By Carolyn Weber. Best Single-Family Detached Home--2,301 square feet and over (small lot)

Finally: A front-loaded garage that doesn't offend. The two-car storage space of this solid little house is integrated into the composition of the faccedil;ade and trimmed out to match the doors, windows, and porch columns. Inside, an efficient, informal, 2,428-square-foot, family-friendly floor plan tucks the stairs in the back adjacent to a sunny morning room. The large informal zone in the rear of the plan is oriented to a backyard and patio.

Builder/Developer: Centex Homes, Irvine, Calif.; Architect: Bassenian/Lagoni Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.; Land planner: EDAW, Irvine

Photo: Jeff Smith