Houses - Award Winning

2013 Builder's Choice Custom Home Design Awards

Private Residence, Iowa City

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

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

Custom Home of the Year: Lincoln Park Residence, Chicago

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

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

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

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

Design Trends from the 2013 Design Awards Jury

The 2013 Builder's Choice and Custom Home Design Awards jury was made up of two builders and three architects.

Pond House, Mount Desert, Maine

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

 
 
 
 
 

Design Studio

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.

Far Pond, Southampton, NY

Our jury awarded this laser-cut steel wall with a floating cooktop a Detail Award because they felt this “composed and highly detailed kitchen adds drama to the whole house."

 
 

Green Houses

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.

2014 Watermark Project of the Year

The highest honor for our annual Watermark Awards for excellence in kitchen and bath design was awarded to a project that showcases and innovates the use of water in our houses.

Glen Lake Tower

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

 
 
 

Houses By Location

All West Houses

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.

Mandeville Canyon Residence, Los Angeles

Like interlocking pieces, the elements of this compact and luxurious bath make for a dynamic space that brings the outside in.

Hydeaway House, Sonoma, Calif.

A vacation home's open kitchen is a hard-working cooking and partying space that integrates seamlessly with the rest of the house.

 
 
 
 
 

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.