Custom Home Design



Contemporary lake house on Lake Geneva, Wis.
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A summer cottage master suite at a Lake Geneva, Wis., custom home

Master Suite designed by Shanna Kerr
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Focus on the client to design spaces that are deeply personal like the master suite

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A Seattle woodworker is earning a reputation as a stair artist (and tubs too)

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Cary Bernstein talks about an architect's key criteria for selecting building partners

Chicago three flat

Goldberg General Contracting and architect Seth Romig converted an 1886 Chicago three-flat into a single-family home, gutting the building and reconstructing its rear facade (Photo: Tony Soluri)

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Despite design challenges, permit hurdles, and pressure from the neighbors, two urban homes offer inspired solutions

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

Modern House clad in corrugated metal

A modern home in Bend, Ore., by Seattle-based architect Nils Finne and builders Tim and Trevin Duey, clad in corrugated metal and red cedar, met the constraints of a tight riverside lot and the desires of a couple embarking on a new phase of life (Photos: Ben Benschneider).

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For empty nesters, the world of design is their oyster

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

 Exterior, dusk, of modern home by Build LLC in Seattle

Build LLC’s homes combine Scandinavian influences and contemporary materials. Photo: Courtesy Build LLC

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Seattle-based Build LLC draws on Scandinavian influences to create modern homes that are functional and timeless

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

Craftsman-style portico
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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)

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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
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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

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Building a solid, trusting relationship with your clients is the first rule

Cathedral ceiling and entry
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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.

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FALL 2021

This Month in Custom Builder

Products

The French luxury switches brand Meljac has developed a new solid brass collection in collaboration with Australian designer Marc Newson.

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The HS300 whole-house HEPA filtration unit is designed to be installed directly onto the return air plenum of forced air heating/cooling systems.

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