CB November 2005


Weathering Steel is Corten's new ceramic tile available through Tile of Spain. This steel look-alike can be installed as flooring, wall covering and a ventilated façade system. Weathering Steel is available in 4 × 24 inches, 12 × 24 inches, 24 × 24 inches and 24 × 48 inches.

SPEKVA offers a range of solid wood worktops for the kitchen and bath. There are 22 different wood types and five product lines to choose from. The product lines, Royal, Luxus, Classic, Standard and Endgrain, vary by stave length and configuration. Additionally, Spekva offers 10 worktop finishes, 10 upstand joints and 17 front edged finishes.

Ed Mattox tells us what products he wouldn't build without.

Bellacor lighting has a new, old-world chandelier, the Worthington. This Victorian designed light fixture has 15 fabric-paneled mini-shades in a three-tiered layered design. The hardware is a blend of antique nickel and argent brass finishes. The Worthington weighs 55 lbs. and measures 44 5/8 × 48 5/8 inches.

Bear Creek Glass has created new, hand-blown glass pendant lights to match its glass bowl sinks. These bathroom lights are offered in solid colors or frosted designs with swirl or speckled patterns. The solid colors include ruby, amber, cobalt, pink and ice blue. These hand crafted fixtures measure 6 × 4½ inches.

The Pietre Travertine series brings together South American and Italian porcelain tile design. This new series by ILVA replicates the look of crosscut travertine marble in a rectified glazed porcelain tile. The Pietre Travertine line is offered in four colors, which include white, beige, walnut and red.

Weave is Walker Zanger's new mosaic tile line. Crafted from hand-poured glass, Weave is characterized by its iridescent patina finish. This glass mosaic tile is offered in four different styles: straight set field, offset field, basket weave field and montage pattern field. The tiles come in three sizes: 1 × 4, 1 × 2 and 1 × 1-inch tiles; and in eight solid colors with several mo...

Stonegate Designs has a new pendant light fixture, the LaCirque Pendant. This fabric light fixture is 33½ inches in length with a shade diameter of 33 inches. It is hardwired and can handle a maximum wattage of 3 × 100 watts. LaCirque comes in two finishes: bronze cloud and aged silver. The shade is offered in Dupioni silk with 10 colors options, including white, antique gold, copper,...

Jackson is Kichler's new addition to its contemporary lighting collection. This chandelier is designed with antique, umber-etched upturned shades. It has an "olde iron" finish.

Karnak is Derek Marshall Lighting's new wall sconce design. The Karnak wall sconce is crafted from black iridescent glass fused on top of the white opal glass, like metal armor. This sconce has a special metal coating which gives the glass an iridescent look. This tapered, modern light fixture measures 6½× 15½× 4 inches.


This spec-built home in Beaverton, Ore. gets its distinctive character from a combination of polished high-end finishes, rustic outdoor materials and contemporary amenities which accent its interior living spaces.

Over the years, the relationship between builders and architects has been akin to the relationship between two head-strong brothers.

This ranch-inspired custom residence in Georgetown, Texas provides its owners with multiple outdoor terraces all designed to maximize the owner's entertaining options. Included in the house are an outdoor living room with its own fireplace, a summer kitchen and an inviting covered terrace on the home's entry elevation.

Numerous indoor and outdoor conversation areas give this Scottsdale, Ariz. residence a warm and inviting character that complements its function not only as an entertaining destination, but also a multi-generational family home.

Savvy builders and architects know the design and construction of a custom home is a complicated undertaking fraught with potential pitfalls along the way. Whether they're heading up a large- or a small-scale operation, those that make the most successful teams recognize that a cooperative effort, capitalizing on the unique skill set that each brings with them to the game, is essential.


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