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Project ideas, trends, and tips for residential builders, remodelers, and architects serving the residential construction industry.



Shake shacks was built by hybrid architecture in seattle and featured on Custom Builder

The Shake Shacks’ inverted floor plan maximizes light and air, with rooftop decks providing protected outdoor living space (Photo: Alex Herbig).

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In a densely populated Seattle neighbor­hood, two adjacent infill sites were developed: The Lookout and Shake Shacks

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PROJECT: OLD LANDING II, CHARLESTON, S.C.
BUILDER: JACKSONBUILT CUSTOM HOMES, CHARLESTON
ARCHITECT: CLARKE DESIGN GROUP, MT. PLEASANT, S.C.
INTERIOR DESIGNER: AMEN DESIGN CO., CHARLESTON
PHOTO: PATRICK BRICKMAN

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Historic house shapes merged with modern features satisfy a variety of client wish lists while making neighbors happy

Baltimore Slate House Ziger Snead

The entrance to the home stands out from the slate shingles, called out by Cor-TEN panels and a mahogany soffit overhead. / Photos: Jennifer Hughes Photography & Adam Rouse Photography 

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This house memorializes the owners’ previous abode, which had been destroyed by an electrical fire

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BALA winner Piebald Ranch, in Texas Hill Country, designed by Craig McMahon Architects. (Photo: Craig McMahon, AIA)

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These three custom homes stood out in the Best in American Living Awards for their site sensitivity and attention to detail

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Allowing employees to be 100% "off" when they're not at work helps ensure that they're bringing full effort to their jobs.

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Research across a number of professions has shown time and again that productivity and accuracy decrease when employees aren’t given sufficient time off to recharge.

New American Remodel 2019 pool area

Visitors can enjoy the pool from the covered outdoor living room and bar, the second-floor outdoor loft, or an adjacent patio (not shown). The outdoor living room can also open to the great room for entertaining. Remodeler Michael Gardner designed the space so that it gets direct sun in only the morning, minimizing solar gain during the hot Vegas summers.

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The 2019 New American Remodel will blend modern design with a farm-to-table lifestyle

Remodeler Larry Rych's backyard oasis

Not wanting to obscure any of the view with vertical balusters, Rych used ½-inch tempered glass underneath the 1x6 deck railings. The view of the neighbor’s house, however, was purposely obscured to extend the illusion of a backyard oasis. The 4-by-7-foot cultured stone wall, angled at 45 degrees on the northeast corner of the deck, gives the chef and his guests their desired privacy. 

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A Chicagoland remodeler turns his bland backyard into an outdoor oasis

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Custom woodworker Ethan Abramson designed these cubbies to fit an existing under-stair alcove.

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Five examples for creating storage when you’re short on space (or just trying to save it)

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Exterior of remodeled home by John Lewis

A new floor plan and various design updates take advantage of this home's ocean views and natural light. Photo: Samantha Magenheim

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 Exterior, dusk, of modern home by Build LLC in Seattle

Build LLC’s homes combine Scandinavian influences and contemporary materials. Photo: Courtesy Build LLC

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Seattle-based Build LLC draws on Scandinavian influences to create modern homes that are functional and timeless

Designed to withstand natural disasters, exterior, poolside of modern mansion in hills above Los Angeles by Landry Design Group

Los Angeles-based Landry Design Group collaborates with structural and civil engineers on hillside homes to determine if the best seismic reinforcement is concrete caissons sunk into the ground, or a mat-slab foundation in which the home’s weight is evenly distributed across the foundation. Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer

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Resilient design creates homes that can survive natural disasters and stay functional in the aftermath

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Building a solid, trusting relationship with your clients is the first rule

Front of Minneapolis house infill project sloped offset roof

Nordeast Nest in Minneapolis has a south-facing roof that is sloped to accommodate a future solar array. The porch roof is also sloped. These elements bring a contemporary flair to the mix, says architect Tim Eian of TE Studio. RJ Stegora was the builder. Photo: Corey Gaffer Photography

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Custom infill projects require architects and builders to play nice with neighbors and planning officials

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WINTER 2022

This Month in Custom Builder

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Sales leader and author Mark Richardson shares his advice for how custom builders, and leaders throughout residential construction, can improve the effectiveness of thier staff meetings

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