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2019 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

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




Douglas, Mich.

Architect/Designer | Visbeen Architects

Builder | David Olsen Builders

Photographer | M-Buck Studio LLC

With a small building footprint and the need to accommodate 10+ guests overnight, the design needed to be compact, yet efficient. The exterior sets the tone with a stair tower clad in shake siding and rusticated stone base. Blue doors and window sashes provide a colorful contrast to the neutral tones of the stone and siding. A chimney balances out the stair tower, bracketing the left side of the front elevation.  

The foyer immediately opens up to the living and dining rooms. The dining room is on a raised floor that serves as the stair landing. Featuring a stone fireplace and large glass doors, the living room opens to the front porch, expanding the entertainment potential. On axis with the foyer are the kitchen and the rear screened entryway. The main level also features a flexible den space that can be converted into a guest bedroom. Two pair of bunk beds take advantage of the extra-wide hallway at the top of the stair tower. Upstairs has three other sleeping quarters, including the master suite, complete with a dressing room full of built-ins.

From the Judges
Judges praised the beautiful staircase, cute bathroom, and fun bunk area.   

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