Building Materials

A compilation of Custom Builder's articles, surveys, ideas, trends, and tips on building materials for residential builders, remodelers, and architects serving the residential construction industry.



Gnar House in Squaw Valley, Calif., with charred wood exterior

PROJECT: Gnar House, Squaw Valley, Calif. BUILDER/DESIGNER: Rob Wells/sixteenfifty.com, La Jolla, Calif.; CNC FABRICATOR: Byecraft Cabinet, Sparks, Nev. Photo: Jon Rouse/Rouse Photography

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San Diego designer/builder Rob Wells creates the Gnar (short for gnarly) House that breaks some rules

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

Photo: Nostalgic Warehouse

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Canadian study says wood could be good building material for tall structures

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A new study examines the potential of wood — typically used only in low-rise building — as an option in taller structures.

PulteGroup, Pulte, Fiberweb, exclusive, TYPAR Weather Protection System

PulteGroup partners with Fiberweb to use TYPAR Weather Protection Sysetm exclusively

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Fiberweb announced the signing of an exclusive multi-year contract with PulteGroup Inc., one of the top home builders in the United States.

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SPRING 2020

This Month in Custom Builder

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Fully automated indoor hydroponic appliance that allows anyone to grow herbs, vegetables, and microgreens right in their kitchen all year round without pesticides

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A seaside retreat follows the Passive House standard to maximize energy efficiency

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