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.

Kaplan Thompson Architects

metal winner "Many times, a standing-seam roof is desired, but the budget is stuck in the three-tab asphalt [shingle] range,” Thompson says. When that happens, the firm specifies 5V crimp metal roofing from Lancaster, Pa.-based Fabral. Constructed of 26-gauge steel, the fire- and impact-resistant panels are available in six colors. Each sheet covers a 24-inch surface area. Fabral, 800.477.2741;