Vacation home on Maine's coastline

Set among trees on the rocky Maine coastline, the home’s translucent glass bridge looks like a lantern in the woods at night. With the lights off, the structure’s natural materials blend into the site.

June 03, 2021

Custom vacation houses that celebrate their natural surroundings; amid the trees in Maine

Exterior of river edge vacation home

Cedar plank siding with a penny gap adds warmth to the mostly steel, concrete, and glass house designed by Syndicate Smith. The planks also emphasize the building’s horizontal form.

June 03, 2021

Custom vacation houses that celebrate their natural surroundings like this one on a river's edge

Floating stairway near front entry

Photos Courtesy of Gatehouse Partners

February 11, 2021

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

Stair with curvilinear theme

Photo: Roger Davies

February 11, 2021

The staircase is a reflection of the style of the house and should connect to the design of the residence itself

Brick ceiling
February 09, 2021

A brick ceiling provides a more architecturally interesting treatment than, say, plaster.

Drone view of home

Photo: Doug Merriam

February 08, 2021

This is Steve Thomas' story about following your passion to become a successful builder

Country kitchen by Rotell(e) Studio(e)

The family room off the kitchen in Rotell(e) Studio(e)’s Augusta-Cape Cod offers open-plan living for multigenerational households (Photo: Courtesy Rotell(e) Studio(e)).

February 05, 2021

Rotelle Development gets its brand out there by positioning staff as a resource

Play room design by Me and General Design
February 04, 2021

Cristina Casañas-Judd and General Judd of Me and General Design speak with Custom Builder about their roots and their take on current housing design.

Front view of Symbi zero energy ready house

Photos: Courtesy Symbi Homes

February 04, 2021

Is it possible to build net-zero energy ready affordable homes?


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