source: residential architect Magazine
publication date: June 1, 2007

By Nigel F. Maynard

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. Yes, your products must prove penny-wise, but they can't look cheap or perform poorly. They must withstand the rigors of everyday life at least as well as their more precious counterparts.

Admittedly, cheap is in the eye of the budget holder, but we think the collection on the following pages is a bargain at twice the price.

playing the numbers

These Sausalito house numbers from Chiasso have a clean Art Deco-inspired design and exposed fastening screws. Made from solid zinc with a polished finish, each number varies slightly in size for visual interest. Priced at $18 apiece. Chiasso, 877.244.2776; www.chiasso.com.