1984 Prizewinner: Distinctively Old World: Villa D’Este

Entered through a private, angled courtyard, this 2,102-square-foot house in Deerfield Beach, FL is rich with decorative arches, peaked ceilings, and properly placed skylights.  An atmosphere of quiet elegance prevails throughout, from the dramatic entry foyer to the spacious master bedroom suite.  Well-planned interior air circulation in this Florida house eliminates as much use of air conditioning as possible.  The zero-lot-line plan blends unobtrusively with its more conventional neighbors.  The wall of the house where the bathrooms are located aligns with the edge of the lot line.


  • The house translates European elegance into a modern living space well-suited to today’s needs.
  • All of the rooms in the house come together at the living area, which in turn directs your eye to the outdoors.
  • To turn the third bedroom into a master suite, all you have to do is close the door.
  • Design: The Evans Group
  • Builder: Trendsetter Homes
  • Land Planner: Enviroscape, Inc.
  • Interiors: Color Design Art
  • Photographs: Steven Brooks
  • Field editor: Pat Carpenter

When launched in 1984, BALA was advertised as a nation-wide contest for home builders sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders, Professional Builder magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens. The information and pictures associated with this prize-winning home were originally published in the July 1985 edition of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.

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