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  • Truro Dune House, Truro, Mass.

    Custom Home of the Year, 2014 Custom Home Design Awards

  • A perforated metal screen wraps the kitchen ceiling and down along the stairwell wall to the entryway. Skylights and an etched glass floor funnel light into the center of the house.

    Telegraph Hill, San Francisco

    Grand Award, 2014 Custom Home Design Awards

  • The finishes reflect an embrace of wabi sabi and the belief that the natural aging of authentic materials enhances our human connection with a place and time.

    Zero Cottage, San Francisco

    The Zero Cottage generates energy as well as artistic flair using reclaimed materials and experimental architecture.

  • Kettle Hole House, East Hampton, N.Y.

    To anyone who doubts that modernism continues to evolve, we submit Murdock Young Architects' rehabilitation of this early 1980s residence—our Grand Award, Renovation winner. Only a generation old, the building already looked dated enough, says design partner Robert Young, that “a lot of people...

  • Our jurors admired the project's "very clean plan, contextual use of materials, and the expression of an agricultural building."

    Hupomone Ranch, Petaluma, Calif.

    This weekend house for a young family is designed with passive and active energy-conserving systems that allow for indoor-outdoor living.


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