There is a presumption that high-end custom homes, particularly those that are more architecturally evolved, are built and finished strictly with top-shelf materials and systems. However, inexpensive, utilitarian materials handled in unexpected ways not only can save money, they can introduce a fresh and interesting take...

Two years after moving into their custom-built home, a family awoke in the wee hours of March 25, 2014, to the sound of every homeowner’s worst nightmare—the ear-piercing, intermittent screech of a smoke detector. “My wife got our son out of the house, and I found...

The evolution of the green building industry has slowly but surely moved far away from the iconic aesthetic that helped bring it mainstream awareness—thick-walled, straw-bale houses, racks of solar panels propped awkwardly on roof tops, the occasional rainwater barrel—and it has become impossible to recognize...

Carnelian Bay second home combines classic look with fun amenities   When guests unpack their bags and settle in to this Carnelian Bay home—and naturally gravitate to the game room, two piers and plethora of seaworthy toys—it’s tough to pry them away from the lakefront estate. “What’s funny...