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  • special forces

    Gypsum wallboard is one of the unsung heroes of the architectural world. It's lightweight, easy to install, and adapts to almost any design. Best of all, it's economical. No wonder, then, that wallboard is used in almost all new construction single- and m

     
  • 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

     
  • surface appeal

    It's not easy to design a handsome building, no matter what its type. You have to get so many elements just right if you want it to rise above the mediocre or mundane. You have to nail the usual to-do list of massing, scale, proportion, and detail. But gr

     
  • machines for really living

    a typical custom home has many purely functional pieces that become high art in the hands of deft designers (think Valli&Valli or Louis Poulsen Lighting).

     
  • master glass

    Whitney Sander's house is located on a 28-foot-by-90-foot lot in a dense Venice, Calif., neighborhood. Its three-foot setback means the architect can stand in his house and seemingly shake his neighbor's hand, and yet, he somehow managed to design light-f

     
  • rerun of the mill

    reclaimed lumber and other materials are worthy of a second look.

     
  • outer limits

    Any product junkie knows many innovative developments happen overseas. Another import now making incremental inroads in this country is the ventilated façade—a wall system many architects and building scientists cite as one of the most effective ways to clad a building.

     
  • the softer side of steel

    One of the strongest building materials is also a tremendously flexible, decorative spec.

     
  • open wide

    What good is a vacation home if it ignores the outdoors? Of course you can link indoors and out with a simple French door or a fixed-glass panel, but if your client really wants to blur the boundary, why not open wide with an exterior bifold or sliding do

     
  • upward mobility

    The Washington, D.C.-based Gypsum Association estimates that at least 90 percent of all new and remodeled homes are constructed with gypsum interior walls. Considering the material's design versatility, easy installation, and relatively low cost, it's not

     
 
 
 
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