Nothing Could Be Finer In North Carolina

Posted on | November 25, 2013 | 4 Comments

Without a doubt, every great house starts with a great set of plans. I previously reported my excitement in being asked earlier this year to be a judge for the 2013 North Carolina’s Finest In Residential Design Competition. The “big reveal” of winners occurred during the recent quarterly meeting of the North Carolina Society of the American Institute of Building Design – and it was my pleasure to be invited. From traditional to contemporary styling and from urban destinations to mountain retreats as well as coastal and lakeside getaways, the entries covered the gamut.

Best In Show
Pippin Home Designs, Mooresville, NC

Outdoor Living / Landscape
Jan Enright and Associates Creations, Mooresville, NC

The meeting was held at Smith Millworks in Lexington, NC. Everyone in attendance took an inspiring tour of their facility. The company is known for their custom mouldings and custom door jams and can create or match virtually anything. Oh, and they make some pretty nice doors also. No trip to Lexington would be complete without mouth watering barbecue. Much thanks to our hosts from Smith Millworks for delighting everyone’s taste buds.

Addition Over $150K
Vogel Residential Designs, Durham, NC

Custom Home Under 3,000 SF
Mountainworks, Cashiers, NC

As residential designer Kevin Holdridge handed out awards, he remarked about how outstanding the quality of the entries was – and I would definitely agree. The criteria by which each was judged included: objective difficulty, design solution, overall flow of design and curb appeal. Each project possessed challenging site conditions and a lengthy client wish list. If it was on water, the requisite for every room in the house was a view. No small feat.

Custom Home 3,000 – 5,000 SF
Pippin Home Designs, Mooresville, NC

Custom Home Over 5,000 SF
Mountainworks, Cashiers, NC

I was pleased to meet many entrants in the competition. Both Pippin Home Designs from Mooresville and Mountainworks from Cashiers were multiple award winners. Pippin Home Designs also received the Best In Show Award from the judges. A few weeks ago I offered the readers of North Carolina Design a glimpse of many of these entries. It seems only right that I now share the identities of the firms responsible for designing these incredible homes. I must say congratulations to the winners and job well done to all the entrants. The work of each is exceptional.

Conceptual Design/Published Plans
Pippin Home Designs, Mooresville, NC

Student Project
Sara Baker, Pitt Community College

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4 Responses to “Nothing Could Be Finer In North Carolina”

  1. Donna Frasca
    November 25th, 2013 @ 6:02 PM

    Congratulations to all the winners! These homes are gorgeous and I agree, nothing can be finer in North Carolina!

  2. Anne
    November 25th, 2013 @ 9:19 PM

    What beautiful, gorgeous, stunning homes! Congratulations to all.

  3. Liz Hughes
    November 26th, 2013 @ 9:35 AM

    I agree — they are amazing! What talented individuals and companies.


  4. Carol J Davis
    November 30th, 2013 @ 10:11 AM

    How talented are our NC residential designers/architects ! Each is so delightful and inspiring
    thank you for sharing
    Congratulations to all
    Carol Davis

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