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Estes/Twombly Architects managed to give this 1,040-square-foot Block Island, R.I., residence (above) an iconic personality. Ferguson & Shamamian Architects skillfully endowed a 12,000-square-foot house in Palm Beach, Fla., (top) with an understated elegance.

Estes/Twombly Architects managed to give this 1,040-square-foot Block Island, R.I., residence (above) an iconic personality. Ferguson & Shamamian Architects skillfully endowed a 12,000-square-foot house in Palm Beach, Fla., (top) with an understated elegance.

A West Pennant, Nova Scotia, house (left) by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects takes cues from the surrounding natural environment. The traditional lines of an English country cottage define a Dallas project (above right) by Merrill, Pastor & Colgan Architects.

A West Pennant, Nova Scotia, house (left) by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects takes cues from the surrounding natural environment. The traditional lines of an English country cottage define a Dallas project (above right) by Merrill, Pastor & Colgan Architects.

A cozy reading nook (left) occupies a corner in a house by Christopher Alexander’s Center for Environmental Structure. Ben Trogdon Architects blurs the division between the kitchen, dining room, and living room at a Kirkland, Wash., project (below left).

A cozy reading nook (left) occupies a corner in a house by Christopher Alexander’s Center for Environmental Structure. Ben Trogdon Architects blurs the division between the kitchen, dining room, and living room at a Kirkland, Wash., project (below left).

This Sea Ranch, Calif., remodel (above), designed by Obie Bowman, AIA, incorporates driftwood columns and redwood siding. Bucking convention, McInturff Architects coated the walls of an Accokeek, Md., house (top) with asphalt roof shingles.

This Sea Ranch, Calif., remodel (above), designed by Obie Bowman, AIA, incorporates driftwood columns and redwood siding. Bucking convention, McInturff Architects coated the walls of an Accokeek, Md., house (top) with asphalt roof shingles.

Frederick Phillips, FAIA, designed his own house (left) for a site near downtown Chicago. A Martha’s Vineyard cottage (top) by Hutker Architects embodies the tranquil ideal of a vacation home.

Frederick Phillips, FAIA, designed his own house (left) for a site near downtown Chicago. A Martha’s Vineyard cottage (top) by Hutker Architects embodies the tranquil ideal of a vacation home.

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