The Guest Room

  • Rooms-Within-Rooms and Window Walls

    Some ideas really do expand.

    CUSTOM HOME August 28, 2014

     
  • Beauty and Quarrels in Provence

    Quarreling and beauty are among the French village of Lacoste’s principal attributes. In some ways it is a prison–beautiful, yes, but confining.

    CUSTOM HOME July 31, 2014

     
  • Behind the Scenes Building Modern Steel Stairs

    Behind the scenes look at how to build steel stairs.

    CUSTOM HOME August 22, 2014

     
  • Barragan’s Choice

    When Luis Barragan (1902-1988) left Mexico in 1931 to study architecture in Paris, he left behind the hacienda where he grew up. In Paris he absorbed the tumultuous newness of modern art and architecture. Four years later he returned to Mexico, determined to implement the new architecture he’d...

    CUSTOM HOME August 22, 2014

     
  • Notes on Perfection

    A design-builder reflects on the holy grail.

    CUSTOM HOME August 21, 2014

     
  • Backyards, Patios, and Borders

    A simple straight line can be powerful.

    CUSTOM HOME August 14, 2014

     
  • Five Ways Architects Can Serve Their Clients Better

    Here's how to educate existing and potential clients on what's involved in hiring an architect.

    CUSTOM HOME August 08, 2014

     
  • Bricks and Civil Rights in Atlanta

    To many people, the genteel mansions of Myrtle Street suggest a romantic story of the old South. But for others, these houses were on the frontline of change–change wrought by streetcars, black artisans, and the civil rights movement.

    CUSTOM HOME July 31, 2014

     
  • The Search for the Perfect Man Cave

    Guest blogger Dan Gregory shares reflections on a hallowed hangout.

    CUSTOM HOME July 25, 2014

     
  • How to Downsize and Go Paperless

    An architect scales down from a 2000 square-foot office to a 200 square-foot one.

    CUSTOM HOME July 17, 2014

     
  • How to Make Floating Birch Room Dividers

    On this project the architect wanted us to try three different options for the exposed edge material to use in creating a floating room divider that visually separates without enclosing a space.

    CUSTOM HOME July 17, 2014

     
  • Universal Design That's Elegant, Too

    Guest blogger Dan Gregory makes the case for a sexier kind of accessible.

    CUSTOM HOME June 20, 2014

     
  • Thinking Large, Building Small

    The entire wall of this Idaho vacation house to pivot and open to the sky. Its hand-powered gizmo is so efficient the owner’s eight-year-old daughter can use it.

    CUSTOM HOME June 13, 2014

     
  • Water Efficiency

    Matt Risinger's Green Building Blog offers video, photos, and expert advice on high-performance construction, green building products, and fine craftsmanship.

    CUSTOM HOME May 30, 2014

     
  • Reusing Stone and Brick

    Advice on where and when to save brick and stone, how to maintain it throughout construction, and blending it seamlessly with the completed project.

    CUSTOM HOME May 21, 2014

     
  • In Praise of Shearwalls

    The team at Build LLC gives technical advice (and help explaining to clients) on why there are some places it's just better not to have a window.

    CUSTOM HOME May 21, 2014

     
  • Architecture of Slavery

    An historic manor in Virginia shares a lesson in the architecture of slavery.

    CUSTOM HOME May 16, 2014

     
  • Five Smart Ways to Build A Better Deck

    Build LLC's Kevin Eckert shares trouble-shooting wisdom on building smart decks.

    CUSTOM HOME April 24, 2014

     
  • 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