Custom Home Design

Michigan Lake House in Holland, Mich., designed by the Landry Design Group, Los Angeles, and built by Mike Schaap Builders, Holland, Mich. Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer


Three Platinum winners from the 2016 Best in American Living Awards show how custom is done

Rustic French kitchen in home designed by Barnes Vanze Architects, Washington, D.C., and built by Jim Gibson Builders, Washington, D.C. Photo: Anice Hoachlander


Cabinetry alone can send a budget spiraling out of control. Make sure clients understand their options and what they cost.

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Even with limited resources, it's possible to design and build a custom home.

Sea Cliff Cottage

Because Sea Cliff Cottage is located along the coast in La Jolla, Calif., builder Ryan Hill chose treated wood exterior trim boards from WindsorOne that are highly resistant to rot, insects, mold and moisture. The river-rcck wall echoes the main residence, Sea Cliff (Photo: Larny Mack Photography).


These coastal homes are the perfect balance of beauty and durability

A variety of ceiling and lighting treatments add interest to what otherwise would have been a vast, flat ceiling on the first floor. The stone accents on the walls also add interest and texture.


The two homes featured here occupy small footprints, but their architectural charisma, rich details, and finely tuned living spaces are big on impact.

Edward Andrews Design Center

The Atlanta-based custom home builder opens a new design studio as part of its ExAct Design Experience initiative.


The Chateau Qu’Appelle by True North Log Homes packs high-tech environmental features and rich detailing into an efficient, 1,735-square-foot plan. 


Designed as getaways for their eco-conscious owners, these homes are built to last for generations. 


FALL 2018

This Month in Custom Builder


A scientist and an accountant combine their varied skills in a sustainable building company

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