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A Dramatic Roof and Board-Formed Concrete Keep This Texas Residence Cool

Built like a concrete-and-glass pavilion, this luminous Austin home and guesthouse emphasize horizontality.<p>A flat roof with eight-foot overhangs prevents heat gain in the hottest months by minimizing the impact of rays from the southern exposure.<p>This smaller volume is wrapped in untreated fir and …

Architecture

Elfort Road House

With a great respect for the historic architecture, the Elfort Road House offers a roof and side extension to transform a Victorian terraced home. …

Design

Flood Damaged Remodel

This home was heavily damaged by a landslide during the Boulder flood in 2013. Mud and rock destroyed much of the interior and even flowed down the stairs to the rooms below. The emphasis of the remodel was to redesign the living room and kitchen. The windows and doors were replaced with much …

Home Improvement

Shou Sugi Ban House

Enlarging an existing home that has an already strong and complete architectural character can be challenging. Here, we anchor the existing one-story home with a new two-story independent volume, using it both as punctuation mark and counterpoint to the existing composition. This project, which …

Home Improvement

Irish Photographer Teaches His Method for Creating a Double Exposure in Photoshop

Mark Duffy is an Irish photographer, graphic designer, and drummer, with a shaved head and a glorious beard. He has a pretty slick new YouTube …

How the Truly Successful Make Time for Constant Learning

If you read just 30 pages of a book every day, you'll finish a 300 page book in 10 days.<p><i>How do successful people find time to learn so much everyday? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer</b> …

Get Strong With This Intense Full-Body Yoga Routine

Yoga is wonderful for so many reasons. It's great for stretching, refocusing your mind, and unwinding after a long day. For some people, relaxing, …

Yoga

The Barge Yacht

Taylored Architecture was asked to collaborate with the clients to help design a 24' x 52' houseboat with features including a bedroom, kitchen, outdoor accessible bar, tiered deck space, solar panels, small garden, skiff ramp, shading devices, and two helms. The clients had a desire to utilize …

Sustainability

The Neon Flamingo

Spencer Sight turns houses into homes, but he can’t get too attached — the 28-year-old, orchestrates the renovation of homes, but don't call him a 'flipper.' “Flips have a sense of vacancy. I like to fill the spaces; I love reawakening the potential,” he says. Sight bought this bank-owned property …

Kansas City

A Period Home in Melbourne with a New Modern Addition

Zen Architects were hired to design a rear addition to a home in Melbourne’s West Brunswick. The period home, named the Nest House, was extended to …

Modern guesthouse tower adds space, views to lakeside cabin

Check out its silver-stained massaranduba facade<p>The master retreat-makers at Andersson Wise Architects are at it again. After building such dream getaways as this modern Montana cabin and the lake home with cordwood walls, the Austin-based firm has added an exquisite sleeping tower to the site of a …

Dihedral House

This modern urban house is anchored on a downtown corner site. Site-cast, board-formed concrete walls moor the building to its site, while providing thermal mass to control temperature swings. The house is organized around crossing dihedral lines, one phenomenal, one tectonic that shear the …

Architecture

6 Places Where You Don't Have to Choose Between the Beach and Mountains

To recline on fine golden sand or explore scenic pine-scented forests? To discover colorful coral reefs or hike through lush tropical peaks? …

Mountain Biking

West Cherry Day1 (California)

The High Sierras take a bit of work, but are worth it every time. Sam Wells, Anna Wagner, and Sam Swanson on day one of West Cherry.The post West …

California

How Switzerland transformed breakfast

When we think of Switzerland, we often think of muesli. But just how did its pioneering inventor Dr Bircher-Benner capture the culinary zeitgeist of the early 20th Century?<p>One early July morning, in a high Alpine valley above rolling pastures, a group of hikers gathered for breakfast at the …

European Travel

Get a Skewed View of the American West Through These Bent-Horizon Photos

Aydın Büyüktaş’ collage images explore shapes and escapes.<p>When English theologian and retired schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott wrote his eccentric, …

This Course Teaches You Backcountry Navigation Basics From Home

I was taught basic orienteering and map reading by a grizzled Eagle Scout. He was the head of a little archaeology crew I was in, performing a …

Camping

Big Cabin | Little Cabin

Cabin (‘kab en’) 1. a small simple dwelling. 2. a shelter made of wood, situated in a wild or remote area. We all carry preconceived ideas of the word “cabin” in our collective memory -- a family gathering place, a place of rest after a long day in nature, pegs on the wall to hang your coat. …

Cabins

3023 Longdale Lane

Join Zillow for a tour of the illustrious couple's former 1960s pad that's asking $2.495 million. The Southern California home that formerly belonged to the famous singer-and-model duo is on the market—but not for long (if we had to guess). In 2014, after seven years of ownership, John Legend and …

Chrissy Teigen

A Pair of Designers Renovate Their Brooklyn Brownstone With a Bright Monochromatic Palette

With a monochromatic makeover, a pair of designers revive a common Brooklyn brownstone apartment.<p>Ed Parker and his wife, Barbara Tutino Parker, spent the first 10 years of their New York City life in a rental loft above a factory in Bushwick, Brooklyn. But eventually the couple, who met while …

Interior Design

Crestline

A young couple with discerning taste and excellent design sensibilities approached the firm with an outdated 1960's home and a modest budget. We transformed the home into an ultramodern, minimalist home featuring sophisticated design. While we maintained the hipped roofs of the existing structure …

Architecture

Building Green in Santa Monica - Dwell

At the end of 2000, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Icelandic natives and partners in the Santa Monica–based design firm Minarc, bought what was essentially a teardown in the West Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. "We liked it for its simple lines and flat roof and thought we …

Architecture

Dream/Dive Platform Encourages Playful Summer Living

Summer is all about experiencing simple pleasures.<p>Take the Dream/Dive Platform, a weekend project for a family cottage on Bobs Lake in Ontario, Canada. For the structure, they combined a simple screened "hut" with a cantilevered diving platform. Waxed tent canvas can be rolled down to protect the …

Sailboats

Hurst Avenue

Home to a young creative couple, our Hurst Avenue project exemplifies inventive use of clothing storage along a challenging roofline and maximizes daylighting opportunities. Our team was tasked with creating a master bedroom, a dressing hall, and an efficient nursery on the third floor of a …

Interior Design

A Conceptual Blueprint for Training in Your 40s and Beyond

Photography by Bev Childress<p><b>Remember those days where you could train hard, go out and party all night, get next to no sleep, eat a heap of junk</b> …

These 5 Questions Might Boost Your Curiosity—and Make You Happier

A wildly popular graduation speech has transformed a series of queries into a life philosophy.<p>Last year, James Ryan delivered a commencement speech that, to his surprise, struck a chord far beyond the graduates in his audience. The dean of Harvard's graduate school of education proposed five …

Creativity

Chenery Street Remodel

SF Design Build was hired to turn this existing two unit property into one large cohesive home for a young family of four. A full "down-to-the-studs" remodel, we opened up the top level to create a more family-friendly functional layout. This involved moving the kitchen and adding a private master …

Interior Design

This Endless Playscape Is Complete with a Bamboo Forest and Trampoline

A pleasure garden in northern California is rich in whimsical surprises.<p>Some gardens are verdant retreats, inviting serenity by looking inward, this landscape in the hills of Tiburon, California (about 20 minutes north of San Francisco), takes a slightly different approach. While there are any …

Landscaping

Sierra Fria Modern Home in Ciudad de México, México by Jose Juan… on Dwell

The style and materials of this house refers to the architecture of the 1960s, developed in the South of Mexico City in Jardines del Pedregal, where the soil is primarily volcanic rock. This period is extremely important and influential to modern architecture in Mexico. The house is mainly built by …

Architecture

Longer Days Call For More Time on These 9 Modern Porches - Dwell

Much like front doors, porches offer a first impression of a home. They extend the living and seating space outside, while providing a view of the landscape and easy access to the home's amenities. Take a look at these modern examples that show how seamlessly these spaces can transition between …

Victoria (Australia)