, a pair of Sydney-based architects renovated their own home—slowly.

    written by: Mimi Zeiger
    08.21.11

  8. Arch Support
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    Arch Support

    Layer by layer, a crumbling 18th-century flat in the middle of Barcelona finds new life at the hands of architect Benedetta Tagliabue.

    written by: Suzanne Wales
    photos by: Gunnar Knechtel
    12.29.11

  9. Bach to the Beach
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    Bach to the Beach

    With authenticity and simplicity as their rallying cry, a Kiwi architect and his wife have built a modern beach house that puts a fresh spin on the local vernacular.

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Matthew Williams
    05.16.11

  10. Barns Ennobled
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    Barns Ennobled

    Subverting the traditional, conservatively cozy British barn conversion, Carl Turner created a getaway in rural Norfolk for himself and his friends to visit, repose, and consider the beauty of...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    12.29.11

  11. Basic Instincts
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    Basic Instincts

    Matt Jacobson doesn’t just abide by the mantra “less is more,” he wholeheartedly embraces it. His Southern California home is a compact ode to minimal living.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    05.19.11

  12. Big Sur Airstream Renovation
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    Big Sur Airstream Renovation

    "I found the Airstream in the high desert of Anza, California, and thought it was a pure TLC job. Wishful thinking!" says interior designer Caroline Brandes, who also rents renovated...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.08.11

  13. Braver's New World
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    Braver's New World

    A revamp of this small suburban Massachusetts home doubled its size while giving the yard, the neighbors, and the planet a little breathing room.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Chang Kyun Kim
    12.29.11

  14. Bridging Old & New in Indonesia
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    Bridging Old & New in Indonesia

    The specter of one's grown child moving back home doesn't excite all parents, but in Surakarta, in the Central Java Province of Indonesia, one couple took the homecoming as an opportunity to double...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    03.29.11

  15. Building a Prefab House
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    Building a Prefab House

    A highlight of reporting "A Simple Plan," my story about the Marmol Radziner-designed prefab in Ukiah, California (in our December/January 2012 issue, and online here) was sitting down...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.24.11

  16. Building Green in Albany
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    Building Green in Albany

    This year, Build it Green celebrates the completion of its 10,000th GreenPoint rated home. Through the Greenpoint system, Build it Green awards points for energy efficiency, resource conservation,...

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.09.11

  17. Building the Maxon House: Week 10
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 10

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom Kundig...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    05.04.11

  18. Building the Maxon House: Week 11
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 11

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    05.11.11

  19. Building the Maxon House: Week 12
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 12

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    05.18.11

  20. Building the Maxon House: Week 13
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 13

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    photos by: Thor Radford
    05.25.11

  21. Building the Maxon House: Week 14
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 14

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    photos by: Thor Radford
    06.01.11

  22. Building the Maxon House: Week 17
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 17

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    06.29.11

  23. Building the Maxon House: Week 18
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 18

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    07.06.11

  24. Building the Maxon House: Week 19
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 19

    One of the cool side effects of hiring a fantastic architecture firm is you get the expertise of not only the architect and project manager but the collective wisdom of the entire group. Olson...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    07.13.11

  25. Building the Maxon House: Week 21
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 21

    During the process of planning, designing, and ultimately constructing our future home, we discovered inspiration, resources, and motivation in a plethora of places, both online and off. These...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    07.27.11

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