The Guest Room

  • 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

     
  • 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