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Split the Difference
When the plan to add a second story to a century-old Montreal house crumbled due to a weak foundation, architect Marc-André...
Garden Guide: The Difference Between Hardscape and Softscape
You’ve most likely heard of landscape before, but you may be less familiar with its two main components: hardscape and softscape.
Percale vs. Sateen: What’s the Difference?
When we set out to create the perfect sleep experience, we knew it would depend on one core factor: fabric.
Steel Framed Split-Level Home in Germany
What do architects build when they can be their own clients?
Prefab, Modular, and Kit Homes—What’s the Difference?
Get ready to disentangle the specific modes of construction for homes with ready-made parts.
This Playful Melbourne Home Embraces Its Split Personality
Heritage in the front, modern in the back—this renovation by FMD Architects is a family home with character.
A Split-Level Cabin in Norway Is a Cozy Family Hub
Stairway to Heaven by Wood Arkitektur + Design uses heat-treated pine and bricks to fashion a casual family retreat.
A Brother and Sister Find Common Ground in Their New Split-Level Duplex in London
Inside a historic Victorian, ROAR Architects designs a flat for each sibling that connect to shared spaces.
Before & After: A Humdrum Midcentury in Vancouver Gets an Origami-Like Addition
Measured Architecture opens up a ’50s split-level to spectacular views.
Discuss: How Do You Navigate Design Differences at Home?
When it comes to interior design, we don't always see eye to eye with our partners.
A Bushland Home in Melbourne That's Divided Between Two Pavilions
A split monolithic form gives this modern residence its name—Two Halves House.
Asking $600K, This Midcentury Home Is a Rare Find Near Birmingham, Alabama
The split-level home strikes a happy compromise between classic details and contemporary updates.
The 3 Types of Range Hoods—and How to Pick the Best One for Your Kitchen
For those who love to cook, the perfect range hood can make all the difference.
Designers’ Tips for Creating a Productive Remote-Learning Space for Kids
For little ones attending class online, a well-designed space can make all the difference.
Midcentury Mashup: A 1950s Ranch House in Chicago Gets a Palm Springs–Style Butterfly Roof
A couple budgets carefully while renovating a split-level house on Chicago’s Near North Side.
22 Gifts for the Crunchy-Granola Types Who Are Always Up for an Adventure
Whether they’re an experienced backpacker or more of a car camper, the right gear makes all the difference.
An Austin Couple Turn a Ranch Home Into a Refreshing Live/Work Space
Architects Frank and Megan Lin revitalize an uninspiring 1960s ranch home, forging a connection to the outdoors and creating a...
Now Taking Submissions: A Universal Design Challenge That Can Actually Make a Difference
For the second year in a row, Home Matters will be hosting a compelling design competition that will challenge architects and...
Hygge Up Your Home With These 25 Winter Essentials
Though the Danish philosophy might not have a direct English translation, everyone can benefit from adding a little hygge...
A New Start-Up Wants to Build a Tiny House in Your Backyard For Free
Rent the Backyard is building prefab homes in empty yards to provide affordable housing—and they'll split the profits with...
Resembling the Inverted Hull of a Ship, an English Guest House Pays Homage to the Harbor
Designed by Cambridge-based Mole Architects for an architect and developer, the Houseboat is a curved, split-level structure...
Washing Up Won’t Be a Chore With These 20 Luxe Hand Soaps
Practice good hygiene (and get a mini spa treatment in the process) with these luxurious liquid hand soaps.
A London Terrace House Gets a Bright Extension That Honors Its Arts and Crafts Heritage
The 194-square-foot addition by Novak Hiles Architects features an open-plan kitchen and dining area that connects to a...
A Modern Home in Queensland Promoting Indoor-Outdoor Living Seeks $1.8M
On a tropical lot in Port Douglas, the meandering three-bedroom features 9-foot-tall ceilings and a 22-foot-long pool.
A Claustrophobic London Mews House Gets a Smart Redesign
In North London, a small mews house suffering from lack of light gains a bright refresh with space-saving features.
Products We Love: Misen Chef’s Knife
A Kickstarter cult brand promises users a lifetime of free sharpening.
An ’80s Beach House in Australia Goes From “Blah” to Beautiful
Figureground Architecture expands and reconfigures a defunct beach house in Sorrento, weaving together a medley of wood finishes.
This Tree House Hotel in China Branches Out From a Spiral Staircase
Stacked, cantilevered rooms provide forest views and privacy for guests at this small hotel in the Qiyun Mountain area of China.
How an Architect Couple Built Their Dream Home in Toronto’s Tight Housing Market
As housing prices skyrocket, two Toronto architects come up with a clever solution to help finance their first home.
The Feiz Brothers: Pursuing Clarity in Design
Two Iran-born brothers—each running multidisciplinary studios, 5,000 miles apart—discuss the similarities and differences in...
Toaster Ovens That Are Worthy of Gracing Your Countertop
These design-forward toaster ovens are the best things since sliced bread.
10 Best Modern Showers to Inspire Your Bathroom Renovation
Every bathroom renovation needs a starting point.
A Family’s Retreat in Quebec Pulls Apart Cabin Conventions
Naturehumaine uses a pathway to split a cabin’s floor plan in two, but a unified material palette and gable roofline keep things...
Lighting Designer Lindsey Adelman’s 1901 Brooklyn Townhouse Lists for $3.75M
Inside the four-level residence, more than 30 custom fixtures by the eponymous studio founder complement original prewar details.
A Cute Mom-and-Pop Shop in L.A. Showcases the Latest Japanese Design
Tortoise General Store stocks a specialized inventory imported from Japan.
Formerly a Farm Workers' Cottage, This Cool Norfolk Home Costs Just Over $1 Million
Once a cottage for farm workers, this house—which overlooks the Salthouse Marshes on the north coast of Norfolk—has been...