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Vacation Home Hugs the Mountainside—Then Decides to Let Go

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A fascinating Wall Street Journal feature this morning profiles the second home of Boston-based architect Warren Schwartz, who set out to build a home that would mimic the feeling of standing on the precipice of the Grand Canyon. Enter this, a skinny structure that slopes down a hillside and cantilevers 45 feet outward and 14 feet above ground. "I thought it was going to be a ranch house," wife Sheila Fiekowsky told the Journal, later "admitting she, too, was nervous when her husband told her he wanted to have half the house float in the air." Well, no kidding! Still, that floating portion has glass on three sides, soaking up views of the countryside. Big thumbs up.

· A Living Room Ready for Liftoff [WSJ]