Ultimate Family Home: Part I
Ultimate Family Home: Part II
Ultimate Family Home: Part III

Magnum opus: Taking its place in the garage is a 2004 Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle that delivers power and luxury. It boasts a 335 hp HEMI Magnum V8 engine that offers 8,950 pounds of towing, seating for up to seven, and 102.4 cubic feet of cargo space. The interior has an entertainment system that plays CDs, DVDs, and MP3s, and a 7-inch Active Matrix screen is available on the SLT and Limited models. www.dodge.com.

Light snow: The house uses a wide variety of lamps from GE Lighting. Recessed cans have 15-watt fluorescent globe lamps that are equivalent to a 45-watt incandescent lamp, while 13-watt compact fluorescent lamps in such areas as the laundry and garage give the same output as a 75-watt R30 incandescent. Dimmable low-voltage halogen bulbs provide accent lighting. www.gelighting.com.

In the groove: All interior doors and the exterior entry door are custom-made products from the Simpson Door Co. The interior doors are handmade from knotty alder with stile-and-rail construction and a beaded groove panel. The 4-foot-by-8-foot knotty alder entry door features a v-groove, plank-style design that has been accented with rustic clavos and a black wrought-iron grille that protects the operating speakease port. www.simpsondoor.com.

Courtesy Lennox Hearth Products

Fire starter: Homeowners and guests can cozy up to the living room's large EST 48 B-vent fireplace by Lennox Hearth Products. The fireplace, originally wood-burning but converted to gas for the house, has a 28-inch-tall face with a clean design that allows for a variety of custom finishes to be applied. The 4-foot-wide opening has over 7 feet of interior hearth area and features an optional energy-efficient door. www.lennoxhearthproducts.com.

Courtesy Hunter Douglas

Privacy, please: Controlling daylight or achieving privacy is as easy as pie thanks to a wide variety of Hunter Douglas window treatments, including Duette honeycomb shades, Heritance hardwood shutters, and Provenance woven wood shades. Silhouette window shades in the master bedroom feature rotating fabric vanes suspended between sheer fabric panels, while Duette can be opened from the top and stacked at the bottom, or it can be raised from the bottom. www.hunterdouglas.com.

High society: Interior door hardware from the Society Brass Collection opens doors in style. The hardware is made from solid forged brass and features concealed fasteners, dual-torque springs that eliminate wobble, and solid metal mechanisms for smooth operation. The knobs used in the house have an oil rubbed bronze finish that has a lifetime warranty and will withstand salt spray, harsh detergents, and wear. www.societybrass.com.

Courtesy Kohler

Water works: The large kitchen is outfitted with Kohler's Dickinson undercounter cast iron sink and Vinnata faucet in brushed nickel. The 8-inch-deep sink has an apron front, and the cast iron stands up to dents and minimizes noise from the garbage disposal. Vinnata has ceramic disk cartridges, a pull-down swivel sprayhead, and a 10-inch-high spout with a 9 1/2-inch reach. The secondary kitchen has a smaller version measuring 9 inches high. www.kohler.com.

Courtesy Realm of Design

Stone age: For a one-of-a-kind look, decorative cast stone architectural elements from Realm of Design are used for window trim, a fireplace surround, and the range hood treatment shown left. The cast product is made from glass fiber-reinforced concrete that offers the same sharp detail and durability as traditional concrete but is 75 percent lighter. The window trim used in the house features an aged stone texture. www.realmofdesign.com.

Courtesy Lutron Electronics

Let there be light: Lutron Electronics' HomeWorks system guides all lighting control in the house. It includes wired and wireless dimmers and keypads in colors that include biscuit, limestone, and desert stone. The system gives homeowners the ability to control single lights, but a second set of rockers also provides one-button control of every light in an entire area. www.lutron.com.

Courtesy Timberlake Cabinet Co.

French twist: The main kitchen, secondary kitchen, home management center, and family room all feature Timberlake Cabinet Co.'s maple Rushmore cabinetry with a mocha glazed finish and French twist pulls. The cabinets are made from hardwood lumber and feature 21-inch dovetail drawers, 1/2-inch-thick sides, and adjustable hidden hinges. Upgrade features include detailed molding, seeded glass panels, and spice drawers. www.timberlake.com.

Courtesy In-Sink-Erator

Double duty: In-Sink-Erator's Series HC-1100 is not a one-trick pony. One lever dispenses near-boiling 190-degree hot water; a second lever delivers cool drinking water. A standard filtration system reduces unpleasant chlorine tastes and odors. The heavy-duty model 777ss disposer, with a 1.0 hp motor, promises reliability and durability. It also possesses a sound reduction system, ensuring quiet operation. www.insinkerator.com.

Courtesy GE

Cook off: An extensive GE appliance package is featured, including the Harmony washer and dryer, Advantium speed cook oven, and Profile oven with Trivection Technology that combines thermal, convection, and microwave energy in one unit. A Monogram 48-inch range and a 42-inch, side-by-side refrigerator take center stage in the main kitchen (shown left). The 6-burner range has a 4.3-cubic-foot main oven, and the 26.1-cubic-foot fridge has digital readout controls. www.geappliances.com.

Courtesy Timberlake Cabinet Co.

Storage solutions: The kitchen area isn't the only place that requires storage solutions, so the house makes use of innovative cabinetry elsewhere. Timberlake Cabinet Co.'s Rushmore Cherry Chocolate is used in various rooms throughout the house. Built-in cabinets eliminate the need for additional furniture in the master bedroom; in the linen area, upper and lower built-ins provide storage and coordinate with units in other parts of the house; and in the master bath, they bookend pedestal sinks. www.timberlake.com.

Spot light: A variety of light fixtures from Sea Gull Lighting Products are featured throughout the house, including low-voltage spotlights in the living room and master bedroom, mini recessed spots in the bathrooms, and low-voltage, under-cabinet lights in the kitchen. The low-profile, low-voltage spots draw less attention to the ceiling and last up to 10 times longer than 120-volt systems. They also have a thermal protector to safeguard against overheating. www.seagulllighting.com.

Courtesy Kohler

Just right: The bathrooms throughout the house have a generous helping of Kohler plumbing products, including a Kathryn comfort-height toilet and fireclay pedestal lavatory, and Memoirs brushed nickel lavatory faucet, shower trim, and tub filler. Comparable to the height on an average chair, the toilet makes sitting down easy, while Memoirs faucets are made from cast brass and feature drip-free ceramic disk cartridges. www.kohler.com.

Courtesy Rubbermaid

Closet case: Rubbermaid's closet storage systems help keep the house neat and tidy. Also available in white, the system shown here is maple. It is made from 3/4-inch-thick, furniture-grade melamine with a 45-pound density and uses mostly cast metal hardware. Areas such as the pantry and the utility room feature powder-coated wire shelving that was specifically configured to store items normally found in those rooms. www.rubbermaid.com.

Courtesy Pella

Door ways: The Designer Series French hinged doors from Pella open up the interior to the outdoor entertainment area. The doors feature a maintenance-free aluminum exterior in standard brown and between-the-glass cordless shades that are controlled by a knob in the window channel. Designer Series sliding patio doors (shown) also separate the air-conditioned workroom and the main garage area. Unlike other brands, the sliding panel is on the outside, which creates a tighter seal when wind blows. www.pella.com.

Courtesy GarageTek

Clip it: The ultimate house deserves an ultimate garage organization system. That's why the house features this versatile and modular system from GarageTek. The foundation of the system is TekPanel, to which all elements can be clipped. Accessories include cabinets, shelves, and workbenches. Once installed, the components and accessories can be moved up or down, or they can be shifted from side to side. The weatherproof pieces come in a neutral color with yellow accents. www.garagetek.com.

Master stroke: The Chamberlain Group's LiftMaster Estate Series model 2595 opener controls the garage doors. Designed to accommodate heavier doors, the opener is equipped with a 3/4 hp motor and has a commercial I-beam rail-and-chassis support for strength and stability. A motor vibration isolation system and a chain spreader help the unit to run smoothly and quietly. www.liftmaster.com.

Courtesy Boral Bricks

Old world brick: All brick in the house is from the 17th Century collection by Boral Bricks, including this unique exterior application. These modern-day products actually look as if they are from the 17th century because of the centuries-old process used to make them. Each brick is formed individually in a wooden mold and then dusted with sand for an antique texture. Boral Bricks. www.boralbricks.com.

Courtesy Amana

The heat is on: Heating and cooling are handled by units from Amana Heating and Air Conditioning. A GUVA Air Command gas furnace has a two-stage, variable-speed circulator that runs longer at a reduced speed, so air is circulated quietly. Because of the almost constant operation, air moves through the unit's filter more frequently for cleaner indoor air. In addition to high-efficiency cooling, the RSG Ultron 16-SEER air conditioner uses the environmentally friendly, chlorine-free refrigerant R-410A. www.amana-hac.com.

Courtesy Rinnai Corp.

Plenty hot: Homeowners will not have to worry about hot water, because the house has Continuum tankless water heaters from Rinnai Corp. These units deliver an almost endless supply of hot water 24 hours a day, and homeowners can use three water outlets simultaneously with constant hot water. For example, a homeowner can take a shower while running the dishwasher and the washing machine without running out of hot water. www.foreverhotwater.com.

Courtesy Summit Door

No upkeep: To avoid the upkeep of a wood garage door, paint-grade wood sectional doors and wooden gates from Summit Door are used for the garage and courtyard. The grooved Country Collection doors achieve the traditional look, but they are made from formaldehyde-free medium density overlay and Medex wood composite that resist surface checking, splitting, and cracking. www.summit-door.com.

Courtesy AstroPower

Here comes the sun: The energy-efficient home produces at least half of the energy it needs to operate thanks in part to the SunLine Solar Electric Power System from AstroPower. The 8-kilowatt system includes roof- and trellis-mounted solar modules that convert sunlight into energy and an inverter that transforms DC power into AC power. AstroPower's SunChoice meter in the home management center displays how much electricity the system is producing and how much is being used. www.astropower.com.

Courtesy Sherwin-Williams Co.

Paint the town: All exterior and interior paints and stains came from The Sherwin-Williams Co., including: SuperPaint 100 percent acrylic exterior flat that provides resistance to chalking; environmentally friendly and low-odor Harmony interior latex; and EverClean latex wall paint, which is ideal for high-traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. EverClean has a durable finish that allows homeowners to clean surfaces without scrubbing. www.sherwin-williams.com.

Courtesy Pella Windows & Doors

Lighten up: Architect Series casement and double-hung windows from Pella Windows & Doors bring light to the interior. Double-hung units feature solid wood grilles permanently bonded to the inside and aluminum-clad grilles on the outside of energy-efficient insulating glass. Instead of a standard grille, these windows use a custom design. The casements' standard fold-away handles were upgraded to Rocky Mountain Hardware in silicon bronze with a dark patina. www.pella.com.

Courtesy Endura Products

Total resistance: Because exterior door sills are particularly vulnerable to rot, decay, and other damage, the house features Z-Series composite entry-door sills and astragals for French doors from Endura Products. The composite materials create a sill that is impervious to water and construction damage and also provide resistance to rotting, warping, and discoloration. It is available for in-swing and out-swing applications. www.enduraproducts.com.

Courtesy US Tile

Clay time: With their scratched surface texture, US Tile's two-piece Tapered Mission-style roof tiles match the house's rustic brickwork. The tiles are made from all-natural clays in a custom-colored mix of Madera, Carmel, and Newport. Because they are kiln-fired, the tiles possess a high strength-to-weight ratio and low moisture absorption. www.ustile.com.

Power station: Just in case the power goes out, a 22kW Kohler generator is standing by. About the size of a typical air conditioner, the unit is powered by propane or natural gas and has an automatic transfer switch that monitors for interruption. If power fails, the transfer switch automatically starts the generator. The switch reverses the process once power returns. www.kohler.com.

Behind the Walls

Courtesy Culligan International

Pure and soft: Like 85 percent of the country, Las Vegas has hard water. A Platinum Series water softener and a Good Water Machine from Culligan International solve the problem. The soft water system protects the home's plumbing from mineral deposits and scale buildup that ultimately reduces the efficiency of appliances, and the Good Water Machine substantially reduces microscopic impurities, chemical elements, and unwanted particles for a constant supply of pure drinking water. www.culligan.com.

Courtesy HomeTeam Pest Defense

Bug off: A pest control system by HomeTeam Pest Defense keeps uninvited guests at bay. Designed to target pests inside the walls, the Pest Defense system consists of a network of plastic tubing installed in designated walls. Blue tubes serve as feeder lines and carry the pest control materials to yellow tubes that are perforated and linked to service ports located on the outside of the home. The in-wall feature minimizes exposure to family members and pets. www.pestdefense.com.

Courtesy Honeywell

Fresh air: Honeywell's ultraviolet air treatment system keeps the air in the house fresh and kills certain kinds of airborne bacteria passing through the HVAC system. An F300E electronic air cleaner captures up to 72 percent of particles that are .03 microns or more in size and up to 99 percent of particles that are 10 microns or more. The house also features a Honeywell T8000F flush-mount programmable thermostat that can be programmed for up to four time periods and temperature set points. www.honeywell.com/yourhome.

Courtesy G-P Gypsum Corp.

Mold busters: To combat moisture and mold growth, the house utilizes specialty products from G-P Gypsum Corp. Dens Shield Tile Guard's heat-cured acrylic coating protects the integrity of the tile installation and stops moisture from migrating to the wall. Unlike paper-faced gypsum board products, paperless DensArmor Plus mold-resistant gypsum panels feature inorganic glass mat surfaces for protection from incidental moisture. www.gp.com/gypsum.

Courtesy Aquapex

Flexible tubing: Instead of traditional metal plumbing, 1/2-, 3/4-, 1-, and 1 1/2-inch Aquapex flexible cross-linked polyethylene tubing from Uponor Wirsbo distributes water throughout the house. The tubing has a smooth interior wall that eliminates scale buildup, is resistant to corrosive soil and water, and dampens the sound of rushing water. Freeze resistant, the tubing is connected with permanent connections that will last a long time. www.wirsbo.com.

Courtesy Simpson Strong-Tie

Strength in numbers: All framing hardware and structural connector systems are from Simpson Strong-Tie. Products such as ITT I-joist hangers, seismic and hurricane ties, and framing anchors permit design freedom but also satisfy the necessary load requirements. Working in conjunction, the connectors provide strength at critical points of connection and reduce the extent of damage in the house during a seismic event. www.strongtie.com.

Eco-friendly mortgages: Fannie Mae offers an energy-efficient mortgage (EEM) that allows borrowers to qualify for a larger mortgage when they buy a new, energy-efficient home or an existing house that needs energy improvements (refinancing options also available). Energy savings are added to the borrower's income to allow the home buyer to qualify for a larger mortgage amount. The costs of energy improvements--up to 15 percent of the value of an existing home and up to 5 percent of a new home's value--also can be included in the mortgage. The value of the home is adjusted by the value of the energy improvements. MyCommunityMortgage EEM, another Fannie Mae program, provides incentives for low- and moderate-income home buyers to purchase environmentally efficient homes. www.fanniemae.com.

Courtesy Beam

Easy vac: A central vacuum system contributes to healthier indoor air quality and is more effective at removing dirt than an upright. This is why the house features Beam's Serenity Plus whole-house system. It lifts 100 percent of contacted dirt, dust mites, and other particles and carries them from living areas to a remote canister. Sized to handle 10,000 square feet of space, Serenity has a 7-gallon dirt receptacle and a two-stage motor. Beam Industries. www.beamvac.com.

Courtesy Tyvek

It's a wrap: Tyvek StuccoWrap from DuPont provides the house with protection from air, water, and moisture. The product has a continuous microfiber web with pores that are wide enough to allow moisture vapor to pass outside the walls but small enough to protect walls from air and liquid water. DuPont's Tyvek FlexWrap, a moldable flashing tape, is used at corners and arches of windows and doors, and as counterflash at screed lines, making one-step, seamless protection possible. www.tyvekconstruction.com.

Courtesy Tremco Barrier Solutions

Frame up: Trus Joist's FrameWorks Building System of engineered lumber is the main structural component of the house. The products include TimberStrand laminated strand lumber and Parallam parallel strand lumber. Made from fast-growing, small-diameter trees, this engineered wood is a high-performing, resource-efficient alternative to solid-sawn lumber. www.trusjoist.com.

High 'n dry: To help keep the air inside dry, the house features Tuff-n-Dri Foundation Waterproofing by Tremco Barrier Solutions. The system features a membrane that is sprayed evenly over the entire foundation wall and a Warm-n-Dri foundation board that goes over the waterproofing membrane. The board keeps the foundation wall temperatures closer to the air temperature of the basement, which helps reduce interior condensation. www.guaranteeddrybasements.com.

Courtesy ClimatePro

Fresh air: To help reduce poor indoor air quality, the house features formaldehyde-free ClimatePro fiberglass insulation from Johns Manville. Instead of formaldehyde, the insulation uses an acrylic binder to hold the fiberglass together (so the batts are white) and contains on average at least 25 percent recycled content. The product also benefits installers because of the reduced itching and dust associated with the product. www.jm.com.