June 2007 Table of Contents

From the Editor
evaluating valueFrom the Editor evaluating value

Here at ra, we've long known the secret of the high-design, low-cost house: it belongs to an architect. Read more

Home Front
urban flight

Broadway Court's pleats and folds look like wings, lifting it head and shoulders above the stucco boxes that characterize much of the affordable housing in downtown Santa Monica, Calif. Pugh Scarpa Kodama built simply and economically so it could “splurge Read more

global warmingtonglobal warmington

Vantage of Palo Alto, Calif., is the largest solar-powered residential project ever built in the city. Read more

K+B Studio
K + B Studio / Bath clear choice

Like the kitchen, this master bath renovation looks like a million bucks but cost a fraction of that. A pared-down palette and tricks from tradesmen cut costs but not corners. It all started with the homeowner's request for a bigger window. Alter suggeste Read more

K + B Studio / Kitchen clean sweep

These homeowners wanted big remodeling bang on a moderate budget. Designer Kevin Alter suggested focusing their dollars on frequently used spaces such as the kitchen and master bath while choosing simple but effective upgrades (like new windows and fewer Read more

Perspective
delivering the goodsFrom the Editor delivering the goods

We live in a design economy encompassing everything from the iPod to Ikea. Investment in, awareness of, and appreciation for design are at an all-time high. Read more

Practice
field maneuvers

When Richard Williams, AIA, designed his own house five years ago, he decided to forgo a general contractor and manage the fieldwork himself. He spent nights and early mornings coordinating the various trades before heading to his Washington, D.C., office. Read more

Profiles
in the middle of nowhere

Alongside the unpaved road to Lori Ryker and Brett W. Nave's home and studio, alpacas and horses nibble placidly at the surrounding grassland. Dusty pickup trucks drive well under the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. The Livingston, Mont., compoun Read more

Projects
elements of value simple pleasure

Paul Hirzel, AIA, spends most of his workdays teaching at Washington State University and heading up its architecture graduate program. So he limits his one-person practice to projects he can't bring himself to turn down—projects like this vacation retrea Read more

elements of value encore effort

When Scott Rappe, AIA, met with the family for this weekend home, one member had a simple request: “I want you to design it, not draw it.” The family member happened to be John Holabird Jr., FAIA, grandson of the founder of Holabird & Root and a former pr Read more

elements of value risky business

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

Doctor Spec
shop talkdoctor spec shop talk

In bizarro world, all of your clients are surgeons, hedge fund managers, or high-net-worth individuals with the resources to afford anything they want. If they want custom hardware from The Nanz Co., they can have it. Salvaged vintage stone tile from Pari Read more

Products
cheap fillssaving graces cheap fills

Finding worthy products for price-conscious custom homes is a tough gig. But if you love the hunt like we do, it's bound to reward everyone involved. You'd be hard-pressed to find a pot filler this handsome for less than $300. But now you can. Danze's Mel Read more

working the anglessaving graces working the angles

Finding worthy products for price-conscious custom homes is a tough gig. But if you love the hunt like we do, it's bound to reward everyone involved. The contrast of rich espresso-stained wood against the polished, angular forms of West Elm's metal/wood b Read more

playing the numberssaving graces playing the numbers

Finding worthy products for price-conscious custom homes is a tough gig. These Sausalito house numbers from Chiasso have a clean Art Deco-inspired design and exposed fastening screws. Read more

starck realitysaving graces starck reality

Finding worthy products for price-conscious custom homes is a tough gig. Some of the basins in Duravit's Starck 3 series retail for less than $300, and a couple of them can be had for less than $200—a sweet deal for a designer label. Read more

la dolce veniciasaving graces la dolce venicia

Finding worthy products for price-conscious custom homes is a tough gig. No need to worry about foreign exchange rates with Venicia Euro-style frameless cabinets from KraftMaid. Read more

flor scoresaving graces flor score

Finding worthy products for price-conscious custom homes is a tough gig. FLOR modular carpet tiles are easy to install, easy on the wallet, and easy on the environment. Read more

sterling opportunitysaving graces sterling opportunity

Finding worthy products for price-conscious custom homes is a tough gig. The Stanton dual-force toilet from Sterling is European in design sensibility, but its $348 list price is pure Yankee thrift. Read more

bargain bamboosaving graces bargain bamboo

Finding worthy products for price-conscious custom homes is a tough gig. Ikea's Kvist bamboo flooring is gentle on the planet and the pocketbook, at just $2.88 per square foot. Read more

set in stonesaving graces set in stone

Finding worthy products for price-conscious custom homes is a tough gig. Blanco’s Silgranit sinks are composed of 80 percent granite to withstand everyday wear and tear. Read more

square dealsaving graces square deal

Finding worthy products for price-conscious custom homes is a tough gig. Restoration Hardware’s Dillon wall sconce is made from cast brass with a white frostedglass square shade for a soft glow. Read more

a real baldwinsaving graces a real baldwin

Finding worthy products for price-conscious custom homes is a tough gig. Known for its traditional door hardware, Baldwin now has a line of contemporary levers and entry handle sets that won’t cost a fortune—if you choose carefully. Read more

Architects' Choice
metal winnerArchitects' Choice metal winner

Kaplan Thompson Architects: When looking for a standing-seam roof, the firm specifies 5V crimp metal roofing from Lancaster, Pa.-based Fabral. Read more

tough customerArchitects' Choice tough customer

Kaplan Thompson Architects: “When we're searching for a value window with high performance, we often look to Marvin's Integrity line,” Thompson says. Read more

scientific methodArchitects' Choice scientific method

Kaplan Thompson Architects: If the budget is tight, Kaplan Thompson often turns to TopLabPLUS, a cellulose fiber-and resin-based surfacing material known for its sterility and imperviousness. Read more

Digital Home
digital home disappearing act

The flat-panel TV—plasma or LCD—has become both status symbol and style statement. Even so, to many, a TV is still a visual intrusion, no matter how thin it may be. The custom electronics challenge facing today's designers: how to hide the plasma TV? Read more

Workspace
el dorado

When Kansas City, Mo.-based el dorado decided to design a new office, it didn't want to lose the industrial character of its previous digs. Read more

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