With baby boomers continuing to fuel growth in the residential remodeling market, it's no wonder their penchant for high-end luxuries, amenities and design details have come shining through in this year's winning Best of the Best Design Awards projects. This year's award winning projects — more so than any previous year — exhibit the type of upscale flair boomers require in their homes. Large additions, luxurious kitchens and baths, high-tech basement remodels and amenity-filled outdoor living projects were the most notable trends.
The more than 180 entries — in 18 categories — were judged on four criteria: construction quality, visual appeal, effective space planning, and functionality. Kitchens dominated in number of entries, followed by additions and whole-house remodels.
Sixty two award winners emerged, including 11 Platinum Awards and one Best of the Best Award, honoring our judges' choice for the project of the year.
To view the winners, click on Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.
2006 Best of the Best Awards Winners
Polishing a Gold Coast Gem
WHOLE HOUSE OVER $500,000 Remodeler and architect:
Orren Pickell Remodeling Group, Lincolnshire, Ill.
When it came to recapturing the original interior character of this turn-of-the-century Chicago graystone, architect Jason DeBaker, discovered he could start with a blank slate. The exterior of the building, which the client intended to sell after remodeling, featured an architecturally signifi...
Innovative Ideas Help Tight Space
KITCHEN UNDER $50,000 Remodeler and designer:
Michael Nash Custom Kitchens, Fairfax, Va. Adding storage, seating and cooking features in a kitchen as restricted as this townhouse in Alexandria, Va., was no simple task, says Sonny Nazemian, president of Michael Nash Custom Kitchens. But ultimately, the Fairfax, Va.
Fairy Tale Finish
KITCHEN $51,000 – $100,000 Residential designer:
Stimmel Consulting Group, Ambler, Pa. General contractor: Emerald Designs, West Chester, Pa. Creating a new kitchen for this turn-of-the century Victorian castle provided residential designer David Stimmel with one of his most interesting and challenging projects to date, he says.
Illuminating Ideas for New Kitchen
KITCHEN $51,000 – $100,000 Remodeler and architect:
Forward Designers & Builders, Ann Arbor, Mich. Architect and remodeler Jef Forward says that he let conventional design constraints go when it came to remodeling the dark, dreary kitchen in this 62-year-old bungalow in Ann Arbor, Mich. His clients loved their home too much to move on to a brighter future somewhere else.
Their Own Private Circus
KITCHEN OVER $100,000 Interior designer:
Bauer Interior Design, San Francisco, Calif. General contractor: John Sullivan, San Francisco, Calif. A piece of artwork of a circus scene inspired interior designer Lou Ann Bauer's clients to crave a kitchen full of color and energy —that's not too cutesy or childlike.
The Better, Greater Outdoors
OUTDOOR LIVING Remodeler and designer:
Marrokal Construction Co., San Diego, Calif. Remodeler John Davies only added 938 square feet of covered outdoor space to an already roomy, 7,800-square-foot southern California residence, but this luxuriously appointed alfresco addition has changed the way the homeowners entertain.
ADDITION OVER $100,000 Remodeler and architect:
Carnemark Systems & Design, Bethesda, Md. Combining well-thought-out design changes with common sense value engineering principles, design/build remodeler Carnemark Systems & Design transformed this dated salt box home into a Craftsman-style residence that is as distinctive architecturally as it is accommodating of living space for the fam...
EXTERIOR Remodeler and residential designer: Stone Pillar Remodeling, Redmond, Wash. Classic craftsman details with a northwestern twist transformed the exterior of this high-profile, 35-year-old hillside ranch from bland to beautiful. The new look to the Bellevue, Wash., home includes brand new front and rear porch entries, barrel vaulted archways supported by stone-sheathed battered columns, ...
COMMERCIAL REMODEL Remodeler:
Kaiser Building Co., Cranbury, N.J. Interior designers: Jerry Reilly, Halo Farm, Lawrence, N.J. The sterile space once belonged to a celluar phone store. Now it's a charming old-style ice cream and pastry parlor that gives reason for celebration in a newly re-developed section of downtown Princeton, N.
BATH OVER $30,000 Remodeler and architect:
Landis Construction Corp., Washington, D.C. A dramatic, glass-tiled curvilinear wall, accented by a floor-to-ceiling water feature rather than a conventional doorway, marks the transition from the bedroom into the new master bath in this 42-year-old residence in Potomac, Md.
Blast from the Past
EXTERIOR Remodeler and architect:
Feinmann Inc., Arlington, Mass. Using a treasured set of original architectural plans for their century-old Victorian home as their guide, the owners of this Newton, Mass., home realized their long-held dream of returning the exterior façade of the house to its past distinctive charm and character.
2006 Design Awards Gold
WHOLE-HOUSE OVER $500,000 Bowers Design Build Inc., McLean, Va.
WHOLE-HOUSE $251,000 – $500,000 Byrd Development, Woodland Hills, Calif.
REBUILD ON EXISTING FOUNDATION Remodeler: Prestige Custom Builders Inc., Seattle Architect: TCA Architecture Planning, Seattle
WHOLE-HOUSE UNDER $250,000 The Lykos Group, Naples, Fla.
2006 Design Awards Silver
WHOLE-HOUSE OVER $500,000 Landis Construction Corp., Washington, D.C.
WHOLE-HOUSE $251,000 – $500,000 HighCraft Builders, Fort Collins, Colo.
WHOLE-HOUSE UNDER $250,000 Lellbach Builders, Warrenville, Ill. CONSERVATORY/SUNROOM Remodeler: Lehner Brunton Remodelers, Warrenville, Ill. Architect: Hofman Architects, Shorewood, Wis.
2006 Design Awards Bronze
WHOLE-HOUSE OVER $500,000 VB Contractors Inc., Virginia Beach, Va.
WHOLE-HOUSE $251,000 – $500,000 Orfield Design & Construction Inc., St. Louis Park, Minn.
WHOLE-HOUSE UNDER $250,000 Anderson Moore Builders, Winston Salem, N.C.
WHOLE-HOUSE $251,000 – $500,000 Remodeler: Pollard Construction Company Inc.