Urban loft living done right

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Eric Brown of Artisan Homes took a sketch on a napkin for developing loft living in downtown Phoenix to William Hezmalhalch Architects. The result was the winner of the Home of the Year in the Best in American Living Awards — Artisan Homes' Lofts on Central. "It was that vision of creating a loft style unit," William Hezmalhalch Architects' Jeff Chelwick, principal in charge f...

January 01, 2006

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Eric Brown of Artisan Homes took a sketch on a napkin for developing loft living in downtown Phoenix to William Hezmalhalch Architects. The result was the winner of the Home of the Year in the Best in American Living Awards — Artisan Homes' Lofts on Central.

"It was that vision of creating a loft style unit," William Hezmalhalch Architects' Jeff Chelwick, principal in charge for Lofts on Central, says. "Giving the prospective buyers flexibility to do what they want within the walls that the builder has put in is an incredibly unique, exciting concept."

Artisan Homes first developed urban loft living on Osborn Street, a mile and a half north of the Lofts on Central, but mixed-use was a major part of Brown's true vision of urban loft living and Osborn doesn't offer retail space. Central does.

"I did Osborn first because the only high-end condo buildings were just down the street and I had views of the Phoenix Country Club and the mountains," Eric Brown, president of Artisan Homes in Phoenix, says.

Making a difference

Downtown Phoenix was in need of revitalization. "The city was desperately looking for someone to start doing housing downtown," Brown says. "The other thing was mixed-use buildings were missing. I really wanted to do something that I thought would make a difference for downtown Phoenix."

The Central site was a vacant lot for many years. While Artisan Homes was marketing Lofts on Osborn, potential buyers wanted to know if there would be lofts built on Central Avenue. "The market in Phoenix had been stagnant for years," Brown says. "Nothing was moving, but I liked this location because we're right in between downtown and midtown."

Lofts on Central is in the heart of the Central Corridor, within walking distance to a historical residential district, adjacent to the Phoenix Art Museum, Central Library, Margaret Hance Park and near the future site of the Light Rail transportation system.

"We selected this site because it offered someone an urban experience," Brown says. "The only thing really lacking was no restaurants within walking distance, so that's why we decided it was important to do our own restaurant downstairs."

In addition to Cheuvront's Wine Bar and Café on ground level, Artisan Homes added a hair salon and law office on the second floor, creating a convenient and urban setting for buyers.

Most mixed-use buildings have such a high lease rate it becomes hard for retailers to rent out the space. Or loft buildings are built in areas not ready for fully engaged live/work urban living. "We decided to build the cost of retail space into the homes," Brown says. "If we leased it for a dollar, we made a dollar."

Occupying the retail space before the building was complete was important to Artisan Homes. When a local state senator, Ken Cheuvront, wanted to open a wine bar, Artisan was happy to oblige its ground level retail space to this venture. "It was a perfect complement to the building," Brown says.

Balancing design

The concept of loft living can vary. For Artisan Homes it meant mimicking the true warehouse converted to lofts found in New York City. The structure comprises a variety of materials, such as sandblasted concrete blocks, wood framing and concrete slab. The concrete slab starts at ground level for the garage, lobby and restaurant. Sandblasted concrete blocks and wood framing stack above that, creating the old warehouse building look.

The U-shaped building has a secured entry courtyard on the ground level. By adding architectural elements such as brick and concrete veneer steel pipe railing, and flat roofs, the designers made the building complement the urban neighborhood. "Architectural metal detail around the retail storefront and decks offer an added layer of detail to the elevations," William Hezmalhalch Architects' Karl Dakteris, project architect for Artisan Lofts on Central says.

As with true loft living, each buyer starts with a shell. "We didn't build out the units because we wanted buyers to make it their design," Brown says. The different structural choices created varying bearing points, so Artisan Homes could offer 13 floor plans in all. It was up to each buyer to create the design elements for his or her loft. Artisan provided the option to finish out the unit following the buyer's custom designs.

"What's exciting about these is how the buyers finished off the units with their interior designers," Dakteris says. "Thirteen floor plans were offered with a total of 40 units, so there's a lot of variety."

Units were offered on all four floors. Select units had access to 14 private balconies on the rooftop. A community balcony on the rooftop provides a barbeque and kitchenette area and an outdoor fireplace.

Most of the buyers were singles or couples who wanted their units to have the open floor plan of classic lofts. "In a true loft, they should have tremendous flexibility," Brown says. There was space for upstairs bedrooms, but most buyers opted not to have them.

Each buyer had the option to allow Artisan to finish out the unit with optional closets, extra rooms, and shelving units as well. "We typically finished out in this building," Brown says.

Unique design elements within the units created the authentic urban loft living effect. Exposed ductwork, block walls and wood beams matched classic New York City loft style. Conduit on the walls, Glu Lam beam edge and brick façade appeared in many units as well. Finally, open architectural metal stairs were placed in several units.

Demanding market success

Lofts on Central began pre-marketing in December 2001, just after the terrorist attacks in September. "We didn't have a problem selling, but I was worried," Brown says. "When you commit the dollars to do it and all of the sudden everyone's wondering what the economy's going to be like. I was afraid.

"I was pioneering," Brown says. "Typically, in these buildings, you sell a bunch right away to people that get it and know it. It's slow in the middle but as soon as the building is completed, then it sells out."

Now completely sold out, Lofts on Central is a huge success. Prices ranged from $242,000 to $700,000 per unit based on the amount of finish out Artisan provided. To purchase a shell unit without finish out cost $177,500, which is very affordable for the current Phoenix area market price. The average hard cost of construction, excluding land, came in at $84 per square foot. A few units are currently on the market for second buyers. "They've gone up to about $125 per square foot in the last year," Brown says.

All in all, Lofts on Central made a difference to the downtown area. "We proved there is a market," Brown says. "This has already been happening in Denver, Seattle and Chicago, but it could work in Des Moines. It could work in Oklahoma City.

"Pick a city. There are people looking for this kind of lifestyle," Brown says. "It's challenging, but boy it's rewarding."

Farmhouse meets Tuscan

Robert Hidey Architects capture an awareness of centuries old, multigenerational homes by incorporating authentic materials and a variety of textures including natural stone; tumbled brick; clay tiles with mud boosts and distressed, stained wood lintels to distinguish this single-story Tuscan Farmhouse design.

This floor plan accomplishes a sense of living large and luxuriously comfortable along the Newport Coast with an outdoor living space to complement the interior portion of the home. "Texture, movement, variation in lot width were key design parameters," says principal Michael Evdokiou of the Irvine, Calif.-based company.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home — 2,401 to 3,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: Cypress

Location: Newport Coast, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Robert Hidey Architects, Irvine, Calif.

Builder: Taylor Woodrow Homes, Irvine, Calif.

Interior Designer: Design Line Interiors, San Diego, Calif.

Developer: The Irvine Company, Newport Beach, Calif.

Land Planner: TRG Land, Newport Beach, Calif.

Interior Designer: Romanza, Naples, Fla.

Comfort meets livability

A sense of comfort and livability infuse this two-story home with its cozy outdoor fireplaces and casual living areas. The inside seems to spill into the open-air pool courtyard through a series of arches. And the rear loggia provides a covered outdoor dining and gathering space that frames views of the lake and golf course within the community.

Authentic materials such as terra cotta with inset painted tiles, stained tongue and groove ceilings, and rough hewn beamed ceilings transition into hallways of hand-scraped wood floors and arches. The ceiling heights vary, reinforcing the authenticity of period architectural styling.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home — 4,001 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: Mirada at Estuary

Location: Naples, Fla.

Designer/Architect: Scheurer Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.

Builder: London Bay Homes, Naples, Fla.

Affordable urban housing

Affordable carriage homes and townhouses mix within this colorful and environmentally conscious, urban neighborhood in this new area of North Boulder. Integral to the design are green building and E-Star elements, which include passive solar heating for winter months and overhangs and steel awnings for summer months. All units feature energy, water, and resource conservation techniques.

Simple architectural forms are emphasized with primary colors, corrugated metal siding, concrete block and patterned stucco. The interior is light and open, which includes a loft with spiral staircase. Distinctive architectural forms help define the smaller spaces throughout.

Category: Best Affordable Home (both detached and attached)

Project Name: Garden Crossing

Location: Boulder, Colo.

Designer/Architect: DTJ Design, Boulder, Colo.

Builder: Peak Properties, Boulder, Colo.

Interior Designer: HW Home, Inc., Boulder, Colo.

Developer: Peak Properties, Boulder, Colo.

Land Planner: Barrett Studios, Boulder, Colo.

Contemporary southwest styling

A perfect blend of wood, stone, glass and metal create a contemporary southwest styling for this one-of-a-kind custom built home. The pentagon shaped beams made of treated sheet metal line and define the ceiling while walls of glass rim the back of the house, drawing your eye to the spacious backyard.

The exterior of this home offers many outdoor elements for entertaining at a grand scale with its open patios and seating areas, a full size lap pool and access to golfing. Use of natural materials and landscaping create a private feel surrounding the home site.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home (Built for a Client) — 4,001 to 6,500 sq. ft.

Project Name: A Private Residence

Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Designer/Architect: Conk Architecture, Phoenix, Ariz.

Builder: Manship Builders, Inc., Carefree, Ariz.

Interior Designer: EST EST, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Great kitchen functionality

Category: Best Kitchen in a Home — 5,001 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: The Browning Residence

Location: Knoxville, Tenn.

Designer/Architect: Bill Andrews Architects, Knoxville, Tenn.

Builder: Schmid & Rhodes Construction, Knoxville, Tenn.

Interior Designer: Housebones, Knoxville, Tenn.

Land Planner: Benpage Associates Landscape Architects, Nashville, Tenn.

Schmid & Rhodes Construction designed this kitchen with four entries because "The kitchen is the heartbeat of the home," says David Rhodes, president of Schmid & Rhodes. The client likes to entertain casually and creating a kitchen that allowed multiple entries allowed for entertaining while preparing a meal.

Still, the kitchen maintains its functionality. Meanwhile, concealing amenities such as the icemaker, refrigerator and dishwasher create an open, casual area for entertaining. A butler's pantry defines a traditional transition between the kitchen and dining room. The client also requested natural light, which was achieved with multiple windows in the kitchen and a large double arch window in the butler's pantry.

Separate & common spaces

In this master bathroom, separate his and her spaces unite with a common space in the walk-in shower. Inspired by an antique server, her vanity contains a marble slab counter with a mosaic backsplash. Across the hall sits a private walk-in closet and a built-in armoire.

His space complements hers, but with a masculine touch in the cabinetry and a mirror that conceals a built-in TV/DVD/CD screen. Herringbone pattern of limestone and mosaics on the walls and marble mosaics on the floor give the walk-in shower an elegant atmosphere. Dual showerheads and built-in seat provide maximum functionality.

Category: Best Master Bath

Project Name: 2005 Street of Dreams

Location: Wilsonville, Ore.

Designer/Architect: Alan Mascord Design Associates, Portland, Ore.

Builder: Wallace Custom Homes, Oregon City, Ore.

Interior Designer: Barclay Interior Design Group, Lake Oswego, Ore.

Developer: Beacon Homes, Tigard, Ore.

Multipurpose center

The Club at The Crossing delivers a comfortable residential environment. This detached, two-story, craftsman-style structure serves as a multipurpose recreation and service center for residents of Meridian Luxury Apartments.

Using only hard surface materials for the main entry and hallways produces a welcoming and comfortable feel. Rustic gold slate flooring with wood plank inset runs throughout the first floor entry and main hallways. Double volume wood paneled columns and beams line the entry into The Club.

The second floor, used for entertaining, provides ample seating around a cultured stacked stone fireplace in the common room, and the theatre room can be used for screenings and presentations.

Category: Best Amenity/Facility — 5,001 to 10,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: Meridian Luxury Apartments at The Crossing

Location: San Bruno, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Sandy Babcock Architects Intl., San Francisco, Calif.

Builder: Devcon, Milpitas, Calif.

Interior Designer: Creative Design Consultants, LLC, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Developer: Regis Homes of Northern California & TMG Partners, San Mateo, Calif.

Land Planner: Guzzardo Partnership, San Francisco, Calif.

Luxurious amenity

Young professionals and high-earning individuals wanted the luxuries and excitement of a downtown location, which this community provided with a high-end recreational facility. "The intent for the lobby was to create an environment that felt like a sophisticated, hip hotel," says JoAnn McInnis, vice president of Carlyn and Company Interiors + Design.

The facility includes a pub and e-lounge roof top space with views of the Pentagon and downtown Washington D.C. A "zen inspired" massage room in the spa area offers a great oasis, and the adjoining exercise room is large enough to satisfy all the needs for a great workout.

Category: Best Amenity/Facility up to and including 5,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: Metropolitan at Pentagon Row

Location: Arlington, Va.

Builder: KSI Services, Inc., Centreville, Va.

Interior Designer: Carlyn and Company Interiors + Design, Great Falls, Va.

Desert materials create best amenity

Toll Brothers set out to build a community center to serve as a gathering place for weddings, anniversaries, meetings, classes and other activities at its master-planned community Aviano at Desert Ridge. Desert clone-stone dry stack, natural woods with stucco and steel plates give the center's architecture flare and a visually appealing exterior. At the same time, the contemporary design complements the desert surroundings.

The interior designers and architects integrated the seating areas, fireplaces, kitchen, patio and recreation areas around the sales displays so that sales and marketing activities can occur at the same time homeowners schedule meetings, parties, classes and special events.

Category: Best Amenity/Facility — 10,001 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: Aviano at Desert Ridge

Location: Phoenix, Ariz.

Designer/Architect: Douglas Fredrickson Architects, Phoenix, Ariz.

Builder: Toll Brothers, Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Interior Designer: Est Est, Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Developer: Toll Brothers, Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Land Planner: Toll Brothers, Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Neighboring smart growth

This old naval base evolved into a mixed-use, large-scale master planned community by carefully weaving the redeveloped portion with existing neighborhoods surrounding the old naval base. Creating a diverse architectural design for the community included six classic interpretations: Revival, Classical, Craftsman, Florida Vernacular, Coastal and Mediterranean.

Baldwin Park partnered with Audubon of Florida to help plan the parks and water edges, to create viable ecosystems where none existed. The developer also preserved and enhanced the existing mature tree canopy without being required under city regulations to do so.

Category: Best Neighborhood 151 units and over & Best Smart Growth Community 151 units and over

Project Name: Baldwin Park

Location: Orlando, Fla.

Designer/Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss, Celebration, Fla.

Builder: Multiple Companies

Developer: Baldwin Park Development Company, Orlando, Fla.

Land Planner: Miller Sellen Connor & Walsh, Orlando, Fla.

Restoring a neighborhood

Built around an existing neighborhood, University Park is an 8.5-acre redevelopment project located in historic downtown Palo Alto. SummerHill Homes built two condominium buildings and as well as single-family homes. They also restored five turn-of-the-century homes — all with the goal of maintaining the character of the existing neighborhood.

The builders and architects met several challenges with University Park, including achieving the city's housing density requirements, incorporating a community park, and obtaining neighborhood approval of the overall design relating to the existing historic neighborhood. The biggest challenge was physically moving several existing homes and restoring them in keeping with the redeveloped section of the project.

Category: Best Neighborhood up to and including 150 units

Project Name: University Park

Location: Palo Alto, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Bracken Arrigoni & Ross, San Francisco, Calif.

Builder: SummerHill Homes, Palo Alto, Calif.

Interior Designer: Design Line Interiors, Palo Alto, Calif.

Developer: SummerHill Homes, Palo Alto, Calif.

Land Planner: Brian Kangus Foulk, Redwood City, Calif.

Infill luxury condominiums

Enticing to move-down buyers, Woodmark luxury condominiums at University Park were designed to fill the strong demand for a carefree and convenient home setting within walking distance of the partially redeveloped historic downtown Palo Alto.

The shingle-style Arts and Crafts building blends with the character of the historic downtown neighborhood. Sloping roofs, front porches, and divided light windows help define the style. The exterior finishes consist of wood shingles with rustic brick veneer wainscoting, which relates back to the fundamental design building block of the project — the Heritage Oak tree located on the corner of the property.

Category: Best Attached Home 20 units per acre and over & Best Attached Urban, Infill

Project Name: Woodmark at University Park

Location: Palo Alto, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Bracken Arrigoni & Ross, San Francisco, Calif.

Builder: Vance Brown, Palo Alto, Calif.

Interior Designer: Design Line Interiors, San Diego, Calif.

Developer: SummerHill Homes, Palo Alto, Calif.

Land Planner: Brian Kangus Foulk, Redwood City, Calif.

Mediterranean courtyard community

Sea Cove at The Waterfront creates ambience, diversity and function in high-density form by recalling the nostalgic charm of Pasadena's 1920s courtyard communities with a flare of Mediterranean architectural style. "It's been a predominant style used on the California coastline," says Ed Novak, senior designer at William Hezmalhalch Architects. "We blended that with the use of established palm trees within the courtyard."

Richly varied textures, materials and sculptural elements accentuate building forms and characterize Andalusian architectural roots. Expanded arches, coffers, light wells rotundas, recessed feature windows, and wrought-iron accents signify sophisticated charm of historic vernaculars.

Category: Best Attached Home 9 to 19 units per acre

Project Name: Sea Cove at The Waterfront

Location: Huntington Beach, Calif.

Designer/Architect: William Hezmalhalch Architects, Inc., Santa Ana, Calif.

Builder: William Lyon Homes, Newport Beach, Calif.

Interior Designer: Creative Design Consultants, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Developer: William Lyon Homes, Newport Beach, Calif.

Land Planner: William Hezmalhalch Architects, Inc., Santa Ana, Calif.

Private attached living

A series of pocket parks surround each attached home at Silverleaf, creating a sense of privacy. The rear-loaded garages give creative opportunity to vary the massing of the front elevations, allowing the units to face the parks and capture the desert views and nearby mountains. In addition, each home contains a private courtyard, which helps natural light and breezes flow into the homes.

Dual master bedrooms combined with multiple options offer flexibility to meet the needs of each homeowner. Interior detailing includes rustic wood beams, wrought iron balconies, and use of terra cotta accents.

Category: Best Attached Home up to and including 8 units per acre

Project Name: Park Villas at Silverleaf

Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Designer/Architect: Scheurer Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.

Builder: CSE & Associates, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Interior Designer: Creative Design Consultants, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Developer: DMB, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Land Planner: Wood/Patel and Association, Phoenix, Ariz.

Craving textural interest

Working within the constraints of the 75-foot-wide lot and 10-foot front and side setback requirements, Witt Construction created a home layered with textural interest and the space the client craved. The client's main objective was an indoor and outdoor environment for entertaining. Witt Construction achieved that with a front porch entry to the dining room leading into the living room and kitchen to follow by a screened-in porch.

The staircase leading to the second floor is open enough for easy passage to the upstairs bedrooms and encourages lingering at the library on the landing. This narrow lot not only provides the space the client wanted, but ensures privacy from neighbors.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home (Built for a Client) up to & including 4,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: 53 Waterview Drive

Location: Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Designer/Architect: Witt Construction, Inc., Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Builder: Witt Construction, Inc., Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Interior Designer: Deborah Savage Interiors, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Developer: Witt Construction, Inc., Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Blending common materials

Built within a well-established neighborhood dating back to the Depression, this custom-built home was designed for a client with the need to entertain casually. Commonly used materials like stone and cedar shake siding help the home blend in.

The interior layout of the house is divided into three zones — an informal zone off of the garage, a formal zone in the middle, and a private master suite area on the right. The plan opens to a formal entry, which deemphasizes the stairs to the right. A large window wall in the living room overlooks the water on the property.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Custom-Built Home — 4,001 to 6,500 sq. ft.

Project Name: The Browning Residence

Location: Knoxville, Tenn.

Designer/Architect: Bill Andrews Architects, Knoxville, Tenn.

Builder: Schmid & Rhodes Construction, Inc., Knoxville, Tenn.

Interior Designer: Housebones, Knoxville, Tenn.

Land Planner: Benpage Associates Landscape Architects, Nashville, Tenn.

Flipped ocean view

Set along the oceanfront, this shingle-styled custom home is a flipped plan, where the main living and entertaining occurs on the second floor. The client chose this layout to view the breakers on the ocean beyond the lagoon and on-site golf course.

The first level is dedicated to guests providing spa-like bedrooms and bathrooms and a secondary living room, which doubles as a theatre. The third floor is the couple's cozy apartment with vaulted bedroom ceiling and half circular window framing their personal ocean view, which leads out to a private balcony.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home (Built for a Client) — 6,501 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: Home Is Where the View Is

Location: Kiawah Island, S.C.

Designer/Architect: Christopher Rose Architects, Johns Island, S.C.

Builder: Buffington Homes, L.P., Seabrook Island, S.C.

Interior Designer: Cheryl Womack Interiors, Atlanta, Ga.

Developer: Kiawah Development Partners, Charleston, S.C.

Land Planner: T Hunter McEaddy Landscape Architect, Charleston, S.C.

Carefree condo lifestyle

Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, this Eastlake home is designed with structural simplicity and efficient use of space. The low-profile elevation is constructed with maintenance-free materials such as stone, shake and angular pillars, which is consistent with the overall appeal of the carefree Condominium lifestyle.

The interior scale of the main gathering room is enhanced with 10-foot ceilings, carefully placed windows and grand cornice moldings. The Craftsman-style fireplace combines function and panache with built-in entertainment alcoves.

Norfolk Homes created an attractive streetscape design by recessing the garages into the buildings. Driving down the road, the eye goes to the porches and other design features, not the garages.

Category: Best Attached Home up to and including 8 units per acre

Project Name: Eaton Court

Location: Dexter, Mich.

Designer/Architect: J. Bradley Moore & Associates, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Builder: Norfolk Homes, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Interior Designer: Norfolk Homes, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Developer: Norfolk Development Corporation, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Land Planner: Washington Engineering, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Creating housing lofts

Fronting on the newly refurbished Midtown Greenway bike trail in Minneapolis, these lofts provided new housing and gave a new look to this former industrial site. The units have north and south exposure, with south-facing two-story windows, rooftop decks and main floor enclosed patios.

Each buyer chooses the style — traditional or contemporary — best suited for his needs. Hardwood and carpet flooring with finished ceilings and crown molding characterize the traditional look. Sealed concrete flooring, exposed ductwork and less separation between rooms characterize the contemporary look, which 70 percent of the buyers prefer.

Category: Best Attached Home 20 units per acre and over

Project Name: Midtown Lofts

Location: Minneapolis, Minn.

Designer/Architect: ESG Architects, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.

Builder: Kraus-Anderson, Minneapolis, Minn.

Interior Designer: Lander Group, Minneapolis, Minn.

Developer: Lander Sherman, Minneapolis, Minn.

Land Planner: Michael Lander, Minneapolis, Minn.

Bigger isn't better

Unlike the standard Texas motto "bigger is better," the focus for this custom home in Houston was standing the test of time and weathering beautifully. Thompson Custom Homes achieved an understated, family-friendly home by creating an exterior elevation of classic proportion and scale and timeless design.

The construction materials were chosen for their long-lasting performance and ability to age well. Over the years, the beauty of the slate tile roof, operable wooden shutters, real stone, brick, stucco and copper gutters will increase. Brick, stone, and wood carry through to the interior as well.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home (Built for a Client) — 6,501 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: 9 Chuckanut

Location: Houston, Texas

Designer/Architect: Robert Dame Designs, Houston, Texas

Builder: Thompson Custom Homes, Houston, Texas

Interior Designer: Bellacasa Design, The Woodlands, Texas

Century old meets new

Incorporating a century old square-log building as the design crux, this spec ranch meets modern times with its upgrade to a home theater system and automated lighting among other modern amenities. Still, the space retains the unique character of hand-crafted timber homes of old.

Most of the exterior siding came from existing buildings on the property. Locati Architects spent a great deal of time evaluating the site and where to properly place existing structures to blend with the new.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Spec-Built Home up to and including 4,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: Running Elk Ranch

Location: Bozeman, Mont.

Designer/Architect: Locati Architects, Bozeman, Mont.

Builder: Schlauch Bottcher Construction, Bozeman, Mont.

Interior Designer: Locati Architects , Bozeman, Mont.

Land Planner: Locati Architects, Bozeman, Mont.

Pacific outdoor space

This home focuses on outdoor living space in Spanish colonial style by presenting a discrete loggia tucked inside a deep barrel arch and centered on rounded French doors at the front of the home. The lots are oriented to the front parks of the community, so the house was designed to "live to the front." "The design concept was influenced by a prominent Arizona architect named Josias Joesler, who in the late 1920s clearly understood the importance of taking advantage of the views while preserving as much of the natural vegetation and topography as possible," says Davey Ambat, principal architect with Robert Hidey Architects.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home—3,001 to 4,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: Verandahs at Silverleaf

Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Designer/Architect: Robert Hidey Architects, Irvine, Calif.

Builder: Camelot Homes, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Interior Designer: Design Tech, Newport Beach, Calif.

Developer: DMB Associates, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Land Planner: Swaback Partners, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Single Family

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home, 1,801 to 2,400 sq. ft.

Project Name: Soleil

Location: San Diego, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Bassenian/Lagoni Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.

Builder: Pardee Homes, Los Angeles, Calif.

Interior Designer: Color Design Art, Culver City, Calif.

Developer: Pardee Homes, Los Angeles, Calif.

Land Planner: Pardee Homes, Los Angeles, Calif.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home, 2,401 to 3,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: Vicara

Location: Irvine, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Robert Hidey Architects, Irvine, Calif.

Builder: Richmond American Homes, Irvine, Calif.

Interior Designer: Pacific Dimensions, El Segundo, Calif.

Developer: The Irvine Company, Newport Beach, Calif.

Land Planner: The Irvine Company, Newport Beach, Calif.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home, 3,001 to 4,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: The Cove at Bayport

Location: Alameda, Calif.

Designer/Architect: William Hezmalhalch Architects, Inc., Santa Ana, Calif.

Builder: Warmington Homes, San Ramon, Calif.

Interior Designer: Taylor Roberts, Philo, Calif.

Developer: Warmington Homes, San Ramon, Calif.

Land Planner: RNM Architects and Planning, Newport Beach, Calif.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home, 3,001 to 4,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: Cypress at Pacific Ridge

Location: Newport Coast, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Robert Hidey Architects, Irvine, Calif.

Builder: Taylor Woodrow Homes, Irvine, Calif.

Interior Designer: Design Line Interiors, San Diego, Calif.

Developer: The Irvine Company, Newport Beach, Calif.

Land Planner: TRG Land Inc., Newport Beach, Calif.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home, 4,001 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: La Cima

Location: Irvine, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Robert Hidey Architects, Irvine, Calif.

Builder: Laing Luxury, Newport Beach, Calif.

Interior Designer: Meridian Interiors, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Developer: ICDC, Newport Beach, Calif.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home, 4,001 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: The Baywood Collection at Santaluz

Location: San Diego, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Scheurer Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.

Builder: Baywood Development, Newport Beach, Calif.

Interior Designer: Color Design Art, Culver City, Calif.

Land Planner: Rick Engineering Company, Riverside, Calif.

Attached

Category: Best Attached Home 20 units per acre and over

Project Name: 3rd Avenue Lofts

Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Designer/Architect: McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners, Inc., Irvine, Calif.

Builder: Trillium, Phoenix, Ariz.

Developer: Trillium, Phoenix, Ariz.

Land Planner: McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners, Inc., Irvine, Calif.

Category: Best Attached Urban, Infill

Project Name: 255 Berry Street - Channel Park

Location: San Francisco, Calif.

Designer/Architect: McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners, Inc., Irvine, Calif.

Builder: Devcon Construction, Milpitas, Calif.

Interior Designer: Laurie Ghielmetti Interiors, Pleasanton, Calif.

Developer: Signature Properties, Pleasanton, Calif.

Land Planner: McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners, Inc., Irvine, Calif.

One-of-a-Kind

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home (Built for a Client) up to & including 4,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: Black Hammock

Location: Oviedo, Fla.

Designer/Architect: Bloodgood Sharp Buster Architects and Planners, Inc., Oviedo, Fla.

Builder: Chess Incorporated, Oveido, Fla.

Interior Designer: Bloodgood Sharp Buster Architects and Planners, Inc., Oviedo, Fla.

Land Planner: Bloodgood Sharp Buster Architects and Planners, Inc., Oviedo, Fla.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home (Built for a Client) up to & including 4,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: Craftsmen Style Meets Southwest

Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Designer/Architect: JP Malone Construction Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Builder: JP Malone Construction Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Interior Designer: Jan Anderson, Carefree, Ariz.

Land Planner: Pinnacle Engineering, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Spec-Built Home 4,001 sq. ft. to 6,500 sq. ft.

Project Name: Ranch House

Location: Irvine, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Robert Hidey Architects, Irvine, Calif.

Builder: Monarch Estates, Irvine, Calif.

Interior Designer: Ebanista, Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Developer: Monarch Estates, Irvine, Calif.

Land Planner: Robert Hidey Architects, Irvine, Calif.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home (Built for a Client) 6,501 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: Jones Residence

Location: Whitefish, Mont.

Designer/Architect: TKP Architects, Golden, Colo.

Builder: Denman Construction, Whitefish, Mont.

Interior Designer: McNamara Design, Denver, Colo.

Land Planner: TKP Architects, Golden, Colo.

Rental

Category: Best Rental Development 5 units and over

Project Name: The Ashton

Location: Dallas, Texas

Designer/Architect: Gromatzky Dupree & Associates, Dallas, Texas

Builder: The Hanover Company, Houston, Texas

Interior Designer: Kathy Andrews Interiors, Houston, Texas

Developer: The Hanover Company, Houston, Texas

Category: Best Rental Development 5 units and over

Project Name: Lofts on Post Oak

Location: Houston, Texas

Designer/Architect: Wallace/Garcia + Associates, Houston, Texas

Builder: The Hanover Company, Houston, Texas

Interior Designer: Kathy Andrews Interiors, Houston, Texas

Developer: The Hanover Company, Houston, Texas

Smart Growth

Category: Best Urban Smart Growth Neighborhood/Community

Project Name: West River Commons

Location: Minneapolis, Minn.

Designer/Architect: DJR Architects, Minneapolis, Minn.

Builder: Shaw-Lundquist Associates, Inc., St. Paul, Minn.

Interior Designer: Lander Group, Minneapolis, Minn.

Developer: Lander Group, Minneapolis, Minn.

Land Planner: Lander Group, Minneapolis, Minn.

Category: Best Urban Smart Growth Neighborhood/Community

Project Name: Chatham Square

Location: Alexandria, Va.

Designer/Architect: Lessard Group, Vienna, Va.

Builder: Eakin/Youngentob Associates, Arlington, Va.

Interior Designer: Model Home Interiors, Beltsville, Md.

Developer: Eakin/Youngentob Associates, Arlington, Va.

Land Planner: Lessard Group, Vienna, Va.

Category: Best Suburban Smart Growth Neighborhood/Community

Project Name: Belvoir Family Housing

Location: Fort Belvoir, Va.

Designer/Architect: Torti Gallas and Partners, Silver Spring, Md.

Builder: Clark Realty Builders, LLC, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Interior Designer: Torti Gallas and Partners, Silver Spring, Md.

Developer: Clark Realty Builders, LLC, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Land Planner: Torti Gallas and Partners, Silver Spring, Md.

Interior

Category: Best Kitchen in a Home up to 3,00 sq. ft.

Project Name: Reunion Resort & Club

Location: Orlando, Fla.

Designer/Architect: The Evans Group, Orlando, Fla.

Builder: Bel-Aire Homes, Winter Park, Fla.

Interior Designer: Kay Green Design, Inc, Orlando, Fla.

Developer: Dye Development, Winter Park, Fla.

Category: Best Kitchen in a Home 3,001 to 5,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: 2005 Street of Dreams

Location: Wilsonville, Ore.

Designer/Architect: Alan Mascord Design Associates, Portland, Ore.

Builder: Wallace Custom Homes, Oregon City, Ore.

Interior Designer: Barclay Interior Design Group, Lake Oswego, Ore.

Developer: Beacon Homes, Tigard, Ore.

Category: Best Specialty Room in a Home 3,001 to 5,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: The Legacy, Plat 2

Location: Temperance, Mich.

Designer/Architect: Mahr Design, Ltd., Chicago, Ill.

Builder: Dick Brighton Builder, Inc., Temperance, Mich.

Interior Designer: c'est la vie!, Toledo, Ohio

Developer: Premiere Property Group, Perrysburg, Ohio

Land Planner: Premiere Property Group, Perrysburg, Ohio

Category: Best Kitchen in a Home 5,001 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: The Mugello

Location: Naples, Fla.

Designer/Architect: Eric Brown Design Group, Bonita Springs, Fla.

Builder: Harwick Homes Construction Inc., Naples, Fla.

Interior Designer: Collins & Dupont, Bonita Springs, Fla.

Developer: Bonita Bay Group, Bonita Springs, Fla.

Land Planner: Bonita Bay Group, Bonita Springs, Fla.

Category: Best Detail in a Semi-Custom/Custom Home

Project Name: Catta Verdera

Location: Lincoln, Calif.

Designer/Architect: The Design Collaborative, Eldorado, Calif.

Builder: Travos Homes, Inc., Rocklin, Calif.

Interior Designer: Taylor Roberts Model Home Furnishings, Philo, Calif.

Category: Best Detail in a Semi-Custom/Custom Home

Project Name: The Bellagio at Longview

Location: Weddington, N.C.

Designer/Architect: Christopher Phelps & Associates, Charlotte, N.C.

Builder: Unique Homes of Charlotte, N.C.

Interior Designer: Robbie Warren Interiors, Charlotte, N.C.

Developer: Longview Investors, LLC, Weddington, N.C.

Land Planner: Longview Investors, LLC, Weddington, N.C.

Category: Best Amenity/Facility 5,001 to 10,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: MiraBay

Location: Apollo Beach, Fla.

Designer/Architect: Basham & Lucas Design Group, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla.

Builder: Newland Southeast, Apollo Beach, Fla.

Interior Designer: Kay Green Design, Inc., Orlando, Fla.

Developer: Newland Southeast, Apollo Beach, Fla.

Land Planner: Basham & Lucas Design Group, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla.

Category: Best Amenity/Facility 10,001 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: The McCaffrey Group Corporate Office

Location: Fresno, Calif.

Designer/Architect: T-Squared Architects, Fresno, Calif.

Builder: The McCaffrey Group, Fresno, Calif.

Interior Designer: Creative Design Consultants, LLC, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Developer: The McCaffrey Group, Fresno, Calif.

Land Planner: Valley Planning, Van Nuys, Calif.

Single Family

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home, under 1,500 sq. ft.

Project Name: Woodlands of Athens

Location: Athens, Ga.

Designer/Architect: Armentrout, Roebuck & Matheny, Athens, Ga.

Builder: Dovetail Builders, Inc., Athens, Ga.

Interior Designer: Design & Interiors, Athens, Ga.

Developer: Dovetail Development, LLC, Athens, Ga.

Land Planner: Williams & Associates, Athens, Ga.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home, 1,501 to 1,800 sq. ft.

Project Name: Oak Commons

Location: Gilroy, Calif.

Designer/Architect: KTGY Group, Inc., Irvine, Calif.

Builder: O'Brien Group, San Mateo, Calif.

Interior Designer: Taylor Roberts, Philo, Calif.

Developer: O'Brien Group, San Mateo, Calif.

Land Planner: O'Brien Group, San Mateo, Calif.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home, 1,801 to 2,400 sq. ft.

Project Name: Oakmont

Location: Beaumont, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Bassenian/Lagoni Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.

Builder: Pardee Homes, Los Angeles, Calif.

Interior Designer: Color Design Art, Culver City, Calif.

Developer: Pardee Homes, Los Angeles, Calif.

Land Planner: Larson & Associates, Agoura Hills, Calif.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home, 2,401 to 3,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: Portico

Location: San Diego, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Bassenian/Lagoni Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.

Builder: Pardee Homes, Los Angeles, Calif.

Interior Designer: Color Design Art, Culver City, Calif.

Developer: Pardee Homes, Los Angeles, Calif.

Land Planner: Latitude 33, San Diego, Calif.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home, 2,401 to 3,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: The Cove at Bayport

Location: Alameda, Calif.

Designer/Architect: William Hezmalhalch Architects, Inc., Santa Ana, Calif.

Builder: Warmington Homes, San Ramon, Calif.

Interior Designer: Taylor Roberts, Philo, Calif.

Developer: Warmington Homes, San Ramon, Calif.

Land Planner: RNM Architects and Planning, Newport Beach, Calif.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home, 3,001 to 4,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: Mira Bay

Location: Apollo Beach, Fla.

Designer/Architect: Bloodgood Sharp Architects and Planners, Inc., Tampa, Fla.

Builder: Hannah Bartoletta Homes

Interior Designer: All Interior Furnishings, Tampa, Fla.

Developer: Newland Communities, San Diego, Calif.

Land Planner: Green Windmill Gardens, Dover, Fla.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home, 4,001 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: La Cima

Location: Irvine, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Robert Hidey Architects, Irvine, Calif.

Builder: Laing Luxury, Newport Beach, Calif.

Interior Designer: Meridian Interiors, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Developer: ICDC, Newport Beach, Calif.

Category: Best Single-Family Detached Home, 4,001 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: The Baywood Collection at Santaluz

Location: San Diego, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Scheurer Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.

Builder: Baywood Development, Newport Beach, Calif.

Interior Designer: Color Design Art, Culver City, Calif.

Land Planner: Rick Engineering Company, Riverside, Calif.

One-of-a-Kind

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home (Built for a Client) 4,001 to 6,500 sq. ft.

Project Name: The Defelice Residence

Location: Irvine, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Bassenian/Lagoni Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.

Builder: Warmington Custom Homes, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Interior Designer: Pollock & Associates, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home (Built for a Client) 6,501 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: Catta Verdera

Location: Lincoln, Calif.

Designer/Architect: The Design Collaborative, Eldorado, Calif.

Builder: Travos Homes, Inc., Rocklin, Calif.

Interior Designer: Taylor Roberts Model Home Furnishings, Philo, Calif.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home (Built for a Client) 6,501 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: Private Residence

Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Designer/Architect: Urban Design Associates, Ltd., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Builder: Peterson Varley, Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Interior Designer: Billi Springer and Associates, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Spec-Built Home up to 4,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: Bay Street Spec House

Location: Fenwick Island, Del.

Designer/Architect: Becker Morgan Group, Inc., Salisbury, Md.

Builder: Joseph T. Dashiell, Inc., Ocean City, Md.

Developer: Joseph T. Dashiell, Inc., Ocean City, Md.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Spec-Built Home 4,001 to 6,500 sq. ft.

Project Name: Twin Pines

Location: Whitefish, Mont.

Designer/Architect: TKP Architects, Golden, Colo.

Builder: Denman Construction, Whitefish, Mont.

Interior Designer: Carol Nelson Design, Kalispell, Mont.

Developer: Douglas Gamble Development, Whitefish, Mont.

Land Planner: TKP Architects, Golden, Colo.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Spec-Built Home 4,001 to 6,500 sq. ft.

Project Name: The Peninsula on the Indian River Bay

Location: Millsboro, Del.

Designer/Architect: Becker Morgan Group, Inc., Salisbury, Md.

Builder: Echelon Custom Homes, Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Interior Designer: Echelon Custom Homes, Rehdooth Beach, Del.

Developer: Odyssey Development, Inc., McLean, Va.

Land Planner: McCrone, Inc., Salisbury, Md.

Category: Best One-of-a-Kind Spec-Built Home 6,501 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: Woodland Shores

Location: Lee's Summit, Mo.

Designer/Architect: R.S. Bickford & Co., Overland Park, Kan.

Builder: Riffe Homes, Inc., Lake Winnebago, Mo.

Interior Designer: Hobson's Interiors, Kansas City, Mo.

Developer: G & R Development, Lake Winnebago, Mo.

Land Planner: Archer Engineering, Lee's Summit, Mo.

Rental

Category: Best Rental Development 5 units and over

Project Name: Botanica on Green

Location: Denver, Colo.

Designer/Architect: Thomas P. Cox: Architects, Inc., Irvine, Calif.

Builder: Forest City Stapleton, Denver, Colo.

Interior Designer: Lifestyle Interiors, Northridge, Calif.

Developer: Forest City Stapleton, Denver, Colo.

Land Planner: Calthorpe and Associates, Berkeley, Calif.

Category: Best Rental Development 5 units and over

Project Name: Meridian Luxury Apartments at The Crossing

Location: San Bruno, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Sandy Babcock Architects Intl., San Francisco, Calif.

Builder: Devcon, Milpitas, Calif.

Interior Designer: Creative Design Consultants, LLC, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Developer: Regis Homes of Northern California & TMG Partners, San Mateo, Calif.

Land Planner: Guzzardo Partnership, San Francisco, Calif.

Category: Best Rental Development 5 units and over

Project Name: Gables Augusta

Location: Houston, Texas

Designer/Architect: Donald J. Meeks, AIA, Houston, Texas

Builder: Ben Pisklak, Houston, Texas

Interior Designer: Nicholas Carnegis, Houston, Texas

Developer: Ben Pisklak, Houston, Texas

Land Planner: Donald J. Meeks, AIA, Houston, Texas

Community

Category: Best Neighborhood 151 units and over

Project Name: Chatham Square

Location: Alexandria, Va.

Designer/Architect: Lessard Group, Vienna, Va.

Builder: Eakin/Youngentob Associates, Arlington, Va.

Interior Designer: Model Home Interiors, Beltsville, Md.

Developer: Eakin/Youngentob Associates, Arlington, Va.

Land Planner: Lessard Group, Vienna, Va.

Smart Growth

Category: Best Smart Growth Community up to and including 150 units

Project Name: Waterstreet Brownstones & Vinestreet Lofts

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Designer/Architect: Swenson Graham Architects, Minneapolis, Minn.

Builder: The Hansen Company, Johnson, Iowa

Interior Designer: Lander Group, Minneapolis, Minn.

Developer: Lander Sherman, Minneapolis, Minn.

Land Planner: Lander Group, Minneapolis, Minn.

Category: Best Smart Growth Community 151 units and over

Project Name: Issaquah Highlands

Location: Issaquah, Wash.

Developer: Port Blakely Communities, Inc., Issaquah, Wash.

Land Planner: Calthorpe Associates, Berkeley, Calif.

Category: Best Urban Smart Growth Neighborhood/Community

Project Name: Othello Station

Location: Seattle, Wash.

Designer/Architect: WRT Solomon ETC, San Francisco, Calif.

Builder: Walsh Construction Company, Seattle, Wash.

Developer: Seattle Housing Authority, Seattle, Wash.

Land Planner: WRT Solomon ETC, San Francisco, Calif.

HUD

Category: HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence

Project Name: Sandtown Winchester Square II/III

Location: Baltimore, Md.

Designer/Architect: Donald B. Ratcliffe & Associates, Stevenson, Md.

Builder: Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse, Inc., Baltimore, Md.

Developer: B.U.I.L.D./Enterprise Nehemiah Development, Inc., Baltimore, Md.

Land Planner: Urban Design Associates, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Category: HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence

Project Name: Madison Healthy Homes

Location: Denver, Colo.

Designer/Architect: Chris Stumpo, Northeast Denver Housing Center, Denver, Colo.

Builder: GM Construction, Denver, Colo.

Developer: Northeast Denver Housing Center, Denver, Colo.

Attached

Category: Best Attached Home up to and including 8 units per acre

Project Name: Castellina

Location: Ladera Ranch, Calif.

Designer/Architect: Bassenian/Lagoni Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.

Builder: Centex Homes, South Coast Division, Irvine, Calif.

Interior Designer: Design Tec Interiors, Newport Beach, Calif.

Developer: DMB Ladera, LLC, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Land Planner: Bassenian/Lagoni Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.

Category: Best Attached Urban, Infill

Project Name: Chatham Square

Location: Alexandria, Va.

Designer/Architect: Lessard Group, Vienna, Va.

Builder: Eakin/Youngentob Associates, Arlington, Va.

Interior Designer: Model Home Interiors, Beltsville, Md.

Developer: Eakin/Youngentob Associates, Arlington, Va.

Land Planner: Lessard Group, Vienna, Va.

Affordable

Category: Best Affordable Home (both detached and attached)

Project Name: Walnut Grove

Location: Walnut, Calif.

Designer/Architect: McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners, Inc., Irvine, Calif.

Builder: Salter Company, Inc., Los Angeles, Calif.

Developer: Investment Properties, Los Angeles, Calif.

Land Planner: McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners, Inc., Irvine, Calif.

Interior

Category: Best Kitchen in a Home 5,001 sq. ft. and over

Project Name: Grandview at The Palisades

Location: Charlotte, N.C.

Designer/Architect: Residential Architect, David Misenheimer, Charlotte, N.C.

Builder: Provident Homes, Inc., Charlotte, N.C.

Interior Designer: Amy Nash Griffin Professional Interior Design, Charlotte, N.C.

Developer: Rhein Interests, LLC, Charlotte, N.C.

Land Planner: WRG, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Category: Best Master Bath

Project Name: The Bellagio at Longview

Location: Weddington, N.C.

Designer/Architect: Christopher Phelps & Associates, Charlotte, N.C.

Builder: Unique Homes of Charlotte, Inc., Charlotte, N.C.

Interior Designer: Robbie Warren Interiors, Charlotte, N.C.

Developer: Longview Investors, LLC, Weddington, N.C.

Land Planner: Longview Investors, LLC, Weddington, N.C.

Category: Best Master Bath

Project Name: 9 Chuckanut

Location: Houston, Texas

Designer/Architect: Robert Dame Designs, Houston, Texas

Builder: Thompson Custom Homes, Houston, Texas

Interior Designer: Bellacasa Design, The Woodlands, Texas

Category: Best Master Bath

Project Name: 2005 Street of Dreams

Location: Wilsonville, Ore.

Designer/Architect: Alan Mascord Design Associates, Portland, Ore.

Builder: Wallace Custom Homes, Oregon City, Ore.

Interior Designer: Barclay Interior Design Group, Lake Oswego, Ore.

Developer: Beacon Homes, Tigard, Ore.

Category: Best Detail in a Production Home

Project Name: Grand Hampton

Location: Tampa, Fla.

Designer/Architect: Davis Bews Design Group, Inc., Oldsmar, Fla.

Builder: Taylor Woodrow, Riverview, Fla.

Interior Designer: Kay Green Design, Inc., Orlando, Fla.

Developer: Taylor Woodrow, Riverview, Fla.

Category: Best Detail in a Semi-Custom/Custom Home

Project Name: Home Theater Ceiling Detail

Location: Wadsworth, Ill.

Designer/Architect: Group A Architects/Builders, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Builder: Group A Architects/Builders, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Interior Designer: Studio H, Chicago, Ill.

Category: Best Amenity Facility

Project Name: Block Lofts Apartments

Location: Atlanta, Ga.

Designer/Architect: The Preston Partnership, LLC, Atlanta, Ga.

Builder: Worthing Southeast Builders, Atlanta, Ga.

Interior Designer: The Preston Partnership, LLC, Atlanta, Ga.

Developer: Southeast Capital Partners, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.

Land Planner: Highland Engineering, Atlanta, Ga.

Category: Best Amenity/Facility up to and including 5,000 sq. ft.

Project Name: Lakewood Ranch Information Center

Location: Sarasota, Fla.

Designer/Architect: Lawson Group Inc. Architects, Sarasota, Fla.

Builder: Dunn & Denham Construction, Inc., Sarasota, Fla.

Interior Designer: Renaissance Creative Services, Jacksonville, Fla.

Developer: LWR Communities, LLC, Bradenton, Fla.

 

Home of the Year

Platinum for Best Attached Urban, Infill; Platinum for Best Attached Home 20 units per acre and over

Project Name: Artisan Lofts on Central

Location: Phoenix, Ariz.

Designer/Architect: William Hezmalhalch Architects, Inc., Santa Ana, Calif.

Builder/Developer: Artisan Homes, Phoenix, Ariz.

Interior Designer: Artisan Homes, Phoenix, Ariz.

Land Planner: William Hezmalhalch Architects, Inc., Santa Ana, Calif.

Square Footage: 1367 to 2662

Award Judges

BALA Judges

Tony Crasi, The Crasi Company, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Doris Pearlman, Possibilities for Design, Inc., Denver

Chip Pierson, Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, San Ramon, Calif.

Jamie Bigelow, Bigelow Homes, Aurora, Ill.

Dan Gorski, Veridian Homes, Madison, Wis.

Georganne Derick, Merchandising East, Ellicott City, Md.

Gonzalo Romero, Beazer Homes, Atlanta

Carson Looney, Looney Ricks Kiss, Memphis, Tenn.

Mike Kephart, Kephart Architects, Denver

Laura Butalla, Professional Builder, Oak Brook, Ill.

Interior Design Judges

Pattie Guthrie, Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Inc., Winter Park, Fla.

Elizabeth Falconer, Position by Design, Fort Worth, Texas

Mary Cook, Mary Cook & Associates, Chicago

Smart Growth Judges

Jerry Konter, Konter Quality Homes, Inc., Savannah, Ga.

Phil Stuepfert, SEC Planning Consultants, Yorkville, Ill.

Robin Ward, Real Estate Unlimited, Anchorage, Alaska

Ed Tombari, NAHB, Washington, DC

HUD Judges

Valerie Dancy, Office of Policy Development & Research, Research Utilization Division, Washington, DC

Dr. Roberta Feldman, Director, City Design Center, University of Illinois, Chicago

Stephen Shelley, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Chicago

Andrea Vrankar, U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Cleveland

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