Houses - Award Winning

2013 Builder's Choice Custom Home Design Awards

Madrona house, the Kucher residence, 3425 Denny Way, Seattle, Washington.

Client, Tyler Engle Architects, photographed, 2008_0329

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Madrona Live / Work, Seattle

2013 Builder's Choice and Custom Home Design Awards Merit Winner for Architectural Interiors

Cove House, Austin, Texas

2013 Builder's Choice and Custom Home Design Awards Merit Winner for Outdoor Space

Sagaponack House, Sagaponack, N.Y.

2013 Builder's Choice and Custom Home Design Awards Grand Winner for Custom Home / More Than 5,000 Square Feet

Custom Home of the Year: Lincoln Park Residence, Chicago

2013 Builder's Choice Custom Home Design Awards: Custom Home of the Year

Private Residence, Iowa City

2013 Builder's Choice and Custom Home Design Awards Grand Award for Custom Home / 3,000-5,000 Square Feet

Tucson Mountain Retreat, Tucson, Arizona, DUST, architect/contractor

Tucson Mountain Retreat, Tucson, Ariz.

2013 Builder's Choice Custom Home Design Awards Grand Award for Custom Home / 3,000 to 5,000 Square Feet

Kentfield Residence, San Francisco

2013 Builder's Choice Custom Home Design Awards Merit Award for Custom Home / More Than 5,000 Square Feet

Pond House, Mount Desert, Maine

2013 Builder's Choice Custom Home Design Awards Grand Winner for Custom Home / Less Than 3000 Square Feet

The renovation of an existing cottage included a 630-square-foot additionfamily room down, master suite above--a detached garage with a planted roof (visible in foreground), and updated outdoor spaces.

The Shack

Builder's Choice and Custom Home Design Awards Merit Award for Outdoor Space

Glen Lake Tower

2013 Builder's Choice Custom Home Design Awards Merit Winner for Custom Home Less Than 3,000 Square Feet

 
 
 
 
 

Design Studio

Designing this rural home was all about creating a serene retreat.

Western Light is Shielded by a Stunning Sunscreen

With an expansive vista forcing a wall of west-facing windows, an oversized but elegant sunscreen keeps things cool.

A Northern California Home Works With the Elements

Architect Neal Schwartz and builder Bruce Hammond made some counterintuitive choices when they built Crook | Cup | Bow | Twist. The strategy paid off.

Delicate Building in the Tucson Desert

Building a new house in the fragile desert landscape requires thought and precision. Tucson, Ariz., natives Teresa Rosano and Luis Ibarra, founders of Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, understand the inherent beauty that should be treated with extreme care when building in virgin desert settings.

 
 

Green Houses

Designing this rural home was all about creating a serene retreat.

Western Light is Shielded by a Stunning Sunscreen

With an expansive vista forcing a wall of west-facing windows, an oversized but elegant sunscreen keeps things cool.

The finishes reflect an embrace of wabi sabi and the belief that the natural aging of authentic materials enhances our human connection with a place and time.

Zero Cottage, San Francisco

The Zero Cottage generates energy as well as artistic flair using reclaimed materials and experimental architecture.

A Northern California Home Works With the Elements

Architect Neal Schwartz and builder Bruce Hammond made some counterintuitive choices when they built Crook | Cup | Bow | Twist. The strategy paid off.

 
 
 

Houses By Location

All West Houses

The finishes reflect an embrace of wabi sabi and the belief that the natural aging of authentic materials enhances our human connection with a place and time.

Zero Cottage, San Francisco

The Zero Cottage generates energy as well as artistic flair using reclaimed materials and experimental architecture.

Our jurors admired the project's "very clean plan, contextual use of materials, and the expression of an agricultural building."

Hupomone Ranch, Petaluma, Calif.

This weekend house for a young family is designed with passive and active energy-conserving systems that allow for indoor-outdoor living.

A perforated metal screen wraps the kitchen ceiling and down along the stairwell wall to the entryway. Skylights and an etched glass floor funnel light into the center of the house.

Telegraph Hill, San Francisco

Grand Award, 2014 Custom Home Design Awards

 
 
 
 
 

On Site Case Studies

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Custom Infill Occupies Tight Building Envelope in San Francisco

Every custom home reflects site constraints, both physical and regulatory, but few occupy a tighter buildable envelope than Russian Hill. Its tiny infill lot, in the upscale San Francisco neighborhood of the same name, was subject not only to the city’s planning code and residential design guidelines, but also to easements that imposed even more restrictive height and setback limitations.

The Suncrest Residence on Orcas Island, Washington. Designed by Heliotrope Architects.© Benjamin Benschneider All rights Reserved. Usage rights may be arranged by contacting Benjamin Benschneider Photography. Email: bbenschneider@comcast.net or phone 206-789-5973

This house in Washington state preserves the best of its island site

Site-sensitive architecture and construction marry this new island house with its extraordinary place on the earth.

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Pennsylvania Farmhouse Feeds the Body and Spirit

A locally sourced utopia takes shape in Pennsylvania.