CB November 2006


Black Diamond Builders President William H. Novak, Jr., shares with our readers a variety of products that he likes to use in his projects.

Here is a look at cabinets and countertops from Omega, Yorktowne Cabinetry, Timberlake Cabinetry Co., Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry and Formica, among others.


The synthesis between architects and custom builders can be like oil and water. With intersecting yet disparate goals, it's a wonder architect and builder get along at all, much less come up with a finished custom home at the end of the process.

Beginning in January, 2007, our back page will feature tools Custom Builder readers find essential. We'll add a new tool to the box every issue, compiling the ultimate toolbox. At the end of the year, we will give the entire contents of the toolbox to one of our readers.

Builder Frank Laskey built this 3,600-square foot spec to launch his upscale, 22-home development in Saratoga Springs, Louden Ridge, where he'll introduce buyers to the practical and healthful benefits of green building.

The 2006 Best in Class survey asked readers how they rate manufacturers of products they use. For the manufacturer, going the extra mile for customers inspires repeat business.

At this spec-built luxury residence in Windermere, Fla., double doors open to reveal the Zen-inspired master suite. The personal sanctuary, which features a spacious bedroom, a separate meditation room and a two-story limestone and slate sheathed bathroom, reflects the home's emphasis on warm colors and natural materials such as wood, stone and river rock.


This Month in Custom Builder


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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