Saguaro Ridge

Saguaro Ridge nestles into the desert, offering 360-degree views of mountains and city lights. The home stays cool with thick walls for thermal mass, perforated metal shade panels, and a central gathering area to draw breezes through the interior (Photos: Alexander Vertikoff).

September 16, 2016

Named Project of the Year in the 2016 Professional Builder Design Awards, this Arizona custom home appears to be part of the desert, but it's no mirage

Photo: Courtesy Kichler

July 18, 2016

Kitchen as living room, bathroom as spa, and clean, contemporary lines all around. Here are the design features that are pulling in buyers.

Panels of honey onyx in the theater of this bucolic estate were backlit to allow for soft lighting. The bent wood slats create a soft visual wave while addressing the acoustical needs of this finely tuned theater space designed by Landry Design Group (Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer).

July 12, 2016

Curvilinear, boundaries, playful, and other expressions of ceiling designs by three architects.

July 11, 2016

Buyer co-ops are trying to do more than just find rebates for home builders.

Great room multigenerational

The great room has a wood-paneled tray ceiling and a cupola above. Nearly every room faces the water (Photo: Dan Cutrona).

July 08, 2016

Multigenerational living is on the rise, and custom builders are coming up with ingenious solutions for each client

High Performance Home: Healdsburg house

A detached pool house with an art room, sauna, bedroom, and bath serves as both changing room, studio, and guest quarters. Architect Anni Tilt says the gently curving corrugated-metal roofs offer a softer take on typical agrarian structures and mimic the surrounding tree canopies. (Photo: Edward Caldwell)

July 01, 2016

These high-performance custom homes offer a wealth of ideas, from straw-bale and rammed-earth construction to precast concrete panels and VOC-scavenging drywall

(Photos: Jane Messinger)

July 01, 2016

New England Victorian meets West Coast style in this outdoor living space. 

House 610, in San Antonio’s Alamo Heights, was designed and built by Craig McMahon Architects. Craig’s brother Cavan McMahon, owner of Half Inch of Water Studios, did the detail work, including building the home’s steel and wood cabinetry, concrete countertops, and weathered steel fireplace (Photo: Dror Baldinger).

July 01, 2016

Craig and Cavan McMahon design and build to suit themselves, creating demand for their innovative, practical, custom homes

June 07, 2016

The need to more construction workers to satisfy new housing demand over the next five years could siphon employees and capital from other sectors of the economy.

May 25, 2016

Scientists create a process to render wood transparent and stronger than glass or plastic



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


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

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