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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

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Building custom homes in out-of-the-way locations poses many challenges, not the least of which is septic

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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

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

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(Photo: Scott Shigley Photography)

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

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Two dramatic getaways make the most of their environments

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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

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

Photo: Duravit

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DuraSquare, is new take on the Duravit's signature style of clean lines and precise edges.

The upper courtyard and garden of Quarry House, protected from Connecticut seacoast winds, offer an imtimate place to sit, says architect John Tittmann. The home, which sits on a granite ledge, was built by Brian Maresca of Guilford, Conn. Photo: Robert Benson Photography

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Building a foundation on a challenging site takes planning, patience, and a collaborative attitude

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The road to becoming a successful green builder starts with planning

Rustic French kitchen in home designed by Barnes Vanze Architects, Washington, D.C., and built by Jim Gibson Builders, Washington, D.C. Photo: Anice Hoachlander

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Cabinetry alone can send a budget spiraling out of control. Make sure clients understand their options and what they cost.

Michigan Lake House in Holland, Mich., designed by the Landry Design Group, Los Angeles, and built by Mike Schaap Builders, Holland, Mich. Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer

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Three Platinum winners from the 2016 Best in American Living Awards show how custom is done

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Even with limited resources, it's possible to design and build a custom home.

Sea Cliff Cottage

Because Sea Cliff Cottage is located along the coast in La Jolla, Calif., builder Ryan Hill chose treated wood exterior trim boards from WindsorOne that are highly resistant to rot, insects, mold and moisture. The river-rcck wall echoes the main residence, Sea Cliff (Photo: Larny Mack Photography).

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These coastal homes are the perfect balance of beauty and durability

A variety of ceiling and lighting treatments add interest to what otherwise would have been a vast, flat ceiling on the first floor. The stone accents on the walls also add interest and texture.

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The two homes featured here occupy small footprints, but their architectural charisma, rich details, and finely tuned living spaces are big on impact.

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FALL 2021

This Month in Custom Builder

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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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