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  • Five Steps To Turn Your Clients Into Raving Fans

    Entrepreneur Architect's Mark LePage on how to win 'em over.

    CUSTOM HOME April 10, 2014

  • Revolutionary New HVACD Equipment: Ultra-Aire's SD12 Split Dehumidifier

    Matt Risinger explains how humidity control can lower electrical bills by reducing the need for air conditioning and he talks about an onnovative new residential humidifier.

    CUSTOM HOME April 04, 2014

  • Designing Practical Mudrooms and Laundry Rooms

    For a young family, a mudroom or laundry room might be the hardest working room in the house. For other households, the room can be more minimal and streamlined. Either way, Build LLC shares details and strategies of three great examples.

    CUSTOM HOME March 28, 2014

  • Van Gogh's Chair

    Chairs are architecture. Like little buildings, they have a structure to hold people up and a function to make their occupants comfortable. Like buildings, they can tell a story.

    CUSTOM HOME March 21, 2014

  • Learning From Great Outdoor Spaces

    Eye on Design blogger Dan Gregory talks about bringing the best aspects of public outdoor spaces into residential design.

    CUSTOM HOME March 13, 2014

  • Weather Barrier & Stucco Durability Seminar

    Highlights from a four-hour seminar that presented an overview of a joint private/public research project about the durability of Stucco and the related assemblies behind Stucco facades.

    CUSTOM HOME March 07, 2014

  • The Apartment Over the Shop

    The apartment over the shop has been a building block of cities for thousands of years.

    CUSTOM HOME February 28, 2014

  • The Forgotten Craftsman

    An artistic house is made to behold, a common house is made to be held in our hands.

    CUSTOM HOME February 28, 2014

  • Explorations in Stair Design

    On a recent remodel, Build LLC had a chance to try some new ideas with an open stair. Here's how it went.

    CUSTOM HOME February 28, 2014

  • 10 Rules for Building Your Brand

    Architect Mark LePage of Fivecat Studio shares advice on crafting a strong identity for your business.

    CUSTOM HOME February 14, 2014

  • Bona Mega Satin Review - Pecan Floor

    CUstom builder, Matt Risinger touts the look and health of floors finished with BONA.

    CUSTOM HOME February 07, 2014

  • A Design Guide to the Super Bowl

    Design isn't a word that often appears in the same sentence as football. But just about everything you'll see on Sunday's coverage of the Super Bowl had a creative team behind it. Seattle-based Build LLC gives a designer's eye view of The Big Game. Check it out (even if you're rooting for Denver).

    CUSTOM HOME January 28, 2014

  • An Energy-Smart Cottage That Lives Large

    Thanks to shared spaces and great indoor outdoor flow, architect Nir Pearlson's 800-square foot cottage lives much bigger. Guest blogger Dan Gregory offers a tour.

    CUSTOM HOME January 17, 2014

  • Modest South Carolina Shelter

    You could do a lot worse than to get off the big road, drive through a place like Lake City, and discover a house on a hillside like this one.

    CUSTOM HOME January 06, 2014

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    3D Printers: Tips for Beginners

    Guess what guest blogger Kevin Eckert of Build LLC got his design team for Christmas this year?

    CUSTOM HOME January 06, 2014

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    Seven Steps To a Successful Work Week

    Entrepreneur Architect's Mark R. LePage offers strategies to help organize your work week. (Hint:  No Monday meetings.)

    CUSTOM HOME December 16, 2013

  • Cheap Trick - Recessed Dryer Box Tips

    If you've ever installed a clothes dryer you know that the vent at the back is in jeopardy of being pinched off the second you push the unit back into place.

    CUSTOM HOME December 13, 2013

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    Designing Great Houses by the Water

    Blogger Dan Gregory lives in San Francisco, so he's never far from the Pacific Ocean and splendid seaside views. Recent travels on the East Coast got him thinking about what makes for an all-around great house by the water.

    CUSTOM HOME December 10, 2013

  • Smart London Rowhouses

    36 Bedford Square reminds us that good structures, reasonably built, don’t have to be thrown away: well-proportioned rooms have many uses. It suggests that buildings don’t have to be different to be good.

    CUSTOM HOME December 03, 2013

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    50 Proverbs for Design

    Guest blogger Kevin Eckert shares words to live by.

    CUSTOM HOME November 22, 2013