Case Study: Hillside House and Guesthouse by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer Architects

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Whatever the topography or scale, a good house celebrates the experience of space inside and out, and these two buildings do that extraordinarily well. On a remote island in Puget Sound, the getaways are as rugged as their setting, but cocoon-like as well. The serene main house and guesthouse demonstrate the restorative potential of architecture by inviting the owner to connect with herself and with nature.

That was important, because she is active in Seattle’s civic culture and depends on this place to decompress. She had been coming to an existing house on this spot for many years and wanted a house that better suited her lifestyle. It was also an opportunity to build a smaller retreat for her grown daughter on the adjacent lot, or “building circle.” In this community, land is shared in common and each resident owns a building circle where a house can be built, says Steve Hoedemaker, AIA, whose firm, Hoedemaker Pfeiffer, was hired to design the project.

The compact 2,500-square-foot main house and 1,975-square-foot guesthouse have shed roofs, Douglas fir windows and doors, hemlock ceilings, and oak floors. Canted slightly toward each other on the steep, rocky site, they both use simple, stacked-stone volumes as an organizing principle. While this concept acknowledges the site’s geology, it was also an emotional touchstone. “The client’s family had a property in Appalachia with an old stone cottage that had a lot of sentimental meaning for them,” says Steve. “It was lost to fire and the property was given to the state to become a park. The property has lived in their memory and imagination, and they wanted to reach back and touch an aspect of what it meant to them.”

Sitting high above the water, the main house is a glass-and-wood structure resting on a plinth of Whistler basalt stone quarried in Canada. “The idea was to create a stone platform on which the house could rest, and then a stone wall to provide privacy from a small road,” Steve says. “On top of the platform is a light wood building that could perch there with much less need for both structure and privacy.”

On the north entry façade, a bar-shaped stone volume contains the master bath, powder room, and mudroom/laundry, its shed roof tilted down against the weather and the road. An east-west hallway axis joins it to the taller and lighter structure behind it housing a kitchen/dining/living room and master bedroom that flow out to a deck overlooking Puget Sound. Stacked stone reappears in this volume as a pair of central fireplaces. They separate the public and private spaces and flank a wide stairway to the lower level, which holds two bedrooms, a bath, and a kayak garage.

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“The house sits on the westernmost portion of the island with beautiful sunlight and great views across the water and the islands,” Steve says. Sheltered and controlled, the main living space gets abundant light through a south wall of glass facing the water. This volume also tips up to the north, but its higher roofline allows for a band of operable clerestory windows that backfill the space with continuous northern light and release warm air on the leeward side. Its lower pitch toward the water protects the inside from glare.

One thing the client liked about the old house was that there was a sunny place to sit comfortably outdoors in cool weather, sheltered from the wind, Steve says. Hoedemaker Pfeiffer’s design recreated that version through the roof overhang and the two stone fireplace volumes that puncture the back wall, creating a protected seating nook on the deck. “The design allows them to occupy the main floor outside the building, and that protected space captures warmth from sunlight even when the temperature isn’t quite accommodating,” says project architect Todd Beyerlein.

Indeed, the design sets up a nuanced relationship between house, land, and view. “When you enter the house, there’s a moment where you’re able to see distant views, and you can see that there’s an exterior plinth you can inhabit; it inspires you to move around the building to get there,” says Todd. Adds Steve: “You can see the stone level that the whole first floor sits on and can read the ground dropping away. It’s an introduction to the concept, but you have to go looking for it.”

The solid, enduring interior materials are a further manifestation of the house as a tool for exploring nature. The feel of both cottages came from a basket of objects the client had collected from the site, such as bark, feathers, and rocks. In addition to the stone, honey-colored cedar siding wraps inside to cover the walls. Charcoal-colored basaltina, an Italian stone, adds a calming complement in the kitchen and baths.

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A variation on this theme, the guesthouse was conceived as a stone tower with three protrusions. Closer to the water than the main house, “the site is a great deal steeper,” Todd says, “and was encumbered by a community association rule that limited its height to preserve the views of other residents. It also had a smaller building circle than the main house, which to some extent dictated the design. We wanted to build on a small footprint to limit excavation, yet we wanted more square footage, so we came up with what amounted to a stone tower with a program that extends outward.”

Visitors enter through a ground-to-roof glazed opening on the north side. To the left is a bumped-out wall of louvered casement windows that light the switchback staircase leading to the lower-level bedrooms and bath. Ahead on the main floor are the great room’s kitchen, island, and living room—and beyond, a south deck that cantilevers far above grade. The third protrusion is a glass-enclosed, 12-foot-by-15-foot dining room, held dramatically aloft on two 36-foot steel beams that anchor 24 feet into the building structure.

“It’s great to be up there among the trees, but we had to work hard to keep them there,” Steve says. Footings for a retaining wall under the dining room were tapered to steer clear of the roots of an important tree.

These companion buildings frame the indoor-outdoor conversation in different ways. “In the main house it’s about perching on a piece of earth and allowing the architecture to become light and ephemeral,” Todd says. “In the guesthouse, it’s about what it means to be inside, yet step outside of the architecture and still be indoors. We liked the idea of setting up rules and then finding very specific reasons to violate them.” Adds Steve, “it was almost like the square was too strong and simple until we came up with the exception.”

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It took almost two years to build the houses, working on an isolated island without ferry service. With headquarters in Seattle and operations all over the U.S., Schuchart Dow (now Dowbuilt) knew how to organize around difficult terrain and time the arrival of concrete trucks with the tides. Most of the workers commuted by private boat daily, and the materials were barged in and staged at a house rented for the duration. “We would take all of our materials to that location first, prep them, and take them out to the job as needed,” says project manager Josh Williamson. “The 400,000 pounds of basalt stone came as blocks and every stone needed to be cut to a gauged size we could work with. But once we fell into a system, it became routine.”

The steep slope was daunting too, and not just for the construction crew. “We had to put up a perimeter safety fence around the whole site so that people and tools and materials didn’t fall into the water,” Steve says. Or sheep, it turns out. The island is home to a native population of free-ranging sheep brought here more than 100 years ago. During construction, a newborn fell down the hill and would have hit the water had it not been for the fence. “Our laborer who was living on the island took it home and nursed it back to health,” Josh says.

The project was a collective effort of more than 100 workers, he adds. The result is two well-crafted compositions that achieve the best of retreat architecture by letting nature shape and define it.

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Hillside Sanctuary and Hillside Retreat

San Juan Islands, Washington

ARCHITECT: Steve Hoedemaker, AIA, principal in charge; Todd Beyerlein, project architect, Hoedemaker Pfeiffer, Seattle

BUILDER: Josh Williamson, project manager, Schuchart/Dow (now Dowbuilt), Seattle

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Randy Allworth, Allworth Design, Seattle

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Malsam Tsang, Seattle

CIVIL ENGINEER: LPD Engineering, Seattle

GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER: Nelson Geotechnical Associates, Woodinville, Washington

ARBORIST: Island Tree Doctor, Eastsound, Washington

PROJECT SIZE: 2,500 square feet (main house), 1,975 square feet (guesthouse)

SITE SIZE: .07 acres each

CONSTRUCTION COST: Withheld

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kevin Scott

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4 Indian homes that spotlight sustainable design practices 

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A Kerala Home Inspired by Laurie Baker

A jackfruit tree and need for privacy formed the basis of architect Vinu Daniel’s design philosophy when he was approached by a client to build a family home for eight near Ernakulam in Kerala. “We decide to take up a project only when the client has the same vision for the house they want to live in as we do,” says Daniel, founder of The Wallmakers, whose work is deeply influenced by Laurie Baker, pioneer of sustainable, cost-effective, and context-driven architecture in India.

The tree in question held court over one corner of the site. “This gave form to the idea of a compound wall that revolves around the tree and twists upwards to join the ferro-cement shell roof of the house seamlessly,” he explains. “This in turn created a small intimate space, landscaped like a Japanese zen garden,” he adds. Though located near the entrance of the home, the courtyard has plenty of shade and privacy for family gatherings, and is also easily accessible from the kitchen.

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The Kerala home is deliberately spartan to allow the material palette to be the star of the show. Photographs courtesy of Anand Jaju and Syam Sreesylam/The Wallmakers

The 2,750-square-feet home is spread across two storeys. The first floor accommodates an open living and dining area, three bedrooms, kitchen, and an outdoor barbecue. A fourth bedroom and reading area populate the second floor, alongside an adjoining balcony and terrace. Adhering to the firm’s sustainable design philosophy, the house has been constructed from compressed stabilised earth blocks (CSEB) and rammed earth walls. “These walls take the load of the ferro-cement roof which is made from 1.5-centimetre thick, precast steel-reinforced arched shells. They effectively reduce the overall cement consumption by 40 percent and steel consumption by 30 percent and are at par with reinforced concrete slabs in all other aspects, including strength,” says Daniel.

A spiral staircase, designed to appear like draped fabric, connects the two floors. Made from cement over a skeleton of discarded pipes, it mirrors the curve of the compound wall and roof. “The staircase was a tricky one. We found out that whatever we did in 3D, didn't come up exactly. We had to think on our feet,” says Daniel. Brick walls cast a warm glow in the bedrooms—also furnished in wood—making the space cozy, despite the use of a very basic material palette.

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A staircase made from cement and discarded pipes connects the two floors of the house

At first glance, you might think this property (featured image) is a forest lodge tucked away in the hills. While that’s not too far from the truth, you’d be surprised to know that this house—a secondary home for a family of four, spread across 4,128 square feet—is located within the premises of a small food processing unit in Guwahati, Assam. While the location is bang in the middle of an industrial pocket with the sound of men and machines, the home, owing to its inward-looking design, still exudes peace and affords privacy.

This was also achieved by planning a separate entrance away from the other industrial buildings. The brief to the design team—Sustainable Architecture for Earth, represented by lead architect Krittika Agarwal—was simple: the owners wanted to coexist with nature while being allowed to comfortably travel between the indoors and the outdoors.

“The Aangan, as the home is known, is an attempt to acknowledge contemporary living needs while responding to our responsibility towards the environment. The project is a composition of spaces that intertwine the outdoors and indoors. It is a reflection of our Indian culture, where the central courtyard or  aangan is the heart of the house,” says Agarwal about the philosophy behind the home.

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Photographs courtesy of Lina Baishya/Sustainable Architecture for Earth

In keeping with this idea, the decor was planned to accommodate local materials and traditional crafts. The sustainable design employs local timbers sourced from within a 100 kilometre radius. Similarly, the art and artefacts that the home is dotted with have been carefully curated to showcase local arts and artisans. “The handmade carpets that embellish the interiors have been sourced from multiple stores in India. The ceiling of the prayer room is adorned with miniature hand paintings by the artisans of Mandawa in Rajasthan. This painted ceiling depicts stories of Lord Krishna and connects the family to their Marwari roots. The decor is further enriched by pieces collected by the family from flea markets during their travels, both in India and abroad. Additionally, the nooks and corners of the house are adorned with oil paintings made by the lady of the house,” says Agarwal.

The homeowners are welcomed with lush greenery around the main entrance, which leads to the staircase. As one ascends, the tropical greens and delicate hanging lamps in the stairwell create an interesting visual impact. The living room is the centre of the home, and this double-height space opens out into a courtyard, blurring the lines between the outdoors and indoors.

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A Home in Trivandrum That Funnels in Air and Light

In the heart of Trivandrum, there is a small spot that breathes fresh air. "It was being suffocated by other residential projects from all four sides," says Vinu Daniel, whose firm, The Wallmakers inverted the home 's layout to funnel the interior air flow into a central courtyard.

Airy and luminous as it may be, those are, however, not the only hallmarks that distinguish this curious home from its cookie-cutter surroundings. Its Rat-Trap bond masonry, upcycled decor and grillwork are a nod to the foolproof tradition of sustainable architecture. "Sadly, today, less than 30 percent of the world's population lives in buildings made of earth, although it is a more sustainable and durable material. The blame lies solely on the advent of industrialization and a widespread demand for cement houses. At Wallmakers, we have devoted ourselves to the cause of using mud and waste as chief components to make structures that are both utilitarian and alluring," Daniel says.

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A sustainable home inspired by Laurie Baker's design philosophy in Trivandrum. Photographs courtesy of Jino Sam/The Wallmakers

Pirouetting beehive forms, fire engine red bricks and an illusion of undulating, near-constant movement: this is the facade of the Pirouette House. The decision to employ the Rat-Trap bond masonry technique proved fruitful, as the site did not offer the opportunity for soil excavation to make mud blocks. Using the Rat-Trap bond technique, Daniel and his team layered bricks vertically, rather than horizontally, to create wall cavities pointed at increasing thermal efficiency, minimizing total brick volume, and concealing structural members and service ducts. “The idea was further developed to form a series of slanting walls that danced left and right, converging only to support the ferrocement shell roof. We also used MMT ferrocement shells. These wafer-like structures are steel-reinforced, arched shells with an effective thickness of 2.5 centimetres. By taking on loads akin to RCC slabs, they reduce the overall cement consumption by 40 percent and steel consumption by 30percent,” he explains.

Brickwork walls create a cocoon in the living room, proving consonant with the wooden scrap pieces that have been polished and panelled over the floor. The cane treatment is of particular note, as it finds expression in the furniture and grillwork, with the latter doubling as a partial screen for privacy.

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These wafer-like structures are steel-reinforced

A circular screen—apparently salvaged from waste metal—adds character to the wall, as is echoed in equal spirit by the cement oxide ceiling. Says Daniel of the home's orientation, "The design is inward-facing, aligned in the east-west direction, with all spaces funnelling into the central courtyard. The openings facilitate maximum cross-ventilation."

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The cane treatment is of particular note, as it finds expression in the furniture and grillwork, with the latter doubling as a partial screen for privacy.

A Home in Ghaziabad That Works With Nature

Whether you gaze at the Rajasthan 'baolis' that create a cooler microclimate around the monument, Kathiawadi jali lattice work that replaces window frames, or most famously, the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur—North India's long-established historic architecture is known for providing cool indoor climatic conditions to its occupants using passive and natural cooling methods. Architect Sachin Rastogi, the founding director at ZED Lab—a Delhi-based research-driven architecture and interior design studio specializing in net-zero energy buildings—has used said design principles to build the Cantilever House , a standalone home located in Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad.

The house responds to the hot and dry climate of the region through a host of design interventions and passive cooling techniques. By placing the living areas in the north and the east to allow sufficient daylight, and by allocating space for private areas in the west and the south, the house records minimal heat gain throughout the day. The windows on the south are shaded by a pergola to ensure that the south face remains comfortable throughout the year. So, even in peak summer, only the fans are switched on in this home.

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The structure employs a series of mechanisms that minimize resource consumption. Photograph courtesy of André J Fanthome/ZED Lab

The residence employs a series of mechanisms that minimize resource consumption and reduce the building's environmental impact, while enhancing the residents' thermal comfort. For example, the double-height lobby is flanked by the summer court on the north and the winter court on the south to enable stack ventilation at all times. The night-time spaces are characterized by optimum thermal mass to protect the day-time spaces from the south and west sun. The north face of the house is glazed to admit diffused daylight and avoid heat gain and glare. The facade is fitted with double-glazed units with low e-coating for thermal resistance. Nearly all of the glass surfaces for the day-time spaces are designed to open into the water court, envisioned as a transitional area between the harsh outdoors and the ambient indoors.

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Interstitial spaces in the property are reinterpreted by enabling seamless movement from the inside to the outside. For instance, as one walks into the house through the double-height lobby on the east-facing entrance porch, they are pleasantly surprised by the garden's view with a water body. Greenery in the interiors establishes a strong visual connection with the outdoor landscape, while the integration of landscape features with the built envelope ensures a cool microclimate for the residents. The water court on the north serves as a heat sink; the plants and vertical garden also contribute to thermal comfort while purifying the air, trapping dust and pollutants. The front and rear lawns along with the water court also serve as recharge pits for adequate rainwater harvesting. The residents' hot water requirements are met by evacuated tube solar hot water systems installed on the rooftop.

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Revolutionizing Residential Architecture: A Case Study of a Modern Duplex Home Design

When Mr. Rohineekanta Mishra decided to create his dream home in Bargarh, Odisha, he opted for a forward-thinking solution: ongrid.design. As pioneers in the field of online home design services , we were thrilled to bring his vision of a 4 BHK duplex house design to life.

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The project was based on a spacious 52 x 55 plot of land . The task at hand involved creating a modern duplex house design , meticulously planning a duplex house plan 3D for a 4 BHK layout, and crafting a captivating duplex house front elevation .

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Unveiling a Modern Duplex House Design

The duplex house design was created with a contemporary outlook, blending functionality with aesthetics. The design ensured the duplex home had plenty of natural light and ventilation, with an emphasis on spacious living areas and comfortable bedrooms. Each duplex house interior was designed to exude modern elegance.

The Duplex House Plan

While designing the 4 BHK duplex house plan 3D , we ensured the layout was practical and optimized for space. We meticulously planned each room, from the living room to the bedrooms, kitchen, and bathrooms, maintaining a seamless flow between each space.

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The small duplex house design was created with a contemporary outlook, blending functionality with aesthetics. The design ensured the duplex home had plenty of natural light and ventilation, with an emphasis on spacious living areas and comfortable bedrooms. Each duplex house interior was designed to exude modern elegance, with features like wooden flooring and large windows adding to the charm.

Kitchen and Dining Space in Duplex House Interior Design

The kitchen duplex house interior design was created with a focus on functionality and style. The layout was planned to provide ample space for movement, storage, and cooking activities.

The kitchen and dining space in the duplex house interior design was created with a focus on functionality and style. The layout was planned to provide ample space for movement, storage, and cooking activities. The dining area, featuring a stylish dining table, is conveniently located next to the kitchen, making meal serving easy. Side tables are strategically placed for additional storage and display.

The living room kitchen design is complemented by a high ceiling, which gives a sense of spaciousness. A large window allows ample natural light to flood the space, enhancing the wooden flooring's warmth. A spiral staircase adds a unique architectural element to the design, connecting the ground floor with the upper living units.

The design of this small duplex house is a testament to modern house interior design ideas, where style meets functionality. Whether it's the dining room's inviting ambiance or the practical layout of the kitchen and dining area, every aspect of this design aims to create a comfortable and stylish living environment.

Duplex House Elevation and Front Elevation Designs

The duplex house elevation was designed to reflect a modern aesthetic. The simple duplex house elevation was adorned with sleek lines and minimalist detailing, creating a striking duplex housefront elevation .

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Duplex House Interior Design and Staircase Design

The  duplex house interior design was done to exude warmth and style. The duplex house staircase design was crafted not just as a functional element but as a central architectural feature, adding to the beauty of the duplex house design inside .

Mr. Mishra's duplex home design stands as a testament to the potential of online design services. It showcases the ability to craft stunning, functional, and cost-effective residential designs that rival traditional offline services. This project underscores the power of combining innovative technology with architectural design, bringing forth a new age in residential architecture.

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Nexus between monetary policy uncertainty and real estate market volatility in COVID-19 peak and recovery period

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Housing supply and development contributions: a case study of sidewalks in Seattle

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Dynamics of property prices and asymmetrical impacts of economic policy uncertainty: new evidence from Indian cities

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Impact of solid waste landfill proximity on residential property offer values: a case study of Pune

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Sale to list ratio, for-sale inventory, sale count, and housing value

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Analyzing the spatial determinants of housing prices in Dammam, Saudi Arabia: an AHP approach

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Zakat al-mustaghallat for Malaysian landlords of residential properties

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Drivers of Nigeria’s real house prices: long-run analysis and short-run dynamics

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Macro-economic indicators and housing price index in Spain: fresh evidence from FMOLS and DOLS

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Incremental population density improvement via missing middle housing under density-based and form-based zoning ordinances

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  15. The Case Study Houses Forever Changed American Architecture

    The Case Study House Program served as a model for post-war living, providing the public and the building industry an opportunity to access affordable, mid-century modernism and simple designs.

  16. Modular Construction Innovation in the UK: The Case of Residential

    The most undisputable benefit of modular concrete construction is in term of speed. As restated by Young et al. (2020), studies by KPMG UK in 2016 and Davies et al. in 2018 indicated 50% time ...

  17. Modern Duplex Case Study with 4BHK Interior

    Revolutionizing Residential Architecture: A Case Study of a Modern Duplex Home Design. When Mr. Rohineekanta Mishra decided to create his dream home in Bargarh, Odisha, he opted for a forward-thinking solution: ongrid.design. As pioneers in the field of online home design services, we were thrilled to bring his vision of a 4 BHK duplex house ...

  18. International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis

    Issue 3 2023 The Post-COVID-19 International Housing Markets . Issue 2 2023. Issue 1 2023. Volume 15 . Issue 5 2022. Issue 4 2022. ... Extrapolative time-series modelling of house prices: a case study from Sydney, Australia ... The relationship between macroeconomic variables on residential property price: case study in Malaysia before and ...

  19. Interior Design Case Studies

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  20. Case Studies

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  21. When Minimalism Gets Extravagant: A Virtual Look at the Case Study

    Arts & Architecture's Case Study House program was supposed to be about creating replicable, affordable designs for post-war living—stylish but modest homes for young families on a budget. And ...

  22. Case Study on Residential Building Renovation and its Impact on the

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  23. Gallery of Case Study Residence / Arkifex Studios

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  24. Residential exposure to magnetic fields from high-voltage power lines

    Background. Several studies have suggested an excess risk of leukemia among children living close to high-voltage power lines and exposed to magnetic fields. However, not all studies have yielded consistent results, and many studies may have been susceptible to confounding and exposure misclassification. Methods. We conducted a case-control study to investigate the risk of leukemia associated ...