Craftsman-style portico

A Minnetonka, Minn. builder answers the call to build a Craftsman-style house that doesn't look like every other Craftsman

Semi-circular front entrance

Architect Luis Jauregui’s design/build firm offers a full complement of services. His homes, such as Bentwater Lakehouse, in Houston, are often influenced by the modernists of his native Mexico (Photos Courtesy of Jauregui Architecture, Construction, & Interiors)

An entrepreneurial spirit helped Luis Jauregui blaze an early path for design/build, as well as a variety of other profit centers

limestone facade of Lincoln Park, Chicago home

The limestone facade and mansard roof of Lincoln Park Transitional Home in Chicago express the clients' love of all things French.

These custom homes captured top honors in the 2017 Best in American Living Awards with their brillant synthesis of design and craftsmanship

Unique storage configurations by White Wood Kitchens' Gail O'Rourke

Gilmer Kitchen with island and bookcase

A kitchen design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath's Sarah Kahn Turner that connects the Japanese shou sugi ban wood exterior to the counters, shelving and natural light inside

Chinese Zodiak Board

Foreign buyers are playing a signifcant role in new-home sales and understanding the international nuances of negotiating can help close a deal

Will Duderstadt

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: Do custom builders need any of it? A web maven offers advice

Head shot of Kevin Hansen, Windover Constructon

Photo: Cheryl Clegg Photography

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

Cathedral ceiling and entry

The kitchen as part of open plan living design by Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders, an integrated architecture and construction firm based in coastal New England.

Kitchen and great room with sliding doors open to terrace

The kitchen and great room open to terraces that capture sublime views of northern California's wine country. Decorative ceiling trusses are a nod to the home's original Craftsman style, but these living spaces have a contemporary flavor. Photo: Tim Maloney/Technical Imagery Studios

Building custom homes in out-of-the-way locations poses many challenges, not the least of which is septic

Quality Crafted Homes started using Fypon’s exterior products in place of wood moulding, but still keeping the beautiful look of custom, handmade products.


Mark Richardson, CR on New Partnership with Professional Remodeler and Professional Builder

Case Design Remodeling co-chairman Mark Richardson recently joined Professional Remodeler and Professional Builder magazines as a columnist. Richardson takes a moment to describe the partnership and a vision for the residential construction industry.

Selling Strategies

Mark Richardson on sales strategies in today's environment.

Submitted Video: Habitat For Humanity's Builders Blitz Day 2 - Meeting Energy Star 3.0

Tapco Group's Kelly Warren discusses Energy Star 3.0 with the lead contractor for one of Habitat for Humanity's Builder Blitz 2012 homes. Habitat's annual Builders Blitz has a goal of building 200 homes in one week.

Submitted Video: Habitat For Humanity's Builders Blitz Day 4 - Gideon Pointe Neighborhood

Tapco Group's Kelly Warren talks with Bob Calhoun, executive director of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, about the 40-home Gideon Pointe neighborhood under construction by Habitat for Humanity in Wilmington, N.C.

December 2017

This Month in Custom Builder


The new HappyWords design features festive words such as: happiness, joy, and contentment written in English, Spanish, and French


A Minnetonka, Minn. builder answers the call to build a Craftsman-style house that doesn't look like every other Craftsman

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