2019 DHDA: Exteriors

2019 Design Awards – Exteriors

2019 Detroit Home Design Awards

Judges | Details | Exteriors | Interiors | Commercial Design
Homes | Rising Star | Reader’s Choice


Gate/Fence/Wall

Photograph by Patrick Zaremba

1st – Zaremba & Company

This Bloomfield Hills gate addition followed a renovation of the client’s classic home and property that was completed a few years earlier. The existing gate and driveway were relocated and replaced with a reclaimed granite cobblestone entry and curbed driveway, including a fully automated custom gate and brick columns. Aligning with the axis by the front door, the arrival experience features strong symmetry. The welcoming gate’s geometric designs are echoed by the driveway’s brick pattern, and contrast with the sturdy brick columns that anchor it and house the opening mechanical elements, which are concealed.


Photograph by Jeff Garland

2nd – R. Youngblood & Co., with Rockworks, LLC


Photograph by Meadows and Co. Photography

3rd – Michael J. Dul & Associates Inc.


Exterior Use of Stone/Tile/Concrete

Photograph by Beth Singer

1st – Nosan Signature Homes, with TR-Design Group

This Franklin home, inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House in Chicago, features large overhangs and a shallow, sloped hip roof. The exterior has long pieces of Indiana split-faced limestone and elongated Norman brick, with horizontal raked joints and vertical flush joints to further emphasize the linear theme. The courtyard features a combination of exposed aggregate and saw-cut concrete, while the entry steps are porcelain tile.


Photograph by James Haefner

2nd – DesRosiers Architects, with Schaerer Architextural Interiors


Photograph by Jeff Garland

3rd – Youngblood & Co., with Rockworks, LLC

Judge’s Insights:
Pushing the envelope paid off for R. Youngblood & Co/Rockworks, LLC!
— Judge Kayla Cooper


Photograph by MIR Photography

1st – AZD Architects, with American Pool Service

A resort-like swimming pool is the focal point of this modern Birmingham home. The house wraps around the pool, which can be seen from every room in the home. The pool and cabana can even be seen as one approaches the front door, as the foyer has a two-story glass wall, front and back, and is only 10 feet deep. As a result, the pool is on view even from the front yard! The details are clean and minimal, and the pool is surrounded by a modern linear landscape complemented by Corten steel, a steel art sculpture, clean white concrete, and wood deck accents.

Judge’s Insights:
This pool area by AZD Architects/American Pool Service could rival a luxury hotel.
— Judge Kayla Cooper


Photograph by Meadows & Co. Photography

2nd – Michael J. Dul & Associates Inc.


Photograph by Justin Maconochie

3rd – Anderson Custom Pools, with G5 Design


Residential Landscape Water Feature

Photograph by Beth Singer

1st – VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Oliver Max Interiors

This modern-organic Prairie-style home was developed as an integral whole, with the hardscape and landscape design, water feature, and exterior and interior architecture interlinked. The reflecting pool, composed of char- coal-quartzite-ledgestone and travertine-limestone coping, is integrated with the design of the cascading courtyard walls, while a filtration system keeps the water crystal-clear above the river rock bottom.


Photograph by Ray Rogers

2nd – Rockworks, LLC


Photograph by Kevin Meeghan

3rd – Young & Young Interiors Inc., with Young & Young Architects


Deck/Patio/Porch

Photograph by Alicia Gbur Photography

1st – Mainstreet Design Build

In restoring this beautiful Craftsman home, its owners wanted to remain architecturally faithful to the home’s original character when it came time to design and build a gorgeous new covered porch that paid homage to the early 20th century. The remodel also included a resurfaced front porch floor, new front steps, and refurbished steps off to the side. New lighting, an added gable roof in place of a low-pitch shed roof, and roof details over the kitchen window make this porch stand out.


Photograph by Meadows & Co. Photography

2nd – Michael J. Dul & Associates Inc.


Photograph by Beth Singer

3rd – VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Ellwood Interiors


Residential Landscape Design (Under One Acre)

Photograph by George Dzharistos

1st – Zaremba & Company

This Birmingham front yard was overshadowed by a massive concrete drive that was in disrepair and didn’t provide adequate drainage. Now, a garden blends a more appropriately sized drive with a carefully appointed landscape. The result complements the aesthetic of the residence and echoes the client’s design mantra of “not trying too hard.” Rows of globe boxwood and masses of creeping thyme and sedge grass run parallel to the street while a retaining wall of Corten steel slices through the vegetation.

Designer’s Goal:
Create concrete steps (top) that appear to float atop the landscape, as they lead up to and through the wall, thanks to a cantilevered construction.
— Zaremba & Company


Photograph by Meadows & Co. Photography

2nd – Michael J. Dul & Associates Inc.


Photograph by George Dzharistos

3rd – Zaremba & Company


Residential Landscape Design (More than One Acre)

Photograph by Jeff Garland

1st – R. Youngblood & Co., with Rockworks, LLC

Several challenges were encountered (and over- come!) on this site, due to the intense grade changes and topography. This lake- side bluff property features a custom cedar pergola and patio. By day or night, the space can be enjoyed due to the strategically designed landscape lighting. Lush ground cover and several varieties of perennials and shrubs were planted to soften the large stone walls. The homeowners can bask in beauty at night, warmed by a fire that overlooks spectacular sunsets to the west.


Photograph by Meadows & Co. Photography

2nd – Michael J. Dul & Associates Inc.


Photograph by Justin Maconochie

3rd – Motor City Landscaping Design+Build, with G5 Designs


Exterior Use of Color

Photograph by Martin Vecchio

1st – Petrucci Johnson Homes, with Richard Daniels & Associates

Inspired by oceanside homes in New England, the designers chose black cedar shake for this classic, timeless look. They also kept the color palette to a minimum, in order to accent the contrast between the black-and-white trim. Because the home is on a lake, the designers added a lighter pop of color with cool-gray doors, to evoke a coastal appeal.


Photograph by CJ South

2nd – Exactly

Judge’s Insights:
Exactly’s home colors are unique!
— Judge Kayla Cooper


Photograph by Martin Vecchio

3rd – Michael J. Dul & Associates Inc.


Outdoor Kitchen

Photograph by Steve Thompson

1st – Carrie Long Interiors

Nestled in the desert mountains, this kitchen is an oasis that features all the amenities required for entertaining with ease. The exterior accents of fieldstone columns tie into the cedar pergola, with its recessed exterior down- lighting, and create a bit of shade from the Arizona sun. A built-in gas grill is flanked by granite countertops on both sides. Teak cabinetry complements the oversized paver flooring and houses built-in refrigerators.

Designer’s Goal:
Turn out a cool outdoor oasis in Arizona’s desert environment.
— Carrie Long Interiors


Photograph by Jeff Garland

2nd – Moceri Custom Homes


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