By Christina B. Farnsworth.

The New American Home: Townhome Trilogy

Unit C may be the smallest plan, at 2,699 square feet, but it may also be the most dramatic. It is the imagined home of a successful attorney, who likes flea-market finds as well as haute couture.

The entry to the C unit opens on a long hallway, rich with gleaming wood floors. To the immediate right is a formal room, which could be a living room or even an office. The designers chose to make this the music room, complete with baby-grand piano and haute couture drapes.

The hallway then passes the stairs and leads to a dining/media room per the plan that the designers chose to showcase as a sitting room. The hallway terminates at the elevator and great room.

Just as in the other plans, a slice of vertical space opens the home from top to bottom. In this case, the drama is in the sitting room with its James Bond movie crystal chandelier. The chartreuse-colored, three-story vertical space features a 30-foot-high series of windows. A railing lets viewers experience the space.

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Drama continues with the gently curving wall of the great room. French doors open on a sheltered terrace that looks down on the Ritz-Carlton's version of Florence's Ponte Vecchio.

Side by side in one wall are the fireplace and television. Timberlake's Rushmore Square Maple Spice cabinets flank a settee that serves as dining bench. They also wrap much of the rest of the kitchen, except the kitchen peninsula that has Timberlake's Cherry Bordeaux cabinets. Counters are Zodiaq in Cygnus Pearl.

Once again most of the floors are Bruce Hardwood, except the laundry room, which features Armstrong's Raku vinyl flooring in Haiku Gray.

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The laundry is on the upper level, near the master bedroom, and has Maytag's Neptune washer and dryer. The master bedroom has private access to its own deck as well as a reading area. The master bathroom includes a Kohler's sok bathtub, which overflows and circulates the water back into the bathtub. The faucet is in the ceiling. There are also two Kallista mirrored vanities designed by Barbara Barry.

Take the elevator to the lowest level and find room for guests and play. There is a second bedroom and bathroom, a media room, and a game area as well as another patio, the third private outdoor space in this home.

Product Spotlight

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That's a wrap: Because the holes in a house are vulnerable to moisture infiltration, windows and doors need to be sealed correctly. As a result, the homes' windows and doors feature DuPont FlexWrap flashing tape to protect the corners of windows and doors. Made from an elastic material, a polyolefin film, and a self-sealing butyl, FlexWrap is a moldable product that conforms to fit most windows.

Stone face: In addition to traditional stucco, the three townhomes use Cultured Stone's manufactured veneer stone. A far cry better than veneer stone of old, the product is lightweight and easy to install. The pieces are made from a blend of Portland cement, lightweight natural aggregates, and iron oxide pigments that give each piece a specific color. Each piece is cast in molds and given its own distinct texture. The rough-faced dressed fieldstone on the three houses normally comes in four standard colors, but it has been custom colored for the project.

Eighty-eight keys: Though designated on the plan as a living room or office, this room adjacent to the entry proves the plan's flexibility. It is merchandised as a music room complete with baby-grand piano. Un Soir A Paris set up a workroom on site to finish fabricating the silk drapes with imported French trim.