January 24, 2011
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Best in American Living Award Winners Show Post-Downturn Design Trends
Fresco One at The Pinehills in Plymouth, Mass., was the 2010 BALA Home of the Year. The red door opens to a summer room and courtyard leading to the main entrance.

Representing the leading edge in design trends that are shaping the housing industry as it begins to emerge from a prolonged downturn, the winners of the 2010 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) were announced during the NAHB International Builders’ Show earlier this month in Orlando.

The award program, which is sponsored by NAHB’s Design Committee, recognizes exceptional, trend-setting design that can be emulated by builders to improve design in all aspects of the housing industry.

"The BALAs are the most prestigious awards of their kind, setting the benchmark for innovations in residential design," said Mike Nagel, 2010 Design Committee chairman and a partner at Men at Work Chicago LLC. "We are proud to have a long history of honoring those who set the bar high by encouraging creativity, originality and imagination in our industry."

Main floor of Fresco One at The Pinehills

Major BALA categories include the home, room and community of the year. Within each category, awards may be given at the platinum, gold or silver level.

The 2010 Home of the Year was Fresco One at The Pinehills in Plymouth, Mass. Bassenian/Lagoni Architects of Newport Beach, Calif. designed the home, which was built by The Green Company of Newton Centre, Mass.

The home offers seamless indoor/outdoor living in attached townhomes. Its design incorporates elements that are valued in today’s marketplace — including an open plan, separated bedrooms for maximum privacy and an expanded laundry area with work space. The home is attractive to buyers looking for relaxed private entertaining at home and a vibrant, community-oriented lifestyle.

The kitchens of two entries shared top honors as Room of the Year:

  • Spanish Oaks in Austin, Texas, was designed and built by Jauregui, a design-build company in Texas with expertise in architecture, construction, interiors and furnishings. The home's kitchen is designed to appeal to sophisticated affluent buyers who appreciate distinctive architecture, casual living in luxury housing and environmentally friendly materials and energy-efficient appliances.

  • The co-winning kitchen is in a custom home in Elkhorn River Valley designed and built by Curt Hofer and Associates of Omaha, Neb. The kitchen uses contemporary design, a collection of minimalist materials that are repeated throughout the home and a custom designed natural stone fireplace to accomplish a simple yet stunning aesthetic.

Daybreak, a master planned community in Salt Lake City, won Community of the Year honors. Kennecott Land of South Jordan, Utah, developed the mixed-use community.

Daybreak has a planned build-out of 20,000 homes on more than 4,000 acres and represents a “city within a city” that will accommodate significant growth in the rapidly developing Salt Lake City metropolitan area in an environmentally friendly manner.

NAHB has produced a “2010 BALA Portfolio,” which includes information about all of the 2010 winners, a review of design trends and scores of images.

Additional Information about the BALA program can be found at www.nahb.org/BALA.

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