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Naples-based London Bay Homes has been named America's Best Builder for 2008 by Builder magazine. The award recognizes excellence in management practices, customer service, innovative design, marketing and community involvement. London Bay builds between 25 and 35 custom homes a year, priced from $1-million to $10-million, from Marco Island to Lakewood Ranch. Only six other Florida builders have been honored in the 16 years the award has been given.

Builders compete for the best builder award in five size categories. This year the magazine chose only two award winners, London Bay and Drees Homes of Fort Mitchell, Ky. In 2006 Drees built 2,666 single-family custom homes.

Peel and eat made simple

WeÍre enjoying the height of citrus season these days. The OXO Good Grips citrus peeler has a pointed tip to score the peel into sections. The flat edge slides under the peel to remove it easily and can also be used to remove the bitter white pith. ItÍs $5.99 at housewares stores, the big-box retailers.

Be asubhead heres green as you can be

If youÍre building, buying or remodeling and want to do it in the greenest way possible, visit, the Web site of the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn how to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, view green projects in other cities, find checklists and product guides, meet homeowners, learn about the voluntary home rating system known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. (LEED) for Homes. The site is supported by Newland Communities, whose local projects include FishHawk Ranch and MiraBay.

Compiled by Times Homes and Garden editor Judy Stark