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December 30, 2014
To celebrate 2014, we're rounding up the homes that were most popular on Dwell.com this year. Click through the slideshow to see readers' favorite structures that bring the outdoors in, and vice versa.
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Creative Landscape Design for a Renovated Eichler in California

This 1958 Eichler in Sunnyvale, California had a large yard in need of a refresh. After renovating the house, homeowners Usha and Mike Kreaden brought in landscape designer Bernard Trainor, who used paving and a variety of plants to create outdoor 'rooms' to complement the historic structure.

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Originally appeared in Creative Landscape Design for a Renovated Eichler in California
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The Ultimate Indoor-Outdoor Bedroom

In the bedroom of this Cincinnati home, a folding glass wall and a sliding bed makes it possible for a couple to sleep under the stars, when weather allows. Guided by a pin that slots into the track, the bed pivots 90 degrees as it’s wheeled to the terrace.

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Originally appeared in The Ultimate Indoor-Outdoor Bedroom
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Indoor-Outdoor Bungalow in Redondo Beach

When renovating their bungalow in Redondo Beach, California, Steve and Colleen Nusinow decided to turn the house inside out, opening it to the outdoors for entertaining and everyday living. Out back, a 22-foot sliding-glass door opens onto an ipe deck furnished with lounge chairs, a cocktail table, and stools.

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Originally appeared in Indoor-Outdoor Bungalow in Redondo Beach
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Wooden home with a green roof in Maine

Wooden Home Blends in with Maine Landscape

Artist JT Bullitt's peaceful Maine home blurs the boundaries between landscape and architecture. A central courtyard—a lush expanse of craggy ledges, Bog Myrtle, and bearberry—governs the flow between indoors and out, tying a home, barn, garage, and studio together like a living room.

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Originally appeared in Wooden Home Blends in with Maine Landscape
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A modern house in Austin, Texas

A Sensitive Modern House in Austin, Texas

To preserve a series of trees on the property of this Austin home, the team behind Alterstudio Architecture designed cutouts in an overhang through which the tops of two mature trees poke out.  “Having a building that is essentially one room wide with trees on either side, gives the impression of really living in the landscape," principal Kevin Alter says.

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Originally appeared in A Sensitive Modern House in Austin, Texas
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modern entrance ipe fence wood plants concrete pavers

Creative Landscape Design for a Renovated Eichler in California

This 1958 Eichler in Sunnyvale, California had a large yard in need of a refresh. After renovating the house, homeowners Usha and Mike Kreaden brought in landscape designer Bernard Trainor, who used paving and a variety of plants to create outdoor 'rooms' to complement the historic structure.

Photo by Daniel Hennessy.

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