Modern style custom home using black stained cedar

The Up Studio used cedar—a familiar material—in unfamiliar ways for the exterior of this Sag Harbor, N.Y., custom home, giving it a factory-applied double-coat of black stain and installing it in a vertical orientation (Photo: Alan Tansey).

Custom homes that meld context with forward-thinking design

Floating stairway near front entry

Photos Courtesy of Gatehouse Partners

This floating staircase elevates an already grand entrance hall in more ways than one.

Stair with curvilinear theme

Photo: Roger Davies

The staircase is a reflection of the style of the house and should connect to the design of the residence itself

Brick ceiling

A brick ceiling provides a more architecturally interesting treatment than, say, plaster.

Drone view of home

Photo: Doug Merriam

This is Steve Thomas' story about following your passion to become a successful builder

Country kitchen by Rotell(e) Studio(e)

The family room off the kitchen in Rotell(e) Studio(e)’s Augusta-Cape Cod offers open-plan living for multigenerational households (Photo: Courtesy Rotell(e) Studio(e)).

Rotelle Development gets its brand out there by positioning staff as a resource

Play room design by Me and General Design

Cristina Casañas-Judd and General Judd of Me and General Design speak with Custom Builder about their roots and their take on current housing design.

Front view of Symbi zero energy ready house

Photos: Courtesy Symbi Homes

Is it possible to build net-zero energy ready affordable homes?

Exterior of California home

“This home in California certainly isn’t Modern, but it’s not historically ‘correct,’ either,” architect Duo Dickinson says. “Do these realities matter? The owners deeply love it. That’s what matters.”

The inane war brewing between two camps in architecture

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This floating staircase elevates an already grand entrance hall in more ways than one.

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