from the editor

  • confessions of a production home buyer

    I've given up my lovely little 1928 bungalow for a production home. My colleague, the editor of CUSTOM HOME magazine, has threatened to out me, so I thought I'd beat her to the punch.

     

home front

  • summer reads

    For those whose pre-vacation schedules leave little time for bookstore browsing, we've shortened the task for you.

     

k+b studio

bath

  • asian appeal

    An affinity for Japanese design united architect and clients and yielded this serene soaking space.

     

kitchen

  • epicurean escape

    For homeowners who spend weekdays in New York City rushing through power lunches and business dinners, weekends on Long Island are all about cooking for themselves. In this getaway kitchen, quiet meals for two in a custom-built fireside eating nook were a

     

perspective

  • a cautionary tale

    For Philadelphia-based architect, Susan Maxman, FAIA, building in the Bahamas was not a vacation in paradise.

     

practice

  • splitting hairs

    If architects get 25 percent of the work they go after, that's a good percentage, but that also means that for 75 percent of the work, someone is calling to say they didn't get it,” says David Hollenberg, AIA. Since June 2006, when he became university ar

     
  • you can't win them all

    Edward Hodges, AIA, a principal at DiMella Shaffer in Boston, recalls his firm's recent unsuccessful bid for work on a college residence hall. During the interview the architects had made a joke about something, and whether or not it tipped the scale, the

     

profiles

  • sarasota serene

    Guy Peterson's office sits in the middle of Sarasota's creative hub—just blocks from Sarasota Bay, with its string of resplendent keys.

     

projects

  • a zone of one's own

    For several years, architect Kyle Gaffney made occasional visits to a friend's vacation house in Orondo, Wash. He learned all the area's secrets—the best places to water-ski, the idiosyncrasies of the local weather, and the endless variety of fruit grown

     
  • the long run

    When architects design dwellings for their own families, client expectations are high. The modern mountain lodge that Henriette Salvesen and Christopher Adams built satisfied even the toughest critics—their three 20-something children. The “kids” praised

     
  • east coast ease

    Mid-century modern mets cedar siding for this vacation house in the hamptons.

     

products

  • Stainless Steel Kenmore Pro 30-inch Dual Fuel Range

    Kenmore by Sears, Roebuck and Co. Sears says its new Kenmore PRO line will bring professional-style appliances to more attainable price points. This 30-inch dual-fuel range

     

new material

  • less is kenmore

    Sears says its new Kenmore PRO line will bring professional-style appliances to more attainable price points.

     
  • free flow

    The Destiny faucet, introduced under the company's ShowHouse brand, uses an infrared sensor to activate the flow of water.

     
  • orient expressed

    One of their company's first vanities, The Chinatown, is made from Forest Stewardship Council-certified maple, formaldehyde-free MDF, and low-VOC paint.

     

architects' choice

  • hardie appetite

    studio modera: James Hardie Building Products. Supplee tends to favor siding products from James Hardie because “Montana's harsh winters can [wreak] havoc” on home exteriors.

     
  • seville liberties

    studio modera: James Hardie Building Products. Supplee tends to favor siding products from James Hardie because “Montana's harsh winters can [wreak] havoc” on home exteriors.

     
  • not too slabby

    studio modera: Her favorite spec for “handsome, solid-surface countertops” is integral color concrete, which can be fashioned into “virtually any size and shape” without breaking the bank.

     

off the shelf

  • panel discussion

    Ross Lovegrove drew inspiration from the ancient cleansing rituals of Turkish hammans when designing the Istanbul Collection for VitrA. More than 170 coordinating pieces in four product categories bring sleek serenity to the bath. This lavish circular tub

     
  • spring showers

    Under the Tree reinvents al fresco showering with its clever features and eye-catching design.

     
  • water mark

    The Waterfall takes outdoor bathing to new heights. Designed by Mark Suensilpong for Jane Hamley Wells, the teak-and-stainless steel shower column rises 7 feet above its spacious base.

     
  • a showering achievement

    The graceful lines of a ship's hull inspired the slender curve and natural wood composition of the Aqvaplana shower panel from Aqvadesign. The 2-inch-thick panel—constructed of ebony, paduk, zebrawood, or other rich species—provides a discreet hiding plac

     
  • artful ablution

    Napoli's sculptural shape and artful aesthetic wraps bathers in soothing luxury.

     
  • turkish delight

    Ross Lovegrove drew inspiration from the ancient cleansing rituals of Turkish hammans when designing the Istanbul Collection for VitrA.

     

workspace

  • carney architects

    After outgrowing its first space, Carney Architects built this 6,000-square-foot structure to house its 24 employees but also to push the possibilities of the area's Western vernacular architecture.