Row houses and condos aren't generally known for their bright and airy interiors, a necessary evil (or so it's said) of attached housing, except for these two projects. With innovative solutions drawn from outside the attached realm, both of them sidestepped conventional wisdom and made the most of their tight sites. In their lofts in San Francisco or their townhomes in Alexandria, Va., the owners feel like they are living in detached dwellings, boosting the value of their living environment, as well as their properties.
Project: The Lofts at Haight Street, San Francisco; Entrant/Architect: Tanner Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, San Francisco; Builder: Stokes, Russell, Hayden, Berkeley, Calif.
Project: The Courtyard Homes at Old Town Village, Alexandria, Va.; Entrant/Architect/Land planner: Lessard Architectural Group, Alexandria; Builder: Eakin/Youngentob Associates, Arlington, Va.