Zahid Sardar is an author specializing in architecture, interiors, and design. He currently writes the Material World column for the San Francisco Chronicle.

This New Old House
Danish design impresario Jens martin Skibsted works with architect Jürgen Mayer h. to update a Norwegian-style, 19th-century home...
A Family Guesthouse Made for Accessibility, Aging in Place—and That View
With both an aging relative and a wheelchair user in mind, architect Neal Schwartz creates a family guesthouse designed to be...
Lights Will Guide You Home
A harsh climate and a hillside site inform a Nova Scotia getaway’s regional accent.
Just Redo It
What do you get when you give a couple of designers unlimited creative license on a very limited budget? For Andrew Dunbar and...
Budget-Friendly Renovation of a Neoclassical Home in Oslo
A pair of designers in Oslo, armed with tricks for introducing color and daylight, remake their compact late-19th-century...
"A Home Should Never Feel Like a Hotel Lobby"
Designer Jaime Hayon offers a personal tour of his home in Valencia, Spain, sharing his design thinking along the way.