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2022 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom Home Over 8,000 sq. ft.


Beach View


Dana Point, California

Architect/Designer | Brandon Architects

Builder | Genova Capital

Landscape Architect/Designer | David A. Pedersen

Interior Designer | Hawk & Co.

Photographer | Mellon Studio

The Strand is one of the last remaining land developments along the California coastline that still has undeveloped, vacant lots. Each lot is carefully planned to maximize views of what’s called Headland Rock and the picturesque coastline beyond.

The selected building site features intimate views of Headland Rock. The open layout of the home draws views through the home, from the double height entry foyer to the entertaining indoor/outdoor spaces. Key elements of the home are floor-to-ceiling window walls, pocketing/sliding doors, and cantilever view decks.

The lifecycle of the building and its materials was an important consideration. Instead of incorporating trends that implement large quantities of hardwood species, the home utilizes a material palette of composite horizontal siding, aluminum composite metal paneling and thin-brick veneer, which are all recyclable materials and carry a much lower embodied energy. Long-term maintenance will require minimal upkeep given the materials selected, which is a real benefit because of the coastal exposure.

Passive daylighting techniques such as steel trellis elements and larger glazing areas create dramatic displays of light and shadow. Home automation and lighting control alongside a large solar roof area ensure energy performance and thermal comfort when the large doors and windows are not open to take advantage of natural ventilation throughout the year.

The home uniquely provides a three-car garage with two subterranean car vaults that add storage for two additional cars. The lower level hosts a large pool deck with entertaining outdoor/indoor amenities to rival any high-end resort.

From the Judges
The design definitely brings daylight in and incorporates great views, even though it’s not a waterfront property. Attractive details such as the flooring, staircase, infinity pool and concealed garage door are well done, too.

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