The Bay Area Building Industry Association has bestowed its 2016 Excellence in Home Building award for Best Design Center and Experience to the northern division of Richmond American Homes of California, a unit of M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MDC).

The design center, a state-of-the-art Home Gallery, opened in January of 2015. After purchase, buyers set up an appointment with a design consultant at the Home Gallery, which is arranged into a series of inspiring interactive vignettes. Instead of simply visualizing the end result, buyers can actually touch samples of the finishes and fixtures they are selecting for their new homes.

Richmond American Home
Richmond American Home

All finish options in Richmond American's Home Gallery are organized into coordinated color studios, which help eliminate guesswork for home buyers. Also on display in the showroom are a variety of options so buyers can enjoy a unique, personalized and exceptional home at any price point.

The Gallery is a collaborative effort of Richmond American's team lead by Vice President of Merchandising Heidi Sheldon; Director of Merchandising Sara Bechtold; Architectural Design Specialist Megan Oscarson; Sr. Manager of Creative Services Corey Meadows and Sr. Manager of National Marketing Alyson Benn.

"Our team is honored to be recognized," said Carolyn Tarnay, Richmond American's Northern California Home Gallery Manager. "But perhaps most important is the daily feedback we receive from our customers who often say the Home Gallery is one of their favorite aspects of buying a Richmond American home."

The BIA of the Bay Area is a non-profit organization dedicated to "promoting housing for people of all income levels and the production of quality homes." Its 400-plus members include homebuilders, suppliers, trade contractors and other industry professionals from 14 counties.