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Abundant Light and Casual Design

Abundant Light and Casual Design

Using a wall of windows an architect brings in light and makes a natural gathering place.

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Bringing the Outside In

Bringing the Outside In

A Seattle Architect re-imagines the relationship between a home and its surroundings.

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Historic Factory converted into Live Work Lofts In Oakland Ca.

Historic Factory converted into Live Work Lofts In Oakland Ca.

Using the bones of a 1940s factory, an architect creates beautiful light filled living spaces in an industrial section of Oakland Ca.

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Solar In the City

Solar In the City

A renovated Victorian becomes a self sustaining Zero energy home.

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Bragg Hill Residence

Bragg Hill Residence

Beginning with a goal of creating direct connection to the site, Bragg Hill was designed to celebrate the landscape, while seamlessly incorporating sustainability.

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Contemporary NW Project by artisansgroup

Contemporary NW Project by artisansgroup

Essential, contemporary, and inviting defines this extremely energy efficient, Energy Star certified, Passive House design-inspired home in the Pacific Northwest. Designed for an active family of...

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Vermont Super-insulated Ski Home

Vermont Super-insulated Ski Home

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This is a second home in Vermont in an area with many over-sized inefficient ski homes. We designed the home to be very low maintenence inside and out as well as maintain a comfortable temperature...

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Renovated mid-century fireplace

Renovated mid-century fireplace

Rather than demolish and recreate a new fireplace, the existing brickwork was repointed to minimize the vertical grout joints. The brickwork was then painted with a two tone paint scheme, using a...

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Smart Design Advice for Hot & Humid Climates (i.e. The South)

Smart Design Advice for Hot & Humid Climates (i.e. The South)

Architect Peter Pfeiffer talks about how to utilize smart design for a house in a hot climate zone. His green building advice is practical and following his advice will result in a house that's well designed for the rigors of a hot climate. If you want a comfortable, efficient, durable house and you live in the South then this video will give you tons to think about.

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Off-The-Grid Straw Bale Getaway

Off-The-Grid Straw Bale Getaway

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An architecture firm known for ecologically sensitive design creates an off-the-grid cabin in the woods of California

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Exterior Patio

Exterior Patio

New exterior patio including covered fireplace pit and water features. This was part of a remodel to Geodesic dome origianally built in the 70's

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The Professors House

The Professor's House

A University of Oregon professor designed her family home to respect its steep, natural setting.

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Our New Design Blog

Our New Design Blog

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Welcome to Fine Homebuilding's new blog, where we'll help you design inspiring homes.

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Furniture That Can Change the Way You Design

Furniture That Can Change the Way You Design

Create a flexible home with innovative space saving furniture

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Cargotecture: Would You Live in a Metal Box?

Cargotecture: Would You Live in a Metal Box?

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Some people think shipping containers make great homes; some think they're just weird

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Siting a House

Siting a House

Things to consider when you want to take advantage of the sun's free energy.

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Roof Top Rigid Foam - Taking Efficiency Through The Roof

Roof Top Rigid Foam - Taking Efficiency Through The Roof

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Over the last year I've really been working on how to get my houses to the next level of greater energy efficiency and this video will show you my latest secret. We're laying down a thick layer of rigid ISO foam boards on top of the roof.

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Chasing LEED Certification in Canada

Chasing LEED Certification in Canada

I would like to share with you the story of our first home; which we have designed and built ourselves with the end goal of a net-zero, LEED certified permanent residence. Overlooking Last Mountain...

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Disaster Relief Housing

Disaster Relief Housing

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This is a project I worked on and I still feel it is a viable solution for disaster relief housing. It is completely self sustainable; providing enough electricity and hot water to comfortably house...

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Our Vermont Home Project

Our Vermont Home Project

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This is the first gallery entry for the new home construction project my wife and I are working on in Plainfield, Vermont.  These are a few snapshots of our life & project to date.

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