Jim Murphy
June 28, 2017

Guaranteed maximum price contracts require a true team effort and an open-book policy

Photo Credit: SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building

May 31, 2017

The Risebrough residence, located in North York, ON is an innovative environmentally responsible, and energy-efficient home that incorporates a forward-thinking wall assembly designed to improve the durability and performance of a home, while improving occupant health and comfort.

Sierra Premium Shake used on Lake Chelan dream home.

April 25, 2017

“Between the landscaping and the building products, we’re making more design decisions based on fire resistance; it’s just another step to protect the home.” - John Berry, President of Berry Construction

Legal Ease art

Graphic: Ponsuwan/123RF

April 13, 2017

Builders share their war stories about lawsuits, contract disputes and offer advice for reducing liability and fending off liens.

For Bar Triangle Ranck by Laughlin Homes

For Bar Triangle Ranch, Laughlin Homes + Restoration Design/Build collaborated closely with the client. Richard Laughlin started his firm 34 years ago at age 23 and credits practical high school courses like business math with helping him get his start.  

April 11, 2017

Richard Laughlin built his firm from the ground up. Ingenuity and doing right by others are key to his sustained success.

Garrison Hullinger, older boy's bedroom

(Photo: Blackstone Edge Studios)

April 08, 2017

A photo wall, a stage, high ceilings, and a secret passageway are among the features for a child’s bedroom presented by two designers and a builder.

Photos: Joshua Curry Photography

April 07, 2017

Craftsmanship, collaboration, and a rooftop pool reminiscent of a glass-bottom boat.

March 24, 2017

A bid based on an incomplete set of drawings spells trouble for everyone.

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

April 03, 2017

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

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January 16, 2017

Thinking like a buyer, positioning your company as a trusted advisor, and setting boundaries are ways to improve selling skills and protect your profit


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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