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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
    04.30.09

  2. Welcome Hut
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    Welcome Hut

    Toronto-based firm Levitt Goodman Architects is known for its green designs. "We've done lots of LEED-certified buildings, but we're looking toward the bigger picture of sustainability,"...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.27.10

  3. Venetian Vicissitude
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    Venetian Vicissitude

    Shedding a past filled with farmhouses and ornamentation, Dawn Farmer and Pierre Kozely decided to embrace simplicity— and architect Michael Sant designed them a home to match.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Gregg Segal
    01.19.09

  4. 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
    08.03.09

  5. Upwardly Mobile Homes
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    Upwardly Mobile Homes

    When it comes to real estate, the trailer park gets a bad rap. But some designers think that this forsaken corner of the market is worthy of reevaluation—and even resuscitation.

    written by: Rick Polito
    05.13.09

  6. Underground House in Seoul
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    Underground House in Seoul

    Architect Byoung Soo Cho’s Earth House is quite possibly one of the classiest dugouts ever built. Set amid peaceful woods and rice fields an hour east of Seoul, Korea, the subterranean...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    photos by: Wooseop Hwang
    03.25.10

  7. Tunnel Vision
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    Tunnel Vision

    To maximize every square inch in this Manhattan apartment, LOT-EK knocked down walls, added dozens of recycled doors, and built in a bevy of secret compartments.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Nicholas Calcott
    11.05.11

  8. 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

  9. Tiny, Streamlined Home Fit for a Family
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    Tiny, Streamlined Home Fit for a Family

    A growing family in Brooklyn downsizes their living space while expanding their collective quality of life.

    written by: Arlene Hirst
    photos by: Matthew Williams
    08.07.14

  10. Through House in Toronto, Canada
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    Through House in Toronto, Canada

    A house from the 1880s that's narrow, small, and in terrible shape: is this the place for a great modern interior? In the hands of Toronto architect Heather Dubbeldam, it turned out to be exactly...

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Bob Gundu
    04.25.13

  11. Thriving Micro-Living Model
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    Thriving Micro-Living Model

    A professor takes the first step toward creating a new model for micro-living in San Diego.

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Ye Rin Mok
    07.22.14

  12. The Tiny Hollywood Home of Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser
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    The Tiny Hollywood Home of Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser

    Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser has all he needs in his compact, 580-square-foot Hollywood abode.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Joe Pugliese
    10.21.13

  13. The Shipping Muse
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    The Shipping Muse

    Shipping containers are ubiquitous in Houston, though unlike the four that make up this new home, they're usually filled with foreign goods rather than flourishing lives.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    08.31.09

  14. The Potential of Van Bo's 'One Square Meter House'
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    The Potential of Van Bo's 'One Square Meter House'

    Designer Van Bo Le-Mentzel takes a philosophical approach to the small housing movement, devising plans for a portable living space that occupies just one square meter.

    written by: Skylar Bergl
    10.15.12

  15. The New Suburbanism
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    The New Suburbanism

    When an urban expat couple decided to build the suburban house they wanted rather than the one their neighbors expected, they ended up with a spare but airy jewel box and no wooden shingles.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.04.09

  16. The Great Compression
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    The Great Compression

    In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and...

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    04.13.10

  17. The Best of Small Spaces
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    The Best of Small Spaces

    Small spaces have been on our mind (check out our June 2009 "Think Smaller" issue), and they’ve also been on the minds of the American Institute of Architects.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.23.09

  18. The Airstream Life
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    The Airstream Life

    First came the idea. Then came the late nights of Craigslist searching. And then it happened quickly: a trip to a derelict horse ranch in the Salinas Valley, an exchange of cash in an old barn, and...

    photos by: Mark Compton
    09.24.09

  19. Texas Two-Step
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    Texas Two-Step

    Austin-based architectural photographer Patrick Wong, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, asked the firm Cottam Hargrave for help in designing and building a live...

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Patrick Wong
    10.01.10

  20. Texas Bunkhouse
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    Texas Bunkhouse

    A film writer and director asked Austin, Texas–based architect Henry Panton to build a bunkhouse with a huge screen porch for family and guests on his 40-acre property in Bastrop, Texas,...

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Greg Hursley
    07.02.10

  21. Sustainable Glass House in Sonoma
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    Sustainable Glass House in Sonoma

    Two linked 1,000-square-foot pavilions are greater than a sum of their parts.

    written by: Zahid Sardar
    photos by: Matthew Millman
    11.19.12

  22. Sunset District Renovation
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    Sunset District Renovation

    The residents of atelier KS's first renovation like stuff. When the couple, who lives in San Francisco's Sunset District, first invited the husband-wife design team to their home, the garage they...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.23.10

  23. Stripped Ease
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    Stripped Ease

    All of the money Barbara Hill poured into remodeling her 1960s condo in Houston was spent taking things out—and she couldn’t be happier.

    written by: Fred A. Bernstein
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    01.16.09

  24. 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
    05.13.09

  25. Steel Life
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    Steel Life

    Edge Studio's apartment building with its glass-and-steel facade is a glowing example of the urban renaissance that's gripping Steel City.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Roger Davies
    07.21.09

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