By BUILDER Magazine Staff
Fire Starter: Heatilator's Icon 180 fireplace provides warmth to the large family room. The largest wood-burning fireplace on the market, the unit's refractory interior lining extends to the opening of the firebox and helps give the entire product the look of a true masonry fireplace. It is designed so that finishing materials may completely cover the firebox. www.heatilator.com.
Clad Tidings: Andersen's Frenchwood hinged patio doors connect to the central courtyard. The company's Perma-Shield exterior cladding system eliminates the need for painting and minimizes maintenance, and full, divided-light grilles give the door a divided-pane look. The doors are fitted with Elegant Estates hardware in oil-rubbed bronze. www.andersenwindows.com.
Raise the Roof: The ceiling of the great room is as visually appealing as the architecture of the room. Collings Inc., an architectural millwork company, designed the large trusses in the great room. The company also designed the custom millwork in the dining room and for the entertainment center. All of the millwork is wrapped in birch veneer and then stained to match other elements in the home. www.collingsinc.com.
Faux Pas: Today's manufactured veneer stone, a vast improvement over the first generation of products, is a favorite among builders. This house uses a combination of Eldorado Stone's Fileledge (60 percent) and Hillstone (40 percent) with grout colored in warm browns and tans. The grout is done in an Old World style, flush with the face of the stone. www.eldoradostone.com.
Realé Good: Molding from White River Hardwoods creates visual interest throughout the house, just as it accents the dining room. The room employs the Mon Realeacute; high-relief overlay in poplar and the maker's Authentic Hand-Carved Woodcarvings in lindenwood. Architecturally correct proportions and detailing highlight the profiles. www.mouldings.com. Easy Arc: Kohler's Vinnata faucet graces the kitchen, combining form with function. Its high-arc spout, ideal for cleaning large pots and pans, features a swiveling spray head that pulls down. With the touch of a button, the faucet provides either an aerated stream or a spray. It also has an easy-to-clean sprayer face. www.kohler.com.
Clean Up: A workhorse kitchen deserves a dishwasher designed for performance, so the Abriva by KitchenAid is the product of choice. It has a stainless steel interior, a five-level wash system, and a hard food disposer. The dishwasher also has a fully integrated door panel that conceals the controls when the door is closed. www.kitchenaid.com.
High Tile: Walker Zanger's glass tiles add a touch of radiance and translucency to the wellness center. Seen here are 3-by-6-inch and 6-by-6 inch field tiles from the Fusion line and 1-by-1-inch glass mosaics from Oceania. Ideal for applications near water, glass tile can work in modern or traditional bathrooms. www.walkerzanger.com.
Water Glass: For the buyer who has almost everything comes Kohler's Purist mirrored cabinet with a
Laminar faucet. Mounted behind the mirror, the faucet delivers a steady stream of splash-free water, and the 36-inch-high-by-24-inch-wide cabinet has a right-side shelf extension. Together, the products deliver the "wow" luxury buyers crave. The cabinets can be combined with other mirrored cabinets. www.kohler.com.
Chillin' Out: Every man's cave needs a place to store the vino. HomeDestinations features a Sub-Zero 427 wine unit. Measuring 80 inches tall, 27 inches wide, and 24 inches deep, the product holds 132 bottles and has two storage compartments that have dual refrigeration zones. It also has 14 pull-out shelves that store half bottles and magnums. www.subzero.com. Range Rover: The ultimate in high-powered cooking, the Wolf range has enough BTUs to flash fry a buffalo. Measuring 48 inches, the all-gas range has four burners, a French top, one convection oven, one non-convection oven, a stainless steel exterior, and porcelain interior. It also has an infrared griddle for fast temperature recovery and even cooking. www.wolfrange.com.
Lift Off: To accommodate high-arching jumpers, the sports court needed a ceiling free of typical track mechanisms. The architects turned to Chamberlain's Liftmaster Professional opener, which lifts vertically two Commercial Series 3201 doors from Clopay. The quiet-operating unit uses a belt-driven DC motor to lift the doors. www.liftmaster.com; www.clopay.com.
Cool Air: Carrier's WeatherMaker Two-Speed Puron is the air conditioner responsible for cooling this desert house. When matched with the appropriate indoor equipment, the unit delivers up to 18 SEER, which is the highest efficiency level achieved in the industry. And because Puron is non-ozone depleting, the system is greener too. www.carrier.com. Brick by Brick: Brick details--all of them done with 17th Century Crown from Boral Bricks--abound in this house. To create an antique texture, the manufacturer forms each brick in individual wooden molds and dusts them with sand. Soft, chamfered edges give the bricks a rustic look. www.boralbricks.com.
Casement Closed: Used throughout the house, Andersen's 400 Series casement windows have a Terratone vinyl cladding to minimize exterior maintenance and high-performance glass to cool the house in the Vegas heat. Full, divided-light grilles and a white Metro folding crank complete the look. www.andersenwindows.com. Door Ways: Custom wood interior doors from Southwest Door Co. complement the home's aged and antique feel. The doors carry a distressed finish characterized by random scratching, holes, and character dings that mimic the marks a door would received naturally over time. www.southwestdoor.com.
Spa Special: Whirlpool SinkSpa jetted sink in the laundry room vastly reduces the need for hand-washing clothes. The sink's micro-jets cause a swirling action for easy washing of delicate fabrics or extremely small loads. www.whirlpool.com.
Into the Closet: Well-organized storage space in the laundry room is a must to combat clutter. Here, Eurodesign's Hampstead and Monet products provide plenty. The two door styles include a 13/16-inch solid wood frame and MDF recessed panels. Hampstead features a distressed chestnut on alder, Monet a rustic cream. www.eurodesign.cc.
Control Freak: Large rooms such as the master suite require convenient lighting control systems. Lutron's Grafik Eye does the trick, allowing users to preset scenes for a group of lights in one room or an entire area. The panel switches from one lighting combination to another, and it comes with an infrared wireless remote control. Two-, three-, four-, and six-zone models are available. www.lutron.com.
Heavy Metal: The high-tech feel of the bedroom continues to the bath with a Kohler Vessels Timpani stainless steel, above-counter lavatory sink and coordinating faucet.
Foam Sandwich: Clopay's residential Premium Series model 4401 door fronts the two-car garage. The doors feature a three-layer construction of foam sandwiched between two sheets of 24-gauge steel with a wood-grain finish. www.clopay.com.
Heat Beater: The intense Vegas heat does really bad things to paint. Sherwin-Williams' A-100 exterior paint with Advanced Resin Technology was chosen to combat it. Available in flat, satin, and gloss, the paint offers long-lasting protection and fights peeling and blistering. It also features improved fade resistance so colors stay colorful longer. www.sherwin-williams.com.
Claying Around: The clay roofing from U.S. Tile complements the rustic brick and veneer stone used throughout the house's interior and exterior. The two-piece Mission product is 60 percent Newport Blend and 40 percent Madera Blend. Deep-grouted joints and built-up mortars help vary the roof and add to the rustic charm. www.ustile.com. Wrap Up: Several weather-resistant barriers sheath the house. DuPont Tyvek's HomeWrap helps reduce air infiltration and helps lower energy bills; DuPont FlexWrap flashing tape helps protect the corners of windows and doors from water intrusion; and DuPont StraightFlash defends the straight heads and jambs of rectangular windows. www.tyvek.com.
Holistic Thinking: Instead of conventional vacuums, which can re-circulate dust, the home is equipped with two model 2500 Serenitys from Beam Industries. The company's most powerful unit, each Serenity handles up to 12,000 square feet of living space, removing dirt, dust, mites, and allergens, and carrying them away to a canister located in the garage. www.beamvac.com. Tie Down: Joists are held in place by Simpson Strong-Tie's new and improved IUS hybrid hangers that incorporate the advantages of face-mount and top-mount hangers. Installation is fast and easy with the Strong-Grip and Snap-In joist features. Easy-to-reach face-nail locations and self-jigging locator tabs also speed installation. www.strongtie.com.
High and Dry: To keep the basement dry, the house features Koch Waterproofing's TUFF-N-DRI, a two-part system that helps prevent leaks, moisture, and interior condensation. It consists of a polymer-enhanced membrane that is applied over the foundation wall and a foundation board that goes over the membrane to eliminate the need for an interior moisture barrier. www.kochwaterproofing.com.
Soft 'n Clean: Las Vegas has some of the hardest water in the country. In this house, a Culligan light-commercial water softener treats the water at the point of entry to the plumbing system. In addition to providing better drinking water, the softener protects the water heater, water-using appliances, and all fixtures and faucets from the effects of hard water. www.culligan.com. Seal Off: To combat noise intrusion and noise transmission, the house employs an insulation and noise control package from Owens Corning. The company's R-30 Pink fiberglass batts are used in the ceilings, R-19 batts in the exterior walls, and QuietZone Noise Control products are used throughout the interior. QuietZone products create a sense of privacy between rooms that can get noisy. www.owenscorning.com.
Bionic Wood: The house utilizes Trus Joist engineered lumber, including I-joist, Shear Panel and Timberstrand headers and studs. Because the shear panels only need two 7/8-inch bolts, they reduce installation time. Also the studs, headers, and joists resist twisting and shrinking and provide consistent quality. www.trusjoist.com. High Wired: Greyfox's Premium Series Connection Center serves as the central command for all data distribution, communications, and audio/video throughout the entire house. It has up to 48 phone locations, 32 TV locations, video sharing for 32 devices, and up to eight networked computers with simultaneous access to the Internet. www.greyfox.com.
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