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Menlo Park, CA (April 9, 2004)-Sunset magazine today announced MBK Homes, Ltd. of Irvine, California as the newest member of the prestigious Sunset Western Home Alliance.

Building on more than a century of expertise in Western home and design trends, Sunset magazine created the Sunset Western Home Alliance, a member-based organization recognizing the West's best homebuilders. Created in 2003 with a tripartite goal in mind, the SWHA seeks to foster exchange of information on trends impacting the homebuilding industry, connecting a select group of builders to Sunset's 4.3 million readers as well as to national manufacturers of home products. Among other benefits, builder members receive promotions throughout the year, both within the magazine and through participation in Sunset special events, including the premier annual festival, Celebration Weekend, and the Sunset Western Home Alliance Conference.

"We are thrilled to welcome MBK Homes into the Sunset Western Home Alliance, as we recognize the best builders and architects in the West," said Lydia Lyons, Director of Home Programs for Sunset. "These affiliations mutually benefit the builders and our readers, allowing us to provide trusted advice and recommendations from home industry leaders."

Each MBK Home is the result of intensive research, accumulated knowledge, and personal vision tempered by professional expertise. Every location, neighborhood plan, home design, and feature is selected with exceptional care and consideration. MBK Homes is a building leader, producing residences for families throughout Southern California, and the company's innovative planning and construction methods result in a better value for the homebuyer. More information on MBK Homes is available at

Members of the Sunset Western Home Alliance are selected on an invitation-only basis, with each candidate meeting strict criteria for excellence in categories including: sustainable and environmentally responsible building and development, customer service, maintenance of highest construction and energy-efficiency standards and innovative, efficient use of interior space. 2004 Sponsors of the Sunset Western Home Alliance are, James Hardie Siding Products, Kelly-Moore Paints, Lennox Home Comfort Systems, Pozzi Custom Wood Windows by JELD-WEN, Schlage, and Stainmaster Carpet.

Sunset Magazine is the premier guide to living well in the West, providing the best ideas in travel, garden, home design and food and entertaining in 13 Western states. The magazine has five zoned editions and is read by 4.3 million people each month. Sunset Publishing Corporation is part of the Time Warner family.

Posted on June, 3rd 2004

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