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2019 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home Over 8,000 sq. ft.


Somerland Way


Houston (Piney Point), Texas

Architect/Designer | Gordon Partners Design

Builder | Thompson Custom Homes

Landscape Architect/Designer | Moss Landscaping

Interior Designer | Talbot Cooley Interiors

Photographer | Kerry Kirk Photography

This project sits on a flat suburban lot. The architect and landscape architect collaborated on a design that fused the building with its site by inserting geometric landscape features that respond to both formal elements of the building, along with interior views to create strong connections inside and out.   

The primary axis from the street doesn’t align with the front door. Instead, it’s keyed on the dining room gable, and the walk path begins to scatter and lead visitors to a seemingly secondary space between gables. A large pivot door in a double-height wall of limestone makes the in-between space special.  The second gable contains a metal-clad bay window enclosing a floating stair. Modern materials, such as glass guard rails, plaster, and marble are juxtaposed with reclaimed French oak floors that warm up the spaces. The open floor plan, with robust volume geared for entertaining, does not feel overwhelming when it is just the family at home.   

From the Judges
The judges praised the balance on the exterior, the rear of the house, and the fireplace.  

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