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      Bryan Jones of Jones Pierce Architecture (Atlanta, Ga.) was named a winner in the 2014 Red Diamond Achiever Award program for Lake Arrowhead Residence, a gorgeous modern home set among Georgia’s charming natural beauty. Integrity windows were used throughout the project to let in the neighboring views while dark exterior colors were […]

American shopping malls are fast becoming an endangered species. In fact, earlier this year, Amy Merrick of The New Yorker posed the question many are afraid to ask: Are Malls Over? Put away the suburban-based sprawling behemoths and their ludicrous commercial rental costs for a moment and turn your focus to a mall that was, but is […]

We love this completely renovated Minneapolis house for its modest size, its simple lines — and its Integrity Wood-Ultrex windows in a Bronze exterior. Builders and architects know what sun and heat do to vinyl windows. Shrinking and warping are common — vinyl windows have even been known to melt. That’s why you typically don’t […]

  “Energy efficient” doesn’t begin to describe the Honda Smart Home, a forward-thinking development constructed in collaboration with the University of California-Davis. Achieving a net-zero carbon rating is one thing, but this home actually produces a surplus of renewable energy! Though currently uninhabited, the Honda Smart Home generates a surplus of 2.6 megawatt-hours (Mwh) of energy per year. […]

Every year, thousands of tourists begin their coastal tours of New England in Portland, Maine, which offers one of the most peaceful and majestic stretches of coastline in the country. So, you can imagine why maintaining the ocean view was important to the owners of the Willard Beach project, a small bungalow converted into a […]

Last March, we told you about The Performance House in Old Greenwich, Conn., which was built by Peter Fusaro, owner and founder of Preferred Builders. A Master Certified Green Professional, Fusaro’s Performance House has earned acclaim as one of the “greenest” homes in the state — and soon, the nation. At next month’s 2014 International […]

Much has been made about the increase in new multifamily construction, but the outstanding demand for apartments also has generated many great renovation projects across the country. Take the Housing Trust of Rutland County apartment complex in Brandon, Vt. Formerly the Brandon Training School Administration, the aging building was completely gutted and remodeled into a […]

A team of top architects and designers have been busy at work on the first-ever HGTV Smart Home, a high-tech luxury home built on Paradise Key South Beach in Florida (just south of St. Petersburg.) The location of the home is important because the constant threat of destructive hurricanes forced the design team to think […]

You don’t nickname a project “The Performance House” unless you can back it up. That’s no issue for Peter Fusaro of Preferred Builders (Riverside, Conn.), though, after earning second place in the 2012 CT Zero Energy Challenge. Fusaro partnered with Granoff Architects and Steven Winter Associates in designing a gorgeous five-bedroom, 2,670-square-foot home, which has […]

Take a beautiful piece of countryside nearby Buffalo, N.Y., and add an award-winning architect, a color specialist and a homeowner with a clear vision and serious DIY abilities to match and you have the beautiful Mission-style home owned by Nate and Darlene Mall. The home was featured a few days ago on In the […]

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