"Best of House" Features
  • extensive built-in cabinetry throughout, including audio/video center in Family and floor-to-ceiling desk and shelves in downstairs office

  • large two-cook kitchen with two cook tops, two sinks with disposals and raised dishwasher cabinet (range/oven is electric, 2nd cook top is natural gas)

  • all-cedar sunroom with thermal-mass floor

  • large acrylic showers with seats in both baths, garden tub in master

  • natural gas appliances: water heater, Jennair cook top, gas connections for clothes drier and outdoor grill

  • pre-wired for cable, computer, audio-video, security and automation

  • high-quality surround-sound speakers in Family Room ceiling (Boston Acoustics)

  • multi-station door intercom (works with any multi-line telephone)

  • high-speed cable Internet

  • energy efficient woodstove with outside combustion air vent

  • Beam central vacuum system

  • optional conversions: elevator or 3rd full bath with little or no structual changes

  • access to large attic storage area via permanent stairs

  • large garage with extended bay for accommodate lawn equipment or small 3rd vehicle; separate workshop at rear of garage

  • low-maintenance IPE (Pau Lope) hardwood deck

  • construction specifications developed with the help of my good buddy Tim Carter, producer of the syndicated newspaper column Ask the Builder

  • low-maintenance hard-coat stucco and exterior trim; wall system designed in consultation with Joe Lstiburek, a nationally recognized building scientist

  • Doug McSpadden, winner of six awards at 2006 HomeArama, served as construction consultant throughout project