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A native New Englander, Joseph Lanza received his master's in architecture from the University of texas, where he developed a fondness for western swing music. He no stranger to coupling fine craftsmanship with good design. In addition to his design work, Joe also tackles projects that range from furniture to stairs. Joe lives in Duxbury, Mass., where he’s worked on houses, cabinetry, and furniture. Although their two kids keep Joe and his wife busy, he still finds time to build and attempt to play acoustic guitars. His Web site is www.josephlanza.com.
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Once you settle on the location, focus on providing maximum comfort to the users
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