3 Easy Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home

First-time homeowners usually upgrade their home after a year or so. They do so by expanding the bathroom, adding a walk-in closet or installing a room for a new baby.…

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The Design, Construction, and Lifestyle of Papali Wailea; an Interview with Ed Weinstein, Part 2

BUILD talks with Ed Weinstein about what made the Papali Wailea project a success despite all the challenges.

New Orleans Artist Debbie Boyd Hageman Looks to Mother Nature

The balance of cool and bold work perfectly in artist Debbie Boyd Hageman’s work. All images courtesy of Debbie Boyd Hageman.

New Orleans-based artist Debbie Boyd Hageman has always looked to mother nature for inspiration, solace and refuge. From the time she was a little girl out in the garden with her mother, helping to grow their vegetables, to photographing and painting outdoors in her beloved New Orleans, Boyd Hageman finds her creativity flows best when outside.

“I look at the landscape and I see something new every time,” says Boyd Hageman. She paints big, bold, colorful abstract paintings for commercial and retail clients around the globe.

The Philly native spent a good chunk of her childhood in the state of Indiana. In her early 20s, she headed south to Florida, where she began her artistic career. Though she had always painted and briefly spent time in college art classes,

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Defining a Construction Budget; The 2019 Cheat Sheet

It’s been a decade since we launched our original Residential Construction Cost Cheat-Sheet and since then it continues to be one of the most searched and read posts in the history of the BUILD blog. We originally developed the cheat-sheet after seeing many shifting and shifty budget conversations. Subsequently, we decided to take the topic of construction costs head-on. Since the Cheat Sheet’s introduction, we’ve been having ever-more informed conversations about construction costs with current and potential clients. Escalating construction costs and protracted permitting timelines amongst most building departments in the Pacific Northwest have made the Cheat-Sheet more useful than ever. As an architecture firm with both feet on the ground, discussing the finances of design and construction couldn’t be more important. The goal was both simple and far-reaching. We wanted to create a straightforward baseline for discussing project costs (simple) and one that our industry could start using to

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The DNA of Planned Communities


[The Sea Ranch Lodge, Photo by BUILD LLC]

Anyone in a design-related profession toils with the constraints imposed on the objects of their labor. For architects, these come in the form of ever-increasing land use codes, building codes, and community covenants. And to say that these rules have a real effect on houses and buildings is an understatement. In extreme examples, such regulations can all but shape a project. This enforced control of the built environment often seems antithetical to the very innovation and creativity that architecture aims to achieve, and yet it is precisely these constraints that make a place harmonious and exceptional under the right circumstances. For quite some time now, the circumstances we’ve been most fascinated with are those of planned communities. Some planned communities are among the most thoughtful built-environments we’ve experienced, while others are middling or feel like a weak replica of past times

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Artist Ashley Longshore Is on a Mission to Create Meaningful, Joyful Art

Artist Ashley Longshore is an artist with a mission: to create meaningful, joyful art and, in doing so, to create a more beautiful world. It’s a tall order, but she is up for the task.

Some media have called Longshore a genius. Others have used the term “fashion darling.” Many of her fans and followers refer to her as a funny broad — a word meant to describe someone unfiltered, unafraid and daring. In this sense, it describes Longshore perfectly.

Brilliant, beautiful and bold are also words that accurately represent this creative force. Longshore is known for her large-scale canvases of famous faces: the Portrait Series includes icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Abraham Lincoln and Lil Wayne. Longshore embellishes these with bright colors and images of flowers, jewels and bling — lots and lots of bling. Her Trophy Series, which deals with money and status, is hugely popular with those

ashley longshore dorothy
ashley longshore champagne
ashley longshore chairs

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12 Fresh New Front Door Colors to Welcome You Home

Cottage front door ideas

A cottage porch is the perfect spot for a colorful front door. Try Clark +Kensington Vintage Peach to get this look. Image: The Cottage Building Company

We love the look of a colorful front door to welcome guests into our home. Perhaps our front door is like our home’s jewelry — adding a little sparkle to the curb appeal. Painting your front door is one of the quickest (and prettiest) ways to change up your home’s exterior. Front door colors can be warm, cool or neutral. The freshest colors are warm and cool. You can use them as an accent in your exterior paint color scheme. Here are the freshest front door colors that we’re loving right now. 

Cool Front Door Colors

Our favorite cool front door colors include blue and purple shades. Green can be considered a cool color, but it can also be considered warm if it

Aqua front door
Lilac front door
Pastel green front door
Light blue front door
Purple front door
Green front door
Cobalt Blue Front Door
Yellow front door
Orange front door
Gold front door
Peach front door
Pink front door

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12 Fresh New Front Door Colors to Welcome You Home

Cottage front door ideas

A cottage porch is the perfect spot for a colorful front door. Try Clark +Kensington Vintage Peach to get this look. Image: The Cottage Building Company

We love the look of a colorful front door to welcome guests into our home. Perhaps our front door is like our home’s jewelry — adding a little sparkle to the curb appeal. Painting your front door is one of the quickest (and prettiest) ways to change up your home’s exterior. Front door colors can be warm, cool or neutral. The freshest colors are warm and cool. You can use them as an accent in your exterior paint color scheme. Here are the freshest front door colors that we’re loving right now. 

Cool Front Door Colors

Our favorite cool front door colors include blue and purple shades. Green can be considered a cool color, but it can also be considered warm if it

Aqua front door
Lilac front door
Pastel green front door
Light blue front door
Purple front door
Green front door
Cobalt Blue Front Door
Yellow front door
Orange front door
Gold front door
Peach front door
Pink front door

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The McKinley Bungalow Lets You Shop Everything Inside the Vacation Rental (Even the House!)

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                                BRB, we’re booking our flights to Montauk, New York, and turning on our out-of-office notices&#8230;

…is what we wish we were saying right now after virtually checking out the McKinley Bungalow, a quiet retreat designed by Studio Robert McKinley (who also designed The Surf Lodge in Montauk, The Hall Hotel in Miami, Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk; to name a few). The curated residence designed by Robert McKinley and his wife, Kate Nauta, is the picture perfect example of the idyllic beach home you’ve always wanted.

Montauk holds a special place in the design duo’s hearts as it’s the place where they met many years ago and, later on, got married at the iconic Montauk Lighthouse. With Robert’s repertoire for designing beautiful, experiential properties in Montauk already, the couple was inspired to create a residence that feels like a dream home, which is exactly what they did.

The 1900-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom

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The Park Modern Turns 10


[Photo by BUILD LLC]

The University District’s mixed-use Park Modern building recently turned ten years old, and the project offers a wealth of knowledge in Seattle’s current real estate market. Having weathered a decade’s worth of gray winters, a great recession, and the daily wear and tear of an urban environment, it’s an appropriate time for a performance review.

The Seattle building’s footprint was configured to optimize the small 7,500sf site, an area equivalent to 1.5 single family home sites. Two small, adjacent parcels had been purchased and combined, which allowed the project to have critical mass in scale as well as enough value for construction financing. Although a project of smaller margins, this type of bootstrapping may be even more relevant with today’s challenges of creating affordable housing using modestly scaled infill projects. As available City lots are becoming scarce, while the city’s population continues to grow, the

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The Park Modern Turns 10


[Photo by BUILD LLC]

The University District’s mixed-use Park Modern building recently turned ten years old, and the project offers a wealth of knowledge in Seattle’s current real estate market. Having weathered a decade’s worth of gray winters, a great recession, and the daily wear and tear of an urban environment, it’s an appropriate time for a performance review.

The Seattle building’s footprint was configured to optimize the small 7,500sf site, an area equivalent to 1.5 single family home sites. Two small, adjacent parcels had been purchased and combined, which allowed the project to have critical mass in scale as well as enough value for construction financing. Although a project of smaller margins, this type of bootstrapping may be even more relevant with today’s challenges of creating affordable housing using modestly scaled infill projects. As available City lots are becoming scarce, while the city’s population continues to grow, the

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The Park Modern Turns 10


[Photo by BUILD LLC]

The University District’s mixed-use Park Modern building recently turned ten years old and the project offers a wealth of knowledge in Seattle’s current real estate market. Having weathered a decade’s worth of gray winters, a great recession, and the daily wear and tear of an urban environment, it’s an appropriate time for a performance review.

The Seattle building’s footprint was configured to optimize the small 7,500sf site, an area equivalent to 1.5 single family home sites. Two small, adjacent parcels had been purchased and combined, which allowed the project to have critical mass in scale as well as enough value for construction financing. Although a project of smaller margins, this type of bootstrapping may be even more relevant with today’s challenges of creating affordable housing using modestly scaled infill projects. As available City lots are becoming scarce, while the city’s population continues to grow, the

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An Interactive Film Challenges Us to Expand Our Definition of Home

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                                Ask ten people about their definition of &#8220;home&#8221; and you could very well hear ten completely different answers. A house in the suburbs. A first apartment in the city. A solitary cabin in the countryside. But given the opportunity to investigate the feelings and memories surrounding the concept of home, those differences tend to melt away from the physical and toward the emotional – &#8220;the safe place&#8221; poet Maya Angelou once described as &#8220;where we can go as we are and not be questioned&#8221;. In essence, home exists as a feeling as much as a physical address.

Home – an interactive film created by Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam for Danish green energy company, Ørsted – explores the deep seeded connection between our emotions and the place we most

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Flush Base Guide


[Photo by BUILD LLC]

Our second edition of the BUILD Manual covers an interior flush base design that we’ve been refining for years, and we’re at a good point to share the detail along with the relevant technicalities and construction methods. The minimal aesthetic and durability have made it a favorite detail at BUILD, and we design it into most of our residential projects. It also integrates nicely with windows, doors, and cabinetry. While it’s a bit more intricate than an applied base, we’ve found that once the trades are trained on the detail, it’s a straightforward and reliable application. We’ve covered the various transitions using the flush base detail here and here.


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Stay tuned for additional BUILD Guides which cover the design and construction details of modern architecture, and cheers from team BUILD.

Robert Hutchison Architecture Design A Courtyard House On A River

Robert Hutchison Architecture have designed a modern house that's surrounded by forest and clad in custom-run Western red cedar.

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Case Study 2017 Stairs


[All images by BUILD LLC]

BUILD recently completed the CSH2017 in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. It’s the latest in the Case Study House series and, like the others, it improves on the model, tweaks some design components, and experiments with others. The grade sits a full 14 feet above the street, while the hillside slopes parallel to the street. In order to produce an efficient and usable residence, the design process focused heavily on the stair design strategy, both inside and out. Today’s post reviews the vertical circulation of the structure from bottom to top.

In order to navigate from the sidewalk to the front door, two types of stairs were implemented. A cast-in-place, concrete slab on grade stair ascends to the top of the hill and is lit at every fourth step by a recessed tread mount exterior grade light by Vista. Because the height between the top

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Case Study 2017 Stairs


[All images by BUILD LLC]

BUILD recently completed the CSH2017 in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. It’s the latest in the Case Study House series and, like the others, it improves on the model, tweaks some design components, and experiments with others. The grade sits a full 14 feet above the street, while the hillside slopes parallel to the street. In order to produce an efficient and usable residence, the design process focused heavily on the stair design strategy, both inside and out. Today’s post reviews the vertical circulation of the structure from bottom to top.

In order to navigate from the sidewalk to the front door, two types of stairs were implemented. A cast-in-place, concrete slab on grade stair ascends to the top of the hill and is lit at every fourth step by a recessed tread mount exterior grade light by Vista. Because the height between the top

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Case Study House 2016 Exterior


[Images by BUILD LLC unless noted otherwise]

With summer having arrived in the Pacific Northwest and the vegetation in full bloom, it’s an excellent time to review the Case Study House 2016 exterior design. Today’s post covers the envelope of the residence as well as the landscape and hardscape. An in-depth look at the CSH2016 interior package along with specifications and materials can be found here.

Like other examples in the BUILD Case Study House series, the CSH2016 is an exercise in simplicity. The design is pared down to its essence without removing poetry. Conceptually, the structure is comprised of three volumes, which fit together like a Japanese puzzle box. The largest volume is wrapped with a Pure White Oculus Aluminum Composite rainscreen system. The volume at the southeast corner is sided with horizontal T&G 1×4 clear vertical cedar with a light gray stain (Daly’s #70022) which wraps

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Advanced Rainscreen Envelope Detailing


[All images by BUILD LLC]

There are a number of rainscreen details that team BUILD has been fine-tuning and implementing and the recently completed Pham Residence in Bellevue, Washington is an excellent project to review the latest application. Because the structure is a simple box, there was more reliance on the rainscreen to develop massing, depth and articulation (more information about the genesis of the design can be found here).

While the structural systems of the residence (the shearwalls and bearing walls) remain in a single vertical plane along the east elevation, it was important that the envelope show a change in both plane and material. This strategy relies on both a deep and a shallow rainscreen system, where each depth is developed via the thickness of the vertical battens separating the rainscreen from the water resistant barrier. In the case of the Pham Residence, the rainscreen is either Oculus aluminum

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Blackened Wood Siding Covers This New House In Massachusetts

Architecture & design firm Schiller Projects have collaborated with Gray Organschi Architecture to design this recently completed modern house, located in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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