Clever design solutions for unique residential projects.

Using floor-to-ceiling sliding or folding glass doors is an effective means of enhancing the connection between interior spaces and the outdoors (Photos: Uneek Image, Courtesy Phil Kean Design Group).


Using floor-to-ceiling sliding or folding glass doors is an effective means of enhancing the connection between interior spaces and the outdoors.

In contrast to the home’s more enclosed front façade, the rear opens up, with both corners featuring nearly transparent walls: the screened porch on the left side and a glassy, oversize living room window wall on the right (Photo: Andrea Rugg Photography).


Learn how a Minneapolis design/build firm convinced clients that less is more for their custom-built home

Window wall between outdoor balcony and indoors

Opening the penthouse-level family room’s doors erases the boundary between indoors and out (Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu).


The architects of a San Francisco home solve the problem of a missing backyard

Shake shacks was built by hybrid architecture in seattle and featured on Custom Builder

The Shake Shacks’ inverted floor plan maximizes light and air, with rooftop decks providing protected outdoor living space (Photo: Alex Herbig).


In a densely populated Seattle neighbor­hood, two adjacent infill sites were developed: The Lookout and Shake Shacks

Colorado custom home with custom painted window on fiber cement exterior

Custom-painted window trim in bright yellow adds a sunny pop of color to the chic gray fiber-cement exterior and corrugated steel roof of one of the Creede, Colo., homes designed and built by Caldera Design Build (Photo: Charles Davis Smith, FAIA).


Design/build allows firms to guide clients toward smart design decisions, while anticipating construction challenges

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Library wall

Photos: TG Image


See the creative solution for keeping his and her home offices separate and private

His master closet with fireplace designed by Yelena Gerts

Photos: MarCo Ricca


Yelena Gerts creates a his closet with the vibe of a Rodeo Drive upscale men's clothing boutique

Photos: Mark Boisclair Photography


Angelica Henry designs for his and her closets that accommodate and show off  the clients' wardrobes and favorites

The principals of Duoma Atelier, Norma and Gaton Galella, are focusing on the pandemics biggest demand, flex spaces and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) (Photos : Courtesy Duoma Atelier).


A husband and wife start of design/build company and bring workplace and wellness attributes into flex space and ADU design

Exterior of Texas vacation ranch

Custom vacation houses that celebrate their natural surroundings, lightening up a Texas ranch

Vacation home on Maine's coastline

Set among trees on the rocky Maine coastline, the home’s translucent glass bridge looks like a lantern in the woods at night. With the lights off, the structure’s natural materials blend into the site.


Custom vacation houses that celebrate their natural surroundings; amid the trees in Maine

Exterior of river edge vacation home

Cedar plank siding with a penny gap adds warmth to the mostly steel, concrete, and glass house designed by Syndicate Smith. The planks also emphasize the building’s horizontal form.


Custom vacation houses that celebrate their natural surroundings like this one on a river's edge

Floating stairway near front entry

Photos Courtesy of Gatehouse Partners


This floating staircase elevates an already grand entrance hall in more ways than one.

Stair with curvilinear theme

Photo: Roger Davies


The staircase is a reflection of the style of the house and should connect to the design of the residence itself



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Sales leader and author Mark Richardson shares his advice for how custom builders, and leaders throughout residential construction, can improve the effectiveness of thier staff meetings

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