A compilation of Custom Builder's articles, surveys, ideas, trends, and tips on management for residential builders, remodelers, and architects serving the residential construction industry.

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Environs infill Chicago home

Many of Architect Ken Brinkman's infill homes have the older characteristics of Chicago's old, stately neighborhoods with modern interiors (Photos: Herbie Rooprai).


Business smarts and old-meets-new design have helped Environs Development carve itself a niche with stately infill homes in Chicagoland

Jim Murphy

Guaranteed maximum price contracts require a true team effort and an open-book policy

Business Growth

The more you understand what is the ideal growth rate for your business, the more you can plan and focus on executing.

Design/Build graphic

Some Design/Build business models are more a product of evolution than what is best.


The health of your business, not market conditions, must improve if you want to be more successful.


You don’t have to be a big builder to have an advisory board.


Today’s great business leaders are masters of thinking several moves ahead. 


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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