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2020 Award Winners


Single-Family Production/Spec

Detached Home 2,001 - 2,500 sq. ft., Built for Sale


Painted Prairie


Aurora, Colorado

Architect/Designer | DTJ Design

Builder | McStain Neighborhoods

Land Planner | Civitas Inc.

Landscape Architect/Designer | Civitas Inc.

Photographer | Eric Lucero Photography

Narrow-lot, alley-loaded homes are inherently faced with the challenge of quality outdoor living; the design team overcame that by carving out an 8×15 space from the building envelope to provide a substantial covered porch within the side courtyard. The dining room, living room, and the flex room surround the courtyard, which activates and brings light into each of these spaces.

When entering through the front door, volume at the stairs provides a dramatic feel and serves to celebrate the stairs as a key focal point. The bedrooms are to the front of the home, which puts the primary bedroom over the living room and looking out to the courtyard. Light floods the spacious primary bath. The elevation for this home was crafted in a mid-century, modern style that stands out in the community. Accents of wood with dark trim, combined with the patterned horizontal siding on the body of the home, create a rich feel.

From the Judges
Judges praised the “super-efficient” floor plan and noted the staircase details. “This is a style that looks easy, but is not easily executed, and this was successful.”

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