Great design, they say, is in the details. Often, the details were custom touches that became part of the mainstream vernacular. Others are simply too exquisite not to share, even if they never make it to suburbia.

Project: Vacation house, Cape Cod, Mass.; Entrant/Architect: Centerbrook Architects and Planners, Centerbrook, Conn.; Builder: Robert Bowman Builders, West Falmouth, Conn.

Project: Cassia model at Desert Mountain, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Entrant/Architect: Downing, Thorpe, & James, Boulder, Colo.; Builder: The Weitz Co., Phoenix

WAVE LENGTH: Described as a “trademark blend of elegance and whimsy,” this vacation house (above) in Cape Cod, Mass., stretches along its oceanfront lot like a moored ship, a screened, detached “bow house” at one end, serviced by an expansive view deck with signature details that earned the house our 1992 Project of the Year award.
WAVE LENGTH: Described as a “trademark blend of elegance and whimsy,” this vacation house (above) in Cape Cod, Mass., stretches along its oceanfront lot like a moored ship, a screened, detached “bow house” at one end, serviced by an expansive view deck with signature details that earned the house our 1992 Project of the Year award.
MIRROR IMAGE: A native stone fireplace (left) looks at home inside or out, extending on either side of a glass wall and picking up the same sandstone lintel details throughout. The treatment earned a 1996 special focus award for this Scottsdale, Ariz., house.
MIRROR IMAGE: A native stone fireplace (left) looks at home inside or out, extending on either side of a glass wall and picking up the same sandstone lintel details throughout. The treatment earned a 1996 special focus award for this Scottsdale, Ariz., house.

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