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Architecture 658 Stories

When I built a straw-bale house not too long ago, people laughingly recalled the tale of the three pigs at every opportunity. With the tale of the poor first pig...
When I built a straw-bale house not too long ago, people laughingly recalled the tale of the three pigs at every opportunity. With the tale of the poor first pig...
8 Things Successful Architects and Designers Do
Every architect’s design process is extremely personal and nuanced. For example, I have certain tools that I reach for ritually when I start a new project. One is a favorite lead pencil with a lightweight, medium-size barrel and a thinly ridged grip,...
So You Want to Build: 7 Steps to Create a New Home
Whether building new or renovating an existing structure, creating a new home is a journey of discovering who you are, what you want, how you want to live and where you want to be. It’s a chance for you to define your relationship to the world, to...
Architect's Toolbox: 6 Drawings on the Way to a Dream Home
From thumbnail sketches to detailed construction drawings, architects and other design professionals produce all sorts of drawings. While these drawings can be quite beautiful in their own right, their purpose is twofold. First, they help flesh...
Architect's Toolbox: The Sketches That Spark a Home
With everything that goes into building a house today, it’s tough to imagine where everything starts. How exactly do you communicate your ideas to another person, and how does an architect interpret things like “indoor-outdoor flow, lots...
Must-Have Book: ‘A Field Guide to American Houses’
In the spring of 1984 I had just returned to my native Texas from a semester of study abroad. I had spent the previous four months living in the scenic Chianti countryside near Florence and traveling to numerous breathtaking Italian landmarks. I had seen...
How to Read a Floor Plan
The floor plan, or plan, is the most common of all architectural drawings. From builders to architects, Realtors to appraisers, everyone uses a floor plan. More than likely this is because the floor plan is the one drawing that tells us the most about...
Iconic Architecture: 10 Must-Know Modern Homes
On some days it seems that modern architecture has 10 times as many detractors as proponents, even though the movement has influenced a great deal of residential architecture — from open floor plans to means of construction. Some of the dislike for...
Roots of Style: The Historic Australian Brick House
Brick has been used in Australian architecture since the country’s earliest days. And while it may not be the most glamorous of building materials, it does give the country’s historic houses and villas a sense of heritage, strength and solidity....
Design Workshop: The Open-Concept Bathroom
The open-concept bathroom, in which many of the components are open to an adjacent space, like a bedroom, can be difficult to reconcile with our modern-day notions of privacy. Needless to say, it’s a topic that incites passionate response. Most people...
A Few Words on the Power of Simplicity
Our homes today are afforded luxuries our ancestors living in primitive huts could scarcely imagine. Works of architecture are limited more by economics than they are by physics; less by climate than by image. What we can imagine, we can build. But what...
4 Ways Green Roofs Help Manage Stormwater
Green roofs have a number of environmental benefits. In addition to improving air quality, conserving energy and reducing the urban heat island effect, green roofs benefit water quality by absorbing water during small storms and slowing stormwater runoff...
The Great Divide: Structures and Panels Shape Spaces
Room dividers are a contemporary option for both small and large rooms. They can help make living spaces more functional, can bring privacy to open-plan living and often can be useful pieces of furniture themselves. On top of that, room dividers...
Design Workshop: How to Make a Home Sit Lightly on the Land
Architecture’s relationship to nature — the building site — is something architects and designers must consider in the opening act of any project. Nature is a force that shapes...
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