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2020 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom Home 5,001 - 6,000 sq. ft.


Hacienda del Carnero


La Quinta, California

Architect/Designer | Danielian Associates Architects + Planners

Builder | Sun Vista Development

Interior Designer | Kristen Smokowski

Photographer | Darlene Halaby Photography

Simple elegance, pure elements of design, and an elevated everyday living experience were the goals for this residence. The design layout, elevations, and massing were inspired by classic Wallace Neff buildings and historic Spanish haciendas. The architecture was thoughtfully designed to complement the owner’s large collection of art throughout the home; each gallery area was enhanced with gallery lighting fixtures and natural lighting.

The home features multiple courtyards with varying layers of privacy and unexpected interest in the construction details. To contrast the Old World  feel of traditional massing elements, this home uses large modern steel windows and a contemporary European kitchen and cabinetry throughout.  The focal point of the home is the central courtyard featuring a bright blue zero-edge pool and drought-resistant landscaping, creating a private oasis atmosphere in the desert environment. This residence was designed to be the perfect entertaining space for large parties, while also having a cozy “old soul” feel when it’s just the owners. The home’s orientation captures and frames the surrounding views of the golf course and richly colored local mountains.

From the Judges
Everything is so refined and understated. The floor plan is stellar. The front elevation is simple and pleasant. The simplicity carried throughout the home is really lovely.

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