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2018 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 4,001 - 5,000 sq. ft.


Sackett Contemporary


Houston, Texas

Architect/Designer | George Allen Cole

Builder | On Point Custom Homes

Photographer | On Point Custom Homes

The exterior of this home features a dramatic contrast of stucco, a 1×2 shadow box of Brazilian hardwood wrapping the façade, and horizontally raked black brick to create a distinctive modern design. The L-shape design maximizes privacy by focusing views inward and away from the urban landscape.

Inside, walls of windows and sliding glass in the kitchen and living rooms face the backyard, creating a light and bright space with seamless indoor/outdoor flow. The kitchen features an oversized island with book-matched Dekton countertops and custom, two-toned walnut and white lacquer tuxedo-style cabinetry. Open shelves with integrated LED strip lighting were used instead of upper cabinetry.

The open-concept living room features light wells, a modern fireplace, and brick columns and walls to add contrast and continuity from the exterior to interior spaces.  The masculine master bedroom includes a private balcony with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and Brazilian hardwood decking overlooking the backyard. The master bath features floor-to-ceiling windows hidden behind a hardwood shadow box to provide ample natural light with privacy, and the shower includes a skylight and digitally controlled multiple functions with a stunning freestanding tub centrally placed in front of the seamless glass enclosure.

From the Judges
With an urban site and small lot, the project team accomplished quite a lot. The style of the home—which could be described as ultra modern—is difficult to execute, but this team did it so well. The attention to detail, such as how the master bedroom doors line up with the transoms on the clerestory windows, is well-done.

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