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Lounge in Tepoztlan: creative space

Picture this…a small town south of Mexico City nestled in to rocky cliffs. The historic town center contrasts greatly with the lush wild country surrounding it. Creative types – artists, writers, musicians – have made it their idyllic retreat for many years. Part of a larger complex of bungalows that can be rented by days, months, or even years if you’re so fortunate, the lounge is a communal space in sharp contrast with nature. At the same time it acts as a liaison between man and the environment. Continue reading

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ModFruGal Tree House

There are two very fortunate young boys in Tennessee probably enjoying this tree house even as I write. Their clever parents built it for them from standard readily available materials – namely conventional lumber, plywood, and corrugated metal. It’s just 64 sq. ft. plus a tiny front porch deck. Since it’s a stand-alone structure it isn’t what we typically define as a tree house. Yet it meets that definition in every other way. Continue reading

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HOUSE House: A Sharing Family

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In Melbourne an extended family who own two adjacent houses created a unique combined home for the entire family. They took this opportunity when both homes were in need of repair. Instead of adding space they united the homes and maximized the outdoor area in their city dwelling. Continue reading

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Elements: Dramatic Vistas

Nestled on a hillside overlooking the amazing Columbia River in Oregon, this house is born from and thrives on natural elements. Two levels make up 1831 sq.ft. of dramatic and nurturing vistas. Continue reading

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Lake Joseph Boat House

It always makes me a bit sad that some residences are only used seasonally, though I’m certain that makes them even more delightful when that time arrives. Designed by Altius Architecture, this 112 sq.m. house for boats and people on Lake Joseph in Ontario is an exquisite example. Continue reading

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MiniMod: Modern Prefab Living

Prefabricated or Off Site Construction (OCS) has so many advantages – perfect indoor conditions in which to build, the use of equipment that can be difficult or cost prohibitive to bring on site, the reduction of construction time, cost, and waste, and greatly minimize the destructive impact on the building site, just to name a few. Continue reading

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Yolo County Cabin: Influential Farms

This cabin in the Sacramento Valley farming community of Yolo County is well suited to its surroundings. In fact, its forms are influenced by local water towers. And the lean-to portion resembles a farm shed, a new and very well detailed farm shed. Continue reading

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Great Barrier House: Guilt Free Living

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On New Zealand’s sixth largest island, this home nestles lightly in to a wooded cove beneath rugged hills. Elevated slightly above the lush ground for protection from flooding, the house is sited to enjoy the hill views and to tuck the bedrooms close to the forest for privacy. The exposed timber skeleton and siding are a nod to the house’s woodland host. And the roof slopes up to increase the height of the living area and, of course, for functional reasons as well. Continue reading

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Hood Canal Double Duty Boat House

It seems like this should be the norm in boat houses, and perhaps it will catch on. On the Hood Canal in Washington state, this concrete block walled and gable roofed boat house has been transformed in to a cozy cabin for the warmer months of the year. During the winter months it protects boats from the weather. Continue reading

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Little Lantern: Secretive Addition

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In a park-like neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas, a sweet limestone cottage of just 1,400 sq.ft. has been quietly enlarged, doubled in fact, to accommodate a modern family. The additions were designed with high respect to the original builder and character of the home and the area. Continue reading