The Guest Room

  • 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

  • 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