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109 Laurel Ave. - Bringing Nature In

109 Laurel Ave. - Bringing Nature In

ANSWER OPTION ONE Homebuilding is our craft and our expertise; it's what we love to do. With building 109 Laurel Ave. there wasn't so much of a challenge rather than a list of priorities that we were...

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Mountain Drive Home

Mountain Drive Home

Keeping true to the neighborhood's woodsy beauty and funky charm, Santa Barbara-based design build firm, Becker Studios, built anew a 1956 home devastated by fire.To protect against future fires...

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The Magnolia House

The Magnolia House

The Magnolia House   Built in 1946, the Magnolia House had undergone a couple patchwork additions over the years. At just over 1600 sq ft, it was left with a broken-up floor plan, unusable spaces...

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DUNE COTTAGE

DUNE COTTAGE

The site for this cottage sits on a barrier beach between the open Atlantic Ocean to the south and inland salt-water ponds to the north. The views in virtually any direction are quite spectacular...

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Windows to the Water

Windows to the Water

Leslie and Allan Saunders met at Madison's Surf Club over 30 years ago. Leslie notes "I guess we always had a connection to the 'shoreline'" - often centered around Allan's avid interest in canoe...

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Craft in Line, Surface and Shape

Craft in Line, Surface and Shape

This is a coastal home, designed to defeat a narrow site's limitations and staunchly stand against the ravages of a fully exposed salt-water facing condition in Madison, ConnecticutSurrounding...

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The Book Loft

The Book Loft

A contemporary new home in Seattle with an open floor plan that features a light filled core wrapped by a series of reading and study lofts. The home is designed to capture select regional views...

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The Lichtenstein Studio

The Lichtenstein Studio

At a compact 560 sq. ft. this backyard cottage is designed to meet a variety of potential uses that the client envisions for the structure. Initially it will serve as an art studio and guest house...

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The Ranchero

The Ranchero

Nestled at the edge of a sub alpine meadow in the upper Methow Valley, the 'Ranchero' is a base camp for year round outdoor adventure and a social hub for gatherings of friends and family. The plan...

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Neighborhood Friendly Net Zero

Neighborhood Friendly Net Zero

A historic town, an energy conscious client with modern sensibilities, and a crumbling collection of buildings in search of new life provided all of the right ingredients for a unique...

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Revitalization of a Greek Revival Kitchen

Revitalization of a Greek Revival Kitchen

A mid-19th century Greek Revival Vermont home had a sad, disjointed 1970's kitchen that just needed to go. Not only did we restore the kitchen honoring the architectural style of the period, but we...

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The House of One Thousand I Love Yous

The House of One Thousand I Love You's

This 1961 ranch house had small den, living, dining, kitchen, breakfast rooms which did not meet our needs for a modern open living dining and entertaining space. It was necessary to remove six walls...

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Finbury/Lindauer Residence

Finbury/Lindauer Residence

A burn-down required to exact height, footprint and square footage of what was burned down to be followed.

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Worshipping a View, Accommodating an Extended Family

Worshipping a View, Accommodating an Extended Family

When families blend, houses must change. When a couple met and married after having separate families, they realized that their second home in the Berkshires had to be a year-round gathering place...

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Gray Residence

Gray Residence

This is a 3,800 square-foot empty nester that required no variance and fits onto a tight coastal site on a limited budget. Planned for elevator, was framed in. Watertight decks shelter what's below.

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Lake House

Lake House

On Lake Zoar a long held family house had its 3rd generation settle in for the long haul. With a tiny footprint due to watershed considerations a 3 1/2 story, 4,300 sq ft 3BR, 3 bath house allowed...

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Vagt House

Vagt House

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Having written "The Small House" for McGraw-Hill in the mid-80's at the tail end of the early 1980's recession and "Small Houses for the Next Century" at the tail end of the early 1990's recession, I...

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Star Route Residence

Star Route Residence

The house was designed for a couple who returned to northern Wisconsin home after living for many years in California.  They desired to create a comfortable, smart home that would enable them to...

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Stone Harbor, NJ Meets the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Stone Harbor, NJ Meets the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Stone Harbor, NJ   When the client couple and I first met it became quickly clear that we had a mutual interest in historic details. We discovered that all of us had not only enjoyed the quiet off...

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East Hampton Net-Zero

East Hampton Net-Zero

Having attended the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Convention  in Boston for a few years, I was inspired to see what I could do in 2009, for myself and my family.  We moved in Dec. of...

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NeoJacobean Restored For the Next 100 Years

NeoJacobean Restored For the Next 100 Years

After 100 years, a landmark residence needed a major facelift. This included exterior and drainage repairs, new shingles, and a legal back porch. It also needed a completely new kitchen and bathroom...

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A Sears Catalog Home Reborn

A Sears Catalog Home Reborn

Updated classic details, quality finishes, and vintage appliances created family-friendly comfort and chef-quality function for this Arts & Crafts residence. The home, a 1910 catalog house, was long...

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DEXTER RESIDENCE

DEXTER RESIDENCE

The Dexter Residence bridges past and present with simple volumes and a restrained palette of concrete, glass, and stucco. At the street the house, with its flat roof, clerestory windows, and...

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Paradox Lake House

Paradox Lake House

A year round home carved into the forest, at the edge of Paradox Lake, in upstate New York. Careful site planning and a rustic casual design help this well crafted home take its place among the 'great camps' of the Adirondack Park.

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Traditional Twist - LEED Gold

Traditional Twist - LEED Gold

This unassuming Arts and Crafts home demonstrates that sustainable and traditional building styles are not mutually exclusive. The traditional gable roof and clapboard siding seamlessly combine with...

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North Beach House, Orcas Island

North Beach House, Orcas Island

The design of this house was a homecoming for the Owners, one of who grew up on the property. (They even got married here on the beach in the 70s.) In recent years the original house, which had never...

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A House to Retire In

A House to Retire In

A House to Retire In A lifelong dream has come to fruition with the design and construction of this unique, proof-of-concept home situated next to nine-acres of open space in the very popular and...

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