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2018 Award Winners


Single-Family Production

Detached Home up to 2,000 sq. ft., Built for Sale


Modern at Tribella


Santa Ana, Calif.

Architect/Designer | Bassenian Lagoni

Builder | Trumark Homes

Land Planner | Cathcart Associates

Interior Designer | CDC Designs

Photographer | Chris Mayer Photography

Narrow lots and lack of outdoor space put more need and emphasis on common outdoor areas. With the close proximity of neighbors, privacy was an issue, so window opening were concentrated to the front and rear of the home. Reciprocal use easements were used to borrow side yards from neighbors to create one usable side yard per home.

With the large number of three-story row houses, the team faced the challenge of creating a livable community without becoming repetitious. A variety of styles and colors were used to help break up the street scenes.

Floorplan successes included zones by floor to allow for communal and private spaces, full side-to-side rooms to maximize space, and grouped windows that create privacy and maximize natural light throughout the home.

From the Judges
This is a suprisingly urban design without looking urban at all. The site plan is unconventional with its shared green space, the floor plans are creative—an update to plans that have been used for years—and the elevations are unique and dynamic, with an added bonus that the garage is located at the back of the house instead of taking up valuable front real estate.

Judges appreciated the open floorplans and indoor/outdoor relationships and liked the front porch and second-floor balcony. A few special details of note are the eat-in area in the kitchen, as well as the separate dining area that offer residents options and the second-floor corner windows, allowing what could be tight, three-story living to feel less crowded.

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