2018 Master Design Awards: Whole House Less Than $300,000

by Kyle Clapham
2018 master design awards whole house 300000


HK Architects
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Project name:
Winston Renovation and Addition
Project location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Square footage before: 1,700
Square footage after: 2,100
Project cost: $250,000


After purchasing a 1950s bungalow, a newly married couple wanted to transform the home into a modern farmhouse with a connection to nature. The existing floor plan did not allow many views of the outdoors, and low ceilings exacerbated the segmented layout of living space. While the list of improvements grew longer, the budget stayed tight, so the money had to be spent strategically.

The redesign brought the site into the living spaces, especially with the addition of both front and rear porches. An open floor plan and the use of natural and reclaimed materials helps bring more natural light into the house throughout the day. Local craftspeople created specialty items for the remodeling project, including concrete countertops, custom barn wood pieces and steel windows.


Windows: Marvin; Set in Stone (custom)
Fire element: Southern Hearth and Patio
Kitchen cabinets: Lowe’s
Bath cabinets: Restoration Hardware
Sink faucet: Restoration Hardware

Photos: Sarah Dorio Photography


ALH Home Renovations
Roeland Park, Kan.

Allen Harris
Project name:
Bauer Whole House
Project location: Raymore, Mo.
Project cost: $206,265


Although the main level was already a great space, the owner wanted to update the appearance of the first floor and improve the functionality of the kitchen. He sought to reuse and incorporate as many of the existing furniture pieces, electrical fixtures, carpet and décor as possible. Better flow and lighting would also benefit the family of four and truly make the residence a “forever home.”

To support an open concept, two decorative columns separating the front entry and dining room had to be removed along with the casing so the doorway to the kitchen could be enlarged. A plan allowed the exhaust hood in the middle of the space to vent out the exterior wall on the opposite side. The coffered ceiling and faux beam layout were designed around the location of duct work.


Ceiling trusses: Douglas Fir Wood
Perimeter countertop: Caesarstone
Island countertop: Granite National Treasure
Island pendant: Minka Lighting
Kitchen backsplash: Florida Tile Pietra Art
Faucet: Delta
Sink: Kohler
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Oven: Viking
Microwave: Wolf
Cooktop: Wolf
Flooring: Vintage Loft Railyard
Fireplace: MSI Ledge Stone Travertine
Floor tile: Creama Marfil Classic
Toilet: Toto

Photos: James Maidof


Synergy Builders
West Chicago, Ill.

Project name:
Hade Residence
Project location: Chicago
Square footage: 1,700
Project cost: $214,544


Seeking a lighter and brighter atmosphere for their Chicago townhouse, the clients worked with Synergy Builders on a gut remodel of their living room, kitchen, powder room and master bathroom. Because of the main floor’s galley shape with windows on both ends, the area was divided and felt like a long hallway. Along with light and white finishes to brighten, walls dividing the spaces were removed so the windows now shine natural light into the main living area.

A non-removable three-sided bump out in the kitchen and near the fireplace posed a challenge between the living room and kitchen. A white marble patterned quartz on the countertop runs up the backsplash to wrap the lower part of the kitchen bump out, and a custom cabinet over the top portion like a puzzle piece. The fireplace was centered and surrounded by custom cabinetry as a focal statement while also disguising the eyesore.


Flooring: The Medallion Collection Aspen Hills Oak
Fireplace: Woodland Direct Monessen Artisan 42” Linear
Fireplace surround: Ann Sacks Lineare Bianco Matte
Hardware: Clark and Barlow Manhattan
Bookcase sconces: Circa Boston Functional Single Arm Library Light
Under-cabinet lighting: LeGrand Adorne
Kitchen sink: Rohl
Kitchen faucet: Kohler Purist
Countertop/backsplash: Difiniti Quartz in Crestola
Powder pendants: Restoration Hardware Boule de Cristal
Powder sink console: Restoration Hardware Gramercy Glass Powder Washstand
Powder mirror: Restoration Hardware Vintage Oval Pivot Mirror
Powder toilet: Kohler San Souci
Powder accessories: Kohler Purist
Master wall scones: Kohler Purist
Master lav faucets: Kohler Purist
Master sinks: Kohler Ladena
Master shower faucet: Kohler Purist
Master rainhead: Kohler Contemporary
Master handheld: Kohler Shift
Master tub: Signature Hardware Sheba
Master tub faucet: Kohler Purist
Master toilet: Kohler San Souci
Master accessories: Kohler Purist
Master mirrors: Restoration Hardware Dillon Traditional Pivot
Master floor tile: Omicron Rectified in Thunder Honed
Master shower wall tile: Ceramic Tiles International Calacatta IV Honed
Master shower floor: Porcelanosa Paradise Arrow in Negro
Master hardware: Top Knobs
Master countertop: Difiniti Quartz in Crestola

Photos: Ryan Ocasio

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