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Architect Chris Kempel design-American farmhouse look-Oregon-photo by Eric Staudenmaier

Photo: Eric Staudenmaier

October 02, 2017

See how architect Chris Kempel blends classic farmhouse with modern sensibilities

Jackson Hole Kitchen
October 01, 2017

Two dramatic getaways make the most of their environments

Front of Minneapolis house infill project sloped offset roof

Nordeast Nest in Minneapolis has a south-facing roof that is sloped to accommodate a future solar array. The porch roof is also sloped. These elements bring a contemporary flair to the mix, says architect Tim Eian of TE Studio. RJ Stegora was the builder. Photo: Corey Gaffer Photography

September 29, 2017

Custom infill projects require architects and builders to play nice with neighbors and planning officials

Curbless shower, no door, bench seats at each end

Photo: Boulder Creek Neighborhoods

September 20, 2017
Builder getting hammered by a customer

Photo: Auremar/123RF

July 08, 2017

Custom home builders share the red flags they look for when screening clients and deciding whether to keep them or let them go

Shingle-style home in Martha's Vineyard

Designed by Patrick Ahearn and built by Peter Rosbeck, this home on Marth's Vineyard exhibits all the key elements of Shingle style, including Palladian windows, gambrel roofs, and weathered shingles (Photo: Greg Premru).

July 07, 2017

No eclecticism here--these two custom homes are authentic examples of modern and Shingle-style architecture

Spa-styled bath with Calacatta marble
June 30, 2017

His and her showers, natural stone, and a Parade of Homes bathroom design are featured in this installment of Design Spotlight

Environs infill Chicago home

Many of Architect Ken Brinkman's infill homes have the older characteristics of Chicago's old, stately neighborhoods with modern interiors (Photos: Herbie Rooprai).

June 30, 2017

Business smarts and old-meets-new design have helped Environs Development carve itself a niche with stately infill homes in Chicagoland

Moveable wall separates the study from the living space

Moveable wall separates the study from the living area (Photos: Andrea Calo).

June 26, 2017

This moveable wall is an 8-by-8-foot barrier and a storage space for large artwork.

Located along California’s Central Coast, this modern farmhouse has views over the hills toward the ocean 8 miles away, and patios on both sides to capture cross breezes. Semmes & Co. Builders built the home, which was designed by Gast Architects. Photo: Elliott Johnson

June 23, 2017

A range of smart building practices ensure long-term livability and good business sense

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