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A Seattle backyard cottage demonstrates lessons in smart small-home design
by Tim Hammer
Two architects collaborate on a one-of-a-kind project that provides lessons in comfort, craft, and flexible living at all stages of life
by Sarah Susanka
A low-cost, low-maintenance home offers comfortable living for the long haul
by Jon Nystrom
Curves and a comfortable floor plan reinterpret two traditional styles
by Richard Buchanan
Artisans and architects craft a house that embodies both the rugged and fragile nature of its arid landscape
by Teresa Rosano, Luis Ibarra
It looks like a storage building. But beyond the barnlike facade, there's a comfortable cottage for two with a beautiful view.
by Bridget Cahill
Five ideas for making a pocket-size house feel like so much more
by Timothy Gordon
Inspired by antique woodwork, this vacation/retirement home transforms modest materials into a tower of light with classical proportions
by Julia Caswell Daitch
A hillside home with a simple, barrier-free floor plan features an exercise pool in an enclosed courtyard
by Will Foster
In Maine, a retirement home gets comfortable with the shapes, colors and textures of its wooded surroundings
by Roc Caivano
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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.
Window Treatments Idea BookUpdate the look of your home’s windows with hundreds of fresh ideas.
Inside the Not So Big HousePersonalize your home and discover how to make it more functional with special built-in details.
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