Editor's Page

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    Stormy Weather

    Severe weather events pose challenges and should capture the attention of custom builders and residential architects as we need to rethink the way we design and construct our houses.



Custom Builder 2.0

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    Artistic License

    Designer/builder Peter Sabbeth of Modern Green Home applies his fine arts background to custom homes.


K+B Studio


  • Cooking and serving functions occupy a platform one step up from the dining area, which places the counter at an appropriate height for barstools. A window in the floor offers a glimpse into the wine cellar.

    Cut Above

    The Seattle house called Ballard Cut takes its name from a waterway that connects the city’s Lake Washington to Puget Sound.



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    This master bath strikes a perfect balance between openness and privacy.


On Site

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    Altitude Adjustment

    Every custom home reflects site constraints, both physical and regulatory, but few occupy a tighter buildable envelope than Russian Hill. Its tiny infill lot, in the upscale San Francisco neighborhood of the same name, was subject not only to the city’s planning code and residential design...


Great Finds

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    Custom Builders Recommend Their Favorite Products and Tools

    Minneapolis-based builder Sven Gustafson uses the BuildTools software platform to keep his company organized and on budget. California-based builder Noel McNamee was looking for a siding product that would install easily and had a green bent.



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    Surface Wear

    This limestone tile series offers stone flooring that looks old yet is suitable for contemporary interiors.

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    Sleek Sense

    This motion-sensor faucet pumps water at a rate of 1 gallon per minute.

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    Eco Planks

    Ecowood tiles resemble aged wood while containing 85 percent recycled material.

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    Fiery Flush

    This fireplace uses a proprietary autopilot system that regulates three sources of combustion, achieving a 4.09-gram-per-hour emission rate.

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    Green Spray

    The Croma E 100 Green hand shower features three spray modes.

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    Tall Walls

    This modular shelving system mimics the lean profiles of urban skyscrapers.

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    Old Grains

    Reclaimed Douglas fir table- and countertops from Viridian can add points toward LEED credits.

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    New Knobs

    Viking's D3 line of appliances is now available with custom knobs and handles.

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    Coppery Hues

    Antique Copper, a new addition to Terra Legno's Querica line of engineered flooring, offers a warm surface look in residential applications.

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    Global Structure

    This spherical suspension lamp from Foscarini is constructed from material similar to that worn by NASA astronauts.

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    On Stage

    This bath platform from BainUltra makes tub access easier.


Last Detail

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    City Nights

    Built-in bunks fold guest accommodations into a 1,050-square-foot one-bedroom apartment.