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More stories about In-House Design

  • Creating a New Foundation for an Old House

    Lifting and resupporting an early-1800s home on a tight site.

  • Elevating Houses

    From financing to compacting fresh fill, we take an in-depth look at elevating a home.

  • On the Job

    Sleek but strong handrail; backyard face-lift; easier winders

  • In the News

    A concept house in Omaha, Neb.; Ecobuild America conference; more

  • A Successful Kitchen Redesign

    Many view design as largely subjective, but when it's done well it can be broken down into realistic, objective directives. These deal not only with aesthetics — form — but also with function, especially for kitchens.

  • Keeping an Eye on Chimneys

    Though it's but a single element, a chimney can do much to enhance a house's overall design. In its materials and form — how it rises and terminates — a successful chimney respects the context of the surrounding home.

  • Making Guardrails Look Good

    An exterior guardrail presents an opportunity to explore a house's design themes in detail. All too often, designers and builders opt for an ill-considered stock railing that technically performs the guardrail function but neglects the spirit of the building it serves.

  • Enclosing a Front Porch

    It used to be that on warm afternoons folks would sit out on the front porch to catch some air and chat with passersby strolling down the sidewalk.

  • Making Windows Fit

    It's easy to get carried away with window placement in a house design and end up with a jumbled-looking facade. This article illustrates some simple guidelines for making windows compatible with the other elements of a house.

  • Fitting the Main Stair to the Entry

    All stairs, from the humblest flight of cellar stairs to the most elegant curved entryway stairs, share the same broad functional requirements: to provide safe and comfortable passage from one level of a house to another.