In the early 1990s that I bumped into a marvelous little book by the Dutch architect John Habraken titled Supports. He argued passionately that the process of making housing must preserve the â€śnatural relationshipâ€ť that humans need to have with the place where they live. . .
Fine Homebuilding editors are a finicky bunch, and opinionated too. So the task of narrowing down the nearly 150 entries from our â€śBefore and After: Whatâ€™s Old is New Again,â€ť kitchen and bath contest to just five winners wasnâ€™t easy.
Samuel Matchett, who in 1999 purchased the first home built under the EarthCraft House program, was drawn to the house primarily because he liked its design. Its energy efficiency and construction quality were icing on the cake.
Red Rock Builders, based in Edmond, Oklahoma, partnered with the city to build an Energy Star-rated home that will be used as a showcase for sustainable, energy efficient residential construction in Central Oklahoma.
In this project we had some serious structural issues to correct in order to rearrange the layout to maximize the footprint of the space.
The kitchen space that we started with was the result of two...