Shawn Kennedy

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  • Meritand Focus On Affordability

    CUSTOM AND CHOICE are words not often associated with affordable housing. But in Birmingham, Ala.'s Southampton Timberline development of eight lease-purchase homes, buyers selected colors, hardware, light fixtures, and patios or decks.

  • Merit

    FOCUS GROUPS TOLD THE developer of Mirasol at Celebration that some seniors are not ready for assisted-living/independent-living communities, but they can afford luxury and want the freedom of rentals. The 209-unit, active adult community helps fill the void. Architect Paige Close designed a complex that offers an active but pampered lifestyle. The apartments range in size from one to three bedrooms and feature walk-in showers and raised electrical outlets. Amenities include a day spa, a fitness center, concierge staff, and a cybercafe.

  • Merit

    BEFORE THE ROOSEVELT fell on hard times, it was among Washington's finest hotels. In its new incarnation as the Summit Roosevelt, the landmark is a 198-unit luxury rental building, refurbished in part with federal tax credits. Architect Chuck Travis' painstaking restoration and modernization resulted in a city residence with both Old World grandeur and modern amenities that are downright decadent, including an exercise facility with a steam room and sauna, guest suites, a dining room for parties, and valet parking.

  • Merit

    Charlotte, N.C.

  • Merit

    A FLUENT TRANSLATION OF JAPANESE style is precisely what architect Stephen Muse brought to his design of the interior of this home. Muse used bare maple for trim, columns, and beams to make subtle references to classic Japanese architecture. A lower-level tatami room (a room with natural grasslike mats on the floors) is the only traditional Japanese space in the house. For the home's exterior, Muse employed a simple shingle design that complements the clean-lined interior while blending in with the wooded surroundings.

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