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2012 Professional Remodeler Design Awards: Addition Over $150,000

GOLD: Silent Rivers Design + Build, Clive, Iowa

SILVER: Diego Handcrafted Homes, Albuquerque, N.M.

SILVER: Karp Associates, New Canaan, Conn.

BRONZE: John Caruso Builders, Whippany, N.J.

October 25, 2012

GOLD Addition over $150,000

Silent Rivers Design + Build, Clive, Iowa

The Iowa family that requested this addition from Silent Rivers Design+Build wanted to create a vacation spot in their own home, reminiscent of a Scandinavian or Caribbean spa. Silent Rivers wanted to build something that blended with the two previous additions they had made to the house. The result was this 1,700-square-foot space for relaxation and entertaining.

Keeping the structure, which connects to the original house at the basement level, as energy efficient as possible was one of the other goals of the design team. Building materials were chosen accordingly, including insulated concrete forms for the walls and roof and sustainably harvested Brazilian teak for the interior walls and ceiling.

Finding tan brick to match the rest of the house proved more difficult than expected, so the design team went for creative contrast, using chocolate brown brick for the majority of the exterior. They did have enough tan brick left over to build a wall to hide exterior mechanical equipment from view.

Inside, Silent Rivers opted for a salt-water pool to minimize the amount of chemicals needed for cleaning. Lighting and ventilation were achieved, where possible, through passive strategies. The pool deck flows directly into a small living area, adjoined by an exercise room, yoga studio, and a guest bedroom.


Cabinets: Custom

Carpet: Mohawk

HVAC: Weil-McLain/Desert Air

Doors: Andersen

Faucets: Kohler

Bathroom fixtures: Kohler/Sterling/Duravit

Lighting fixtures: Tech/Hubbardton Forge/Forecast

Housewrap: Tyvek

Insulation: Icynene/Polysteel/Insul-Deck

Paints/stains: Sherwin-Williams

Millwork/molding: Swan Creek/Custom

Roofing: Firestone

Siding: Sioux City Brick & Tile

Vanities: Duravit

Windows: Andersen

SILVER Addition over $150,000

Diego Handcrafted Homes, Albuquerque, N.M.



SILVER Addition over $150,000

Karp Associates, New Canaan, Conn.




BRONZE Addition over $150,000

John Caruso Builders, Whippany, N.J.

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