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  1. 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

  2. WestEnders
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    One of Portland, Oregon’s, up-and-coming neighborhoods can thank a modern reinterpretation of a previously decrepit building for inspiring a wave of rather chic downtown development.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: John Clark

  3. Well Thawed Out

    Well Thawed Out

    At the end of 2000, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Icelandic natives and partners in the Santa Monica–based design firm Minarc, bought what was essentially a teardown in the...

    written by: Kathryn Harris
    photos by: Raif Seeburger

  4. Walter Gropius, Hagerty House
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    Walter Gropius, Hagerty House

    Walter Gropius wanted the Hagerty House, his first commission in the United States, to be as close to the sea as possible. He sited the structure a precarious 20 feet from the shore and let the...

    written by: Jaci Conry
    photos by: Dean Kaufman

  5. 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

  6. Victorian Revival
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    Victorian Revival

    A couple’s dinner out at their neighborhood bistro provides just the right impetus for their restaurant-inspired kitchen renovation.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Cesar Rubio

  7. Urban Vessel
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    Urban Vessel

    "I'm used to spending time on boats," says New York based architect and interior designer Page Goolrick, who has been sailing competitively for 15 years. "It's influenced my design....

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    photos by: Dean Kaufman

  8. Urban Usonian
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    Urban Usonian

    It might have seemed like an oxymoron to Frank Lloyd Wright, but it’s a reality in this Boston photographer’s flat, designed to fit into a preexisting 1,500-square-foot space.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Kent Dayton

  9. Two Houses Are Better Than One
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    Two Houses Are Better Than One

    Or is one house better than two? For Santa Monica–based architect Jesse Bornstein and his family, both are true.

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Catherine Ledner

  10. Top Notch
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    Top Notch

    Tom Hanks is not known for horror films, but his 1986 flop, The Money Pit, has a terrifying premise: A seemingly small renovation consumes a couple’s life, devouring their reserves of time,...

    written by: Reyhan Harmanci
    photos by: Doug Adesko

  11. The Tree of Ghent
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    The Tree of Ghent

    Just as the famed Treaty of 1814 called for peace between the United Kingdom and the United States, the large beech tree on Dieter Van Everbroeck's property harmonizes the relationship between site...

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus

  12. The Siple Life
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    The Siple Life

    A devastating accident could have made Murray Siple a bitter man. Instead, he decided to renovate a house. The result is a masterful achievement of modern design that has allowed the filmmaker to...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Misha Gravenor

  13. The Penthouse Has Landed
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    The Penthouse Has Landed

    In Vienna, a dazzling penthouse by Delugan Meissl has boldly inserted itself between traditional rooftops of the city’s Wieden district like a recently landed alien intruder. 

    written by: Alastair Gordon
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus

  14. The Pace of Portland
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    The Pace of Portland

    When creative director Ben Watson and his partner, painter Claudio Tschopp, relocated from Basel, Switzerland, to Portland, Oregon, three years ago, they had been told about Portland’s Pearl...

    written by: Brian Libby
    photos by: John Clark

  15. The Family Tree
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    The Family Tree

    For this San Diego family, the phrase "putting down roots" has taken on a whole new meaning.

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: Noah Webb

  16. The Brick Weave House in Chicago
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    The Brick Weave House in Chicago

    Born as a horse stable, the Brick Weave House in Chicago is all about transportation and transparency. A clever renovation has made it the most compelling architecture on the block and home to a...

    written by: Blair Kamin
    photos by: Gregg Segal

  17. The Bellwether of Belvedere
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    The Bellwether of Belvedere

    Sustainable consultant to the stars Jordan Harris convinces Hollywood starlets to go hybrid, but when it came to greening his own home, he enlisted outside help.

    written by: Chloe Veltman
    photos by: Todd Hido

  18. Taylor Made
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    Taylor Made

    Architect Piers Taylor's renovation of an old gameskeeper's cottage, complete with a castellated roof and sweeping meadow below, is an exercise in dramatic modernization, one that takes advantage...

    written by: Dominic Bradbury
    photos by: Ben Anders

  19. Taking Liberties
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    Taking Liberties

    Designed and built in 1878 for Judge John Murphy, a 4,400-square-foot white structure has, from the outside, the undeniable characteristics of a classic San Francisco Victorian. Stepped back from...

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen

  20. Sun Mun Way Cool
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    Sun Mun Way Cool

    In Los Angeles, California, a family of four inhabits a polychrome fantasia in the heart of Chinatown. Formerly a restaurant, punk rock night club, and furniture warehouse, the Berniers’ loft is...

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Bryce Duffy

  21. Straight and Narrow
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    Straight and Narrow

    Behind an unassuming 19th-century facade in Singapore's Joo Chiat neighborhood, Ching Ian and Yang Yeo's renovation of a typical shophouse venerates tradition while looking squarely to the future.

    written by: Daisann McLane
    photos by: Richard Powers

  22. Storage-Smart Renovation in New York City
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    Storage-Smart Renovation in New York City

    Living small is par for the course in New York City, but accommodating a family of four in under 700 square feet rarely looks as effortless as in this storage-smart renovation.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Raimund Koch

  23. Storage Savvy Renovation in Emeryville
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    Storage Savvy Renovation in Emeryville

    Persistence paid off for this Cali­fornia couple who worked overtime for two years to tackle their all-in-one loft renovation.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Drew Kelly

  24. Southern Greens
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    Southern Greens

    A change of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, neighborhood for Rick and Susan Moreland meant a chance to create a thoroughly modern house that owes its sleek, sustainable form to its vernacular roots.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: João Canziani

  25. Somewhere Under the Tuscan Sun
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    Somewhere Under the Tuscan Sun

    A complex of farm buildings from a less than glorious period in Italy’s history is magically transformed. The result? A sophis­ticated yet kid-friendly retreat that seamlessly fuses...

    written by: Paul Bennett
    photos by: Jacob Langvad