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Home of the Week: Elmwood at ShadeTree – Plan 1

This modern farmhouse style home proves you can deliver a quality design, aesthetically and in plan that a home buyer will value and pay for...

Remodel of the Week: Westport-Wakeman Transformation

An energetic couple, both retired teachers, have lived for 45 years in their Westport, Conn., home. A published photographer, the home owner has a serene...

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...

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: Crown Canyon Opal

The Crown Canyon Opal residence is fully maximized for views, sunlight orientation, open space and privacy. The site allows for an encapsulating entry at the...

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: Midcentury Kitchen: Openness

The original 1975 layout left the entry cramped and the kitchen restricted. The floor plan begged to be opened up and natural light extended to...

Home of the Week: Low Country Coastal Style Home on Magnolia Park

These Shreveport, La., home owners designed a Low Country Coastal style home that allows them to age-in-place within the traditional neighborhood development of Provenance. The...


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.

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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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