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2018 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 5,001 - 6,000 sq. ft.


Mid-Century Modern Custom Residence

Best in Region—Middle Atlantic

Wilmington, N.C.

Architect/Designer | Phil Kean Design Group / Tongue & Groove LLC

Builder | Tongue & Groove LLC

Developer | Tongue & Groove LLC

Land Planner | Patrick C Bristow Land Surveying, PC

Landscape Architect/Designer | Classic Landscapes

Interior Designer | Tongue & Groove LLC

Interior Merchandiser | Tongue & Groove LLC

Photographers | Joshua Curry Photography | Rick Ricozzi Photography

The vision of this Floridian-inspired home was to be simple, yet luxurious, with the spa-like environment of a five-star hotel. Surrounded by lush landscaping from the lake, forestry, and golf course, this home exterior embraces natural elements through the use of stacked stone, water features, and planters. A reflective ambiance carries indoors with a “less is more” approach, encouraging coolness and quality over quantity.

Warm, stained wood featured on the fireplace mantel, beams, niches, stairwell, and live- edge kitchen island complement the light-colored walls, stacked stone, sleek large flooring tiles, and modern fixtures, creating the perfect balance of nature and luxury. Notice pops of color, especially deep blues in the furnishings and fabrics, that reflect the coastal environment. Custom niches and shelves were built to display the clients’ specific artwork throughout.

The home considers every aspect of the clients’ lifestyle, both how it feels and how it functions, especially considering their frequent entertaining. With indoor/outdoor living in mind, the design incorporates ample natural sunlight and keeps all parties connected through a folding door unit to the lanai and a double functioning wet bar between the kitchen and summer kitchen.

From the Judges
The lighting is extraordinary, and the detailing in every room is exquisite. Judges loved the floor plan and the seamless connection between indoors and outdoors.

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