Whole House $200,000 – $500,000

by lgrant@solagroup.com

Gold and Judges’ Vision
Allen Associates, Santa Barbara, Calif.
This house is a transformation of a classic California ranch-style beach bungalow built in 1952 to a modern villa retreat. Because the house had settled, surfaces were not plumb or level. The project manager straightened walls to ensure everything was aligned and achieve the contemporary look the owner desired. Materials from Bali and the Dominican Republic contributed to the tropical feel of the house. Preserved and enhanced original detailing includes narrow profile fascia and roof edge; operable clerestory windows; V-groove, wide plank, wood board ceiling; broad low-slope extended roof planes with deep overhangs and exposed rafter tails; and strong indoor-outdoor relationships.


Ginkgo House Architecture LLC, Madison, Wis.
This project began as a kitchen remodel, but expanded to include the living room, dining room, entry, powder room and office. Goals included increasing light and designing better integration and flow between indoor and outdoor spaces while staying true to the home’s mid-century modern roots. The remodeler removed the southern half of the roof and rebuilt it as a shed roof to allow for a glass window wall and vertical expansion of the space. The ceiling angle allows light to reach the north-facing rooms, and skylights add light to the kitchen and powder room. A 16-foot sliding door connects indoor and outdoor space.


Epic Development LLC, Atlanta
Located on a site with steep grades, rock outcroppings and a natural spring, the existing home was constructed in the 1970s with sweeping views of the scenery. The home was falling into disrepair from neglect, and the site’s angles and slopes posed several challenges. Epic Development maximized the setting by taking advantage of the creek and waterfall views and natural light by using oversize windows and implementing outdoor living areas. The remodeler removed the roof and portions of the top floor framing to create a new roof. A second-story covered outdoor room includes a fireplace, wet bar and media connections.


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