from the editor

  • we want our truths self-evident

    How do you describe the value architects bring to residential design? I've been working this question since I began editing this magazine seven years ago. And I know many architects struggle with this, too.


k+b studio


  • interlocking pieces

    The third-floor master bath, part of a new glass-and-copper addition that KUBE Architecture attached to the back of the house, had none of the kitchen's constraints. There were no historic details worth preserving in the privacy of the top floor, so Bloom



  • back story

    Historic row houses are rich in elegant features such as high ceilings, tall windows, and gracefully proportioned reception rooms at the front of the house. But the kitchens usually suffer in silence, tucked to the rear in a dark, cramped space.



  • a country of craft dodgers

    As a furniture maker who was extensively trained as an architect, I spend much time pondering the relationship between small details and big spaces. In the process, I have become obsessed with the demise of craftsmanship in our building economy and cultur



  • cloning your practice

    Michael Woodley, AIA, leads a double life. An avid ice hockey fan, he has season tickets to see the Colorado Avalanche in Denver and the Mighty Ducks in Anaheim, Calif. He's an active member of the AIA and the Building Industry Association in Orange Count


architects' choice

  • planks to you

    Charles Rose Architects: Structural glass planks from Circle Redmont.

  • floor show

    Christoff:Finio Architecture: Polished concrete floors from Extreme Concrete Designs.

  • old timers

    Ryker/Nave Design: Recycled lumber from BT Timberworks.

  • clean slate

    Dick Clark Architecture: Brazilian black slate from Young Stone.

  • white lights

    Guy Peterson / Office for Architecture: PVB windows accented by stainless steel from YKK AP America.

  • bright buoy

    Albert Righter & Tittman: Hamilton Marine mooring buoys as eave lanterns.

  • archehype

    Office of Mobile Design: Hype Arc doors, stairs, and countertops.

  • bamboo shoots

    Envision Design: Bamboo veneer from Teragren.

  • comb over

    Marlon Blackwell Architects: Steel-and-glass grid from Razorback Awning & Ironworks.

  • basic black

    Carney Architects: Lithochrome Chemstain, an acid-etched concrete stain from Scofield.

  • black box

    Sarah Nettleton Architects: Photovoltaic street number display.

  • teak performance

    Studio Pali Fekete Architects (SPF:a): Teak plywood.

  • profilit center

    El Dorado: The Pilkington Profilit glazing system.

  • slight flush

    The Miller/Hull Partnership: Caravelle dual-flush toilet from Caroma USA.

  • big drawer

    Alison Spear, AIA: U-Line undercounter drawer refrigerators.

  • on the glow

    Alison Spear, AIA: Custom fireplace burners from Gulassa & Co.

  • suspended animation

    Alison Spear, AIA: Erco's Axis walk light.

  • scratch game

    Kanner Architects: Plaster cladding.

  • smooth moves

    Kanner Architects: Green glass mosaic tiles from Ann Sacks' Beaulieu collection.

  • asian influence

    Kanner Architects: Sugatsune, a manufacturer of pulls, handles, knobs, and other door and drawer components.

  • park place

    The Miller/Hull Partnership: Sectional garage door by Overhead Door Corp.

  • side job

    The Miller/Hull Partnership: AEP Span standing-seam metal siding.

  • deep thoughts

    The Miller/Hull Partnership: Zuma's acrylic tub configurations.

  • shop talk

    The Miller/Hull Partnership: Kawneer's line of architectural aluminum products.

  • take cover

    Luce et Studio Architects: Barrisol's stretch ceilings.

  • fire escape

    Luce et Studio Architects: Crawford 240 bifold door.

  • polymorphous

    El Dorado: Polygal polycarbonate for interior doors and exterior glazing.

  • agribusiness

    El Dorado: Corrugated copper from Firestone Metal Products/UNA-CLAD.

  • aluminum foil

    Studio Pali Fekete Architects (SPF:a): Bar grating from BarnettBates Corp.

  • hard times

    Studio Pali Fekete Architects (SPF:a): CaesarStone quartz surfacing from U.S. Quartz Products.

  • loewen behold

    Sarah Nettleton Architects: Loewen windows.

  • wall art

    Sarah Nettleton Architects: Sto Powerwall Silco wall cladding.

  • cold comfort

    Carney Architects: Hardwood-framed windows from Case Window and Door.

  • crafty exchange

    Carney Architects: Cabinets and ceiling treatments from Spearhead Timberworks.

  • cutting-edge wedge

    Carney Architects: Belfer's halogen wedge lighting.

  • side lines

    Marlon Blackwell Architects: Copper roofing used as siding from Franklin & Son.

  • horsing around

    Marlon Blackwell Architects: EFCO's clear anodized commercial windows.

  • steely eye

    Marlon Blackwell Architects: Custom metal work from Zahner Co.

  • under pressure

    Envision Design: Sloan's Flushmate pressure-assist toilet system.

  • batting green

    Envision Design: Johns Manville fiberglass batt insulation.

  • sniff test

    Envision Design: Benjamin Moore's Eco Spec low-odor paint.

  • discard yard

    Office of Mobile Design: Recycled and found materials such as shipping containers.

  • sharing sips

    Office of Mobile Design: Structural insulated panels (SIPs).

  • dormer delight

    Albert, Righter & Tittman Architects: Divided-light double-hung Marvin windows.

  • friendly floor

    Albert, Righter & Tittman Architects: Marmoleum from Forbo Flooring.

  • hard times

    Sorg and Associates: Countertops from The King's Grant.

  • clad tidings

    Sorg and Associates: Aluminum cladding from Centria Architectural Systems.

  • outside story

    Sorg and Associates: Plywood panels from Georgia-Pacific.

  • epoxy moxie

    Guy Peterson / Office for Architecture: Dura-Glaze gloss epoxy from Porter Paints.

  • lime time

    Guy Peterson / Office for Architecture: Turkish limestone tub enclosure from Manasota Flooring.

  • wholly rail

    Guy Peterson / Office for Architecture: Railing system from Kinney-Johnson Fabricators.

  • balanced beams

    Guy Peterson / Office for Architecture: Ipé timbers from sustainably harvested forests.

  • great white hope

    Dick Clark Architecture: Sand-cast basins from Infinite Fitting.

  • patina real

    Dick Clark Architecture: Revere Copper Products' EverGreen architectural copper.

  • summa lumasite

    Randy Brown Architects: LUMAsite from American Acrylic Corp.

  • value engineering

    Randy Brown Architects: Prefinished, engineered wood floors from Mirage/Boa-Franc.

  • in cinque

    Randy Brown Architects: Avante's Cinque vanity.

  • tag team

    Meditch Murphey Architects: Hansgrohe's Axor faucet and Duravit's Starck 1 basin.

  • steel here

    Meditch Murphey Architects: Custom fabricated steel windows from Hope's Windows.

  • flyte plan

    Meditch Murphey Architects: Minka Aire Flyte fan.

  • european channel

    Meditch Murphey Architects: LINIT Channel Glass by Lamberts from Bendheim Wall Systems.

  • piece work

    Ryker/Nave Design: Modular cabinet components from Henrybuilt Corp.

  • between acts

    Ryker/Nave Design: Lumicor translucent material.

  • sinking feeling

    Christoff:Finio Architecture: Custom sink in DuPont Corian from Evans & Paul.

  • cedar light

    Christoff:Finio Architecture: Cedar.

  • mega slim

    Charles Rose Architects: Fine mahogany wood-framed windows from Megawood Industries.

  • good leverage

    Charles Rose Architects: Door hardware from The Nanz Co.

  • arch arrival

    Charles Rose Architects: The Talia kitchen faucet from Grohe.


doctor spec

  • 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



new material

  • local news

    Now you can read the morning paper while eating on a countertop made from yesterday's edition.

  • off the tracks

    Environmentally conscious architects can spice up their projects by using old building products in new ways.

  • kitchen conscience

    Berkeley Mills is on a quest to make kitchen cabinets more sustainable, so the Berkeley, Calif.-based cabinetry and furniture maker has introduced two lines that use reclaimed materials, Forest Stewardship Council-certified woods, and water-based glues an


off the shelf

  • prix de due

    The Piu Due suite balances geometric bath furniture with free-form fixtures.

  • veni, vidi, venecia

    The Venecia line, like all of Sonia's bath furniture, is constructed from marine-grade wood for greater water resistance.

  • urban legends

    Straight edges and sleek details give Cole & Co.'s Urban Theory collection a clean look.

  • stone soul

    Hand-carved from a single piece of granite, the Michael Zimber-designed Zen stone basin brings natural tranquility to the bath.

  • sound and fuera

    Crafted from a single piece of onyx or granite, Fuera vessels keep a low, albeit lovely, profile.

  • nu to you

    Hundreds of experiments over 14 months led Sonoma Cast Stone to reconfigure its mixes and modify its methods to create NuCrete, a trademarked precast-concrete surface that the manufacturer insists won't stain and will “look like new for years.”


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  • outside influence

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  • reinvention redux

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