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  • 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

     

Projects

  • 2014 Watermark Project of the Year

    The highest honor for our annual Watermark Awards for excellence in kitchen and bath design was awarded to a project that showcases and innovates the use of water in our houses.

     
  • Great Indoor-Outdoor Spaces Elevate a Modest House

    This house has enviable alfresco connections, because landscaping was part of the original plan.

     
  • A Coastal Cottage, Built the Modern Way

    Built in a 110 mph wind zone on the dunes of Cape Cod, a shingled cottage responds to its site while capitalizing on the views and using modern construction methods.

     
  • Kitchen With a View, Chicago

    When former clients bought the property next door to their Cohen and Hacker-designed house, they enlisted the architects to renovate their kitchen so it would have expansive views of the new gardens they’d created.

     
  • A computer area occupies a niche on axis with the glass entry node.

    Record House Revisited, Owings Mills, Md.

    This project succeeds by using an elegant mix of materials that both define and weave together the new floor plan of a notable 1960s home.

     

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  • Bates Masi House for Sale

    This custom house by award-winning firm, Bates Masi + Architects, offers the new homeowners a modern take on a coastal shingle-style cottage. The 2.25-acre site has wooded as well as landscaped areas complete with a swimming pool.

     
  • Make It Right Unveils 5 New Designs for Housing

     
  • Mark McInturff House for Sale

    Traditional forms rendered with clean contemporary lines and open spaces give this custom house by award-winning architect Mark McInturff wide appeal.

     
  • 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.

     
 
 

Top Design Studio Features

  • A Coastal Cottage, Built the Modern Way

    Built in a 110 mph wind zone on the dunes of Cape Cod, a shingled cottage responds to its site while capitalizing on the views and using modern construction methods.

     
  • Kitchen With a View, Chicago

    When former clients bought the property next door to their Cohen and Hacker-designed house, they enlisted the architects to renovate their kitchen so it would have expansive views of the new gardens they’d created.

     
  • Delicate Building in the Tucson Desert

    Building a new house in the fragile desert landscape requires thought and precision. Tucson, Ariz., natives Teresa Rosano and Luis Ibarra, founders of Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, understand the inherent beauty that should be treated with extreme care when building in virgin desert settings.

     
 

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Summer

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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