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This small home on San Juan Island is tied closely to its landscape through smart and creative design solutions
by Geoffrey T. Prentiss
This 440-sq.-ft. house shows that well-designed homes can be comfortable and inviting no matter what their size
by Maureen Friedman
A Seattle backyard cottage demonstrates lessons in smart small-home design
by Tim Hammer
This 800-sq.-ft. infill home was designed for its site and its owners’ lifestyle
by Nir Pearlson
A first-time owner/builder with a modest budget pools talent and resources to create an energy-efficient cottage with rich Craftsman details
by Brett Salter
A new cottage makes the most of a narrow lakeside lot with charming details outside and comfy nooks within
Architect John Hopkins takes you on a tour of the big little backyard house
Homeowner Billie McKig takes you on a guided tour of her big little backyard house
A new cottage makes the most of a narrow lot with charming details outside and comfy nooks within
by Arleta Chang
High ceilings and long views give this 540-sq.-ft. infill cottage an expansive personality
by John Hopkins
This lakeside remodel developed a new form within the same footprint
by Rosemary McMonigal
The term "cottage" has no shortage of architectural interpretations, as illustrated in this slideshow excerpt from photographer Douglas Keister's book, 500 Cottages.
by Douglas Keister
Going up instead of out makes the most of a steep lot, keeps the footprint small, and captures an incredible view
by David Evans
This home was styled after Northern European thatch and stone cottages
by David Baird
In Palo Alto, a remodeled house strives for the architectural sweet spot between frugal and unaffordable
by Lance Johnson
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Tailgate: Colby M. Broadwater III, College President
This retired army officer now leads the American College of the Building Arts, which trains the next generations of craftspeople.
by Aaron Fagan
Lessons from commercial construction
by David Crosby
Remove One Wall and Join Two Rooms
Hanging the ceiling joists from an engineered beam is the fast, simple way to replace a bearing wall
by Mike Guertin
Gene Myers, Zero-Energy Builder
This builder’s Denver-based company recently won its second grand award in the DOE’s Housing Innovation program.
by Boyce Thompson
Tailgate: Nicole Starnes Taylor, Architect
This former carpenter talks about how having worked in the trades made her a better architect.
by Andy Engel
Surviving the Storm
Know what your insurance covers and what it doesn’t—before disaster strikes
by Fernando Pagés Ruiz
The Barefoot HomeDressed-Down Design for Casual Living
Outside the Not So Big HouseExpand your home to include outdoor spaces.
500 BungalowsExplore the charm of the bungalow through 500 color photos.
500 CottagesDiscover the appeal of this modest, yet inviting house style through 500 color photos.
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