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Community of the Week: NUVO Parkside

The vision was to create single-family detached homes in a neighborhood aimed entirely at entry-level/first-time buyers, so price was a huge driver in all decisions....

Community of the Week: Avia

To revitalize Salt Lake City’s downtown core, the vision for this development establishes a contemporary mixed-use, transit-oriented enclave. It provides high-density residential to a vastly...

Multifamily Spotlight: Jefferson Lumen

Centrally located between the bustling cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, is a 430-unit luxury multifamily community situated on five acres overlooking the Las...

Remodel of the Week: Western Mountain Home

This western mountain contemporary home is designed with a strong connection to the surrounding forest. The home’s interior details needed to support “transparency” to allow...

Interior Design Spotlight: Blackacre

This Santa Barbara modern home has broad appeal for its classic, yet refreshing, style. The open floor plan appeals to the growing affluent family, inviting...

Inspiration on the Drawing Board: TerraSante

TerraSante is a master planned community located in the Rainbow Valley area of Goodyear, Ariz. The property is nestled in a spectacular setting in the...

Interior Design Spotlight: Luxury Home Kitchen

The vision for this kitchen was a modern design with warm wood tones and lots of texture and movement. The goal was to be creative...

Home of the Week: Modern River House

This custom house sits on a very narrow lot on Manatee River in Bradenton, Fla. The owner of the house is an architect and drew...


For the past four decades, NAHB’s Best in American Living Awards (BALA) have celebrated the value and importance of good home and community design.

Over the next several months, BALA will celebrate its significant 40-year milestone by showcasing memorable trends and award-winning projects, as well as celebrating its esteemed BALA Hall of Fame inductees who helped set the stage for today’s design creativity and innovation.

Although trends and best practices in home design have evolved through the years, NAHB’s commitment to driving innovation and improving the places where we live, work and play remains steadfast. NAHB is proud to once again recognize and honor the architects, builders and designers who have become part of the BALA community and made their mark in defining excellence in residential design.

Join us on our journey into the past, and celebrate the evolution of design!

2023 Awards

The Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) is the building industry’s premier residential design awards program. BALA spotlights the most creative and talented building industry professionals who have redefined design excellence for homes and communities nationally and internationally. Winning projects showcase what building industry professionals need to know to set their product apart and hit the right mark with today’s highly educated and discerning home buyers.

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