Whole-house $200,000 - $500,000

Gold Winner
CG+S Design-Build, Austin Texas

Silver Winner:
Goode & Murray Construction
Renton, Wash.

Bronze Winner:
PGA Design Build
Bethesda, Md.

Like many remodeling projects, it starts with one room and then all of a sudden, it turns into an entire whole-house renovation. Such is the case in Austin, Texas when CG+S Design-Build began a sunroom addition and minor kitchen renovation, which then turned into a complete revamp of the entire home.

The scope of the project then developed to include a master suite renovation and expansion.

The owners of this home wanted the interiors to reflect their love of the outdoors by using natural stone and wood for the finishes. They also wanted to open up the home to the back yard by using large windows on the exterior wall. Inevitably, there were budgetary constraints — the homeowners put high value on quality design and materials, but were operating within a limited budget.

CG+S’s design plan included opening up the area between the new sunroom, kitchen and living room by removing part of the existing wall, the structural supports and an existing doorway. To enhance the outdoor feel of the new sunroom, the exisitng brick walls of the home’s exterior became the interior walls of the newly enclosed space.

With the structural supports and doorway headers removed, large glulam beams were installed to support the roof structure.

Several design strategies were used to tie the space together, including a large, radiused granite countertop whose continuous curve connects the sunroom, living room and kitchen and carries the wood beams throughout the home.

The owners’ love of natural materials was also carried into the master suite with maple cabinets, marble and travertine tile throughout the master bath. The bedroom was enlarged by relocating the closet and constructing a new exterior wall. It also features a new bank of windows connecting the master bedroom to the outdoors.

The updated design fits in with the interior of what originally was a ranch style home, reuses some of the original materials and fits the clients’ needs.The entire house was opened upto create larger, flowing spaces and connects well with the outside.

Products specified:

Bath fixtures: Caxton, Delta, Grohe, Hansgrohe, Toto

Kitchen and bath cabinets: Amazonia

Kitchen appliances: GE, KitchenAid, Viking

Project location: Austin, Texas

Sq. ft. before: 2,181.8 sq. ft.

Sq. ft. after: 2,682.2 sq. ft.

Photo credit: R. Greg Hursley, Inc.

SILVER: Goode & Murray Construction
Renton, Wash.

BRONZE: PGA Design Build
Bethesda, Md.