CB November 2004


MasterBath creates custom bath cabinetry with unique design details including moldings, decorative fillers and toe kicks for hutches, linen cabinets, storage and medicine cabinets and mirrors. Three detailed door styles are available in nine finishes. Specify curved doors, dressing tables and cabinet ends as well.

Aquatic's Air Bath Collection welcomes Serenity XI to its line, featuring 60 air jets and continuous bubble action, wave and pulse modes. The bath has a 1 HP variable speed air blower with a 600-watt air heating system and remote blower. Available in 72 × 40 × 29 inches, the bath comes in 30 designer colors and includes a waterproof remote control.

Stone Natural Quartz Surfacing is the newest addition to the Formica family. With 12 neutral colors, ranging from Breccia Crème to Blue Crystalle (pictured), it is stain resistant and suitable for horizontal and vertical applications. Made from natural quartz and high-performance polymers, Formica Stone is nonporous and does not require sealing, buffing or reconditioning.

With a smudge-resistant stainless steel exterior, adjustable shelf heights and the Pure Advantage ice and water filtration system, the Icon counter depth refrigerator by Electrolux is perfect for any serious kitchen. The refrigerator comes clad with an audible alarm sound when the door is ajar and storage bins with adjustable humidity controls.

Celesta Luxury Glass Enclosures are frameless and custom designed and crafted to help homeowners create the ultimate shower environment. With an array of hinges, pulls and towel bars available in a variety of finishes, and three styles of safety-tempered glass, there are many options to choose from. The LX950 door (pictured) features inline panel and modified angle buttress panel, a brushed nic...

Mann's Architectural Medicine Cabinets are made using real wood panels and solid wood moldings that are hand cut into leaves, flowers and fluted columns. Standard cabinets are available in both wall mount and recessed styles with mirrors measuring 19 ½× 17 inches. Larger sizes include the Tall Boy cabinet, with a mirror measuring 25 × 17 inches and the Twin Sink Vanity cabinet, w...

Kohler introduces BubbleMassage air jet technology to its Experience and ProFlex whirlpool bath collections for additional massage control. Eight new models provide a variety of shapes, designs and sizes. A variable-speed blower allows consumers to enjoy a light, bubbling experience or a powerful massage, with several levels of intensity in between.

Abbaka introduces Classic, its newest range hood, with Antique Bronze finish. Other colors include Antique Copper, Hammered Aged Copper, Copper Verdigris, and brushed finished copper or brass. The hood's antiquing is done by hand, ensuring the originality of each piece. The Classic design is available in both wall-mounted or free hanging island designs in standard, 36-, 42-, 48-, 54-, 60- and 6...

KraftMaid adds 26 new designs to its glass cabinetry, with inserts including classic, etched, textured, layered and camed designs. Whether it's maximum visibility, frosted or even patterned designs, the inserts can personalize any kitchen cabinet. Circle 134 on inquiry card.

The Horizon Series fender fire wood-burning fireplace by Valor is equipped with a programmable remote control, six-piece log set and authentic-looking fire brick liners. Featuring arch doors in vintage iron with optional cast iron trim, the fireplace is 35¾× 31¾ inches and has a 6,500 to 30,000 BTU/hour fire range.


Interior designer, Karen Butera, skipped the formalities when she developed the plan for the fabulous kitchen in this 7,200-square-foot, former Street of Dreams home outside Las Vegas. "I wanted this kitchen to really feel like the heart of the home," she says. Butera's design for the space features a mix of classic and contemporary finishes, several seating areas, and a multi-functional center...

Inspired by the artistic symmetry of a unique, freestanding tub that he'd once seen in a magazine, luxury home builder, Peter Magee was determined to use this fixture as the focal point of the dramatic master bath in one of his most recent spec-built projects—a $4.75 million home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

This custom 5,500-square-foot Minnesota "cottage" is filled with distinctive, imported antiques and meticulously handcrafted trim, rather than the rustic game trophies one might expect to find in the wooded lake region west of Minneapolis. While it has all the charisma of an English country home, this house actually celebrates the talent of the American craftsmen who created it.

With a side-by-side arrangement that permits shared spaces and amenities, the game and media rooms in this spectacular $7 million custom residence in Austin, Texas, combine to create an inviting informal zone that serves as one of the home's primary entertaining areas, says architect and builder, Luis Jauregui.

While the all-glass conservatory in this 7,875-square-foot luxury home constructed for Atlanta's 2004 Street of Dreams was one of the show's hottest rooms, the attention it garnered had nothing to do with the temperature inside. "This room made the house stand out from the rest. It was the most talked-about space of all," says builder Jerry Tedder, who served as general contractor for the spec ...

With the Nevada desert as its backdrop, the palm tree-lined pool terrace of this Tuscan-style luxury villa outside Las Vegas provides an invitation to enjoy the outdoors that is irresistible. In addition to a sculpted pool and spa, the terrace includes a high-end, built-in barbeque and an outdoor dining room.


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