• Book Review: The Swedish Country House

    Each year at Custom Home and residential architect, we receive many more books than we have time to review. There are always a few that I hang onto, hoping I'll some day have the chance to write about them.

  • A Lost Generation of Architects?

    There has been some encouraging news from architectural firms lately about work picking up a bit. But for young associates laid off during the recession, prospects for employment in the field still look shaky.

  • House Built With Salvaged Car Parts

    Maybe it’s because we’re gearing up for Custom Home’s annual Kitchen & Bath Design Guide, but I woke up thinking about kitchens, and about one motif in particular: the stone or concrete counter that wraps all the way down to the floor.

  • Kitchen and Bath Trend: It's a Wrap

    Maybe it’s because we’re gearing up for Custom Home’s annual Kitchen & Bath Design Guide, but I woke up thinking about kitchens, and about one motif in particular: the stone or concrete counter that wraps all the way down to the floor.

  • A Dry Future for the Southwest

    The Southwest's year of record-breaking heat, drought, and catastrophic fire may be a harbinger of worse to come for the region.

  • Connected House a Big Hit at CES

    The prospects for home automation got a lot more interesting with the spread of home wifi networks, iPads, and smart phones.

  • USGBC Introduces LEED App Lab

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    Salvage Beauty

    A trio of historic structures comes together in the Virginia countryside.

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    Green CH Design Awards Winners

    In the attached slideshow we highlight several past CHDA winners that make solar orientation, sustainable materials, and products a priority.

  • Readers Share Market Trends

  • Benjamin Moore Introduces 240 New Hues

  • Is Construction Heading Toward Long-Term Recovery?

    Chief economists from the AGC, AIA, and Reed Construction Data offer their take on the state of the construction industry and give predictions for future performance.

  • Housing Market Stabilizing with Energy Efficiency and Outdoor Spaces Still Popular

    The quarterly survey reports that buyers are exchanging high-end specialties for practical home offices.

  • Kitchen and Bath Dealers Remain Optimistic

    The NAKB's quarterly Kitchen & Bath Market Index provides a snapshot of overall feelings as being either positive or negative.

  • Color Forecasts for 2012

    Understanding how colors sway people and awareness of current trends can help you bolster your relationship with your clients.

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    Spectacular Sunscreens

    Artfully screened outdoor spaces, such as those highlighted here from our 2011 Custom Home Design Awards, offer inviting options for homeowners and their guests to soak in the sun or lounge in the shade.

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    Lujan House, Ocean View, Del.

    Our judges admired the quality of light and clean materials used for this house on the Chesapeake Bay.

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    Cooperstein House, Truro, Mass.

    Estes/Twombly Architects filled a custom vacation home on Cape Cod with natural light.

  • A suite of Waterworks fixtures matches the rooms clean lines and allows light and air to flow under the sinks and tub surround.

    Outside Advantage

    A Weston, Mass., master bath by Hutker Architects brings the outdoors inside.

  • The tub and vanities look out over the scenic Snoqualmie Valley.

    Up In the Air

    Architect Nils C. Finne creates a new bath in an old farmhouse in Fall City, Wash.

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    Good Egg

    The Cone Egg Pendant by jGoodDesign is hand-blown and sandblasted to add light and character to the room.

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    French Impression

    The Marron Glace line of cabinetry, cut from walnut and accented with glass shelves, is named after a French delicacy: glazed chesnuts.

  • Solar Decathlon Seeking New Location

    The biennial solar-powered home competition is moving from its location on the National Mall—but to where?

  • 8 Kitchen and Bath Design Tips for 2011

    Customized touches can wow all types of buyers.

  • New clerestories bring natural light into the kitchen, and radiant-heated terrazzo floors provide even warmth.

    Culinary Craft

    The kitchen of this 1950s ranch house is reborn by updating some of its original features and adding custom-fabricated surfaces.

  • Over the sinks, architect Nils C. Finne added large mirrors, suspended in thin steel frames, that reflect patterns and light from the continuous windows behind them. They contribute a moment of glamour to an otherwise restrained room, and they do sway, underscoring the sense of hovering lightly in space.

    Boundary Issues

    This renovated ranch house bath takes full advantage of its private, wooded site.

  • Jay True (left) and Jim Murphy of Jim Murphy and Associates.

    Grand Crew

    Jim Murphy & Associates is a custom building company as sound and fully realized as the wine country estate homes that are its specialty.