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April 15, 2015
Whether designed for seasonal use, extended family gatherings, or retirement, these five homes welcome all ages and require little upkeep.
Corrugated aluminum screen porch

After thirty years, retired journalist and professor Bruce Porter built a green getaway cottage in Criehaven, Maine, with the help of his architect daugher, Alex Scott Porter. With only two of many appliances operating off propane, “there was a general feeling that this house wasn’t going to work," Bruce laughs. "But everything works great, just like a normal house!” 

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Originally appeared in A Tiny Cabin is This Writer's Off the Grid Getaway
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Kitchen and Dining Room in Austrian White Pine Bungalow

When two elderly doctors, Herbert and Monika, approached Abendroth Architects to design a country bungalow in Austria's wine country, their wishes were simple: they wanted the house to be single-level and handicap accessible, with a private, outdoor garden that didn’t require too much work. They got just that. 

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With five children, seven grandchildren, and a passel of guests descending on Bobbie Callahan and Ed Hayes each summer, the couple, with architect Christoper Campbell, designed their North Haven retreat to accommodate high volumes of visitors. The house is one massive room with a master bedroom and an attic-like sleeping nook above. 

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Aging in Place howler and goon virginia open kitchen single level

Though a Virginia couple are still in their 60s, the layout of their Arlington home anticipates future limitations in mobility. Architects Meejin Yoon, the residents' daughter, and Eric Höweler designed the home with a ramp leading from the street, past the garage, and through a courtyard to the entrance, which opens to the luminous main floor.

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The exterior deck featuring standing-seam metal siding and yard of the Leiniche Navitsky residence.

In Anchorage, Alaska, architect Steve Bull aimed to create a home for ER doctors Tanya Leinicke and Rick Navitsky that required little upkeep, both inside and out. Not only does the home accommodate their needs for maximum privacy and rest, but it also makes for a giant playground for their son, Suresh. 

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Corrugated aluminum screen porch

After thirty years, retired journalist and professor Bruce Porter built a green getaway cottage in Criehaven, Maine, with the help of his architect daugher, Alex Scott Porter. With only two of many appliances operating off propane, “there was a general feeling that this house wasn’t going to work," Bruce laughs. "But everything works great, just like a normal house!” 

Photo by Eirik Johnson.

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