Seaside house with louver system

Photos: Bate Masi Architects


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

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


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


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

Crane Island Retreat

Photos by Susan Gilmore


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.


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).


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

Great room multigenerational

The great room has a wood-paneled tray ceiling and a cupola above. Nearly every room faces the water (Photo: Dan Cutrona).


Multigenerational living is on the rise, and custom builders are coming up with ingenious solutions for each client

High Performance Home: Healdsburg house

A detached pool house with an art room, sauna, bedroom, and bath serves as both changing room, studio, and guest quarters. Architect Anni Tilt says the gently curving corrugated-metal roofs offer a softer take on typical agrarian structures and mimic the surrounding tree canopies. (Photo: Edward Caldwell)


These high-performance custom homes offer a wealth of ideas, from straw-bale and rammed-earth construction to precast concrete panels and VOC-scavenging drywall


Partial-height screens transformed this basement into a space reminiscent of East Asia.

Jeff Goulette stairway

Four architects present their approaches for designing stairs to deliver spatial drama, transition, and procession.


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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