In Sydney, Australia, Andrew Burges Architects renovated a 1940 house into this sustainable single-story home for a large family of six. They increased the natural lighting, connected the indoor space to the garden, and installed hydronic underfloor heating beneath the polished concrete floors. They reused the original brickwork to line several walls throughout the home, saving resources and giving each room a varied texture. Modernizing the space, they installed American oak joinery, sliding screens, built-in storage, and generous windows and skylights, which save energy and rejuvenate the look of the interior. Photography by Peter Bennetts

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Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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