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.

sterling opportunity The Stanton dual-force toilet from Sterling is European in design sensibility, but its $348 list price is pure Yankee thrift. Cheaper toilets do exist, but at this price, you'll get a toilet that sits flush to the wall. The modified one-piece design, crafted of vitreous china, also has a fully glazed and concealed trap and an elongated bowl. A two-button actuator provides a 0.8-gallon or standard 1.6-gallon flush. Sterling by Kohler Co., 888.783.7546;