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The Best in American Living competition is one of the most prestigious new home design competitions in the industry. The competition is open to builders, architects, designers, developers, land planners and interior designers. The Family Reunion House and Couple’s Cottage appeared in a special winner's book, which was included in the January 2004 issue of Professional Builder Magazine, and will be featured on the National Association of Homebuilders website, www.housingzone.com, throughout 2004. The awards were presented at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas on January 18, 2004. Additionally, the Reunion House will be the featured home in the March publication of Luxury Home Builder Magazine.
The Couple’s Cottage was also recognized by Builder Magazine’s Builder’s Choice Award. As the winner of a merit award, the Cottage was featured in the October 2003 issue of Builder Magazine. According to the publishers of Builder Magazine, the Builder’s Choice Award sets the standard for design and planning excellence in the industry. Winners in 53 categories were chosen from a field of more than 400 entries. Builder Magazine’s annual awards program recognizes entries that illustrate design quality and success in the marketplace, in addition to clean and simple design with a straightforward focus. Judges for the competition include architects, research and development professionals, builders and designers. Both award-winning homes were featured in the November/December 2002 issue of Coastal Living as the 2002 Coastal Living Idea Homes. According to Graves, the Family Reunion House was designed with broad overhangs, exposed rafters, and an abundance of outdoor living space to capture the spirit of the old houses of classic coastal North Carolina beach towns like Wrightsville Beach and Nag’s Head. The story-and-a-half design has a traditional floor plan with the living areas on the first level and bedrooms upstairs. The Couple's Cottage is true to the Bald Head Island aesthetic with its outdoor living space, painted wood trim and steeply pitched metal roof. The cottage, which features an upside-down floor plan with the common areas on the second floor and bedrooms on the first, is an example of Dietsche's signature eco-romantic style. Eric Coffey, director of BHI Construction Company, accepted the Merit award at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. earlier this fall. Bald Head Island is a 20-minute ferry ride from Indigo Plantation and Marina in Southport, NC. Open to the public, the island features 800 homes, including condominiums and single family residences, and approximately 200 year-round residents. Of the island’s 12,000 acres, 10,000 acres of beaches, salt marsh and maritime forest are protected and will remain undeveloped; 2,000 acres are set aside for development.
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