Top Design Studio Features

  • 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.

     
  • Midwestern Modernist Firm Integrates Local Culture Into its Design Work

    By the time Residential Architect profiled him in our July 2005 issue, David Salmela, FAIA, had already achieved national respect for his sensitive regional modernism. Since then, rather than rest on his laurels, the Duluth, Minn.-based Salmela has continued to evolve as an architect.

     
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    Colorado Mountain Home in Aspen

    A stacked-log Colorado mountain house is a year-round retreat and takes its cues from the great lodges of the western United States.

     
  • Successful Rooftop Transformation in Chicago

    A Chicago roof garden is lush and private, thanks to hardy plants, shoji screens, and well-camouflaged mechanicals.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • The houses silhouette echoes the forms of the surrounding landscape.

    Wyoming Vacation Home Mirrors Its Rocky Mountain Site

    With the Rocky Mountains as a staggering backdrop, a contemporary Wyoming vacation home manages to mirror the beauty of its vast and gorgeous surroundings.

     
  • Far Pond, Southampton, NY

    Our jury awarded this laser-cut steel wall with a floating cooktop a Detail Award because they felt this “composed and highly detailed kitchen adds drama to the whole house."

     
  • 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.

     
  • With every room opening to the outdoors, this Napa, Calif., house promotes a casual relationship with its site.

    Great Rooms With Wood Ceilings

    The phrase “great room” evokes images of open, airy, expansive spaces capable of housing various activities in multiple gathering areas. Great rooms often have vaulted or double-height ceilings to generate a sense of awe, but such large volumes also can be overwhelming or cold if not thoughtfully...