1. Historical Home Gets a New Lease on Life as Restaurant/Brewery

Location: San Antonio / Construction Cost: $251,000

- Adaptive reuse of a 1906 residence to create a restaurant/brewery
- Maintain historical details
- Add a kitchen and outdoor dining

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2. From Warehouse to Energy-Efficient Office Space

Location: Rehoboth Beach, Del. / Construction Cost: $500,000

Challenge: To transform a generic warehouse into a dynamic headquarters for a residential remodeler/custom home builder. Key details: Mahogany “skin,” exposed structural elements (highlighted in colors), low operating costs thanks to energy-efficient construction and systems. 

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3. Reduce, Reuse, Renew: Transforming a Historical Warehouse

Location: San Francisco, Calif. / Construction Cost: $251,000

Preservation of existing materials, adaptive reuse, and community sensitivity all play an important role in the transformation of this turn-of-the century warehouse in a mixed-use industrial neighborhood. The judges were impressed that the entrants could take a “derelict building that had very little going for it and turn it into something exceptionally designed.”

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4. Remodel Returns 1880s Seaside B&B to Single-Family Use

Location: Washington, D.C. / Construction Cost: $301,000

- Return a bed and breakfast to its original use as a single-family home
- Enhance water views
- Gut and rebuild damaged portions of the structure

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5. Oceanfront Conversion: From Apartments to Single-Family Home

Location: Manhattan Beach, Calif. / Construction Cost: $501,000

- Convert two three-story apartments into one single-family home
- Provide display spaces for the client’s large art collection
- Protect the art from the now abundant sunlight that fills the home

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6. Run-Down to Remarkable: Shoe Store Transformed Into Office Space

With minimal intervention, architects Page Repp Jr. and Rick McLain radically transformed a 1980s former Kinney Shoe store on a busy intersection in central Tucson, Ariz., into a new office for their growing design/build business.

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7. A 1950s Gas Station Reinvented as Restaurant

Location: San Antonio, Texas / Construction Cost: $249,000

- Convert a dilapidated 1954 storefront and gas station into a restaurant
- Reinforce the existing structure’s foundation

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8. Simple Yet Rich Effects: Apartment Building to Single-Family Home

Location: Santa Monica, Calif. / Construction Cost: $499,000

Architects Erla Ingjaldsdottir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson opted not to use tile or carpet in the house, instead selecting a combination of maple and concrete. They specified solar thermal radiant heating under the floors, as well as a solar hot water heater. The bathroom sinks are made of a recycled rubber material, and the kitchen cabinets are covered with a material made from cork and recycled tires.

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9. From Metal Shop to House of Worship in Arkansas

Location: Fayetteville, Ark. / Construction Cost: $500,000

- Create a home for the Saint Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church in anticipation of a larger adjacent sanctuary on the same site
- Transform an existing metal shop into a bold, striking house of worship

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