BUILDER's 2002 showcase of techniques and products is designed for the way builders really build and the way buyers really live.

By Carolyn Weber and Matthew Power

Photography by James Wilson

Ah, the appeal of an old house--a charming, character-rich design on a spacious lot with mature trees. This is what a lot of home builders are up against, the notion that older homes are better than new construction. But in their nostalgic haze, most buyers forget that old homes are also drafty and energy inefficient, they have cramped floor plans and are ill equipped for today's high-tech lifestyle.

Homelink 2002

Family Affair

Cuisine Art

Parents' Perch

Liver, Hold the Onions

Down Under

An eclectic mix of exterior materials combines with careful massing to give Homelink strong curb appeal. To side the house, the architect combined Hardiplank, in green/gray with cream-colored accent trim on the windows and soffits, with Owens Corning Cultured Stone in a muted blue/gray. The materials are accented by dark brown, aluminum-clad Windsor windows, a teal-accented composite roof from Owens Corning, and a dining room bay topped with copper. Brown PVC shutters are detailed like wood but won't rot or chip. A glass paneled fir entry door stands 8-feet tall.

Backstage Kid's Stuff

Magic Moments

Command Central

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