Merging Ancient Construction With Modern Living

This vacation home pushes the boundaries of traditional log construction techniques and incorporates elegant details elevating this typically rustic building method

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Making a Home Among the Redwoods

Designing a not-cramped-feeling, three-bedroom home on a tight lot surrounded by protected redwoods was no easy task. But through high ceilings, abundant glazing, and thoughtful spatial detailing, architect Heidi Richardson achieved the improbable. 


The Secret to Successful Showpiece Kitchens

Two custom builders and a designer share their secrets for protecting profit margins when creating luxury kitchens


Liquid Reserves: A San Francisco Home Focuses on Water Conservation

Located near the crest of San Francisco’s exclusive Russian Hill neighborhood, the 9,500-square-foot, five-bedroom house has plenty of luxury…

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Design Spotlight: Outbuildings by LDa Architecture & Interiors

Tudor-style home with central stone fireplace in the pool house


Design Details: Float On

Hidden tension rods float this terrazzo staircase

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Design Spotlight: Outbuildings by Charles Hilton

Pyramids, Doric columns, and a dialogue framing the pool and its terrace


Design Spotlight: Outbuildings by Rotelle Studio

See the creative results from the ultimate battle of backyard sheds

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Light Touch

Understanding these basics will help you create better lighting transitions


Design Spotlight: Storage Solutions by John Cronin

A place for books, wine, and paperweights


Design Details: Hidden Secret

A hidden library door gives this new custom-built house the quirkiness of an old home.

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Design Spotlight: Storage Solutions by Rodger Owen

Creating a home where children and adults can feel comfortable in all spaces