This residence in Scottsdale, Ariz., is BALA’s Home of the Year for 2015. The owners wanted a Spanish-style design, but with an updated, neutral color palette.


Skillfully designed and superbly crafted, these homes are among the biggest winners in the 2015 Best in American Living Awards

Secret Cabinet Entry for Kitchen Pantry

Two designers and home builder partners share their executions for pantries and butler kitchens.


Designers and a builder present their ideas for creating a space to hang, store, and organize with style.

Porch on a home by Regency Builders

Three builders offer their takes on porches as the vehicle for curb appeal, relaxing, and outdoor living.

Richard Berry entryway/staircase

Photo: Courtesy of Richard Berry


Three perspectives regarding how to treat entryways and focal points.

Front porch and Craftsman-style detail on a custom house built by Hartman Homes, Hudson, Wis.

Built-in bookshelf with staircase

This double-height bookshelf designed by Fleetwood/Fernandez  for this mid-century home performs double duty as a guardrail at the stair opening (Photo: Blake Little)



A builder, designer, and an architect couple provide their perspectives about how built-ins can infuse creativity into a space.


Marine Lair master bed

The master bedroom and deck look seaward through pocketing window walls. The bed frame is made of leather and Hawaiian koa wood (Photo: Pablo Mason Photography).


The NAHB's Best in American Living Awards


Three award-winning architects and designers share how they use fireplaces to transform the look and feel of a room.


Three award-winning architects and designers share how they transform water elements in and around the home into distinct custom looks.


July 2017

This Month in Custom Builder


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


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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