Best Practices

Custom Builder's articles, surveys, ideas, trends, and tips on best practices for residential builders, remodelers, and architects serving the residential construction industry.

Will Duderstadt

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

Curbless shower, no door, bench seats at each end

Photo: Boulder Creek Neighborhoods

Jim Murphy

Guaranteed maximum price contracts require a true team effort and an open-book policy

The upper courtyard and garden of Quarry House, protected from Connecticut seacoast winds, offer an imtimate place to sit, says architect John Tittmann. The home, which sits on a granite ledge, was built by Brian Maresca of Guilford, Conn. Photo: Robert Benson Photography


Building a foundation on a challenging site takes planning, patience, and a collaborative attitude

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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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