Hdr Annualissue
Houses 2011
from the editors of Fine Homebuilding magazine

Commute down the hall

It’s taken us 25 years to understand what our readers have known all along: Getting your project into our annual issue, Houses, is winning an award. Year after year, a surprising number of folks whose projects had been selected would tell us how much they appreciated being among the winners. So we’ve decided to make it official. Beginning with this issue of Houses, we’re pinning blue ribbons on houses in two categories: Best new home of the year, and best remodel of the year.

Our new home of the year award goes to Jonathan Orpin and Maxine Bromfield for the house they built for themselves in Portland, Oregon. The house expertly balances a contemporary floor plan with traditional detailing rendered in sustainable materials. And its state-of-the-art mechanical systems will substantially lower its demand for energy and water usage for decades.

Our remodel of the year award goes to Angie Lipskie for the second-story addition she designed for her house in Missoula, Montana. The new roofline completes the look of the house, honors the neighborhood, and makes usable every square foot under the old roof. Modest, rational and in tune with the times, this remodel demonstrates practical excellence..

Angie’s house is a good example of the biggest trend in remodeling. Before the housing bust, if you needed more room for a larger family, a home office, or even an in-law apartment, you would probably start looking for a larger house. Not these days. Home owners who need more space are looking at their attics and basements with an eye toward fixing them up. To that end, we’ve put together an attic and basement remodel checklist to provide you with a tool for assessing the possibilities that you’ve already got under your roof. Fixing them up may be easier than you think. The checklist is accompanied by two case histories that show strategies for sound reduction between living spaces and strengthening undersize rafters and floor joists.

If you care about making your house as good as it can be, there are lots more inspirational projects and practical design tips that can feed your imagination in this issue. And if you’ve got a project that we should consider for next year’s edition of Houses, please let us know. Find out how to submit a project on our Call for Entries page.

Charles Miller
Special issues editor

Softcover Magazine, 8-7/8 x 10-7/8 in., 112 pgs.
Published 2011, ISSN 1096-360X, # 020219

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