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April 14, 2015
As these black beauties prove, sometimes all it takes is an unexpected color to make a serious statement.
Exterior of Orcas Island house with courtyard

Architect Michelle Linden created this black home on a remote island off Washington state as “site-specific, life-size sculpture.” Along with its ascetic design, the home makes as little impact on the environment as possible: Geothermal wells, solar panels, and radiant heat help the house achieve almost net-zero energy usage

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Originally appeared in Fall in Love with This Dreamy Studio
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Exterior of Phoenix Industrial Bungalow

A coat of black paint updated the facade of this Phoenix home, helping it blend with the sleek steel addition at the rear. 

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Originally appeared in Amazing House is Half Historic and Half Modern
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Exterior of Vipp Shelter prefab

Shelter, a 592-square-foot prefab unit from Danish industrial design company Vipp, costs $585,000 and can be delivered in six months. Inside, it features luxe details like heated magnesite floors, Spartherm fireplace, and furnishings from Vipp. 

Originally appeared in Prefab Gets a Makeover With Danish Industrial Design
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Affordable Portland home upper floor wrapped in black corrugated steel

The black corrugated steel that wraps around the upper floor of this Portland home was one of many clever, money-saving choices made by architect Ben Waechter and his client, industrial designer Nick Oakley. 

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Lara Swimmer
Originally appeared in An Industrial Designer's House Blends Economy and Simplicity
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venice home indoor-outdoor living

The knotty cedar cladding at this Venice Beach home gets the look of charred cedar at a fraction of the cost thanks to a double coat of ebony stain from Timber Pro UV.

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Coral von Zumwalt
Originally appeared in New Bungalow, Old Neighborhood
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modular beachside getaway Australia

This house near Melbourne was created with a series of prefab wood modules using a design from the company Prebuilt. 

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Originally appeared in This House is Why Friends Make the Best Collaborators
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Two Black Sheds incorporates all the conventional aspects of a weekend retreat in a rather unconventional way.

This lakeside cabin's dark, monochromatic exterior lent itself to the project's name: “Two Black Sheds.”

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Originally appeared in Off the Beaten Path
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Exterior of Orcas Island house with courtyard

Architect Michelle Linden created this black home on a remote island off Washington state as “site-specific, life-size sculpture.” Along with its ascetic design, the home makes as little impact on the environment as possible: Geothermal wells, solar panels, and radiant heat help the house achieve almost net-zero energy usage

Photo by Eirik Johnson.

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