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A Seattle Backyard Becomes a Calm Oasis For Two Book Lovers

Tucked behind a Seattle home, this beautiful backyard reading retreat of glass, timber, and tile offers an idyllic escape from city life.<p>Once rendered unusable by a thicket of overgrown plants, a Montlake backyard belonging to bookstore owners Danielle and David Hulton has been transformed into a …

Home Ownership

This Renovated Sydney Home Feels Like a Superhero’s Secret Lair

An award-winning renovation and addition offer a pair of introverted homeowners the sanctuary they crave.<p>When a Sydney couple discussed the redesign of their inner-city, terrace property with Breathe Architecture’s director Jeremy McLeod, they asked for "a house for two introverts living in a world …

Architecture

An Old Belgian Fortress Breathes New Life as a Charming B&B

With barracks dating back to 1785, this former fort has been carefully renovated and extended to now house a family, as well as their small business.<p>When a client acquired Fortress Hazegras in Belgium, many of the enclosed structures were at the brink of crumbling. Yet thanks to the strategic …

Architecture

An Old Stone Building in Tuscany Becomes a Modern Hideaway

A clever renovation transforms an irregularly shaped dwelling in Trequanda, Italy, into a tiny retreat that's bursting with character.<p>In the small, medieval village of Trequanda in Tuscany, Italy, Casa Effegi is an old stone building that was restored and transformed into a cozy, 367-square-foot …

Architecture

A Sleek Australian Dwelling Keeps its Cool With Passive Design

Outside Melbourne, a light-filled residence with a private garden cuts a narrow figure to minimize solar impact.<p>Located in the Melbourne suburb of Bulleen, this 4,306-square-foot, site-sensitive home by local studio MODO Architecture opens up to connect with the garden and stay cool.<p>The house is …

This Is Quite Possibly The Nicest Barn House of All Time

<b>Name:</b> Kelly Moore Clark, husband Kelly and daughters Posey, Chapel, and Esther <b><br>Location:</b> West Monroe, Louisiana <b><br>Size:</b> 2200 square feet <i>(of the wing of</i> …

A Bright and Breezy Eichler Hits the Market at $1.45M in California

Calling all Bay Area buyers—grab this beautifully remodeled Eichler home while you still can.<p>Originally designed in 1971 by Claude Oakland—one of the most prolific of Joseph Eichler’s architects—this 2,222-square-foot property was one of the last Eichler homes to have been built. With four bedrooms …

Real Estate

A Mesmerizing Cabin in Puget Sound Evolves Over Several Decades

First built in 1959 as acclaimed architect Jim Olson's first project, a modest bunkhouse in the woods grows into an extraordinary family retreat.<p>In 1959, when Jim Olson of the celebrated Seattle firm Olson Kundig was 18 years old and a first-year architecture student, his father gave him $500 and …

Architecture

Take A Sneak Peek At Lebron James’ Epic New Mansion

Last week, the unofficial King of basketball, LeBron James, signed a four-year, $153 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, signalling his …

Peninsula House

The spectacular Casa Peninsula, was designed by the Bernardes Arquitetura office in São Paulo - Brazil, and was erected on a steep slope sanctuary in …

Grand Pic Chalet

This minimalist cabin is located deep in the woods in Quebec, Canada, and was designed by Montreal-based practice Appareil Architecture. Designed to …

You Won't Want to Leave This Cozy Cabin in New Zealand

An Australian couple build a small cabin retreat in New Zealand for their family—then decide to make it available to rent for the rest of us.<p>Not too long ago, Kenny and Heidi Smith started talking about investing their money. The outdoor-loving, Queensland–based couple thought they might like to …

Sofa

Before & After: An Architect Takes Steps to Create His Dream Home in Brooklyn

After spending much of his life waiting to renovate a historic row house, a Brooklyn–based architect finally finds one to revamp for himself.<p>Architect Shane Neufeld has been considering a project like this for a quarter-century—or in other words, much of his life.<p>Before he spent a year renovating …

Architecture

An 18th-Century Townhouse Is Now a Chic Norwegian Rental

Built in 1710, this historic Norwegian townhouse has been transformed into an airy holiday home.<p>When Bergen-based Todd Saunders of Saunders Architecture found this old townhouse in the Norwegian city of Bergen, its façade was in great condition, but inside was another story. As a result of …

Living Rooms

A45 Tiny House

Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has created a very appealing prefabricated tiny house inspired by classic A-frame cabins but with a modern …

Japanese Lakeside House

This unusual property in Japan uses five interlocking levels to create multiple viewing platforms both inside and outside the property. Designed by …

Minimalist Barn Conversion

This gorgeous barn conversion is up for grabs! Located in Osterlen, Sweden, this contemporary four-bedroom home is the stuff of dreams. The 4,200 …

Tour an Architect's Modern Mid-Century Mashup

<b>Name:</b> Melissa Hon Tsai and Gary Tsai <b><br>Location:</b> South Pasadena, California <b><br>Size:</b> 3,101 square feet <b><br>Years Lived In:</b> 1 year, owned<p>Melissa Hon Tsai is an …

Muji Hut

Muji, the popular Japanese design shop, have announced the Muji Hut, a beautifully minimalistic micro cabin for sale to the general public. Designed …