The Guest Room

  • 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

  • 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 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



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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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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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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