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.



Exterior of Passive House in Portland Maine

GO Homes are prefab, panelized, and follow a Passive House approach. In this home, a breezeway connects the garage and house (Photo: Trent Bell).

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

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

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A kitchen display at the Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath showroom in Ashland, Va. “It’s amazing how many details there are in kitchen design,” owner Jennifer Gilmer says. “When a builder is involved in our meetings, he’s much more knowledgeable about design and installation nuances.”

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

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Understanding these basics will help you create better lighting transitions

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

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Photos courtesy of Green Gables Design & Restoration

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


 

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Graphics: Puresolution/Stock.adobe.com

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Custom home builders talk about what they do on the front end of a project to achieve better margins

Rob Pressman
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On designing a great outdoor program and making sure it gets built

Exterior, dusk, of hillside home in Phoenix, Ariz. by Cullum Homes

This hillside house in Phoenix built by Cullum Homes at The Estates at Paradise Reserve won Custom Home of the Year from the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona. Cullum also built the adjacent subdivision, The Village at Paradise Reserve, using a new model of unitized pricing to build out both. Photo: NCKX Photography

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Two custom builders seek to improve margins: one by unitizing pricing relationships with trades, the other by pursuing a coveted homebuyer group

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

Will Duderstadt
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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

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

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SUMMER 2021

This Month in Custom Builder

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The Wiser Energy Home Power Monitor notifies homeowners when devices are on or off

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Builders need skilled labor, but should their workplace policy drop zero tolerance for cannabis and risk taking on more liability?

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