PLATINUM | 410 Spruce
Photography by Jeremiah Dearinger Photography
Design Statement | Focusing on the owner’s desire for an open, light-filled space, the design-build team transformed the 1950’s maze of existing rooms and hallways into a spacious home suitable for entertaining, while respecting the scale of the original structure and the aesthetics of the historic neighborhood. A standing seam roof was installed, with hand-turned ridges, just as those original to the area.
Interior walls were relocated and ceilings were raised. Four new skylights, including one above the master shower, flood the home with natural light and warmth. The covered patio and outdoor kitchen enable year-round hosting. The private patio off the master bath features an outdoor shower and private courtyard. The walk-in closet, utility and butler’s pantry provide ample storage. An antique maple butcher-block was integrated into custom cabinetry, which was styled to be functional and efficient while maintaining this historic element.
Judges’ Comments | The judges praised several parts of the project, including the outdoor kitchen, the outdoor shower, the patio, the pantry, and the shelving.
GOLD | Split-Level Renovation
Photography by Inspiro 8 Studios
Design Statement | The existing home was a 1961 split-level house that had never been renovated. The new owners wanted a modern floor plan more suited for entertaining. Walls were removed in the central core of the home to combine the kitchen, living, and dining spaces into an open living space. The layout connects the main living area to a new, large outdoor living stone patio. A new kitchen was created with a large island as a focal gathering space. A bar and serving area were added to the sitting room.
The exterior brick was painted to soften the feel of the home. Custom front doors and garage door made the front much more inviting. All the bathrooms were gutted and updated, along with the home’s mechanical systems. New windows and roof complete the renovation.
Judges’ Comments | The renovation transformed a standard 1960s split-level house and made some great spaces.
SILVER | Irish Channel Creole Cottage
New Orleans, La.
Photography by Imoto Photography
Builder | DMG Design+Build
Design Statement | The original home suffered from years of neglect; the clients wanted to revive the structure and add on. A key requirement was to retain the traditional Creole Cottage architectural style. The home did not meet elevation guidelines for the area, but the majority of the original floor plan could be retained. The need for additional space was accommodated by extending the home through most of the available lot space and adding a camelback second story.
The living room and kitchen area were given an open layout to foster central congregation and a screen porch was added to the back. A common difficulty with building in the New Orleans area is the constant moisture; Hardie siding and advanced flashing techniques, combined with a quality moisture barrier and spray foam insulation, created a home that can withstand its damaging effects. Key features include the faux exposed beams, pickled hardwood floors, quartz countertops and the his and hers shower.
Judges’ Comments | The judges noted the cute, cleaned-up front, the dramatic space that was added up top, and the shower. The team did a nice job working within the constraints of the historic streetscape.