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2018 Award Winners


Single-Family Production

Detached Home 4,501 - 5,000 sq. ft., Built for Sale


Alara at Altair—Ariel Elite


Irvine, Calif.

Architect/Designer | Bassenian Lagoni

Builder | Toll Brothers

Landscape Architect/Designer | LandCreative

Interior Designer | CDC Designs

Photographer | Chris Mayer Photography

The contemporary home creates a luxurious impression at the street. A mix of materials creates an interplay between light and dark. Movement in the massing highlights the entry and creates privacy by stepping the second-floor outdoor deck back from the street. Extended overhangs shade the second-floor windows from the sun.

Inside, the sculptural front door opens to an impressive, glass-railed staircase overlooking a long gallery below. Soaring volume creates dramatic appeal at the entry and opens the home to the views of the rear yard beyond. Varying ceiling heights define the dining area from the great room, while both have a seamless extension to the outdoor living rooms.

A thoroughly modern kitchen with a backlit drop ceiling and oversized island features a glass-enclosed, view-through wine storage area. The dining alcove is an intimate gathering space that is supersized when opened to the outdoors. On the second floor, glass continues to create a spacious luxurious feel in the master suite. The indoor/outdoor loft space is a private retreat to watch the game, play video games, and escape the day-to-day.

From the Judges
Judges loved the floating stair and the detailing on the entry flooring, which makes the home feel more intimate and meaningful. The glass closets are fascinating, and the double window treatments add a level of romance to the space.

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