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2023 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

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


Bay Front Residence


Newport Beach, California

Architect/Designer | Brandon Architects

Builder | Tony Valentine Construction

Landscape Architect/Designer | David A. Pedersen, Inc.

Interior Designer | Jodi Fleming Design

Photographer | Lisa Romerein

The project design is a solution to the challenging site constraints, vehicle access, zoning limitations and the desired program. With the narrow portion of the site at the alley, vehicle and pedestrian access are contained at the rear of the property. This allowed for the majority of the living space on the first floor to move toward the front of the property and enjoy the boardwalk and harbor views.

The setbacks and height limitations create a unique buildable area. Utilizing a stepped approach in the façade’s voids were created for areas such as the entry to the home as well as balcony areas for the primary and secondary bedrooms.

The desired program, and necessity for many of the homes in this area, included a roof top patio for enjoying access to natural light and views. With the envelop limitations, the access to the roof top and main vertical circulation within the home were centralized. This allowed for the third floor and covered portion of the roof top patios extend from the covered core of the property for basking in that Southern California sunshine or enjoying those picturesque West Coast sunsets.

From the Judges
“This home has a nice coastal feel, with great outdoor living space. It’s very well detailed, with cute intimate details throughout. The kitchen in particular is gorgeous—the stonework in the counter and backsplash is fantastic.

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