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6 Tips for a Pain-Free Kitchen Renovation

With the average kitchen remodel costing around $55,000, it’s easy to see why homeowners look for ways to save money on a renovation. And considering how many decisions are made with this highly functional room, the process of remodeling can be very overwhelming for a homeowner. Avoid a disastrous renovation by keeping these tips in mind. This post was provided by Porch.com editor-in-chief Anne Reagan.
October 28, 2014
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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 apartment.
October 28, 2014
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Zero-Carbon Prefab Revitalizes an Old English Mine

A mixed-use development transforms a site where the stone that built Bath was unearthed.
October 28, 2014
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Modern Mountain Retreat in Washington

Nestled in a subalpine meadow valley in Washington, the Ranchero House is surrounded by a beautiful but demanding landscape. A Seattle family had frequented the area for years, making the three hour drive into the Okanogan National Forest for cross-country skiing and hiking. They asked Tim Hammer of CAST architecture, also based in Seattle, to design a structure that could survive forest fires, five feet of snow pack, house guests (and their ski gear), all while requiring minimum maintenance and energy usage. The result is a hardy weekend retreat that’s fine-tuned to its residents and its surroundings.
October 28, 2014
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Modern Wine-Tasting Pavilions Artfully Attuned to the Landscape

In the Napa Valley, Walker Warner Architects crafted modern wine tasting pavilions designed to blend in with the bucolic California landscape. "The story of Quintessa and the intense focus of the Huneeus family is about the land and the celebration of place," Greg Warner and Michael McCabe of Walker Warner Architects say. "Per the founder’s vision, Quintessa is not about a building, it is about a place—any structures built in this place need to be minimal interventions that integrate with their surroundings."
October 28, 2014

Philippe Starck Dreams Up Super Green Prefab System

The famed designer on how his modular living system offers a new, greener take on housing.
October 27, 2014
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Concrete Hotel in Puerto Rico Plays with Light and Shadow

El Blok, a 22-room hotel in Vieques, Puerto Rico, strikes a unique profile—its meandering shape features numerous cut-outs that let light in, casting playful shadows. The LEED Gold-certified property, designed by San Juan-based firm Fuster + Architects, opened this fall. Click through the slideshow to peek inside.
October 27, 2014
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Modern Mud Homes: A New Take on Building in Ghana

A design contest wants Ghanaians to envision modern homes hewn from the material beneath their feet.
October 27, 2014
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Midcentury Modern Homes of Palm Springs Under Moonlight

The striking midcentury homes of Palm Springs are well-documented in photographs, books, and films. But simply by capturing the houses at night, Melbourne-based photographer Tom Blachford casts them in a whole new light—literally. In his shots, only moonlight illuminates the homes, which were designed by William Krisel and Dan Palmer in the period between 1955 and 1965. Recently displayed in an exhibition at Modern Times in Melbourne, the prints are also for sale.
October 24, 2014
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