Design/Build graphic

Some Design/Build business models are more a product of evolution than what is best.

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.


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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