Issue 267 – HOUSES 2017
Best Remodel 2017: Colonial Transformation
Improved flow, more natural light, and a connection to the outdoors modernize a creekside Minnesota home.
Best Small Home 2017: A LEED House on a Small Lot
An architect designs a right-sized, certified Platinum home on a challenging building lot in British Columbia.
Best Traditional Home 2017: Federal Farmhouse
A Vermont architect uses the state’s energy-efficiency guidelines to craft a new zero-energy home steeped in traditional character.
Best Energy-Smart Home 2017: Net-Positive in New England
This new home blends the nostalgia of a traditional Massachusetts farmhouse with the needs of a 21st-century family.
Editor's Choice 2017: A Study in Design/Build
This new home for a Navajo family blends traditional values with modern details and materials.
Readers' Choice Awards 2017
In addition to the six award-winning projects selected by the Fine Homebuilding editors, we also asked our readers to select their favorite homes.
Why Don’t We Build Better Houses?
Although we know how to build healthy, comfortable, durable homes, mostly we don’t...but not because it’s too expensive.
Surviving a Design Review
Whether you’re in a historic district or an upscale development, the secrets of success are the same.
FHB House: Flexibility in the Floor Plan
The completed house is durable, efficient, and attractive with a flexible floor plan on each level.
Through the Lens
Design ideas from the Fine Homebuilding photographers.
You Are Building Better Houses
We’ve created a shortsighted market where buyers need to pack as much resale value as possible into their initial costs because that’s all appraisers will tally and all lenders will underwrite.
Drawing Is Easy, Building Is Hard
A real-world relationship with building materials and processes makes architects better at their jobs.
Tools & Materials
Built-In Banquettes for a Kitchen or Dining Room
A banquette is a great way to efficiently accommodate a table and seating in a space that would otherwise be too cramped for a more conventional dining table and chairs.
Keep Craft Alive
Breaking the Mold of a Traditional Architect
Steve Baczek is keeping craft alive by pushing the envelope of modern building