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A Pittsburgh Rowhouse With a View

Working mostly within the city limits but in a variety of neighborhoods on different building types, architect Darren Lloyd says every project is instructive for projects that follow, regardless of type.




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Construction

A Case for Compact Duct Layouts

Energy and building codes now require a high level of insulation, high-performance glazing, and better air sealing—compact duct layouts may help

Design Details

Design Details: Above the Fray

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

Backstory

Backstory: Logical Thinking

How a small architecture and construction firm in Maine became a leader in the prefab and passive House movements

Best Practices

Guest Columnist: Evaluating Risks and Cost Before Buying Land

Finding the right building site with no issues can be trick; that's where scrubbing the lot could help

Business

Selections Strategy

Collaboration holds the key to a smoother selections process that satisfies both client and builder

Best Practices

Light Touch

Understanding these basics will help you create better lighting transitions

Business

Time-Machine Lessons

We ask custom builders: If you could redo your first house or revisit the first years of running your business, what would you do differently?

Leadership

Devil in the Details

In the fall of 2018, I had the privilege of taking a day to tour two very special companies while I was visiting Copenhagen, and the level of craft…

Leadership

Guest Columnist: Boost the Efficiency of Your Building Process

Valuable insights Architect Robert Hidey gleaned over decades of residential design experience

Backstory

Backstory: Green Gables Opens Up Every Aspect of its Design/Build Process to Clients

"You never want to get to the next phase and realize somebody's not happy."

 

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