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2020 Award Winners



Entire Home, up to $250,000


Southside Mid-Century Modern Transformation


Des Moines, Iowa

Architect/Designer | Unfold Architecture

Builder | Zenith Design Build

Interior Designer | Aurora Design Group

Photographer | Lauren Konrad Photography

From the structural bones to the finishing aesthetics, this mid-century home was transformed to just enough modern, without forgetting its roots. The biggest change was moving the staircase from the center of the home to near the front wall under the windows, allowing light to flow down to the basement. The load-bearing wall in the center that housed the staircase was replaced with a new steel beam, creating an open, cohesive space, without disturbing the original footprint.

Another highlight was the conversion of a hall closet into a micro-primary bath, which includes several space-saving features, such as a tankless, European toilet and modern pocket door. The original brick wall that extends from the exterior to the interior, was restored and revealed, providing a focal point for the entrance. In the bathroom, this brick wall is a conversation piece due to the way the brick wall interacts with the new, cement tile of the shower. In the back of the home, the design team added a modern, outdoor entertainment area with a three-panel sliding door and a projector and screen on the modern deck. The original redwood cedar siding was restored and reused, along with the unique shiplap ceiling.

From the Judges
The judges called the changes clean and tasteful, and subtle, but nice. The project is consistent with the home’s architecture and very impactful for the price point.

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