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Two Custom Homes Are Among the Winners in Recent Copper Awards

The awards recognize architects, fabricators, and contractors for their skill in design and craftsmanship using copper 


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Floodproof on a Floodplain

An impressive addition to the IDEA Home series, the NEWLOOK Experience Home is a master class in engineering and creative design, with builder Michael Freiburger out-thinking an exceptionally tricky lot



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Custom Builder to Talk Color Design with Becki Owens at IBS

At this year's IBS, renowned designer Becki Owens will sit down with host James McClister, editor of Custom Builder, to discuss a variety of topics from basic color play in design to the Allura Spectrum palette, a collection of Sherwin-Williams colors curated for the benefit of pros

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2022 Custom Timber Home Building Outlook

A few of top tips from Mid-Atlantic Timberframes for working with timber frame providers, as well as what we’re seeing on the custom timber home building horizon for 2022.

Construction

A Case for Compact Duct Layouts

Energy and building codes now require a high level of insulation, high-performance glazing, and better air sealing—compact duct layouts may help

Design

Guest Column: Blurred Lines

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

Case Studies

Case Study: Opening Up a Former Apartment Building

The architects of a San Francisco home arrive at a smart solution to address the problem of a missing backyard

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Design/Build: High Design Hopes

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

Design Details

Design Details: Above the Fray

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

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Design/Build: Perfecting the Design, Controlling the Build

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

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Vacation Places

The vacation home has always had a special appeal. Whether it was wealthy industrialists of the 19th century, middle-class families in the North and…

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Design Detail: Moody Blues Between Home Offices

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

Design Spotlight

His Closet by Yelena Gerts

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

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