Factory-built custom home in Santa Monica, Calif.

This custom 5,400- square-foot single-family spec home in Santa Monica, Calif., designed by the late Ray Kappe, uses the patented Plant Building System. Plant Prefab modules ship with flooring, tile, millwork, fixtures, and appliances in place, saving months of costly on-site finish work (Photo: Courtesy Plant Prefab).


Steve Glenn and Plant Prefab work their way into the future — at their own pace with a hybrid system using factory-built modules and panels to construct custom homes.

Shake shacks was built by hybrid architecture in seattle and featured on Custom Builder

The Shake Shacks’ inverted floor plan maximizes light and air, with rooftop decks providing protected outdoor living space (Photo: Alex Herbig).


In a densely populated Seattle neighbor­hood, two adjacent infill sites were developed: The Lookout and Shake Shacks

Schneider Electric Home Energy Monitor

The Wiser Energy Home Power Monitor notifies homeowners when devices are on or off

SnapAV chrome video doorbell

The doorbell offers even more when integrated into the Control4 universe, enabling integrators to create customized and automated actions

Side view of invisible smart lock

Level Lock is the world’s first invisible smart lock

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)


Compo Builders uses a model home as a smart tech showroom

Liviing room with hidden video screen

Of all the technology features in a custom home, it's audiovisual equipment--TVs, projectors, and speakers--that clients most often want to have seamlessly integrated into the design.


There are plenty of solutions to make home tech devices unobtrusive in a custom home

LiftMaster garage door opener with smart camera

A garage-door opener with an integrated wide-angle, high-
definition smart camera—the first opener of its kind, according to LiftMaster


Large triple-pane windows on the south side of this net-zero certified Passive House in Halifax allow for lake views and maximum sun for heating. On the north, street-facing side, fewer and smaller windows make the home more efficient (Photos: Elemental Photography).


There's nothing passive about Natalie Leonard's drive to build sustainable affordable Passive homes

VR_rending_ of_a_kitchen

Virtual reality rendering by Radical Galaxy of kitchen to be built by Lochwood-Lozier


A next generation custom home builder takes a virtual leap to help clients see their future

Designed to withstand natural disasters, exterior, poolside of modern mansion in hills above Los Angeles by Landry Design Group

Los Angeles-based Landry Design Group collaborates with structural and civil engineers on hillside homes to determine if the best seismic reinforcement is concrete caissons sunk into the ground, or a mat-slab foundation in which the home’s weight is evenly distributed across the foundation. Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer


Resilient design creates homes that can survive natural disasters and stay functional in the aftermath

Velux Active Home Automation package

Velux Active is operated via smartphone app and integrates with Apple HomeKit.

The upper courtyard and garden of Quarry House, protected from Connecticut seacoast winds, offer an imtimate place to sit, says architect John Tittmann. The home, which sits on a granite ledge, was built by Brian Maresca of Guilford, Conn. Photo: Robert Benson Photography


Building a foundation on a challenging site takes planning, patience, and a collaborative attitude


Lutron has updated its Caséta Wireless smart home system line.


Nexia Home Intelligence has developed a line of compatible connected devices in conjunction with various consumer brands.


FALL 2021

This Month in Custom Builder


The French luxury switches brand Meljac has developed a new solid brass collection in collaboration with Australian designer Marc Newson.


The HS300 whole-house HEPA filtration unit is designed to be installed directly onto the return air plenum of forced air heating/cooling systems.

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