2017 Award Winners
2017 Houses Awards Overview
Here's a look at the winners in all six categories: Best New Home, Best Remodel, Best Small Home, Best Energy-Smart Home, Best Traditional Home, and Editor's Choice.
2016 Award Winners
2016 Best Small Home
Site constraints and a desire to optimize the view drove the design of this subtle small home.
2016 Best Energy Smart Home
This California home combines traditional passive-solar strategies with new-age materials.
2016 Editor's Choice
This compact near-zero-energy home is designed for those looking to live well with minimal impact.
2015 Award Winners
2015 Best New Home
A home on the edge of the Atlantic celebrates its site with a fresh take on traditional style.
2015 Best Remodel
The signature features of an iconic 1964 Eichler are revived in this light and bright remodel.
2015 Best Small Home
With savvy space planning and rich, natural finishes, this prefab cabin feels much larger than its 550 sq. ft.
2015 Best Energy Smart Home
This Texas house borrows from the ground and the sky for net-zero energy use and complete water independence.
2015 Best Traditional Home
The spirit of a Revolutionary War-era stone farmhouse is restored with all the comforts of contemporary living.
2015 Editor's Choice
An unassuming Northwest island home combines light and views with inviting nooks for cloudy-day refuge.
2014 Award Winners
2014 Best New Home
Building a new home in a dense neighborhood demanded a smart approach to modern home design.
2014 Best Remodel
A small home addition and a savvy design transform a small California bungalow.
2014 Best Small Home
At 1,000 square feet smaller than the average custom home, this compact house is comfortable, practical and attainable.
2014 Best Energy Smart Home
A Maine architect designs Michigan’s first certified Passive House to be rooted in tradition, and outlines lessons for builders of custom homes.
2014 Best Traditional Home
A smart remodel retains its arts-and-crafts bungalow roots.
2014 Editor's Choice
Architecture the way we like it. This is custom home design flush with practical lessons replicable in any new home or home remodel.
2013 Award Winners
2013 Best New Home
With its exceptional performance and equally considered style, this certified Passive House on the Monterey Peninsula in California exemplifies what we believe to be fine home building.
2013 Best Remodel
The extensive restoration and reinvention of this Edwardian San Francisco row house successfully bonds preservation with performance while maintaining a critical focus on the homeowners' lifestyle.
2013 Best Small Home
Set among existing gardens, the third-party-certified green house in Eugene, Ore., relies on shared spaces and connections to the outdoors to seem larger than its physical boundaries.
2013 Best Energy Smart Home
The home on the Maine coast achieves extraordinary energy performance through a design based on proven assembly methods and carefully executed, straightforward construction techniques.
2013 Best Retirement Home
Designed with an emphasis on long-term livability and built with regionally-appropriate, durable, and low-maintenance materials, this home in Boerne, Texas is remarkably fit for aging in place in style and comfort.
2013 Editor's Choice
This heirloom house is built to harvest water and power from the sky, conserve energy within its state of-the-art masonry walls, and present for centuries a sturdy defense against the inevitable hurricane churning up the Carolina coastline.