Winning Residential Designs
A panel of judges comprised of nearly 50 real estate industry professionals visited dozens of new homes and communities this summer in order to choose the winners of the 2008 Monument Awards. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association and the Maryland-National Capital Building Association, the Monument Awards recognize superior home design and community site-planning throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. To determine this year’s winners, the judges considered floor plan innovation; the balance of design, value and curb appeal; and of course, consumer acceptance.
The Monument Awards gala was held on September 4, 2008, at the new Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center . Entries filled 65 categories from single-family homes, town homes and condominiums, to site- and land-planning, energy efficiency, environmental quality innovations and high-end custom homes. Developments from rural Virginia to Annapolis to Southern Maryland were represented.
“The Washington new homes market is one of the most competitive in the country,” says Larry Nordhauser, Chairman of the Monument Awards. “The Monument Awards program is the most prestigious residential design competition in this market. Winning an award translates into true value for the consumer.”
A Big Day for Mid-Atlantic
Leading this year’s charge among Monument Award winners was Mid-Atlantic Builders, Inc., which, for the second year in a row, received seven awards—more than any other builder in the area.
“We are honored to win one Monument Award, so winning seven is truly exhilarating,” says Stephen Paul, executive vice president of Mid-Atlantic Builders. “Even in a slower market, Mid-Atlantic is constantly creating new designs and products to generate excitement for our customers. It feels great to be recognized for our quality and excellence in architectural design.”
The company took home the following 2008 Monument Awards:
For more information about Mid-Atlantic Builders’ single-family homes, villas, or town homes, visit www.midatlanticbuilders.com.
Beechtree Sets the Pace
It’s no coincidence that all of Mid-Atlantic’s awards were bestowed on homes in the new community of Beechtree, located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Beechtree itself took home an award for Special Achievement by a Golf Course Community for Overall Amenities & Environment. This is the second time the community’s developer, Ryko Development, has been recognized by the Monument Awards program. “The first Monument Award we received for Beechtree recognized our original site plan design and vision for the community,” says Aref Hinedi, Ryko’s vice president of marketing. “To now win an award for bringing that vision to life, and for delivering on our promises, is incredibly gratifying.”
Beechtree is the home of Lake Presidential Championship Golf Course and Clubhouse, which officially opened on May 1, 2008. Lake Presidential was developed by Landmark Land, a company renowned for creating world-class golf courses, including Kiawah Island Ocean Course, Oak Tree Golf Club and Doonbeg Golf Club in County Clare, Ireland.
The 11,000-square-foot Golf Course Clubhouse boasts a restaurant with full bar, a conference room, a closed-door dining room, and stunning views of Beechtree’s 30-acre lake “When people come to Beechtree and play Lake Presidential or have lunch in the Clubhouse, they literally feel like they belong to a country club,” says Nathan Presnal, Lake Presidential’s head golf pro. “The quality level is so high, we’re constantly having to inform people that it’s not a private facility and they don’t have to pay annual dues to belong. They’re definitely pleasantly surprised.”
Great Falls Custom Beauty
Great Falls Construction of Great Falls, Virginia, took first place in the category of One-of-a-Kind Single Family Homes over $1,500,000 for a stunning, custom-built French Country home. Originally a spec home, it featured two finished levels with an owner-elected option to finish off 2,600 square feet of space on the basement level. Final square footage on the first and second floors combined: 5,700 square feet.
The exterior of the house features real three-coat stucco on wire lathe, with integrated Eagle Ridge stone applied in a random pattern; the brick and stucco chimneys match the home’s overall coloration. Exterior trim consists of Western Red Cedar half-timbers, and stained and finished wood window trims. The home’s roof is Vermont slate in semi-weathering green-grey with copper flashing, gutters and downspouts.
The house makes a grand first impression, with the entry floor’s inlaid grid pattern of oak and walnut hardwoods. The majority of the first floor areas feature rift-sawn, stained white oak and oak plank flooring. The family room features a flagstone hearth with a stone profile surround that creates a focal point for the room. The study is finished with stained custom wainscoting, built-in cabinets and bookshelves.
The great room is accented by a faux-finished, coffered volume ceiling, while a carved limestone fireplace surround adds a touch of formality. The master bath features limestone flooring; all bathrooms feature custom-designed vanities by Holiday Kitchens. The gourmet kitchen features custom-designed cabinetry in maple and alder by Holiday Kitchens, and granite countertops. The backsplash is finished in onyx tile.
Other winners in the “Customized” or “One-of-a-Kind” categories include:
For a complete list of this year’s Monument Awards Winners, visit www.nvbia.com