June 2005 Table of Contents

From the Editor
checks and balances and checks checks and balances and checks

When we had the brilliant idea to do an issue on design/build firms, we thought we'd given ourselves an easy summer assignment. We'd already planned a cover story on multi-talented Marmol Radziner and Associates, so picking a few other like-minded firms for our design portfolio seemed like a no-brainer. Read more

Home Front
home front on the boards/blue moon rising

There's an interesting infill phenomenon going on at the edge of downtown Tucson, Ariz., and an interesting new firm is behind it. Read more

deep green home front deep green

Writers Alex Wilson and Mark Piepkorn have put together the most accessible, up-to-date residential green building guide on the market. Read more

mighty minis home front mighty minis

The first-ever Green Dollhouse Competition produced pint-sized winners, but it packed an extra-large ambition: to educate the public about green building. Read more

home front the mayne event

Los Angeles architect Thom Mayne, winner of this year's Pritzker Prize, has built his reputation on large-scale public and institutional buildings with striking, exuberant forms. Read more

K+B Studio
K + B Studio / Bath asia calling

Out the kitchen doors and across the courtyard, a quiet master suite is the antithesis of the kitchen's constant buzz. Read more

K + B Studio / Kitchen hover craft

Three young architects with a passion for craftsmanship launched their new design/ build firm and this 6,000-square-foot interiors project nearly simultaneously. Read more

safe and sound safe and sound

During the last 50 years, the development of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) in the United States has had international significance. It began with Jane Jacobs and Oscar Newman laying down the principles of defensible space, which have since been universally accepted, and continued with the work of C. Ray Jeffrey in the 1970s. Read more

peripheral vision practice peripheral vision

An increasing number of architects, it seems, are getting paid to design Web sites and product packaging and to invent brand identities. Read more

the construction zone building it themselves the construction zone

Andy Byrnes put himself through architecture school by building houses, and he enjoyed every minute of it. When he moved to Phoenix after graduation, his priorities were to get his contractor's license and track adown fellow Tulane alumnus Richard Fairbourn. Read more

superior interiors building it themselves superior interiors

Architect Jim Zack got his first taste of construction when he was 16. He liked it so much he continued to work as a carpenter for five years before heading off to the University of California at Berkeley. “Architecture was a natural extension of what I had been doing,” he says. Read more

right to the end right to the end

Marmol and Radziner refine the art and craft of design/build. The two of them thrive on interaction—with clients, with colleagues, with the public, and with their own staff. Which works out well, because running perhaps the most sophisticated residential design/build firm in the country leaves little time for solitary pursuits. Read more

Architects' Choice
architects' choice Architects' Choice architects' choice

product picks from the pros Read more

lyte commercial Architects' Choice lyte commercial

Place Architects often re-purposes industrial products for residential applications. Stonco's Roughlyte is one example. Read more

super rohl Architects' Choice super rohl

As far as Johnston is concerned, Shaw's Original apron-front sink by Rohl can be used in any architectural situation. Read more

easy does it Architects' Choice easy does it

When the budget is tight, Johnston reaches for Amana's Easy Reach refrigerators. Read more

Doctor Spec
keeping it real doctor spec keeping it real

As a decking material, acomposite excels. Made from virgin or recycled plastic and wood waste, composite is durable, weather-resistant, and virtually maintenance-free. But while those attributes may satisfy your clients' practical side, the product's ersatz appearance may leave some of them feeling a little unsatisfied. For those consumers, only a wood deck will do. Read more

double up stair masters double up

budget-friendly prefab and modular stair systems step lively. Read more

metal detector off the shelf metal detector

Copper and stainless steel, selected for their durability and visual appeal, are the exclusive metals used for DSI fabricated stair systems. Read more

flexible fix stair masters flexible fix

Kompact staircase kits offer flexible configurations to solve numerous space issues. Risers are adjustable, as well as the height, depth, and rotation. Read more

stair apparent off the shelf stair apparent

Copper and stainless steel, selected for their durability and visual appeal, are the exclusive metals used for DSI fabricated stair systems. Read more

tread heavily off the shelf tread heavily

A double supporting structure in painted or stainless steel looks great and holds more (400kg per square meter) than most modular stairs, says the company. Read more

pipe dream off the shelf pipe dream

Architect David Weingarten's brainstorm is now a patented prefab circular stair that's about half the cost of custom. Using a 3-foot-diameter steel pipe as supporting stringer and railing makes for easy installation. Read more

hats off new material hats off

This isn't your grandmother's toilet—in fact, it's barely recognizable as one. Kohler, Wis.–based Kohler has reduced the traditional toilet to its bare essentials, a hatbox-shaped minimalist unit. Read more

screen shot new material screen shot

Residential garage doors are generally run-of-the-mill steel products or custom traditional styles made of wood. With its new aluminum and glass contemporary unit, Cincinnati, Ohio–based Clopay Building Products adds some flair to the mix. Read more

End Quote
presidential architect presidential architect

George Washington was a man of many identities—surveyor, military leader, Founding Father, and farmer. But he also harbored a keen interest in design and construction, which he explored with the transformation of Mount Vernon, his family's home on the Potomac River. Read more

Other Articles
2005 Custom Home Design Award Winners

The 2005 CUSTOM HOME Design Awards attracted more than 350 entries in eight categories. The distinguished jury consisted of two architects: Mark Hutker, AIA, Hutker Architects, Vineyard Haven, Mass., and Stephen Vanze, AIA, Barnes Vanze Architects, Washington, D.C.; along with two custom home builders: Andy Beck, Beck Building, Vail, Colo., and Grant Rhode, GF Rhode Construction, Boston. The judges singled out 25 projects for awards, which are listed below. The winning projects will be featured in the upcoming September/October issue of CUSTOM HOME. Read more

Living Modern

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