Monthly Archives: August 2013

Backyard Cottage Plans by Nir Pearlson

Compact Comfort for Granny and Guests

Architect Nir Pearlson has just launched two imaginative new small house designs. Plan 890-4 “Elinor St.” is a 640 sq. ft. studio with a U-shaped


kitchen, and a bathroom that contains a sauna. A deck expands the living area at Continue reading

Meet Jay Shafer and his Tiny House Plans

Back To Basics

We’re excited to welcome renowned mico cottage maven, designer, author, and teacher Jay Shafer and his Four Lights Tiny House Company to Jay’s philosophy of living simply — here he is in a promotion

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for Yestermorrow Design and Build School in Watsfield, Vermont — is vividly Continue reading

Office As Home

Living at Work, Working at Life

The workplace is becoming more like home even as home sometimes seems to be disappearing — especially for younger workers in the tech industry who may only use a residence for sleeping, and sometimes not even that. For example, at the huge and hugely successful home design and remodeling website Houzz, on the second floor of a corner building in downtown Palo Alto, California, the main

Houzz dining area via techcrunch

space is essentially a bright airy great room, complete with expansive kitchen and dining area. Long tables with laptops and monitors are just visible through the palm fronds. Lunches are provided during weekdays. The glass conference Continue reading

Our Latest Ranch House by Nicholas Lee

Building a House: Theme and Variation

Near the towns of Sonoma and Petaluma, California we’re developing a string of variations on the classic suburban ranch house. They’re all designed by architect Nicholas Lee and together show how flexible the form can be. Two were built on spec and have been sold; two are nearing completion for separate clients; and another, the newest design, Plan 888-6, shown here,

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is now under construction. The long single gable extends over porches at the sides and, with the board and batten siding and tall double hung windows, Continue reading

Of Bridges and Balconies

 Beyond the Flange — or How to Give Your Home A Little Something Extra

A recent car trip lead me to the famous Sundial Bridge across the Sacramento River in Redding, California, built in 2004. Designed by the eminent engineer- architect Santiago Calatrava, this remarkable footbridge is worth experiencing.

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The span is supported by cables strung to a soaring, tapered, and cantilevered Continue reading