A house for all ages

A young family bucks tradition to personalize their home with new materials, natural light, and kid-friendly details

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  • The back staircase features walls lined with bright yellow textured rubber.

    Rubber flooring on walls and stairs

    Thomas J. Story

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The novel use of industrial materials ― from acrylic plastic railing panels to rubber stair treads ― reinforces the family-friendly approach.

The overall result is a modern home that's a true reflection of how its owners live. "The Internet has opened up a whole new world of industrial materials for residential architects," Kuth says.

"We've been able to find materials that are tougher and less expensive than some of the usual ones used in homes. This makes a lot of sense for a family."

DESIGN: Byron Kuth and Elizabeth Ranieri, Kuth/Ranieri Architects, San Francisco (www.kuthranieri.com or 415/544-9880)

CONSTRUCTION: Tommy Hicks and Chris Whitney, Object Assembly, San Francisco (415/822-8565)

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