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    Lavish Leftovers

    Reclaimed wood blends with glass and tile for a family-friendly version of contemporary style.

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    Swish Seat

    This chair consists of a single piece of flexible, integrally colored polypropylene that won't fade over time.

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    Swedish Bauhaus

    Artistry and utility meet in these eco-friendly Bauhaus rugs, shuttle-woven in Sweden.

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    Slow Burn

    Billed as the most efficient cooker on the market, this luxury charcoal grill is made with a two-layer insulating sandwich of refractory cements and an airtight lid seal.

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    In Suspense

    Outdoor illumination gets a modernist update with the suspension-mounted UTO pendant light.

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    Pizza Pizza

    The GUSTO portable wood-fired oven combines sleek Italian design with engineering that allows it to maintain its heat for more than an hour.

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    Warm Welcome

    The DCS built-in patio heater extends the outdoor entertaining season with 56,000 BTUs of heat and keeps guests toasty up to 15 feet away.

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    Heaven and Hill

    A sunrise-to-sunset pavilion puts down Texas roots.

  • The architects of this project typically design contemporary houses, but whatever the style, the challenges of an open kitchen remain the same.

The New American Bungalow, Evanston, Ill.: Architect: Cohen & Hacker Architects, Evanston; General contractor: Sturm Builders, Northbrook, Ill.; Interior designer: James Thomas, Chicago

    Open Season

    A look at three different open kitchens show artful ways that designers met the challenges that open kitchens pose.

  • Cabinetry and a change in floor elevation separate the kitchen and family room.

    Margin Call

    Over time, Santa Barbara, Calif., -based custom builder Doug Ford built a business that reflects that philosophy, investing in the staff, infrastructure, and systems required to handle the most elaborate residential projects—and their relationship-conscious owners—as a matter of routine.

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    In the Hood

    This one-piece vent liner is infused with Zephyr's DCBL Suppression System Technology, which ensures quiet operation and energy efficiency.

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    Sun Sign

    The REFLEX Aztec vessel sink, perfect for a powder room, measures 16.5 inches in diameter and 5.5 inches deep.

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    Teak Chic

    AnTeak tiles and mosaics are made with FSC-certified, antique reclaimed teak wood.

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    Top Cellar

    The True Professional 15 Series 15-inch-wide wine cabinet stashes nearly two cases of wine.

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    Get a Grip

    The Sydney Harbor Series hardware from Top Knobs draws inspiration from the arched bridge overlooking the harbor of one of Australia's best-known cities.

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    Counter Appeal

    ThinkGlass amps up the durable glass countertop, raised bar, or island with LED lighting.

  • Kitchen

    Under The Volcano

    These sinks from Pyrolave are made with lava stone extracted from volcanic craters in France.

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    Floor to Ceiling

    The +Artesio from Poggenpohl integrates walls, floor, and ceiling into a cohesive unit that reflects the Bauhaus philosophy of form following function.

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    Pickup Sticks

    The IXI luminaire features crystal metallic-finished cylindrical forms suspended from a matte white lacquered square that houses LED light sources.

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    Sleek Soaker

    The Palomba Collection by Laufen includes a freestanding solid-surface bathtub.

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    Spitting Image

    This rotisserie oven replicates the spit cooking method with a cast-iron oven chamber, gas burners, and a porcelain drip tray.

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    Color Coded

    Designed by Davide Oppizzi of DCUBE, Ametis offers high-tech functionality within its striking curves.

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    High- Tech Hopper

    The SensoWash C toilet features concealed water and electrical fittings.

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    Plush Patina

    The stand-alone Shelburne soaking tub is made from 90 percent to 95 percent recycled, durable copper sheet metal.

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    Vintage Vanity

    The Wide Blues Console sink offers a vintage look with curving metal grillwork and circular-pyramid section legs.

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    Global Warming

    The Tango pendant achieves dramatic effect through a pair of contrasting finishes.

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    Disappearing Act

    This shower drain allows for the inlay of tile or stone over the drain to match the flooring, which creates the illusion of water disappearing into the floor.

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    Island Living

    The b2 kitchen workbench is a freestanding island that includes areas for prepping, cooking, and eating.

  • A glass-walled living-and-dining pavilion is flanked by wings holding more private spaces.

    Parallel Play

    A Long Island house brings order and inspiration to a multitrack family life.

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    Stealth Sink

    The Crystalline sink incorporates opaque safety glass that functions as a cutting board.

  • Trahan and his staff from 180 Degrees provided design and construction services for this interior renovation project.

    James Trahan

    Each new employee at 180 Degrees goes through intensive training. The program is similar to an apprenticeship, but covers all steps of producing a building from conception to completion.

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    Fresh Starts

    This editor's letter introduces the new, redesigned Custom Home as a quarterly, with a hat-tip to upward-bound indices and cautious optimism and a shout-out to new departments written by the same expert hands.

  • The house's picturesque entry elevation is little changed since the Victorian era.

    Light Touch

    A deft remodel opens up a venerable northern California cottage.

  • Taking a Bough

    Located in the hills above California’s Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain House occupies a high, sloping site shaded by towering trees.