I WISH I'D TAKEN A PICTURE OF THE rear of the house when we first bought it, because it looks so different now. Not that anyone but our neighbors really ever sees this view, but that's not the point. We've added so much to this house over the last decade or so, but it looks like it was built this way all along. In fact, I dare say the back of the house is as interesting as the front, with the tiered arches following the line of the outside stairs, the different roof lines and window shapes and sizes, the tower in the middle for the spiral stair up to the sitting area over the master suite ... even those little square windows that bring daylight into the closet. It just makes me proud when I drive into the alley to the garage.


While the vast majority of concrete roof tiles are made in an “S” pattern for faster installation, a cap and pan style of tile creates a more authentic, classic Spanish look. For additional insulating value, the roofing features a bead of urethane-based expanding foam on both sides of the pan edges, which effectively seals the cap and pan pieces together without additional fasteners. Hanson Roof Tile. Circle no. 176.


  • Garage storage system. Gladiator GarageWorks provides a variety of storage and work surface options in the garage. Circle no. 177.
  • Central vacuum. Dirt Devil's system combines convenience with cyclonic cleaning action and a high-performance filter. Circle no. 178.
  • Garage floor. The spray-applied Durafleck system from Advanced Coating Technologies provides an attractive, non-slip surface. Circle no. 179.
  • Windows and patio doors. A variety of aluminum-clad wood casement, awning, and specialty-shaped windows and outswing French doors from Hurd Millwork Co. offer energy efficiency, divided lites, and stunning looks. Circle no. 180.
  • Stucco. The stucco system was supplied by Holcim (U.S.). Circle no. 181.
  • Lighting. Maxim (Circle no. 182) supplied a variety of exterior light fixtures for the house, while Evening Sun's (Circle no. 183) low-voltage products illuminate the landscaping.
  • Garage doors and openers. The new Renaissance series of Carriage House doors from Overhead Door Corp. (Circle no. 184) feature wood-grained trim and iron handles and hinges mounted on insulated steel panels, powered by the company's½-hp Legacy openers.
  • Garage wall tiles. A series of laminate tiles from Formica creates the checkerboard pattern. Circle no. 185.
  • Electrical. A variety of Cutler-Hammer products by Eaton's Electrical Business include the load center with surge protection, A/C disconnects, whole-house structured wiring, and a 12kW generator system with automatic transfer. Circle no. 186.
  • Gutters and downspouts. Copper gutters and downspouts by Rutland Gutter Supply complement the authentic detailing of the exterior. Circle no. 187.
  • Fire sprinkler system. Noveon provided the CPVC piping and Blaze-master suppression system throughout the house. Circle no. 188.
  • Wrought iron. Bureto Metal Studio provided the custom-fabricated wrought iron railings and other exterior and interior details. Circle no. 189.