Double Duty Dining in the NC Mountain Lake House

Several years ago, I collaborated with my friend and fellow architect, Tina Govan, to design a house here in North Carolina, on a truly spectacular lakefront property, with panoramic views of the water and mountains beyond. The couple for whom we designed the house wanted a place that would work …

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The Home By Design Showhouse 3D Walkthrough

Fifteen years ago, I teamed up with building scientist Steve Easley and custom homebuilder Paul Trudeau to build and present the Home by Design Showhouse at the 2004 International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. A full-scale, fully finished home, the Home By Design Showhouse brought the principles in my …

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Where It All Began

  In the mid-1990s, when I’d been working as a residential architect for more than a decade, I had an epiphany one day while driving though the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa. I had started noticing that new houses were getting extremely large, and decidedly unattractive. For miles and miles, …

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