CB January 2004


European castles and cathedrals speak of an era when craftsmanship combined with artistry to spectacular ends. Millions still tour these places each year to glimpse a way of living - and of building — that's long gone. Until now.

In a clever twist, interior designer Debbie Grant brought exterior detailing indoors to add an Italian villa influence to this custom home in Richmond, Va.

Taber Anderson, president of The Lyle Anderson Co., a land acquisition and development company in Scottsdale, Ariz., attributes the trend toward architectural authenticity to people's greater awareness of the world.

While its size and detailing rival that of an Italian villa, the living spaces in this 6,149-square-foot model home in Naples, Fla., retain a warm, inviting character that earned builder Harwick Homes rave reviews.

Since the spring, the percentage of respondents to the Fall 2003 Survey of Affluent Americans who are planning to build a new primary residence rose from 1.5% to 4.2%.

An earthquake- and fire-resistant concept home in California demonstrates the structural and healthful benefits of building with steel.

Signature Custom Homes originally intended to showcase this 6,880-square foot, spec-built home, with its indoor water features, sleek, contemporary design and million-dollar view of Las Vegas' lights, as a swinging bachelor's pad.

Style Solutions has added 39 designs to its collection of low-maintenance urethane ceiling medallions.

Equally suited as a primary residence or a vacation retreat for South Florida's elite, this spec-built builder's model home integrates casual California flair into Mediterranean architecture.

The Glass Companions line of contemporary wall sconces complements W.A.C. Lighting's new ceiling pendants and fixtures.


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Union is an industrial-inspired bath fittings collection from the UK-based brand Crosswater London


Collaboration holds the key to a smoother selections process that satisfies both client and builder

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