2019 Professional Builder Design Award Winners

This year’s award-winning projects feature inspiring design and creative details across a full spectrum of wants, needs, locations, and conditions

By Rich Binsacca / Editor-in-Chief; Peter Fabris, Stacey Freed, Michele Lerner, and Camilla McLaughlin / Contributors | August 27, 2019
2019 Professional Builder Design Awards winners including SeaThru, the Project of the Year
From the city streets of San Francisco and Washington, D.C., to the stunning bayside vistas of the Sarasota, Fla., Project of the Year, shown here, this year's Design Awards winners offer creative housing solutions in a range of locales. (Photo: Ryan Gamma Photography)

Professional Builder's annual Design Awards recognize construction industry professionals—builders, architects, designers, developers, land planners, and interior designers—whose work not only demonstrates striking design and innovation but also exhibits a high level of craftsmanship and construction quality.

In his year's awards, judges named 10 gold and six silver winners, one bronze winner, and four honorable mentions in categories that include custom home, multifamily, single-family home, and new community. 

The Project of the Year (see lead image, above) was awarded to SeaThru, a Florida custom home designed by Sweet Sparkman Architects and built by Josh Wynne Construction. The home stands out for its unique relationship to its stunning site and water views.

To see more details and photos of the winning projects, click the links below. 


2019 Design Awards Judges


2019 Professional Builder Design Awards judgesMichael Freiburger, Managing Principal, Director of Design and Construction, NEWLOOK design | build + development, Wilmette, Ill. 

Larry Garnett, FAIBD, Larry Garnett Designs, Glen Rose, Texas

Lorelei Petit, Senior Designer, BSB Design, Sacramento, Calif.

Tessa Smith, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP, Principal, The Artisans Group, Olympia, Wash.


Clockwise from top left: architect Tessa Smith, builder Michael Freiburger, designer Larry Garnett, and architect Lorelei Petit.



Project of the Year / Gold Award Winner

Custom Home: SeaThru, Sarasota, Fla.


Gold Award Winners

Attainability: The Residences at Hayes, Washington, D.C.

Single-Family Production, Over 3,100 sf: Rolling Hills, Product B, Plan 1, Rolling Hills, Calif.

Multifamily: 10Eleven M Street, Washington, D.C.

Custom Home: Kiht’han, Sagaponack, N.Y.

New Community: Altis, Beaumont, Calif.

Infill: Laidley Street Cottage, San Francisco

Multifamily: The Rouge at Pivot, Rutherford, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Custom Home: Sangre de Cristo House, Santa Fe, N.M.

On the Boards: Design by Brandon Architects


Silver Award Winners

Custom Home: Pescador, Newport Beach, Calif. 

Single-Family Production Home, 2,001 – 3,100 sf: The Baldwin at The Colony at the Grand, Fairhope, Ala.

Single-Family Production Home, 2,001 – 3,100 sf: The Magnolia at Westside Landing, Austin, Texas

Single-Family Production Home, Over 3,100 sf: Coastal Farmhouse in Berry Farms, Franklin, Tenn.

Single-Family Production Home, Over 3,100 sf: Miraval II, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Single-Family Production Home, Under 2,000 sf: Vita, Plan 3 at Altis, Beaumont, Calif.


Bronze Award Winners

Custom Home: Greystone Point, Boerne, Texas 


Honorable Mention 

Click here to see the four projects that won Honorable Mention awards:

Custom Home: Private Residence, Casey Key, Fla.

Custom Home: Shorecliff Residence, Mequon, Wis.

Multifamily: Prado at Cadence Park, Irvine, Calif.

New Community: The Great Park at Great Park Neighborhoods, Irvine, Calif.