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Risky Business

For Jill Salter and her artist husband, simplicity, cost and construction were their guides for navigating the building of their home.

Risky Business

For Jill Salter and her artist husband, simplicity, cost and construction were their guides for navigating the building of their home.

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    Jill Salter

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    The courtyard is the focal point of the house. Made possible by a setback variance for the corner lot, it creates private outdoor space in a tight urban setting.

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    JWestProductions.com

    The courtyard is the focal point of the house. Made possible by a setback variance for the corner lot, it creates private outdoor space in a tight urban setting.

delivering value

Invest your own labor.

Simplify forms for ease of construction.

Celebrate natural finishes.

Orient for daylighting to save on fixtures.

Design for stock cabinets.

budget-minders

Corian countertops
“The dark charcoal background with yellow and sage particles reminds me of terrazzo. It really ties together the maple and slate flooring.”
DuPont, 800.906.7765; www.corian.com.

Vermont natural black slate flooring
“The dark slate tiles were used to reinforce the long, rectangular volume of the house.”
Hilltop Slate, 518.642.2270; www.hilltopslate.com.

Kolbe & Kolbe wood windows
“The windows have solid wood construction and come with great features at an affordable price. We combined a variety of standard sizes to create a 10-foot-by-10-foot glass wall.”
Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., 800.955.8177; www.kolbe-kolbe.com.

White subway tile on bathroom walls and white octagonal floor tiles
“A timeless, classic finish.”
Triangle Tile & Stone of NC, 919.859.5860; www.triangletile.com.

¾-inch solid maple flooring
“A gorgeous blonde wood, which richly contrasts with the slate material.”
Union Church Millworks, 540.862.0767; www.millwork2002.com.