National Award

YR Architecture + Design                               
Columbus, Ohio

The Huron Studio is a modern 575-square-foot live/work studio in Columbus, Ohio. Transformed from a two-car garage, the accessory dwelling unit is a light-filled space with streamlined simplicity, subtle refinement, and a natural and welcoming material palette. It features a full kitchen and bath, a living area with a Murphy bed, loft space for working and lounging, and a shared patio for outdoor enjoyment. The project was self-built by the design team, who built nearly everything themselves, salvaging what they could from the existing structure, creatively sourcing materials, and choosing budget-friendly products when possible to stay within their limited budget.

Regional Award

Platt Builders Inc.                                           
Groton, Mass.

Married in their beloved barn nearly 30 years ago, the client wanted to create a second-floor accessory apartment that a live-in caregiver could one day occupy as they aged in place. In order to add this above the existing garage of their barn, the team had to expand, reinforce, insulate and otherwise retrofit the building, all while providing the energy efficiency and a minimized environmental impact that the client desired.

Regional Award

Crane Builders, LLC                                        
Nashville, Tenn.

The homeowners set out with a goal of creating a safe and remote space to reflect and recharge on their beautifully wooded lot. This chapel, crafted from oak timbers and hand-shaped stone at the top of their hillside lot (which could only be accessed by a walking trail), was exactly what they had in mind. They have been using the space regularly since completion and the beautiful, durable material choices will ensure that the chapel will act as a place of peaceful solitude for generations to come.

Regional Award

Doug Walter Architects                                 
Denver, Colo.

The client wanted to explore the option of creating an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in the backyard of her 1906 Victorian for her ailing parents. There was already an original carriage house to which a garage had been added in the 1970s. With much reframing, insulating, and mechanical work, the ADU now serves as a small home for the grandparents, just steps away from the main house. It is filled with daylight and ample lighting at night, and it opens out to a patio shared by grandparents, parents and grandchildren and their dog.

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