Building Materials

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



Gnar House in Squaw Valley, Calif., with charred wood exterior

PROJECT: Gnar House, Squaw Valley, Calif. BUILDER/DESIGNER: Rob Wells/sixteenfifty.com, La Jolla, Calif.; CNC FABRICATOR: Byecraft Cabinet, Sparks, Nev. Photo: Jon Rouse/Rouse Photography

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San Diego designer/builder Rob Wells creates the Gnar (short for gnarly) House that breaks some rules

Exterior, poolside, of modern mansion in hills above Los Angeles

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

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

Photo: Nostalgic Warehouse

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wood, building material, study, Canada, tall structures

Canadian study says wood could be good building material for tall structures

News

A new study examines the potential of wood — typically used only in low-rise building — as an option in taller structures.

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SUMMER 2018

This Month in Custom Builder

Products

The Dorrance collection of bath accessories includes a wall-mounted faucet, tub fillers, and bidet and shower sets

Features

Custom home builders share how managing client expectations can eliminate drama and create a better customer experience

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