Fran Parente Award winners: architect Paul Masi (left) with contractor Steve Breitenbach

A clear concept, drawing inspiration from the home’s original post-and-beam structure, paired with restraint in applying core design themes, caught the eye of the 2014 Remodeling Design Awards judges, who awarded the Far Pond whole-house remodel by Bates Masi + Architects and Breitenbach Builders the Best of the Year award, REMODELING announced today.

The project, in Southampton, N.Y., by Paul Masi, of Bates Masi + Architects, in Sag Harbor, N.Y.,  and Steven Breitenbach, of Breitenbach Builders, in Bridgehampton, N.Y., impressed the panel of judges with its transformation of a 1970s kit house employing a creative combination of materials and strong design concepts.

The original post-and-beam structure served as the point of departure for the design team both structurally and aesthetically. To further compliment that structural system, Masi specified blackened steel panels throughout the house as both a structural element and a design accent. See the judges discuss the project in a panel discussion about the work.

Of 212 submissions in 12 categories, there were 18 winners in total for the 2014 Remodeling Design Awards, with eight Grand and nine Merit Award winners, in addition to the Best of the Year winner. Congratulations to all the awardees.

Grand Award Winners

  • Better living/universal design over $500,000: Gallaudet University Residence Halls Interior Upgrades—Architect: Todd Ray, Studio Twenty Seven Architecture, Washington, D.C.; DeafSpace Project: Robert Sirvage, Design Researcher; Hansel Bauman, campus architect. Contractor: Byron Kassing, Monarc Construction, Falls Church, Va. Explore this project further in our video walk-through.
  • Whole-house remodeling $250,000-$500,000: Robin's Way—Architect: Paul Masi, Bates Masi + Architects, Sag Harbor, N.Y.
  • Commercial remodeling under $250,000: Tria Taproom—Architects: Joshua Otto, Otto Architects, Jenkintown, Pa.; David Whipple, Assimilation Design Labs, Philadelphia. Contractor: Vince Massara, Three Services Corp., Philadelphia.
  • Basement remodeling $50,000-$100,000: Row House Basement—Architect: Donald Lococo, Donald Lococo Architects, Washington, D.C. Contractor: Michael Myers, Cornerstone Renovation Management, Vienna Va. Explore this project further in our video walk-through.
  • Green remodeling over $250,000: Ray Residence—Design/Build: Todd Ray, Studio Twenty Seven Architecture, Washington, D.C. Contractor: Neil Moodhe, Phelps & Phelps Consulting, Rockville, Md. Explore this project further in our video walk-through.
  • Kitchen remodeling $50,000-$100,000: Klub Kitchen—Architect: Richard Loosle, Kube Architecture, Washington, D.C. Contractor: Lenny Ilkovich, Washington, D.C. Explore this project further in our video walk-through
  • Whole-house remodeling over $500,000: Light Loft—Designer: Aidlin Darling, Aidlin Darling Design, San Francisco. Contractor: Drew Maran, Drew Maran Construction, Palo Alto, Calif.  


Merit Award Winners

  • Bathroom remodeling $50,000-$100,000: Rutledge Street Residence Master Bath—Architect: Neal Schwartz, Schwartz and Architecture, San Francisco—master plan; Stephen Shoup, building Lab, Oakland, Calif.—final design, detailing, specifications.
  • Whole-house remodeling $250,000-$500,000: Casa Abierta—Architect: Janet Bloomberg, Kube Architecture, Washington, D.C. Contractor: Stas Wronka, Housecraft, College Park, Md.
  • Basement remodeling over $250,000: Aperture—Architect: Janet Bloomberg, Kube Architecture, Washington, D.C. Contractor: Mike Madden, Madden Corp., Rockville, Md.
  • Whole-house remodeling $250,000-$500,000: Hillside Residence—Architect: AlterStudio Architecture, Austin, Texas. Contractor: Ford Strei, Ford Strei Builders, Austin.
  • Kitchen remodeling under $50,000: Mid-Century Modern Kitchen—Architect: Janet Bloomberg, Kube Architecture, Washington, D.C. Contractor: Ricardo Cardenas, R Construction, Takoma Park, Md. Explore this project further in our video walk-through
  • Historically sensitive renovation over $300,000: Samuel Noakes House—Architects: Elizabeth Reader and Charles Swartz, Reader & Swartz Architects, Winchester, Va. Contractor: Will and Micki Martindale, Houseworks, Berryville, Va. Explore this project further in our video walk-through