The Guest Room

  • Anywhere But Here

    The Freedom Tower, the replacement for the World Trade Center, opened last month and not everyone was happy about it. On November 29, 2014, New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman wrote, “It could have been anywhere, which New York isn’t.”

    CUSTOM HOME December 19, 2014

     
  • The Passing of An Era: Sunset Magazine's Campus Sold

    Blogger Dan Gregory had the scoop weeks before Sunset magazine's Menlo Park property sold to Embarcadero Capital Partners. Here's the backstory of this landmark property.

    CUSTOM HOME December 15, 2014

     
  • Mastering the Curbless Shower

    The masterminds at Build LLC offer tips on pulling off a modernist design element that carries big implications for aging in place.

    CUSTOM HOME December 08, 2014

     
  • The Row Houses of Lancaster

    Lancaster, Pennsylvania was a manufacturing town for most of its two-hundred-year history, threaded through with railroad spurs and trolley lines that knitted together workshops, houses  and markets.

    CUSTOM HOME December 05, 2014

     
  • Standing Tall

    Why are tall buildings starting to be forgettable? Twenty stories high, 300 feet in the air and we don’t give them a second look.

    CUSTOM HOME November 21, 2014

     
  • Turning Prospects into Projects

    Guest blogger Mark R. LePage offers advice for how to grow a small business. (Spoiler alert: It doesn't involve highly paid consultants.)

    CUSTOM HOME November 06, 2014

     
  • A Look at The High Line (Before it Was The High Line)

    A glance back at one of New York's most admired public spaces.

    CUSTOM HOME October 31, 2014

     
  • Chimney Swifts

    What some small brown birds can teach us.

    CUSTOM HOME October 23, 2014

     
  • Inspired Thoughts on Storing Books (and Other Stuff)

    Need help with where to put all those books? A few inspired thoughts from our guest blogger.

    CUSTOM HOME October 19, 2014

     
  • Construction Budget Cheat Sheet

    Guest blogger Kevin Eckert shares this methods for making sure a project budget is do-able.

    CUSTOM HOME September 29, 2014

     
  • Craftsmanship in Concrete

    CUSTOM HOME September 24, 2014

     
  • Using Hand Drawing to Market Your Architecture Firm

    Guest blogger Mark R. LePage in praise of drawing by hand.

    CUSTOM HOME September 11, 2014

     
  • Darkness and Hope

    Between global warming and war, children at the border and terrorism, we seemed to be on the edge of oblivion. But then I read this headline in the Washington Post: “New cricket discovered in long-neglected amber collection.”

    CUSTOM HOME September 10, 2014

     
  • Chihuly Studio Tour

    Dale Chihuly is the grand-daddy of blown glass. Build LLC takes us on a recent studio tour.

    CUSTOM HOME September 05, 2014

     
  • 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