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The 3,500 square-foot Lilac Drive Residence is located on a lush lot in the foothills of Montecito, California. The two-story home is comprised of three bedrooms and three bathrooms, with the second story devoted to the master suite.

The property is densely covered in oak trees with views focusing on the surrounding foliage. Designed to nestle into the landscape, the home is composed of a variety of natural materials including local Santa Barbara sandstone, reclaimed wood, and smooth-troweled, dark finished cement plaster. Oak trees are protected in Montecito, so the shape of the house was determined both by the trees and the pathway of a protected creek running through the property.

Intersecting roof planes and deep roof overhangs defin...

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Home to a local physician and his family, the decidedly modern residence makes a bold statement in a town where the general preference is toward traditional designs in neat, predictable neighborhoods. “When we decided to build a new home on the outskirts of town, we were open to the architectural possibilities that varied from our traditional roots,” says the homeowner.

Located in the rolling hills of Wyoming, this residence was configured as a single story to contend with the realities of the harsh winter climate. Bitter temperatures, unrelenting snowfalls and a biting wind that can gust in excess of 100-miles-per-hour, all combined to create a unique design challenge.

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Earlier this year, online mortgage lender Better Mortgage said that it raised $15 million and planned to use the money to launch and expand Better’s home purchase finance product on the company’s website. Now, the company is continuing its push into purchase mortgages by rolling out a “verified” pre-approval letter for borrowers.

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New York announced its budget late after it surpassed its April 1 deadline. The newly released budget contains many implications for housing, including tuition-free college. A considerable part of the budget is also dedicated toward fighting homelessness and providing affordable housing.

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