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A Case for Compact Duct Layouts

Energy and building codes now require a high level of insulation, high-performance glazing, and better air sealing—compact duct layouts may help


Design

Guest Column: Blurred Lines

Using floor-to-ceiling sliding or folding glass doors is an effective means of enhancing the connection between interior spaces and the outdoors.



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Design Spotlight

Master Suites by Mary Cook

A summer cottage master suite at a Lake Geneva, Wis., custom home

Design Spotlight

Master Suites by Shanna Lin Kerr

Focus on the client to design spaces that are deeply personal like the master suite

Design

Artful Entry: Staircase Design

A Seattle woodworker is earning a reputation as a stair artist (and tubs too)

Architecture

Top Priorities

Cary Bernstein talks about an architect's key criteria for selecting building partners

Case Studies

Urban Homes: A Place in the City

Despite design challenges, permit hurdles, and pressure from the neighbors, two urban homes offer inspired solutions

Best Practices

Landscape Adds Value

On designing a great outdoor program and making sure it gets built

Design

Home Alone: House Design for Empty Nesters

For empty nesters, the world of design is their oyster

Architecture

Design Details: Feel The Burn

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

Backstory

Backstory: A Culture Of Now

Seattle-based Build LLC draws on Scandinavian influences to create modern homes that are functional and timeless

Best Practices

Resilient Design: Ready for Natural Disasters

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

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