Exterior of Passive House in Portland Maine

GO Homes are prefab, panelized, and follow a Passive House approach. In this home, a breezeway connects the garage and house (Photo: Trent Bell).

December 28, 2020

How a small architecture and construction firm in Maine became a leader in the prefab and passive House movements

Floating stairs

Photos: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

December 28, 2020

This staircase not only connects the first and second floors; it opens the house to the backyard.

Kitchen by Cheryl Kees Clendenon

Photos: Courtesy of In Detail Interiors

December 24, 2020

Coffee pot filling station, wine bar, under counter storage, it's all there in Cheryl Kees Clendenon's messy kitchen design.

The Country Kitchen for Schumacher Homes' Messy Kitchen design

Photos: Courtesy of Schumacher Homes

December 24, 2020

The messy kitchen has become a favorite trend for many homeowners.

Vermont farmstead with contemporary features

Originally built 200 years ago, this 100-acre Vermont farmstead features traditional design with contemporary exterior details (Photo: Eric Roth Photography)     

December 24, 2020

Stephanie Horowitz, of ZeroEnergy Design, talks about how builders and designers can dip into energy-efficient homes and embrace sustainable building

Smart home built by Compo Builders

The Lisa ranch is a model home Compo Builders uses to show prospective clients currently available home technology that can be controlled without a wired or centralized system (Photos: Courtesy of Compo Builders)

December 23, 2020

Compo Builders uses a model home as a smart tech showroom

Poplar wood cladding on exterior of Cape Cod high-performance house

Running the siding horizontally emphasizes the home’s linear form, while the front porch wraps around one side of the entry becoming a walkway that offers glimpses of pond views for anyone using it to reach the garage (Photo: David Fell).

December 23, 2020

This Cap Cod home achieves energy efficiency and high performance with common materials

High-performance home exterior of dogtrot barn in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Dogtrot by CLB Architects has an asymmetrical gabled roof that mimics the distant mountain peaks, adding a contemporary edge to the building’s traditional form (Photo: Matthew Millman).

December 23, 2020

Custom homes that are durable, comfortable, and healthy for their owners and the planet

Cottage with solar array on garage in high-performance, net zero house at Jamestown, R.I.

Placing the 6 kW solar array on the detached garage allowed architect and homeowner Donald Powers to calculate the ideal roof pitch for maximum effectiveness. | Photo: Anthony Tieuli / This Old House

December 23, 2020

Architect Donald Powers wanted his 100-year-old cottage to be the epitome of energy efficiency. So he transformed it into a net-zero home.

Exterior of house built by U of Kansas architecture students

Three peaked forms give the sense that the house grew organically (Photos: Corey Gaffer).

December 16, 2020

The latest project from Studio 804, a design/build course for architecture students at the University of Kansas, brings together aesthetic and environmental ideals


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Benjamin Obdyke has expanded its line of flashing with the addition of a liquid-applied product


This floating staircase elevates an already grand entrance hall in more ways than one.

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