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2018 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 2,001 - 3,000 sq. ft.


A Splendid Idea (House)!


Narragansett, R.I.

Architect/Designer | Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

Builder | Sweenor Builders, Inc.

Landscape Architect/Designer | Landscape Creations

Interior Designer | Graceke Design

Photographer | Nat Rea

This one-of-a-kind bungalow-style home is in the heart of Narragansett, which was recently named New England’s best beach town by the Boston Globe. Built as a spec Idea House for This Old House, it epitomizes what buyers are looking for today: a modestly sized home that lives large in a tight-knit neighborhood; standout details in every room; plenty of bespoke built-ins; and multiple entertaining spaces, including an easy-care backyard with luxury amenities designed for staycation  living.

Located within a historic district just a few blocks from the beach, it was important that this new construction home fit in with the historic properties in the neighborhood. The team created a 2,700-sf main house, plus semi-detached garage with guest suite that delivers classic Craftsman-style curb appeal while offering thoroughly modern comfort inside.

The exterior is rich in the details Craftsman-style homes are known for: a full-width front porch tucked under a steeply pitched roof, exposed rafter tails, cedar corbels, tapered porch columns perched on stone piers, shingle and clapboard siding, and three-over-one windows.

From the Judges
This home, simply put, has the right proportions. The detailing is great; judges were quick to notice the coffer detailing as one example.

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