2018 Master Design Awards: Whole House $300,000-$700,000

by Kyle Clapham
2018 master design awards whole house


Scott Wilson Architect LLC
Franklin, Tenn.

Project name:
Farm House Redo
Project location: Thompson Station, Tenn.
Square footage before: 1,300
Square footage after: 3,043
Project cost: $500,000


Initially the owner bought the property as an investment and intended to raze the dilapidated late-1800s house. After discussing possibilities with an architect, however, they decided to restore the structure and add more space so the home could become a suitable weekend retreat. The new design required the refurbishment of wood floors and ceilings, plus replacement of each window.

Although the house needed extensive repairs as well as a new roof, its unique features caused the project to turn into a labor of love. The original stone fireplace remains one of the largest historic stone fireplaces in the area left intact. A dog trot that had been enclosed during prior renovations serves as the formal dining room, and a winding staircase in the family room survives to this day.


Siding: LP SmartSide
Windows: Jeld-Wen

Photos: Amber Holder


Stephen C. Gidley, Inc.
Fairfield, Conn.

Project name:
 Sophistication in the Country
Project location: New Canaan, Conn.
Square footage: 2,500
Project cost: $650,000


The clients, who are empty nesters, wanted to update and improve the interior of their mid-20th-century colonial home, which had not been worked on for 15 years. A newly remodeled kitchen, dining room, three bathrooms, entry hall, library and media room were needed to bring the house up to date with new material choices and color trends, as well as 56 windows and an HVAC unit.

The homeowners were so thrilled with the initial phase of the project that they opted to move the existing kitchen to the rear of the house and take advantage of their backyard view. This required a second signed contract and tearing out some areas that had just been finished, but the result is a luxurious kitchen, dining space, laundry room and wet bar with custom cabinetry and moulding.


Doors: Upstate Door Company
Brick/stone: Connecticut Field Stone
Lighting: Lightlolier; Halo
HVAC: Trane
Roofing: GAF
Windows: Marvin
Locksets/hardware: Baldwin
Structural: Georgia Pacific
Insulation: Eco Foam
Paint/stain: Benjamin Moore
Sink: Kohler
Faucet: Kohler
Range: Wolf
Exhaust hood: Wolf
Oven: Thermador
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Freezer: Sub-Zero
Dishwasher: Miele
Washer/dryer: LG
Toilet: Kohler
Shower faucet: Kohler

Photos: Marcos Paparelli


Revolution Design and Build
Wayzata, Minn.

Project name:
 Simply Zen: A House Transformed
Project location: Minnetonka, Minn.
Square footage before: 1,762
Square footage after: 2,793
Project cost: $622,330


A family of six had outgrown their tired, one-level, ranch-style rambler built in 1969. After careful consideration, the original plan to remodel in phases shifted to the idea of scraping the house down to the subfloor.

The resulting design is a less-is-more Scandinavian style. The home features 12-foot ceilings and a mix of natural maple and resilient concrete-colored linoleum flooring. The home also includes expansive transom windows to capitalize on scenic views outside.

A dramatic, contemporary exterior features a combination of natural and black-stained cedar siding, a concrete hardscape, and a prairie restoration. The master suite includes a pass-through shower to sauna, a baker’s kitchen with quartz waterfall countertops, and energy-saving green construction throughout.

“Green design was important to our client’s lifestyle and they wanted to infuse their values into their new home,” says Rob Aldecocea, who co-designed the remodel with Sid Levin. “We offered many opportunities for them to use sustainable and energy-saving materials in addition to a functional ultra-efficient wood-burning stove that heats their home during the winter months, minimizing the need for using their gas furnace.”


Flooring: Marmoeleum
Doors: Marvin
Windows: Marvin
Locksets/hardware: Schlage
Decking: Trex
Countertop: Caesarstone

Photos: Rob Aldecocea

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