Clever design solutions for unique residential projects.

A-Frame Vacation House

The home’s old spiral staircase, which split the plan in half and obstructed water views, was torn out and replaced with a new stair that starts on the right and winds its way up to the second-floor catwalk and third-floor bedroom and study. (Photos: Peter Murdock).


Witness the make over of a 1960s A-frame and a new mountain retreat with a dramatic skylight

This newly built Minneapolis residence looks right at home in the diverse mix of older Tudor, Craftsman cottages and newer styles of homes in the area.


Good negotiating skills, creative problem-solving, and flexibility make these infill projects sing


The ankle windows on this project is an example of a good detail solving a problem.

Kevin Cozen minimalist kitchen

Storage ideas from minimalist cabinetry, to pantries under stairs, and drawers below a pet spa.

NKBA Bath Design winners

Imaginatively designed baths contribute star power to a custom home. Check out these projects for design inspiration.


Imaginatively designed kitchens contribute star power to a custom home. Check out these projects for design inspiration

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.



This Month in Custom Builder


Fully automated indoor hydroponic appliance that allows anyone to grow herbs, vegetables, and microgreens right in their kitchen all year round without pesticides


A seaside retreat follows the Passive House standard to maximize energy efficiency

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