Inside Muji's Beautiful, Affordable Prefab Houses

The Japanese retailer Muji has built a cult following by offering nearly any object you could want in your home for not much money and proportionately great design. Now, the company is offering one more item to its line of 7,500 housewares: Actual houses. And there's a very good economic reason for the ambitious new… »10/28/14 9:20am10/28/14 9:20am

If You Own Land, How Far Above and Below Do You Own?

On paper, the concept of land ownership sounds very simple- you pay money and in return you're given unfettered access to a predetermined amount of land. But how much of that land do you actually own? Do you own the sky above it? How about the land below it? What about all the animals that may live there; do you own… »8/07/14 5:12am8/07/14 5:12am

Inside the Homes That 11 Great Architects Designed For Themselves

Building a home for yourself could either be a nightmare or a dream: You have free reign, but you also must live with your mistakes or second-guesses forever. That hasn't stopped many architects from overseeing the designs of their own spaces—and lucky for us, sometimes they let photographers inside. »3/17/14 9:00am3/17/14 9:00am

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This Modern Home Frames the Winery Around It With Weathered Steel

Houses like the Cloudy Bay Shack in Marlborough, New Zealand, make you wonder why anyone would ever choose to live in an apartment (besides, you know, money). This house has everything: lovely rural scenery, a brilliant layout and a bold modern aesthetic. And though those two things might not normally jibe, they… »8/26/13 5:20pm8/26/13 5:20pm

Glide Out Of Bed: Houses With Slides In Them

If play is the opposite of work, then every home should have a mandatory slide. It’s significantly faster than taking the stairs, greener than an elevator, and more compact than either. Plus, you will never have to go to the playground again. In fact, as an adult in New York state at least, you aren’t even allowed to… »7/20/13 10:24pm7/20/13 10:24pm