CB May 2005


Crowned by a soaring, 16-foot coffered barrel ceiling and framed by massive cast stone columns, the luxurious spa tub at the heart of the regal bath is designed to pamper master and mistress in majestic fashion. "The home features a very formal, French Chateau design theme with a lot of honed marble and mosaic tile," says builder Bruce Bleiman, of the $3.

Gary Striegler and I crossed paths for the first time at a pivotal point in both of our professional lives. After more than 10 years of writing for distributors and contractors in the plumbing business, I had finally left the bathroom to learn about the whole house by joining the staff of Professional Builder.

Builder Bill Maroon dug deep to make this one-of-a-kind Tuscan-inspired spec home a standout in his high-end residential construction market in Winter Park, Fla. Not only does this 8,650-square-foot beauty feature lavishly-appointed living spaces on its first and second floors, but the home also features a walk-out basement — an uncommon amenity in the sunshine state.

This cedar-sheathed custom home "planted" amid the rolling hills of California's famed Napa Valley bears a striking resemblance to a vineyard shed. In reality, the 996-square-foot weekend escape is dedicated to providing its owners with a sanctuary where they can find respite from their hectic urban-oriented lifestyle.

Gary Striegler, a hands-on, custom home builder in Fayetteville, Ark., has been building custom homes for most of his life. A second-generation builder, Striegler started working — at the age of 14 — as a trim carpenter for his father. As an adult, Striegler's strong work ethic combined with his love for handcrafted woodwork made the decision to build homes an easy one.


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