Design



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

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

A meditation room designed by Landry Design Group, Los Angeles (Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer).

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See how two builders and an architect executed their visions for wine rooms, a basement spa, and a children's bunk/craft room with access hidden behind a swing-away bookcase.

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The road to becoming a successful green builder starts with planning

Seaside house with louver system

Photos: Bate Masi Architects

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A louver solution for this seaside home provided privacy and natural ventilation.

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

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.

Crane Island Retreat

Photos by Susan Gilmore

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Check out the nifty way modern is blended with the stone hearth fireplace in a 1910 lakeside cottage

One Nest small house

The main building of One Nest contains the family room, dining room, kitchen, and a theater/office/den. Bedrooms are in the tower. GreenSpur, of Falls Church, Va., designed and built the house.

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These scaled-down, efficiently designed homes show how beautiful small can be

Panels of honey onyx in the theater of this bucolic estate were backlit to allow for soft lighting. The bent wood slats create a soft visual wave while addressing the acoustical needs of this finely tuned theater space designed by Landry Design Group (Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer).

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Curvilinear, boundaries, playful, and other expressions of ceiling designs by three architects.

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July 2017

This Month in Custom Builder

Products

Silgranit, has a 10-inch-deep front apron that sits flush with surrounding cabinetry.

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Custom home builders share the red flags they look for when screening clients and deciding whether to keep them or let them go

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