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2019 Award Winners


Single-Family Production

Detached Home 2,001 - 2,500 sq. ft., Built for Sale




Douglas, Mich.

Architect/Designer | Visbeen Architects

Builder | David Olsen Builders

Photographer | M-Buck Studio LLC

With an exceptionally restricted building envelope and a limited budget, the Alastar utilizes a stacked, easy-to-build plan to provide the open floor plan and numerous sleeping quarters the 55+ client wanted. Despite a modest main level, the Alastar delivers open living, dining and kitchen spaces, three bedrooms, and a two-stall garage. All these spaces are accessed via a hallway spanning the length of the plan.

The compact design incorporates high ceilings in the living and dining space to allow for an open, larger feel. In the kitchen, high transom windows make way for upper cabinets, while providing natural light and keeping the kitchen private from nearby neighbors. An entertainment loft overlooks the living room and provides an outside view via tall windows. A home office utilizes an otherwise empty vertical space. On the exterior, grey trim and black windows provide contemporary contrast, while deep overhangs emphasize the design’s Mid-Century Modern inspiration. Outdoor living is accomplished with a screened terrace accessible from the foyer; a fire pit and patio complete the space.

From the Judges
Judges praised the volume and light, and how the loft defines the kitchen and corridor. They noted the fireplace and the staircase.

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