Custom Home of the Year went to Horizon Builders for a house by Sutton Yantis Associates Architects.
Somerville Homes and Shutler Architects teamed to produce a Prairie-style home in Vienna.
James McDonald Associate Architects and Joy Custom Design Build built a modern home in Arlington.
A traditional home by OPaL and GPS Designs features a quaint, shingled façade.
Evergreene Homes and W.C. Ralston Architects created an open-plan abode in Arlington.
An airy, spa-like bath beckons in a Vienna home by W.C. Ralston Architects and TriCrest Custom Homes.
A crisp, white kitchen was designed by James McDonald Associate Architects and built by Merion Homes.
A renovation designed and built by BOWA showcases a traditional, open-plan kitchen/family room.
A basement-level  room was created in a Chevy Chase home by BOWA and G.L. Smith Associates.
A spacious kitchen in a house by James McDonald Associate Architects and Joy Custom Design Build.

GALA 2015 Awards—Custom

The custom categories of the Great American Living Awards spotlight excellence in residential design and construction

GALA 2015 Awards—Custom Presented by the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association and the Maryland Building Industry Association, the 2015 GALA (Great American Living) Awards celebrate achievements in categories ranging from architecture and interior design to sales and marketing. Candidates submitted portfolios which were evaluated by a panel of judges that included a residential architect, two builders, two designers and two marketing professionals.

The 2015 GALA Awards ceremony was held on October 8 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Winners of the custom categories are spotlighted here, while the remaining award-winners will be featured in the January/February 2016 issue of Home & Design.

CUSTOM HOME OF THE YEAR (selected from the winners of all categories)

Alloway Drive, Potomac, Maryland. Horizon Builders, Sutton Yantis Associates Architects. Photography: John Magor

Winner Of Custom Home, Single Lot, Over 7,000 Square Feet


3,000 to 5,000 Square Feet: Upland Avenue, Arlington, Virginia. Joy Custom Design Build, James McDonald Associate Architects. Photography: Pavot Photography

5,001 to 7,000 Square Feet: Kingsley Road, Vienna, Virginia. Somerville Homes, Shutler Architects. Photography: Ritch Photography


Under 3,000 Square Feet: The Ardmore, Falls Church, Virginia. Merion HomesJames McDonald Associate Architects. Photography: BTW Images

3,000 To 5,000 Square Feet: The Sophia, Vienna, Virginia. TriCrest Custom HomesW.C. Ralston Architects. Photography: HomeVisit

5,001 To 7,001 Square Feet: Fessenden Street, NW, Washington, DC. OPaL, GPS Designs. Photography: Bob Narod

Over 7,000 Square Feet: The Madison, Arlington, Virginia. Evergreene HomesW.C. Ralston Architects. Photography: TruPlace


Under $500,000: Stanmore Court Renovation, Potomac, Maryland. BOWA. Photography: Bob Narod

$500,000 To $1,000,000: Earnestine Street Remodel, McLean, Virginia. Joy Custom Design Build, James McDonald Associate Architects. Photography: Greg Hadley

Over $1,000,000: Warren’s Addition Restoration, Chevy Chase, Maryland. BOWA, G.L. Smith Associates. Photography: Bob Narod