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"You don't have to spend all your landscape money on the front yard," Sundberg says. "Spend it where you, the owner and human being, plan to spend most of your time outdoors." Photo by © 2011 Don Glentzer
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"I tend to avoid giving everything away at the street," Sundberg explains. "Instead, I try to open up the space gradually to something natural, like a garden space, towards the back. That's kind of my own thing with Houston." Photo by © 2011 Don Glentzer
Rick Sundberg, architect
A former partner of Seattle's Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen, Rick Sundberg started his own firm with his daughter, Mika, in 2010. Richard Sundberg/Achitect
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Entering from a slotted gate and wooden door, visitors pass through a narrow corridor that opens to a large living area looking onto a backyard garden. Photo by © 2011 Don Glentzer
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With its extensive use of locally-made finishes, the Handmade House required a team of Houston carpenters and artisans to realize the carefully-planned interior space. Photo by © 2011 Don Glentzer