Architect-author, Dan Maginn of El Dorado Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri, gives us the inside track on one of his favorite subjects: contractors. Learn what makes them tick, how to work with them,...
Fuss all you like about sprinklers and guardrails, we need building codes. Here's how to get your architect to play along.
Joining the Grecian urn, the much-rhapsodized IKEA cabinet finally gets its poetic due as a heroic ode. Anyone who owns a set may verily be inclined to put quill to paper and dash off a few stanzas...
By conceptually dividing your home into zones, you can analyze each of its functions in turn. From there, you can develop strategies to understand how you actually live inside these zones—...
What will the future hold for contractors and builders? We asked three industry leaders for their prognostications.
Bid: How much the contractor will charge to build the house. Different than “estimate.” (“Bid” is to “estimate” as “getting wife flowers” is to ...
Aside from that mischievous caveperson in France who used a piece of charcoal to draw a line around some stick figures that suggested some kind of manmade shelter, it is generally acknowledged that...
Arm yourself with the vocabulary needed to navigate the world of building codes.
How one homeowner chose a savvy architect, made nice with the building code, and moved in without a hitch.
Muculus Grigsby runs afoul of the permits department, costing him a chunk of change and loads of time.
Love superclean design but fear the building inspector? Here's our guide to skirting those modernist missteps.
Can you spot the 11 infractions in this modern house?
Good Small Spaces start with Good Small Occupants. Now, it could be that you’re one of the few who are hardwired to live compactly. But the rest of us need to sharpen our metaphorical red...
Creatively separating your functional needs is a key component of Good Small Design—it’s all about overlap, nesting, and double duty.
The final step in the creation of a Good Small Space involves its connection to the 2.5 zillion square feet that exist outside your 900.1
So you’ve brought home an ebullient new contractor to turn your wreck into the Ritz. How to do it? Read on.
Daylight is the lifeblood of a Good Small Space. Start the process of getting the light right by better understanding the nature of the light-emitting gas ball that we call the sun.
Though contractors are unusually deft with tools, accidents do happen. SawStop puts an end to that.
So you’ve brought home a bumbling new contractor who’ll turn your Ritz into a wreck. How to avoid it? Read on.
With less stuff, you’ll need fewer square feet to jam it into. But how small is too small?