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 9:20am 10/28/14 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 5:12am 8/07/14 5:12am

The Tiniest Buildings of the Year

The rest of the world may think of the US as a nation full of oversized people living in oversized houses, but the AIA Chicago wants to change the perception that American architecture is always too big. Its Small Projects Award (tagline: Not Everyone Needs a Skyscraper) focuses on something most other award programs… » 5/21/14 3:00pm 5/21/14 3:00pm

This Tiny House Can Fit in a Parking Space and Only Costs $40,000

The world is running out of space. Truth be told, the world is running out of a lot of things, but some very simple tweaks to our lifestyle could make the space issue less of an problem. That's why students at the Savannah College of Art and Design built the SCADpad. It's tiny. It's cheap. And it's actually kind of… » 4/15/14 6:20pm 4/15/14 6:20pm

Someone Just Bought a House in L.A. for $102 Million... In Cash

When Los Angeles's most expensive house went up for sale at $125 million, no one expected it to go for that price in a million years. Well, someone, identified only as a "French billionaire," has bought said house for only slightly less that that figure: $102 million. And just to rub it in, the dude paid cash. » 4/01/14 6:42pm 4/01/14 6:42pm

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 9:00am 3/17/14 9:00am

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You Can Now 3D Print a Model of Your New House

For most people, staring at blueprints is a real chore. Nobody really knows what all those little lines mean, and, wow, they're just so blue. Most importantly, however, blueprints make it hard for a layperson to comprehend what a space will actually be like in real life, which is a problem when you're building a… » 3/11/14 6:00pm 3/11/14 6:00pm