Issue 235 – HOUSES 2013
The Builder's Journey: Rob Nicely
How I came to build Fine Homebuilding’s best new home of the year, and what it taught me.
Best Remodel: Row House Recharged
A historic home in the heart of San Francisco maintains its traditional facade
Best Small Home: A Garden Cottage for Low-Impact Living
This 800-sq.-ft. infill home was designed for its site and its owners’ lifestyle
Best Energy Smart Home: A Higher Standard
A practical design delivers a remarkably air-tight, super insulated home on a modest budget
Best Retirement Home: Stress-Free in South Texas
A low-cost, low-maintenance home offers comfortable living for the long haul
Editor's Choice: Modern Masonry Farmhouse
A retirement house in keeping with its rural surroundings conjures old-world sensibilities in modern masonry
The Future of Housing in America
Carter Scott is building and selling whole neighborhoods of affordable spec homes that produce more energy than they consume.
The Rise of the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)
Backyard cottages and laneway houses have become increasingly popular in the Pacific Northwest. Will they work in your neighborhood?
2013 Houses Awards: Readers’ Choice
The award-winning projects in this issue were selected carefully by the staff of Fine Homebuilding. This year, we decided to give you an opportunity to select your favorite. Below are…
What's the Difference: Whole-House Fans vs. Powered Ventilators
Martha Garstang Hill We regularly receive emails at Green Building Advisor from homeowners with questions about attic fans: What’s the purpose of the fan in my attic? How often should…
What is the Difference
Purposeful Outdoor Rooms
In this "Drawing Board" article, architect Mark Hutker identifies the characteristics of the best outdoor rooms: They have boundaries; they have floors, walls, and ceilings; they get to use the…
Tiled Counters Never Looked So Seamless
Large-format tile is a strong, modern alternative to solid countertops.
Splurge-Worthy Bronze Hardware
You may think that adding hand-cast bronze cranks and locks to your perfectly trimmed-out casement windows is overkill. Well, Brad doesn’t need a tuxedo, and Angelina doesn’t need diamond earrings,…
Stylish, High-Volume, Low-Speed Ceiling Fans
How can a company with such a ridiculous name make such great products? Or, how did a company that makes something as prosaic as ceiling fans come to have such…
Kaleidoscope of Coverplates
Standing back and looking at a freshly painted or tiled wall can be one of the more satisfying points of an interior project. But when it’s time to fill the…
Fixtures and Materials
Why Can't Architects and Builders Get Along?
Following an old prejudice, many builders think architects are snooty and impractical, while many architects think builders are stubborn and unimaginative. In this article, architect Paul DeGroot and builder David…
Award Winning Projects from our AIA Partners
See more award-winning homes from the 2013 HOUSES Awards.
Interview: Beverly Willis, Architect
The founder of an eponymous foundation, she is making sure that the history of women’s work in the built environment is not forgotten.