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2019 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

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


Hickory Hill


Gull Lake, Mich.

Architect/Designer | Visbeen Architects

Builder | DeVries & Onderlinde Builders, Inc.

Interior Designer | Vision Interiors

Photographer | Ashley Avila Photography

The intent of this design was to create a right-sized cottage that incorporates a number of features that would normally be restricted to a larger home. Optimizing storage space was essential, as a lower level was not an option. A story-and-a-half gable runs the length of the home, enveloping the majority of the interior spaces. To the rear, a pair of gables flanks a covered dining area that connects to a porch outfitted with retractable screens.  

Inside, a linear foyer connects the front door to the rest of the home. Further back, a centrally placed kitchen is connected to all of the other main-level entertaining spaces through cased openings. A private study is situated between the home’s master suite and living room. The master suite incorporate several closets, built-ins, and a master bath with views of the lake. Upstairs are the bunkroom, guest room, and exercise space. 

From the Judges
Judges praised the interiors, the use of color, and the landscaping. “Really pretty.”  

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