CB July 2005


Ideal for a kitchen island or prep area, Elkay's Mystic is a four-foot-long curved sink. Designed with the faucet at one end and the drain at the other end, water flows through an 8-inch-wide tapered preparation/work area. The Mystic is available in two lengths — 48 inches and 26 inches, with the 26-inch version able to fit into a standard 30-inch cabinet.

Custom Builder David DeBord reveals what products he won't build without.

Homeowners can now make their homes into culinary masterpieces with the help of GROHE's stainless steel cold water pot filler. The pot filler installs on the wall directly over the stove, allowing cooks to fill large pots or to add water to without leaving the stove. The pot filler features a dual pivot joint design, which extends 20 inches for easy use over front or rear burners and then folds...

GE's Monogram Walk-In Wine Vault brings luxury into the wine connoisseur's home. Measuring approximately 7 feet 9 inches by 8 feet 8 1/2 inches on the exterior and 7 feet 1 inch by 8 feet 1/2 inch on the interior, the vault is designed specifically to manage and store up to 1,100 bottles of fine wine in a secured environment.

KitchenAid has taken the dishwasher down under with its Drawer Dishwasher. Similar to traditional dishwashers, this unit occupies the same amount of undercounter space; however, unlike traditional models, two separate dishwashers — one on top of the other — are hidden in easy-to-pull-out drawers.

Marrying practicality with style, Bear Creek Glass creates unique sink bowls for the bathroom. Bear Creek offers sinks in four shapes, Classic, Fusion, Ocean and Splash. The Splash model (shown on the top), resembling water, is available in 11 shades and ranges in diameter from 15 to 19 inches in diameter with a depth of 4 to 6 inches.


The spacious kitchen in this $2.7 million Las Vegas, Nev. spec-built residence is designed to promote "together time" says Joyce Mason, vice president of marketing for the home's builder, Pardee Homes. "Today's kitchen has really evolved into the social center of the home." The Los Angeles-based builder went right to its target market, the modern family, for input when planning this project, wh...

As it so often happens, a few builders gather together, share a few stories and in the telling of their tales from the business front, all develop a new understanding or a new approach to the age-old business of providing shelter. Sometimes, something more develops, as this month's cover story illustrates.

When developing the layout for the master suite in this spec-built luxury show house in Lake Oswego, Ore., interior designer Tina Barclay went to the kitchen for inspiration — literally. She made the focus of this master bath a striking center island, with back-to-back vanities, which not only gave the space a distinctive look, but also enhanced the functionality of the room.

Although it was the first custom home that they'd ever had built for themselves, the owners of this seashore gem on Kiawah Island, S.C. approached the ambitious undertaking in the manner of seasoned pros. In fact, at the outset of the project, the couple presented architect Chris Rose with a detailed "manifesto" that they had created to serve as a design guide for him to use as he developed the...

Who better to create a special place to live than the people in the business of building homes that deliver on that definition every day? Working with clients to design their homes on their lots, custom builders guide the creation of memorable places. The question becomes: how do you transfer that one-of-a-kind skill from a home to a community?


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Fully automated indoor hydroponic appliance that allows anyone to grow herbs, vegetables, and microgreens right in their kitchen all year round without pesticides


A seaside retreat follows the Passive House standard to maximize energy efficiency

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