The Guest Room

  • 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



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Business advice, profiles, Q + As, best practices, innovations, and more.

  • Calendar Alert: 11 Events Worth Your Time

    Fall is a busy time of year for the residential design and construction industry, so here’s a list of conferences that might be worth your time.

  • Minorities, Millennials, and Boomers Will Drive Housing in Coming Years

    According to experts from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS), who discussed these topics and more in a live webcast presenting the annual State of the Nation’s Housing report, millennials, minority households, baby boomers, and relaxed credit conditions will be the driving forces...

  • Andrea Cochran's Approach to Landscape Design

    Insights on the landscape design business from Andrea Cochran, one of the Bay Area's top landscape architects, who has been practicing for over 30 years.

  • Best Laid Plans

    To be a local leader in 2013, smaller, private builders needed to begin preparation during the downturn by securing land and adjusting product designs.

  • 3D Printers Are About to Change Your Life

    3D printing has arrived. The implications for building and design extend from architectural models to hardware to walls.


Top Design Studio Features

  • Award-Winning Custom Outdoor Projects

    Custom Home editors have compiled a slideshow featuring the winners in the Outdoor Spaces and Accessory Building categories from our recent Custom Home Design Awards.

  • A Northern California Home Works With the Elements

    Architect Neal Schwartz and builder Bruce Hammond made some counterintuitive choices when they built Crook | Cup | Bow | Twist. The strategy paid off.

  • Residential Roof Deck Review

    Sitting on a roof can feel like sitting on top of the world. And considering how little it takes to make a roof habitable, a deck up top may deliver the biggest bang for the buck in residential construction.


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Explore various approaches to creating strong indoor-outdoor connections and year-round outdoor living through case studies, new products, and a profile of a renowned landscape architect.


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