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PB Design Awards: 33 award-winning projects that capture today's market
Now in its second year, the annual Professional Builder Design Awards honor the best of the best in residential design.
SYSTEMS-BUILT/MODULAR - PLATINUM AWARD
Located in the hills of Sonoma County in California’s trendy wine country, this net-zero modular project was built as a second home for a couple that was looking for a quick, simple construction solution for their newly purchased land. They acquired the property in July 2011 and moved in just seven months later.
The couple selected Blu Homes’ Breezehouse plan for its contemporary feel, open-plan layout, and expansive glass windows and doors, offering views of the hills surrounding the property. It includes three bedrooms, three baths, an optional fourth bedroom that was converted to a library, a spacious kitchen with an island, and ample built-in storage to maximize space. Large multi-slide doors and clerestory windows allow daylight to flood the main living spaces and create a strong connection with the outdoor spaces, including spacious front and back patios and a large pool area.
“Frankly, this was one of the most impressive projects that I saw in all categories,” said judge Larry Garnett. “It’s an outstanding example of what modular housing can achieve.”
Submitter: Blu Homes (architect, builder, developer)
Interior designer: Jo Cooper Interior Design
Photographer: John Swain Photography
SYSTEMS-BUILT/MODULAR - SILVER AWARD
Bay State Corner
Located within walking distance of a 55-acre park, a transit station, and a regional shopping center that includes a Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, Bay State Corner features two, five-unit apartment buildings with two- and three-bedroom plans geared toward families, roommates, and single professionals looking for a higher-quality rental option.
The design team used color and massing to help humanize the scale of the buildings while also creating a lively exterior that echoes the vibrant nature of Cambridge.
Modular construction was key to completing onsite work in just four months. It also allowed the developer to offer a higher level of privacy for the occupants with superior sound insulation construction compared with other multi-family flats in the area.
Submitter: AbodeZ (developer)
Architect: Piatt Architects
Builder: KBS (modular), Bald Hill Builders (general contractor)