Mod Cott RADA 2010 – Custom Home 3,000 Square Feet or Less / Grand Award Architect: Mell Lawrence Architects, Austin, Texas; Builder: Classic Constructors, Marble Falls, Texas; Photography: Mell Lawrence This Texas guesthouse and weekend retreat juxtaposes rough-edged elements and polished precision. Big glass doors and an overhang of solar panels make up the front elevation.
In keeping with the project's simple, elemental aesthetic, a halved steel pipe creates a gutter connecting the roof to the rainwater tank.
Varnville, S.C., Residence CHDA 2008 – Custom Home 3,000 to 5,000 Square Feet / Merit Award Architect: Robert M. Cain, Atlanta; Builder: Brunson Construction, Hampton, S.C.; Photography: Rob Karosis This new South Carolina residence consists of three staggered pavilions inspired by the traditional Southern shotgun house.
The home's three shotgun pavilions are staggered so that each one receives ample views, natural light, and breezes.
Glass-walled walkways connect the pavilions. Delicate-looking steel supports for the roofs supply structural strength without adding bulk.
Pinedale, Wyo., Residence CHDA 2007 – Custom Home 3,000 to 5,000 Square Feet / Merit Award Architect: Carney Architects, Jackson, Wyo.; Builder: Chambers Design-Build, Pinedale, Wyo.; Photography: Paul Warchol Two perpendicular walls of hewn logs make up this Wyoming home's organizing spines, a nod to the regional log-house vernacular.
A shed roof translates into a sloping, wood-lined ceiling inside. Exposed trusses keep the scale of the main living spaces from feeling overwhelming.
LC Ranch RADA 2010 – Custom Home 3,000 Square Feet or Less / Merit Award Architect: Lake|Flato Architects, San Antonio; Builder: Yellowstone Traditions, Bozeman, Mont.; Photography: David Lake The major precedents for this Montana getaway were classic wooden barns and the sod houses of the Great Plains pioneers. The main house includes a public zone with a pitched roof and porches at both ends.
Like the sleeping wing, a nearby guesthouse/garage (seen to the left of the main house) also burrows into the land.
Sliding doors of weathering steel can be closed over the glass walls on cold nights and during inclement weather.
Salvage Beauty Custom Home November/December 2011 Architect: Bonstra | Haresign Architects, Washington, D.C.; Builder: Timberbuilt Construction, Flint Hill, Va.; Photography: Anice Hoachlander / Hoachlander Davis Photography The Hazel River Cabin in Rappahannock County, Va., consists of a 1794 log cabin, its 1856 clapboard addition, and a larger, 1840 log cabin that was moved from another site.
A granite-floored connecting piece links the kitchen to the dining room, which occupies the 1856 addition.
In the master bedroom, a modern built-in headboard and steel railings contrast with historic log walls.
Jackson Wine Silo CHDA 2007 – Accessory Building / Grand Award Architect: Carney Architects, Jackson, Wyo.; Builder: Bontecou Construction, Jackson; Photography: Paul Warchol The owner of this accessory building in Jackson, Wyo., lives in a flood plain, where cellars are inadvisable. A wine “silo” keeps his vintages safely above the water table, while complementing the log construction of the adjacent studio.
Napa Weekend House CHDA 2005 – Accessory Building / Merit Award Architect: Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, San Ramon, Calif.; Builder: R.H. Hess Development, Napa, Calif.; Photography: David Duncan Livingston The shell of this cleverly designed 996-square-foot Napa Valley, Calif., weekend home and guest house resembles the outbuildings of the region's many wineries.
Light and airy details ensure a subtly elegant interior where nothing makes a statement or stands out, says architect Mario Aiello. The detailing disappears into the background, creating an overall impression of simplicity and comfort.