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November 20, 2015
Despite facing scrutiny from zoning boards and conservative neighbors, these homes defy the formulaic connotations of suburban architecture.
The Fung/Blatt family enjoys the backyard of their Mount Washington home. Despite its 5,000-square-foot lot, the house is just 1,640 square feet. Michael Blatt admits, “If we could add anything to this house, it would be five walk-in closets.”

In the Los Angeles suburb of Mount Washington, architects Alice Fung and Michael Blatt pushed back against the community's inibiting design restrictions. Fluid indoor-outdoor spaces and an upstairs meditation room with a pitched Lexan window distinguish the structure from the ranch homes that surround it. 

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Originally appeared in Domestic Democracy
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Fron of modern white angular Dayton home

Rather than facing any stringent building codes or angry neighbors, Peter Brancher had to overcome the limitations of a long and narrow lot when bringing his Richard Neutra-inspired home outside of Dayton, Ohio, to fruition. Placing the entry door on the side of the house minimized the sense of shotgun archictecture typical to the area. 

 

 

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Originally appeared in Suburban Flight
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Kew House Addition exterior facade, Australia

This sculptural addition to a home in suburban Melbourne, Australia, mimics the sloped contours of the sloped site on which it rests, and encourages a stronger connection to the outdoors. 

 

 

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Originally appeared in A Wooden House Extension that Looks Like a Sculpture
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Terry removed the entire second floor, which featured a gabled roof and two diminutive bedrooms, and replaced it with an aluminum-trimmed box covered in cement fiberboard.

A sturdy 1940s brick Cape with trim, boxy rooms and an undulating yard, this home outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, was the kind of suburban nest that young parents dream of owning. But upon purchasing it, architect Terry Boling removed the enitre second floor, replacing it with an aluminum-trimmed box containing a new master suite that sits, slightly askew, on top of the original first-floor. 

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Originally appeared in Home Schooled
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Turning its back to the street and next-door apartment like a curled-up cat, the long, narrow house spills out sideways to the garden, designed by landscape architect Andrea Cochran.

Though it initially drew the ire of a few community members, this Palo Alto home designed by architect David Baker now receives frequent visitors looking to sketch its back-turned facade that incorporates numerous exposed beams, columns, and supports. 

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Originally appeared in The New Suburbanism
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Green Toronto prefab hallway with skylights

Thanks to its triple-glazed windows, abundant skylights, fully automated HVAC system, solar hot water system, and spray foam insulation, this prefab home in Ontario, Canada, has become a trendsetter in suburban energy conservation. 

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Originally appeared in This Super Smart, Super Green Prefab May Be the Future of Suburban Living
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The Fung/Blatt family enjoys the backyard of their Mount Washington home. Despite its 5,000-square-foot lot, the house is just 1,640 square feet. Michael Blatt admits, “If we could add anything to this house, it would be five walk-in closets.”

In the Los Angeles suburb of Mount Washington, architects Alice Fung and Michael Blatt pushed back against the community's inibiting design restrictions. Fluid indoor-outdoor spaces and an upstairs meditation room with a pitched Lexan window distinguish the structure from the ranch homes that surround it. 

Photo by Dave Lauridsen.

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