Home of the Year Awarded to Carlton Architecture

April 13, 2010

As part of the Best in American Living Awards (BALA), Professional Builder has given the Home of the Year award to Carlton Architecture for the Nethermead residence in North Carolina. The firm also received the Best in Region distinction, a Gold Award for Best Specialty Room and two Platinum Awards for Best Kitchen and Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home.

Sponsored by both Professional Builder magazine and the National Association of Home Builders, BALA showcases homes that demonstrate design excellence, succeed in the marketplace and exemplify the “Best in American Living.”

The Neathermead residence was chosen for a number of design trends identified by the BALA jury. It features a modern profile tempered by traditional materials; it creates a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces; it represents a harmonious marriage of sustainability and architectural design; and its simple geometric forms and uncluttered interiors have widespread appeal for today's homebuyers.

The 4,160-sq.-ft. home has a colonial front elevation, but a more relaxed architecture in the rear, which faces an undeveloped tract. A great-room “pavilion” with windows on three sides flows into an outdoor kitchen and eating area. Locally available materials such as wormy chestnut cabinetry, clear-finished cypress walls and walnut-stained floors give the home warmth and livability. The kitchen appliances include a Dacor range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, while the backsplash features oiled steel panels with cypress wall paneling. The countertops are a combination of brushed absolute black stone and walnut slabs with ebony spline.

For more information on the winners, click here.
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