A total of 127 single-family, multifamily, remodeling and community projects were honored at the 2016 Best in American Living Awards™ (BALA) ceremony held during the 2017 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., including nine “best in region” and five “of the year” winners. These projects represent the nation’s best in home and community design, interior design and remodeling.

The awards also celebrated the first winner of the “game changer” award, a new category meant to award innovative ideas in the home building industry. One project was given a Wow! award, a special award given by judges to a project with a unique design detail.

“Contemporary architecture continues to grow in popularity and spread away from the coasts and Sun Belt to markets that would be considered traditional,” said Bill Sanderson, one of the eight 2016 BALA judges.

“Community planning is being taken to a new level,” said Sue Bady, another BALA judge. “Varied elevations make for more interesting streetscapes. Age-targeted amenities offer something for everyone, and outdoor spaces are designed for active pursuits as well as relaxation. In other words, home buyers have more choices than ever.”

BALA winners showcase top design trends that home buyers can expect to see in homes and communities over the next several years. Some of this year’s more widespread trends include:

Dark door and window frames: On multifamily, custom and production homes, architects and designers opt for dark brown or black frames around windows and doors instead of whites. Windows pop on white or light siding, and dark frames add a striking effect from the interior looking out.

Modern farmhouse: Farmhouse features are included in this year’s group of winners, including farmhouse sinks, reused wood siding in interior design details and barn doors. Barn doors are customized to have a more contemporary feel, including glass, white tints and metal hardware.

White on white: This trend is back in 2017, and appears universally across homes. Perhaps most prominently, white on white is showcased beautifully in kitchens.


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