The Skinniest House in the World?

By: Diy maven Nov 07, 2011

created at: 11/07/2011   

Writer Etgar Keret wants a house. A skinny, four feet wide house that will be nestled in between twoContinue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

By: Chrisjob May 04, 2011

created at: 05/04/2011

The architect Richard Neutra is one of modernism's iconic artists. He's best known for his integration of both his residential and commercial buildings into their landscape, and for his care in matching his work with the lifestyles of his clients, rather than imposing his own vision over their needs. His attention to detail extended into every element of his buildings, including signage and house numbers. Foundry House Industries says of Neutra's type, "It is no wonder that Neutra specified lettering that was open and unobtrusive, the same characteristics which typified his progressive architecture."

You can still get house numbers based on Neutra's specifications, through a collaboration with his son Dion. They're absolutely beautiful, precisely crafted in aluminum, and, if you can afford them ($50 a piece), a lasting addition to your home. But for my four digit address, they're out of budget.

So, I made my own, for less than $20 for the whole set. And you can, too. Here's how:   

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A window-less house?

By: Diy maven Mar 15, 2011

This house in Portugal, designed by Aires Mateus & Associados, doesn't have any exterior windows. It does, however, have a center courtyard, which has windows & doors that open up to the heavens. It also has a below- ground living spaceContinue Reading

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The $200 Microhouse

By: Chrisjob Mar 10, 2011

created at: 03/10/2011

Oh boy, what couldn't you do with a tiny, modern home in your backyard?! Especially when the materials only cost $200.   Continue Reading

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Turn That House Upside Down!

By: Jill w Jan 24, 2011

You've probably heard the phrase "turned my house upside down" looking for something, but did you ever think you'd see it literally? Check out this Upside Down House loactaed in small village called Szymbark in Poland.    Continue Reading

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Free Plans to Make Your Own Modern Gingerbread House

By: Capreek Dec 08, 2010

created at: 12/07/2010

Looking to mix things up in the gingerbread house department?  You're in luck!  The fine folks at Hometta are offering up free downloadable plans to create a gingerbread version of their dramatic Wedge House.   Continue Reading

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House Prep Checklist for Holiday Entertaining

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 24, 2010

Here you go, a combined checklist of simple things you can do to ensure your guests are comfortable, safe and happy (ha!) while feasting away at your house. Continue Reading

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The Walensee House

By: Bruno Oct 20, 2010

Another day ... another house I want to live in:

The Walensee House

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Rethinking an Above Ground Pool

By: Modhomeecteacher Aug 10, 2010

You won't find this above ground pool at Sam's Club. Argentina based Andres Remy Architects designed the impeccable pool/deck combo for a family of four in Devoto, Argentina. Even the color combination of the aqua water and the warm brown wood radiate pure fabulosity. Continue Reading

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Raze the Roof Makeover

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 26, 2010

created at: 07/26/2010

Baby #2 was on its way and space was getting tight for Patrice Lawall and Ernst Hofmann  in their 1957 New Jersey home. The historic houses they liked were pricey and still needed work, so Hofmann, a general contractor, made a deal with his wife to not only make the house bigger, but to give it the look and feel of an old house. Here's what she got...Continue Reading

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Modern Form Follows Function

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 06, 2010


Am I over-generalizing to say the world has two types of people, those who can sleep in dead silence, and those who sleep soundly as long as some air is moving about? I'm the latter, and my fan died in the middle of the night. Tired and desperate, I have to buy a new fan, and fast! has an entire line of air quality controllers that Continue Reading

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The Underground House

By: Diy maven Jan 04, 2010

The Underground House

Located in Vals, Switzerland this house is, well, underground. Continue Reading

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Free Modern Gingerbread House Plans.

By: Chrisjob Dec 15, 2009

Houston, Texas - based architecture firm Hometta are getting into the spirit of giving this year.

They're offering free buliding plans to make your own very contemporary gingerbread home. Their plan is "a small-scale version of the Draft House by Hometta’s own, award-winning HouMinn Practice."

The plans are based on a readymade gingerbread house kit from Whole Foods, so it'll be easy to grab all the goodies you'll need, withoutContinue Reading

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Trailer Living Off the Grid In Style

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 03, 2009

created at: 2009-11-03

Never say never, as in "You'd never catch me dead living in a trailer!" I'd gladly haul this little 350 square foot, fully sustainable vacay home around the country. It would beat timeshares and hotel bills. The only one of its kind ever built, this wind and solar powered trailer is being sold for Continue Reading

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My Cardboard House Remodel

By: Diy maven Oct 27, 2009

created at: 2009-10-27

Last week MWT brought home this cute little two-story house with a request that it be remodeled for entry into a 'parade of homes' contest sponsored by the company for which he works. There was no word as to whether prizes will be given out to the best remodel, but, seriously, did I care?! Of course not! It was a teeny house just ready for a makeover! Here's the outcome:Continue Reading

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Put Her in a Pumpkin Shell

By: Modhomeecteacher Oct 07, 2009

created at: 2009-10-07

Didn't anyone else imagine, as a kid, what it would be like to live in a pumpkin shell or an oversized shoe? Boy, I did. Happily, I just discovered that dome builder, Steve Miller and I must have been on the same wavelength. In 1997, he, his wife and 1 1/2 year old daughter set out on a dome building adventure like no other. Today, their two story Vermont pumpkin house has been enlarged and improved upon more than once. Continue Reading

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An Upside Down House.

By: Chrisjob Oct 02, 2009


I've seen a few over the years: homes with the facade flipped, roofs in the ground, patios pointed to the skies; though, inside, things are as usual, and perfectly liveable for those of us suffering from gravity.

But this new installation in Germany is something different all together: the floors are in the air, tables hang from above, and the toilets flush towards the heavens...

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Ugly House

By: Chrisjob Aug 15, 2009

They came from the dark, murky depths of Craigslist and part-time suburban realtor classifieds...Careless, cluttered, and often unbearable, these are, as the comments for this photo remind us, "these are the actual photos that sellers approve to market their homes."



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Monday Morning Inspiration: Before and After Kitchen Makeover

By: Modhomeecteacher Aug 03, 2009

created at: 2009-08-02

Photos by: Nick Steever

Monday morning jolt--get a load of this kitchen Before and After performed by Leah in her 1920's Philadelphia home.  Look at this crisp kitchen makeover. Continue Reading

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The Edge House.

By: Chrisjob Jul 06, 2009


I realize that walking around in Mobius Architect's edge house doesn't necessarily demand one has to lean at a thirty degree angle, but I like to envisioning its inhabitants doing so. The Edge House will sit upon a excavated limestone hill, and "aside from its site, the Edge House’s most striking feature is a front elevation dominated by a steep, shingled roof, pierced by windows and a large terrace jutting over the site of a former quarry. TheContinue Reading

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