Photo: Courtesy Kichler

Kitchen as living room, bathroom as spa, and clean, contemporary lines all around. Here are the design features that are pulling in buyers.

Panels of honey onyx in the theater of this bucolic estate were backlit to allow for soft lighting. The bent wood slats create a soft visual wave while addressing the acoustical needs of this finely tuned theater space designed by Landry Design Group (Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer).

Curvilinear, boundaries, playful, and other expressions of ceiling designs by three architects.

Buyer co-ops are trying to do more than just find rebates for home builders.

Great room multigenerational

The great room has a wood-paneled tray ceiling and a cupola above. Nearly every room faces the water (Photo: Dan Cutrona).

Multigenerational living is on the rise, and custom builders are coming up with ingenious solutions for each client

(Photos: Jane Messinger)

New England Victorian meets West Coast style in this outdoor living space. 

High Performance Home: Healdsburg house

A detached pool house with an art room, sauna, bedroom, and bath serves as both changing room, studio, and guest quarters. Architect Anni Tilt says the gently curving corrugated-metal roofs offer a softer take on typical agrarian structures and mimic the surrounding tree canopies. (Photo: Edward Caldwell)

These high-performance custom homes offer a wealth of ideas, from straw-bale and rammed-earth construction to precast concrete panels and VOC-scavenging drywall

House 610, in San Antonio’s Alamo Heights, was designed and built by Craig McMahon Architects. Craig’s brother Cavan McMahon, owner of Half Inch of Water Studios, did the detail work, including building the home’s steel and wood cabinetry, concrete countertops, and weathered steel fireplace (Photo: Dror Baldinger).

Craig and Cavan McMahon design and build to suit themselves, creating demand for their innovative, practical, custom homes

The need to more construction workers to satisfy new housing demand over the next five years could siphon employees and capital from other sectors of the economy.

Scientists create a process to render wood transparent and stronger than glass or plastic

An unnecessary divide exists between two important allies.

Partial-height screens transformed this basement into a space reminiscent of East Asia.

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Building Science - LP SmartSide Episode One
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Building Science - LP SmartSide Episode One

July 2016

This Month in Custom Builder

Products

Lutron has updated its Caséta Wireless smart home system line.

Features

Curvilinear, boundaries, playful, and other expressions of ceiling designs by three architects.

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