A Home for the New Economy

Charleston, S.C.Right Roofing: The simple gable roof is easy to build and maintain, thus decreasing the chance of callbacks due to leaks from inadequate flashing. Slate-look tiles from Inspire Roofi ng are made from a 100 percent recyclable blend of natural limestone and virgin resins. The tiles feature large nail guides and accuracy alignment tabs to ensure fast and proper installation. www.inspireroofing.com Pretty and Practical: An 8-foot-deep porch offers shelter from the elements and a usable outdoor space.Deluxe Door: The Straightline series model 181 full-panel entry door from Andersen Windows’ Architectural Entranceways features a rectangular glass panel with 3/4-inch chamfer profi le muntins that create six simulated divided lites. www.andersenwindows.com

Whatever You Need: Verastile as a Swiss army knife, the adaptable suite can serve any number of purposes, from first-floor master to family room to home office to rental apartment. It's even got its own private entry from outside.

Efficiency Apartment

First-floor Master Suite

Porch Landing: An engineered composite porch decking and railing system from TimberTech features the company's Earthwood plank and Radiance Rail system. All components are made from recycled wood and plastic waste blended with adhesives and UV-inhibiting color pigments to resist damage and faading from sun and moisture exposure without paint, stain, or seal. The planks are available in 12-, 16-, and 20-foot lengths, and can span 20 inches on-center, and can be installed using a proprietary concealed fastening system. www.timbertech.com

Tall, Not Grande: Nine-foot ceilings give bedroom areas room to breathe and allow space for transoms, but still maintain a feeling of intimacy and coziness. Designer Doors: TruStile’s TS2020 stile-and-rail interior doors feature a simple, two-panel design that exudes elegant practicality. Specified in a paint-grade MDF, the line is also available in 14 stain -grade wood species. Panels can be substituted with glass, grooved, or louver panels. www.trustiledoors.com.

Storage Room

Reading Room

Counter Measures: The quartz countertop from DuPont Zodiaq features a black base highlighted by large yellow ochre and translucent particles with a slight refl ective shimmer for a durable and distinctive surface. The quartz-based material achieves a hardness rating of 7 (on a scale of 10), resists heat and scratches, is non-porous to retain its luster without sealants or waxes, and can be custom fit to your exact specifications. www.zodiaq.com.Cool Coating: The Duration line of interior latex coatings from Sherwin-Williams provides superior washability and fi nish retention even in bold hues, according to independent testing, and a cross-linking technology that repels stains. The low-VOC (42 grams/liter) coating formulation also contains anti-microbial properties to resist mildew. www.sherwin-williams.com.

Kitchen Upgrade

Ship Shape: Making the most of limited square footage, this plan includes no hallways. Stairs provide circulation space, and the cavity underneath them contains a coat closet, as well as a “clutter closet” loaded with outlets for cell phone, Blackberry, and iPod chargers.Picture This: Windows on opposing walls bring in daylight and crossbreezes, reducing the load on artifi ciallighting and air conditioning.Ship Shape: Making the most of limited square footage, this plan includes no hallways. Stairs provide circulation space, and the cavity underneath them contains a coat closet, as well as a “clutter closet” loaded with outlets for cell phone, Blackberry, and iPod chargers.

Water Wise: Consolidated plumbing means shorter mechanical runs. This translates into savings on construction materials, as well as water bills.

Austin, Texas Climate Friendly: Simple in form, the Home for the New Economy can be clad in multiple configurations to suit different weather conditions and vernacular styles.

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