Custom Home Design

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

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

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

San Francisco architect Jonathan Feldman designed this 800-square-foot cottage on Martha's Vineyard, Mass., for a couple and their three children. The expansive deck is used as an outdoor living room. Jack Gray was the builder. Photo: Warren Patterson Photography


Thoughtfully designed, scaled-down homes are more sustainable, enabling clients to live well with less


(Photo: Scott Shigley Photography)


Dual landscaping, permeable pavers, and pool with integrated hot tub are among the outdoor living elements featured in Design Spotlight.

Jackson Hole Kitchen

Two dramatic getaways make the most of their environments

Front of Minneapolis house infill project sloped offset roof

Nordeast Nest in Minneapolis has a south-facing roof that is sloped to accommodate a future solar array. The porch roof is also sloped. These elements bring a contemporary flair to the mix, says architect Tim Eian of TE Studio. RJ Stegora was the builder. Photo: Corey Gaffer Photography


Custom infill projects require architects and builders to play nice with neighbors and planning officials


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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