from the editor

  • living large

    How small a space do you think you could live in—happily and for a long period of time?

     

home front

  • stock exchange

    At one point or another, almost every residential architect dreams of providing well-designed, affordable homes to the masses. Some try to reach this goal through prefab, while others become developers themselves.

     
  • living the “i” life

    Is it possible to build a truly affordable modern, sustainable home?

     
  • tennessee squire

    What happens when a former city planner puts his time, effort, and money where his mouth is? The first LEED Platinum housing in Tennessee.

     

green piece

  • a bright idea

    When Keith Collins called on Kaplan Thompson Architects to design an outbuilding for his wife, Mary, it seemed like a straightforward commission.

     

green pieces

  • strand and deliver

    Strands of bamboo are bonded with earth-friendly adhesive to give Teragren's Synergy floating floor a completely different look.

     
  • xceptional lighting

    Lightolier claims its Xceed compact fluorescent recessed lighting series showcases the latest advances in energy-efficient technology.

     
  • natura nada

    The Natura line of no-VOC paints comes in 3,500 colors and three sheens.

     

k+b studio

bath

  • chamber plot

    Neal Schwartz, AIA, describes the original master suite in this Bay Area Mission-style house as “a weird warren of rooms where you had to walk through the closet to get to the master bath.”

     

kitchen

  • can-do attitude

    San Francisco is famous for its Victorian row houses, which typically feature small, dark kitchens tucked in at the back. Neal Schwartz, AIA, remodeled one such kitchen for a family of four that cooks almost every night and makes canning fresh produce an

     

practice

  • the new networking

    There's a lot of hype around online schmoozing, to be sure, and some see it as a trendy Internet time drain. But there's evidence that it can be a powerful professional ally—especially for small firms and independent practitioners.

     

projects

  • suburban renewal

    Before choosing a single material or product for his own house in Redondo Beach, Calif., designer Robert Sweet was well on his way to creating a sustainable dwelling.

     
  • stone unturned

    Candid Rogers, AIA, fell in love with a two-room stone house built in 1873. When the architect decided to renovate the tiny structure as his own home, he honored its intimate feel with a similarly compact 960-square-foot addition.

     
  • the lady revived

    The Victorian terrace house is a common typology in Melbourne, Australia.

     
  • small + green

    When designing with sustainability in mind, it doesn't hurt to also think small.

     

shelter lab

  • baja fresh

    Off-the-grid living is the one and only option at this improvised vacation home in Baja California, Mexico.

     

doctor spec

  • Gray Matters

    Mark Larson, AIA, looks forward to the day when a client gives the green light on graywater harvesting, a system that allows homeowners to capture and reuse wastewater.

     

products

new material

  • alter ego

    Inspired by traditional Murano glass chandeliers, the Tropico from Foscarini is a modular suspension lamp that can be configured in different shapes and sizes.

     
  • art nouveau riche

    The Tracciato Collection of luxury tiles features decorative etchings hand-laid with genuine gold and silver leaf, then hand-waxed and buffed to a natural patina.

     
  • control yourself

    Danze's new Thermostatic Shower System includes a high-flow ¾-inch thermostatic valve and separate ¾-inch ceramic disc controls.

     
  • sea fare

    Swiss manufacturer LAUFEN's new Palomba Collection by Italian designers Ludovica and Roberto Palomba draws inspiration from the sea, blending the organic with the contemporary.

     
  • cheap chic

    Looking for an affordable countertop? Teragren says bamboo is the answer.

     
  • dual identity

    Italian cooking products manufacturer Bertazzoni has expanded its line to include this 30-inch dual-fuel range.

     

workspace

  • front studio

    When Front Studio renovated its downtown New York City office, principals Yen Ha, LEED AP, and Michi Yanagishita applied a light but sure hand. "We try not to be overly fussy," Ha says of the firm's general design approach.