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

Two Cottages—Renovated Using Less Than $150K—Embrace Living With Kenya’s Wildlife
Naeem Biviji and Bethan Rayner of Studio Propolis recycled materials and DIY’ed construction to build their Nairobi retreat.
No, 83 Isn’t Too Old to Renovate. Just Ask San Francisco Resident Roberta Gordon
After inheriting her family’s hillside home, the retired teacher made adjustments that would support her lifestyle for the years...
An Unorthodox Houseboat in Sausalito Gives Its Owner Permission to Play
Architect Craig Steely drew from the area’s bohemian history and traditional Chinese motifs to create this unique floating haven.