Architecture and New Construction – Home Design Awards 2024

Hal Davis won a bronze award for this vacation home in Silver Bay, Minnesota. Nestled deep in the pines and birch trees, this cozy cabin mixes modern design with traditional elements like wood paneling and patterned rugs and blankets.

New Construction: Modern

Entertaining with Elegance

Gold: Jeid Studio
Since the owners of this new home in West Des Moines love to entertain, the design team prioritized open spaces with expansive windows that let in plenty of natural light. “The central staircase elegantly links all three levels of the home and serves as a focal point to the home’s thoughtful design,” said Jeid Studio founder Jessi Economos. The kitchen boasts custom cabinets in contrasting white and dark graphite, with brass hardware and a porcelain backsplash that adds a touch of luxury to the functional space. Overall, clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic enhance this home’s contemporary charm. Photographer: Austin Day

Silver: Kimberley Development Corp.

Bronze: Jeid Studio

New Construction: Traditional

Tradition 2.0

Gold: Caliber Homes
At first glance, this new home in West Des Moines looks impressively traditional, with a formal symmetry, arched entryway, dormers and stone exterior. But thoughtful modern touches, like full-radius Pella windows and doors, update and enliven the design for the 21st century. “We really love to find the perfect balance between classic design elements and colors, eclectic and textural design, and the ever-familiar modern farmhouse aesthetic,” Caliber Homes designer Jenny Miller noted. Photographer: Lauren Konrad

Silver: Sage Homes

Bronze: Prairie Provencal Home


Bold But Balanced

Gold: MainBuilt
For this project in Waukee, the MainBuilt team members challenged themselves to come up with a contemporary design that still projected a sense of luxury and warmth. Their solution: They combined different materials, including stone, stucco and traditional siding in a balanced way that complements the minimal profile and functional, straightforward floor plan. “Clean, sleek lines really make this home a showstopper,” MainBuilt’s Katelyn Huber noted. “The materials were intentionally planned to work together instead of having any particular one shining too bright.” The thoughtfully edited palette — mostly black and white — gives the home a timeless, resort-style feel, especially with its outdoor fireplace and pickleball court. Photographer: Jake Boyd Photo

Silver: La Bar Properties Inc.

Bronze: MainBuilt

Vacation Home

A+ for A-frame

Gold: ALT Design Studio
The classic A-frame may have reached peak popularity in vacation cabins of the 1950s and ’60s, but it’s definitely on point for this new home away from home on Sundown Lake in southeast Iowa. Huge peaked asymmetrical windows offer spectacular views of the home’s natural surroundings and flood its interior space with natural light. The design team’s A-frame gets an A-plus for creating an uplifting contemporary getaway that fits with its woodsy site. The interior “nods to the classic cabin style, with an overhead bonus loft space and exposed wood beams,” said designer Holly DeGoey. Photographer: Golden Photos DSM

Silver: Design2Build

Bronze: Hal Davis

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