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2019 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home up to 2,000 sq. ft.


Surf Betty


Port Aransas, Texas

Architect/Designer | Half Inch of Water Studios

Builder | Half Inch of Water Studios

Interior Designer | Half Inch of Water Studios

Photographer | Craig McMahon

This new home breaks the mold of typical beach dwellings by engaging a new modern look. Organized to capture the prevailing breeze and view, the home orients its spaces in a unique way to minimize the typical footprint needs for a 4-bedroom home. The modern look and feel are completely driven by the interior program, with big open spaces to socialize or comfortable nooks for relaxing.

The entry doubles as a shaded dining porch with operable wood screens capable of protecting during the hurricane months; the porch opens on both ends to engage the master patio with its swimming area. A steel stairway leads upstairs to three additional bedrooms and another patio to engage the gulf views and stargazing.

From the Judges
This infill project is cute, fun, and modern. Judges praised the modern staircase, the unique lighting, the “fun, cool ceiling” and the “very cool façade.”  

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