Front porch and Craftsman-style detail on a custom house built by Hartman Homes, Hudson, Wis.

Illustration of smart home technology being controlled by a tablet

The mix of protocols, compatibility, vertical versus hub systems, and picking a technology partner is daunting, but some builders are navigating their way through the automation maze

Summit Haus by Park City Design + Build

Constructed on a lot previously deemed unbuildable, this Park City, Utah, home features an exterior that is a hot-rolled steel rainscreen system developed by Park City Design + Build. “It weathers naturally; you don’t have to do anything to it,” says architect/builder/homeowner Chris Price (photo by Douglas Burke).

Three design/build firms describe how they crafted stunning custom homes on lots with steep slopes.

The pendulum has swung too far from personal contact and communication.

Built-in bookshelf with staircase

This double-height bookshelf designed by Fleetwood/Fernandez  for this mid-century home performs double duty as a guardrail at the stair opening (Photo: Blake Little)


A builder, designer, and an architect couple provide their perspectives about how built-ins can infuse creativity into a space.


Marine Lair master bed

The master bedroom and deck look seaward through pocketing window walls. The bed frame is made of leather and Hawaiian koa wood (Photo: Pablo Mason Photography).

The NAHB's Best in American Living Awards

Custom home builders thinking like a production builder.

Edward Andrews Design Center

The Atlanta-based custom home builder opens a new design studio as part of its ExAct Design Experience initiative.

Agency wants to ensure proper safeguards for installation, maintenance of wiring are in place.

Incentive compensation plans can reward performance but be careful about what you’re paying for. 


Building Science - LP SmartSide Episode One
Submitted Video: Habitat for Humanity's Builders Blitz Day 4 - Gideon Pointe neighborhood
Submitted Video: Habitat for Humanity's Builders Blitz Day 4 - Summit County, Ohio Projects
Building Science - LP SmartSide Episode One

March 2015

This Month in Custom Builder


Nexia Home Intelligence has developed a line of compatible connected devices in conjunction with various consumer brands.

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