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A porte cochere sets the stage for this southern California custom residence's grand entrance, withholding the view of the two-story home's elegant Spanish Colonial façade until one has passed under its distinctive arcade and into an ultra-private central car court.

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After reviewing hundreds of entrants for the 2005 Best in American Living Awards, this year's judges discussed a number trends that emerged both regionally and around the country, including baby boomers' affinity for second homes as well as an occasional occurrence of lime green.

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Numerous indoor and outdoor conversation areas give this Scottsdale, Ariz. residence a warm and inviting character that complements its function not only as an entertaining destination, but also a multi-generational family home.

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This spec-built home in Beaverton, Ore. gets its distinctive character from a combination of polished high-end finishes, rustic outdoor materials and contemporary amenities which accent its interior living spaces.

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Over the years, the relationship between builders and architects has been akin to the relationship between two head-strong brothers.

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This ranch-inspired custom residence in Georgetown, Texas provides its owners with multiple outdoor terraces all designed to maximize the owner's entertaining options. Included in the house are an outdoor living room with its own fireplace, a summer kitchen and an inviting covered terrace on the home's entry elevation.

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Although her primary residence is on the East Coast, the owner of this fantastic custom home in Lake Geneva, Wis., remains firmly connected to her family roots, opting to build her vacation retreat on the same treasured homestead where she grew up. "This property was originally a working farm and has been in my client's family for decades," says Chicago-based architect, Ray Hartshorne, who desi...

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With its upscale appliances, elegant palette of materials and finishes, and open floor plan, the kitchen in this luxury residence in Scottsdale, Ariz. is designed to boost the home's entertaining space when the occasion calls for it, says Gina Spiller, design director for builder, Calvis Wyant Luxury Homes.

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Inspired by the eclectic architecture of a West Indies beach retreat the "indoor/outdoor" design theme of the master suite in this custom California home reflects the unique style that makes the 3800-square-foot home a standout in its exclusive Newport Beach enclave of high-end homes. "We maintained a consistent use of materials and finishes indoors and out and from the main floor living spaces...

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